Skadar Lake

Skadar Lake

A national park in the lost paradise

Skadar lake in all its beauty and splendor is a wild wonder of nature waiting to be explored. A freshwater lake located between the borders of Albania and Montenegro, surrounded by karst mountains. The vivid colors of the lake, its mirrored waters, the rocky shores and arising vegetation are home to an astonishing wildlife, with over 260 bird species, islet monasteries, traditional fishing villages and pristine nature.

As the home to some of the most celebrated panoramas in Montenegro and famous for its wild, natural beauty, Skadar Lake was named national park in 1983, was added to the list of wetlands of international importance in 1996 and at the end of 2011 it was nominated for the UNESCO world heritage status. As the former capital of Zeta, Skadar has a proud and rich history. It was in the territory of Skadar that the royal family would summer, the Turkish invaders sought to conquer and where the best organic food and the best wines are made by local producers of Crmnica and Godinje valleys.

Skadar lake is a living dream for every nature enthusiast. The wildlife of Skadar Lake ranges from ancient chesnuts forests and rocky islets covered with shrubs and pomegranates to lush swamp vegetation, the variety of habitats found on Lake Skadar attract a range of wildlife almost without equal in Europe. With more than 260 difeerent species, Lake Skadar is a birders’ paradise. Among these species including the rare southern dalmatian pelican and pygmy cormorant, you will find storks, herons, egrets and ibises perched on reeds while falcons and eagles scour the rocky shores for a tasty snack.

Speaking of snacks, Skadar lake can offer several gastronomic delights to the globe-trotting gourmet.
The finest products you can find whether it’s cheese, home made honey or pršut (smoked ham), you will be absolutley delighted by the flavors of the cuisine on Skadar. Every valley is a delight for the senses with mandarins, plums, cherries, figs, walnuts, peppers and pomegranates can be found in almost every garden and on every hiking trail.

The lake is also known as Lake Scutari, Lake Shkodër and Lake Shkodra. It is located on the border of Albania and Montenegro, and is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. This lake is named after the city of Shkoder in northern Albania (Albanian: Shkodër or Shkodra, Serbian: Скадар, Skadar, Italian: Scutari). Skadar lake attracts many visitors from around the globe every day of the summer season. Even after the summer season many visitors come to enjoy the transformation of the lake from a flamboyant paradise into a sleeping beauty, waiting for the next summer to enchant new visitors with its beauty. Welcome to Skadar Lake