To rest in the proximity of the Skadar lakes means enjoying complete silence in perfectly preserved, natural beauty. The lake is a perfect swimming site during the summer. In addition to this, the lake is a great spot to enjoy a pleasant boat ride. Here, you will find a variety of landmarks that attract the attention of numerous visitors the whole year round.
Murici beach is one of the most famous beaches on Skadar Lake, it is especially attractive lately, and it is located near the border with Albania. This is the only sandy beach on the lake, and is perfect for freshwater lovers. If you come to the lake via Bar-Podgorica, you reach Virpazar, from where the road leads to the beach Murici. In small Virpazar, the only stone bridge divides the road into two parts. To the left and up is the road that leads to Murici beach. Friendly locals are happy to meet every traveler. The beach is very spacious and there is a typical lake restaurant with all the fish specialties of this area.
Rijeka Crnojevića or The river Crnojevića is located on the road between Cetinje and Podgorica - the old narrow road leads to this small green paradise on the river and lake. The river Crnojevića is the former capital of Montenegro, and it is also called the Montenegrin Venice, but also the ancient metropolis. Very important for Montenegrin history, the river Crnojevića is today a town with 200 inhabitants. Remains of historic buildings from the time when they are preserved in the place itself. Ivan Crnojević was the ruler of the then Montenegro, which was then called Zeta.
Virpazar is a place on Skadar Lake from which all tourist tours on the lake start. A place that has one shop, two restaurants, a pier and locals who live and work there. Virpazar was once known by the name of vir, in time it became the trade center of Skadar Lake, where people went to the market (market) to buy fish. Thus the place vir is today called virpazar. In 1908, Virpazar got a railway that passes by the place and which connected this town with the rest of Montenegro. During the summer, Virpazar is very popular, but also during the festival that takes place there in January. It is a wine and bleak festival, where fish is prepared on the spot and distributed free of charge. With great fish, wine and music, fun is guaranteed.
The village of Karuč on Skadar Lake is an authentic old place worth visiting. Karuč was once a temporary settlement, from where fishermen went fishing, because Karučko oko was very famous for its bleak fish. The stone houses that are still there today used to serve fishermen to store equipment until the next fishing trip. Petar I Petrović chose this place as the place where he will spend the winter. Today, in a dilapidated condition, there is the winter quarters of the great Peter the Great. In Karuč there is a restaurant on the shore of the lake with fish specialties. From May to October is the best time to visit the lake. Near Karuč there is another authentic village called Dodoši. This village is adorned with old stone houses, locals who drive the famous Skadar boats, as untouched nature that we all need in these fast times.
A cruise on Skadar Lake is unavoidable in order to enjoy all the natural beauties of this area. The best time to cruise the lake is from May to September when you can see a white water lily on the surface of the lake, the so-called water lily, and driving between the "fields" of water lilies on the lake is an unforgettable experience. Skadar Lake is home to the pelican bird, of which there are currently 178 and are a protected species, and the curly pelican of Skadar Lake, which is also its trademark, attracts the most attention.