Straddling the border between Montenegro and Albania, Skadar Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the Balkans and one of the largest in Europe. Two-thirds of the lake belong to Montenegro, and thanks to its location, it is a home to a vast number of wildlife species, with the largest bird reserve in Europe.
The lake is known for being the last remaining breeding ground of the endangered Dalmatian Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant. It’s also a key resting place for birds migrating from northern Europe to Africa.
Lesendro is a peninsula and fortress on Skadar Lake near town Vranjina. The fort was built on the island in the 18th century becoming a peninsula when it got connected to the mainland during the construction of the Belgrade – Bar railway line.
During the reign of Montenegrin Bishop Petar II-Petrovic-Njegos Lesendro served as a fortress for defense against Turkish attack. Fortification of Lesendro is famous for the protracted struggle for Montenegrin independence.
The cruise begins by making its way through the narrow canal on the exit from Virpazar centre to the vast open lake surrounded by plant and bird species, most notably, the emerald-green lilly pads that line the lake. The cruise takes us under the Podgorica – Bar highway to Lesendro island, where we stop for a short swim (weather dependent) before heading back to the mainland.
Meeting point: Virpazar centre
Meeting time: flexible
Duration time: approx. 1 hour
Group size: minimum: 1 person
maximum: 15 people