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Shkodra Lake, Shkoder

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Admire a range of bird species at Shkodra Lake, the largest lake in the Balkan peninsula that rests on the border between Albania and Montenegro. A couple of islands in the lake are still home to castles and an old prison. Despite these sites, what draws most visitors is the densely populated bird reserve, featuring some of the last native European pelicans. The birds nest along the lake shores, attracted by the large number of fish in the water, including carp and eel. You can charter a fishing boat yourself or sample some of the fish flavors at a restaurant along the lake's banks. Some of these eateries have terraces that jut out over the water. To enjoy the surroundings, consider a ride in one of the small boats banked on the Albanian side, available for group rentals. These often have covers that shield you from the sun. Our Shkoder trip generator makes visiting Shkodra Lake and other Shkoder attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Nice site with multiple restaurants, beaches and suitable for a walk, recommended by bike. Also adevuado for a bath.
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  • One of nature's wonderful charms in Albania, with stunning views and scenery to behold. Simply incredible, with restaurants and bars dotted along the route to sit back and enjoy the landscape and peac...  more »
  • Took a taxi across the river and inland along the Lake. Stopped at a restaurant. No beach but small stones. Some grass in the water, not optimal but then got the bathroom. The water was hot. Afterwards I see that one could the bathroom below one of the bridges in the river. Maybe it would have been better, Alternatively we could run farther along the Lake.
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Choose from a small selection of hotels around the center of Shkoder, ranging from inexpensive to more of a splurge. Some accommodations reside in Communist-style buildings, while others feature standard hotel decor. Shkoder has undergone an impressive renewal, with a large pedestrian street lined with cafes and restaurants. Try to stay close to this main strip to experience Shkoder at its liveliest.
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