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.