Lake Skadar kayaking is a fantastic way to explore one of Europe's most important sanctuaries for birds!
Skadar lake is home to 281 bird species and is an area of international importance. The Skadar lake is known for being the key resting place for birds migrating from northern Europe to Africa and is Europe's largest bird reserve. It is the last remaining breeding ground of the endangered Dalmatian Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant.
Enjoy the freedom of choosing your own route and visit beautiful parts of Skadar lake such as Peninsula Lesendo, Monastery St. Nikola, Grmožur island, and so much more at your own pace!
25€ per kayak (single and double kayaks available)
You can choose your own route and visit some of the popular islands and monasteries on the lake. Here are some ideas for your kayaking route:
Lesendro is an island and fortress on Skadar lake, located near the village Vranjina. The fortress was built in the 18th century. During the reign of Bishop Peter II Petrović-Njegoš, it served as a defense against Turkish attacks. Unfortunately, the Montenegrins weren’t successful and the Turks conquered the area and the island became known as Njegos’ sorrow. King Nikola Petrović-Njegoš wanted it back so badly that now there’s a saying in Montenegro: ‘to long for something, like the bishop longs for Lesendro.’ He tried to take it back several times and finally succeed in 1878. The fortes of Lesendro is a symbol of the long lasting struggle for independence.
Grmožur is the closest island to Virpazar. The fortification on this island was built by the Turks in 1843 and it was used as defensive complex. This little rocky island was known as prison for political opponents. Only one person escaped from the island so locals called it the ‘Montenegrin Alcatraz’.
Vranjina Monastery or St. Nikola's Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox monastery in south-east of Vranjina island. The monastery is dedicated to Saint Nicholas and is one of the oldest monasteries in Montenegro, and the oldest one on Skadar Lake dating back to 1233.