Ulcinj Saltpans

Birdwatching in Ulcinj

If birds get you all aflutter, you've come to the right place. Founded in 1934 as a commercial salt works, this 1500-hectare private reserve attracts more than 250 species of migratory birds (half of the species registered in all of Europe), including Dalmatian pelicans, Eurasian spoonbills, various birds of prey and – believe it or not – flamingos. Contact the Tourism Information Centre to arrange a visit.

Commercial activities at the salt works ceased in 2013; when the seawater pumps stopped working, the artificially created salt pans were at risk of disappearing. Environmental groups and volunteers led the fight to save them and have them officially protected by the government. While their fate still hangs in the balance, the reserve does have a birdwatching tower, signposts and information boards.

The salt pans are about 4km east of town. However, the site isn't well set up for visitors; if you turn up without making arrangements, and are prepared to brave the guard dogs at the gate, you may find someone to sign you in and grant you access.