Skadar Lake with the area ranging from 370 to 530 square kilometers, depending on the water level is the biggest lake on the Balkans. Skadar Lake is situated on the border of Montenegro and Albania. Two-thirds of the lake belong to Montenegro, and one-third is part of Albania. The Montenegrin part of the lake is the National Park. The Moraca river fills the lake while the river Bojana drains it into the Adriatic Sea. Today, Skadar is renowned as one of Europe’s top bird habitats. It’s a blissfully pretty area encompassing steep mountains, island monasteries, clear waters, and floating meadows of water lilies. The main – albeit tiny – towns here are Virpazar and Vranjina, though if you’ve got wheels, you can easily explore the timeless villages sprinkled along the shore.
Lake Skadar is a popular escape for nature lovers, outdoor-activity aficionados and locals fleeing the heat of Podgorica. Legend has it that the lake was created by the tears of a pixie; that may be fanciful, but after one look at magical Skadar, you may find yourself believing in fairy tales too.