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Unspoiled Wonders in the Lake Skadar Region, Montenegro

Updated on February 19, 2015

Unspoiled Wonders in the Lake Skadar Region, Montenegro

Montenegro is one of the most spectacular places in Europe that hardly anyone has been to. Often overlooked and seldom spoken of, Montenegro is actually quietly becoming an activity holiday Mecca – its wild natural wonders a playground for the adventurous. The amazing mountains for which it is named, its gorges, rivers, and the huge Lake Skadar which is a National Park.


It was Lake Skadar that we visited first, having arrived in the country. We stayed near it, in a gorgeous villa with lovely views over rolling hills to mountains in the distance. We were determined to make the most of the awe-inspiring scenery that we saw all around us, and had already decided that the best way to experience the nature around us was to immerse ourselves in it – literally.


On our first day we went wild swimming in a river. The water was cold but not unbearably so, and we soon warmed up when we basked on sun-baked rocks beside the water. This became one of our favourite activities while we were in Montenegro, and I think that in the heat, we spent almost as much time in water as we did out of it! We swam in rock pools, rivers and the lake itself.


That same day we visited bat-filled caves were glad that the bats were not active at that time. Later we drove across a wide plain, which we then overlooked from the stunning vantage point of the ancient fort of Zabljak Crnojevića.


As much time as we spent in the water, we spent more time on it. Our first kayaking expedition was on Lake Skadar, where we paddled gently for a long day, surrounded by the cries of birds and the gentle lapping of the water. We set off from Murići on the Lake's southern shore and gazed out towards the imposing peaks of the Albanian 'Accursed Mountains'. Visits to 14th Century Monasteries added a historical element to our lake-top tour.


On our final day in the Lake Skadar region, we took a hike in the wonderful Walnut Valley. We trekked through some lovely hilly woodland before following the path of the river for a time. We saw plenty of wildlife as we walked, including tortoises and a snake. The smell of herbs filled the air with an intoxicating scent as we walked between the trees. There was yet more wild swimming by a gorgeous spring fed pool, where a waterfall fell sparkling between rocks nestled in the lush foliage. We were glad to cool down after our walk. We wended our way back through small hamlets and were waved at by the friendly locals, confirming us in our love for this picturesque valley.


Our time in the Lake Skadar region had come to an end, but our time in Montenegro was far from over, and many further adventures lay in store for us. The next stop was the North of the county. We were heading to Durmitor National Park, where dramatic scenery awaited.

Fact's and Figures

 
 
Population
620,145 (2003 census)
Size
13,812 km2
Montenegrin Territory
52.5% lies within the Danube Catchment
Mean Elevation
1050 m
Deepest Gorge
1300 m: the Tara River Canyon)
Highest Mountain
Bobotov Kuk (2582 m)
Source
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    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Thank you highly appreciated :)

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Katie Cianni 

      3 years ago from Cheshire

      Wow looks beautiful, might have to visit this place sometime :D Wonderful Hub!

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi emmaouthworth

      Thank you, yes i see that but highly appreciated

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Emma Southworth 

      3 years ago from Manchester

      Beautiful pictures as usual! Ive commented and given you feedback on nearly all your hubs!

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Thomasjames1992

      You would be Jealous as i have swam there lol :)

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Thomas James 

      3 years ago from London

      Love a swim there!

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi peachpurple

      Yep for sure, i would highly recommend a visit there

      Thanks

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      indeed, this lake is awesome and beautiful, humans shouldn't go there and pollute it

    • traveleze profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee John 

      3 years ago from Preston

      Hi Wolfs Paw

      Thanks for your kind feedback :) yep it simply is a stunning place to visit i would highly recommend it! You should travel to Europe there is so many beautiful places your missing out on :) thanks again

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      Wolfs Paw 

      3 years ago

      Looks like a very interesting place with beautiful scenery. Though, I have never been to other countries, except Canada, I can tell from the pictures there are many beautiful sites to see. Thank you for sharing!

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