Introducing Lake Skadar National Park
The Balkans’ largest lake, dolphin-shaped Skadar has its tail and two-thirds of its body in Montenegro and its nose in Albania. Covering between 370 and 550 sq km (depending on the time of year), it’s one of the most important reserves for wetland birds in Europe. The endangered Dalmatian pelican nests here along with 256 other species, including a quarter of the global population of pygmy cormorants. You might spot whiskered terns making their nests on the water lilies. At least 48 species of fish lurk beneath its smooth surface, the most common of which are carp, bleak and eel. Mammals within the park’s confines include otters, wolves, foxes, weasels, moles and groundhogs.
On the Montenegrin side, an area of 400 sq km has been protected by a national park since 1983. It’s a blissfully pretty area encompassing steep mountains, hidden villages, historic churches, clear waters and floating meadows of water lilies.