Lake Skadar
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Shkodra Lake
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Montenegro

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Montenegro, Albania

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Lake Skadar, also known as Lake Scutari, is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and is situated on the border between Montenegro and Albania. Part of it falls within the Lake Skadar National Park in Montenegro, which is a designated Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The lake is a crucial habitat for a variety of wildlife and is notably one of Europe's most important bird reserves.

The lake is particularly famous for its rich birdlife, hosting over 280 species of birds, including some that are rare and endangered. One of the most iconic species is the Dalmatian pelican, which is one of the lake's main attractions for birdwatchers. The lake is also abundant in fish, including carp and eel, which support local fishing communities.

But Lake Skadar is not just for wildlife enthusiasts; it offers a broad range of activities for all types of travellers. Kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating tours are popular ways to explore the lake's vast expanse and its many islands, some of which house historical monasteries. The surrounding area offers hiking and mountain biking trails that provide fantastic vantage points for panoramic views of the lake and its lush surroundings.

Aside from its natural beauty, Lake Skadar has a rich cultural heritage. The area is dotted with charming villages where traditional fishing and farming are still practiced. Numerous monasteries and fortresses are situated on the lake's islands and shores, each with its own unique history and architecture. For those interested in gastronomy, the lake region is famous for its wine, and vineyard tours are a popular activity.

In summary, Lake Skadar is a diverse and enriching destination that offers a blend of natural beauty, wildlife viewing, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences. Whether you're a birdwatcher keen to spot the rare Dalmatian pelican, an outdoor enthusiast looking to explore by kayak, or a history buff interested in the region's rich past, Lake Skadar has something to offer for everyone. Its combination of ecological importance, outdoor adventure opportunities, and cultural richness makes it a must-visit location in the Balkans.

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Lake Skadar is the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula

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It is a Unesco protected site

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About two-thirds of the lake is situated in Montenegro

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Mini Tour: National Parks of Theth & Valbone - 4 Days

Mini Tour: National Parks of Theth & Valbone - 4 Days

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Albania
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4 days from

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Southern Europe: Montenegro, Corfu & Medieval Fortresses

Southern Europe: Montenegro, Corfu & Medieval Fortresses

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£829 / person

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Hiking in the Albanian Alps

Hiking in the Albanian Alps

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£856 / person

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