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.
The Kom Monastery and Church of the Virgin Mary are located on the small island of Odrinska Gora near Zabljak Crnojevica. Built between 1415 and 1427, the monastery has some of the oldest frescoes in the region. It is probably the best known for the fact that this is the monastery where Montenegro’s greatest ruler, bishop and poet Petar II Petrovic Njegos was ordained as an Orthodox priest.
The tour begins at Virpazar, where we take a short cruise through a narrow channel leading to the open lake. En route to the monastery, we pass a railway line that sits on top of the water, with the remains of the Lesendro fotress proudly overlooking the lake and mountain enclosure.
Meeting point: Virpzar centre
Meeting time: flexible
Duration time: approx. 3 hours
Group size: minimum: 1 person
maximum: 15 people