Discover Lake Skadar in Montenegro with Emma Heywood

  • By Luštica Bay
  • 21 Aug, 2013
We’re proud to welcome our first guest blogger Emma Heywood, the Owner of Montenegrin adventure tour company  Undiscovered Montenegro .
Based just 1 hour 15 minutes away from the Luštica Bay peninsula, Emma and her team run guided tours of  Lake Skadar National Park . There are many ways to discover this beautiful park, from kayaking and boat cruises to hiking and biking.

Providing us with a glimpse of her day-to-day life, Emma recounts the best ways to discover Lake Skadar National Park.

Pictures and Words   By Emma Heywood

Picture a lake so vast it looks like the sea; with waters so tranquil they mirror the sky. Now circle it with dramatic mountains and add a network of river and water channels, which echo Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Mix in islands that jauntily poke out into the water, 14th   century island monasteries and water birds which stalk the waters edge – and you’re in Lake Skadar. Montenegro’s largest national park, and the Balkans’ biggest stretch of freshwater.

With 400kms2 of protected wilderness to explore, Lake Skadar National Park is a must-visit for anyone in search of adventure off the beaten track.

One of our favourite tours, and a completely unique experience not to be missed, is paddling out to  Beska Monastery  on the southern shores, a 15th century island monastery complete with frescoes. Here you can swim in the open water and share cake and pomegranate juice with the nuns.

Another popular kayaking route takes you past lily pads to the old island prison of ‘Grmozur’. Kayakers can enjoy secluded beaches or opt for a trip to one of the bird reserves on the Moraca delta, all of which are just a short distance from Virpazar, the gateway to the national park.
If you’re after something a little slower in pace, we’d recommend chartering a motor boat from  Virpazar  or Rijeka Crnojevica. As the boat chugs gently through the water channels and open lakes you can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and feel the stresses of life back home wash away.
Water adventures continue in Lake Skadar’s forested hinterland where you can leap into hidden waterfalls, natural pools and rivers while out hiking – as long as someone tells you where to find them. Shhhh. It’s our secret!

Keen to embark on a Lake Skadar adventure?  Get in touch with Emma  and the team to hear what’s available.

Planning a trip and need some good recommendations? Head to our  destination pages  for tips on where to stay, eat and party.

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