Lake Skadar National Park attractions

Village in Lake Skadar National Park

Rijeka Crnojevića

The northwestern end of Lake Skadar thins into the serpentine loops of the Rijeka Crnojevića (Ријека Црнојевића; Crnojević River) and terminates near the pretty village of the same name. It’s a charming, tucked-away…
Bridge in Rijeka Crnojevića

Danilo’s Bridge

This arched limestone bridge is the telegenic trademark of Rijeka Crnojevića. It was built in 1853 by Prince Danilo.
Ruins in Lake Skadar National Park

Žabljak Crnojevića

For a brief time in the 15th century, between the fall of Skadar (now Shkodra in Albania) and the founding of Cetinje, this was the capital of Zetan ruler Ivan Crnojević. Now the enigmatic ruins stand forlornly on a…
Village in Lake Skadar National Park

Virpazar

This tiny town, gathered around a square and a river blanketed with water lilies, serves as the main gateway to Lake Skadar National Park. If you're interested in sampling local wines, you'll find family-run vineyar…
Village in Virpazar

Godinje

This charismatic little village four kilometres to Virpazar's southeast is a serene spot to stop and sample some local wines. Have a wander around the cluster of stone houses; someone will undoubtedly call you over …
Island in Islands

Beška

In the early years of the new millennium, an exceedingly welcoming community of nuns revived Beška Monastery after 300 years of abandonment. Fourteenth-century St George's Church is still undergoing slow reconstruct…
Island in Islands

Starčevo

Starčevo Monastery was named somewhat unflatteringly after the hermit who founded the monastery in 1377; it translates as Old Man’s Monastery. Revived in the last three decades, Starčevo has an old man once again – …
Fortress in Virpazar

Besac Fortress

Looking out over Virpazar, this recently reconstructed fortress was built by the Turks in 1478, and was the scene of many a bloody battle; it was also used as a prison by the occupying Italians in WWII. These days, …
Memorial in Virpazar

July 13 Uprising Memorial

On July 13 1941, men from Virpazar and nearby villages attacked the occupying Italian garrison and liberated the town; the uprising was among the first against the Axis powers in Montenegro. This striking bronze scu…
Island in Islands

Grmožur

Grmožur, the closest island to Virpazar, is topped by a Turkish-built fortress (1843). It served as a prison until the early 20th century; apparently, only one person ever escaped from the island, earning it the nic…