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 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.
Grmozur is the island closest to Virpazar and the fortress was built by the Ottomans in 1843. This small, rocky island served as an exile for political prisoners with only one person known to have escaped the island, giving Grmozur its nickname the Montenegrin Alcatraz. The area was also known as Snake Island since it used to be a haven for snakes! Today you won’t find any prisoners or snakes (thankfully!) only birdwatchers and tourists. It has become a favorite spot for lovers of nature and wildlife.
Radus is a fishing village located in what’s known as ’the eye’; the deepest part of the lake, with an estimated depth of 60-100 meters making it a crypto depression because it is below the sea level. The average depth of Skadar Lake is otherwise around 6 meters.
The tour begins at Virpazar, where we take a short cruise through a narrow channel leading to the open lake. Enjoy bird sightings on the journey to Grmozur, before reaching Radus, where we take sightseeing break and a spot of freshwater swimming.
Meeting point: Virpazar centre
Meeting time: flexible
Duration time: approx. 2 hours
Group size: a minimum number of people: 1
a maximum number of people per group: 15