Three Lake Skadar Hikes That will Take Your Breath Away

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Doing one of these Lake Skadar hikes is a great way to explore the Lake Skadar area and get off the beaten tourist track in Montenegro. 

Lake Skadar is one of Montenegro's hidden gems. It's a gorgeous place that's wild but not at all remote. In fact you can easily fit a visit in a day trip from anywhere on the coast. I highly recommend putting it on your list of things to do!

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The Montenegrin side of Lake Skadar (about 2/3 of it) is a protected national park. This makes it a beautiful area to explore on foot. You can follow old military trails and enjoy stunning vistas of the lake from the surrounding hillsides.

You'll also encounter local wildlife like (my favourite) tortoises and a multitude of bird species. Shyer creatures like mongoose and foxes also roam this area. 

My favourite thing to do while hiking the Montenegrin countryside though is to pick wild fruit. Depending on the season you'll find blackberries, strawberries, figs and pomegranates everywhere. 

I've got three hikes for you that will take your breath away - in a good way! You should always take a guided hike in Montenegro, especially around Lake Skadar. The lake's size swells by over 100 square kilometres annually and you must have local knowledge of the safe tracks to take. 

These Lake Skadar hikes are guided by locals with unsurpassed knowledge of the area. They'll take you to local homesteads, to swim in natural pools and waterfalls, and to eat organic, local produce in local villages.

Experiences you can only find with a Montenegrin local!

These three hikes are all small group hikes, so they're wonderfully personal. You'll have ample opportunity to get to know your guide and learn about what makes this area so special. 

Top 3 Lake Skadar Hikes

Caves and Pools Hike

Lake Skadar Hike

Trail Description

This hike starts in Rijeka Crnojevica, the former summer court of Montenegro's royals. It's now a quaint lakeside village that is bursting with history.

The circular hike takes you to the 14th century village of Obod, the site of the first printing press in Montenegro. The first book in the Cyrillic alphabet was printed here. From there it's on the 'bat cave' and then a cool off in the freshwater rockpools.

A circular hike via the 14th century printing press at Obod where you visit a bat cave and breathtaking fresh-water rockpools - perfect for diving right in!

The hike ends back in Rijeka Crnojevica where you can enjoy a delicious local-style lunch at a restaurant overlooking the old Byzantine bridge. I recommend trying the fish soup!

Rijeka CrnojevicaRijeka Crnojevica's old stone bridge

Trail Details

Difficulty: Easy to moderate with some rocky inclines. The tour lasts 3-4 hours.
Start point: 
Rijeka Crnojevica
Price: From €30 per person.
Optional extra: Lunch at a lovely local restaurant can be arranged for €15 per person.

The Waterfalls and Springs of Walnut Valley

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Lake Skadar Hike

Trail Description

This hike takes you along old, forgotten military trails used by the Ottoman Turks who invaded this area. You'll cross over their bridges and pass through deserted woodland as you wind your way through one of Lake Skadar's most beautiful valleys.

When you get hot you can just jump into the natural spring-fed pools and put your head under waterfalls.

My favourite thing about this tour is that you also get to stop at a local homestead and honey farm. You'll be served a delicious local-style lunch of local produce in one of Lake Skadar's beautiful hilltop villages. 

Trail Details

Difficulty: Moderate. This tour lasts 5-6 hours.
Start point: 
Price: From €30 per person.
Optional extra: Lunch is an extra €15 per person and is paid directly to your host.

Medieval Hill Village to Magical Beach

Lake Skadar HikeJust look at it!

Trail Description

On this hike you'll head over Mount Sutorman to the fortified medieval village of Upper Godinje. Along the way the trail will give you stunning views over the lake... remember I promised to take your breath away?!

Along the way you'll stop for lunch at a little eatery high on the hill. Here, you'll be able to try organic honey and local wine and brandy too. 

If you want to make the most of your day, you can extend the hike and take a swimming and sunbathing detour to Pješačac beach.

The hike finishes back in Virpazar.

Trail Details

Difficulty: Moderate. This trip lasts 4-5 hours for the standard hike or 5-6 hours for the extended hike including Pješačac beach.
Start point: 
Price: From €30 per person (standard hike) and €40 per person (extended hike).
Optional extra: Lunch is an extra €15 per person.

Book Lake Skadar hikes

To book or enquire about any of the Lake Skadar hikes, just fill in the form below. 

Not all of the hikes are available every day of the week. That's why I recommend inquiring as far in advance as you can to avoid disappointment.

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Many people enquire about transfers to Skadar Lake. My preferred booking option for transfers is Kiwi Taxi. You can check and book your transfer online, and if they don't have your exact destination you can ask for a quote!

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