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Marina (ties and the ramp)

The complex has a well-equipped marina with a hundred slip docks and the ramp

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Renting a vessel

Rent a kayak, canoe, catamaran, pedalino...

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Hire the Plavnica boat

Organization of the Skadar Lake cruise, music and entertainment program, fashion shows, business lunches and dinners, weddings, birthday parties etc.

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Billboards

Ecotours Company of Podgorica offers advertising space, that is, billboards the use of which can be negotiated. Illuminated panels are located along the Plavnica access road.

Plavnica - environment

The setting sun has drawn, using fantastic colors, the watery glass; at times, the sun threw upon the glass the misty veil, at times, the sorrow, while over there, further away in the distance – it sank its rays into the crevice of the hill... the sun was setting even more and the darkness was falling upon the lake surface...

Name through time: Lacus Labeatis, Balta, Dioclet Lake, Blato (folk name), Skadar Lake.

The first mention of the Lake: Barlitius, a historian, in his Report on the siege of the city of Skadar by Mohammed II in 1479, speaks "of a beautiful, spacious lake, rich in fish, adorning its environment with a series of pretty towns, numerous villages with beautiful churches and monasteries".

When the creative nature of the water lets loose its architectural genius, as it was done in the south-eastern part of Montenegro, then the lakes like the Skadar Lake come into being. So, it is right there, in the crevice of the giant mountains in their hurry to eternally embrace the Adriatic Sea, that the largest, the most beautiful and the youngest lake in the Balkans found its home with the greatest amount of drinkable water in Europe.

The Skadar Lake covers an area of 420 km2 of which 2/3 belong to Montenegro. When the Lake waters are high, it spills over its shores to cover almost 550 do 570 km². It is 42 km long and 14 km wide. It is located in the lowest altitude of the Zeta-Skadar basin, the so-called "Skadar depression" surrounded by mountain massifs. The Lake is a unique geo-morphological whole and characteristic eco system which is why, in 1983, an area of 40,000 ha was protected by law and classified as a National Park.The Lake is relatively shallow, between five and seven meters. Its deepest parts are in the underwater caves. In one of those caves, the so-called "Karučko oko", the Lake depth is 65 m. In summer, the fresh water of the is heated to 28°C, and in winter parts of the Lake near the shore freeze. Sometimes, the whole lake freezes.

Where the Lake waters have entered the furthest into the land there are numerous nooks and recesses, small coves and bays, as well as spacious mires, bogs and marshes. Out of endless watery space, from all sides, there spring forth capes and promontories, numerous islands, the so-called "gorice" (around 50) and two larger peninsulas, Obida and Petrova Ponta.

On the Lake itself, in the immediate vicinity, there are some 60 settlements, the largest of which are Virpazar and Rijeka Crnojevića. On the slopes and in the coves of Rumija, Sutorman and Sozina, there is a series of villages of Krajina - from Ckla to Virpazar.

The Skadar Lake has a rich flora and fauna. It is an important habitat for some 270 species of birds, migratory and the aquatic ones, (heron, čigra, fendak, wild duck, baljoška, scops owl ušatka, white egret...). The Lake is the sanctuary of a small colony of "panca", particularly endangered species of the so-called the curly pelican which is the logo of the Skadar Lake National Park.

There are 48 species of fish in the Lake. The best-known ones are the autochthon ones, the most sought ones, first of all carp and bleak. Also, it is possible to find salt-water fish, like eel, grey mullet and skakavica.

There are few parts in Montenegro, and in this part of the Mediterranean, where civilization, from times immemorial, with such a momentum, blazed the trail for itself leaving behind precious traces and rich heritage like it has done in the Skadar Lake and its immediate and not so immediate vicinity.

The civilization surges are witnessed by numerous monuments of the spiritual and material culture. Here, there lived and left the deep traces of their stay the Illyrians, and the Romans, then the ancient Greeks. All of them gave something to, and took something from, the Lake. At the dawn of the Middle Ages, the first South-Slav settlements appeared on the Lake.

And, as it usually is, the cultures mixed, intertwined and were born, strove and supplanted one another, and then suddenly disappeared from the stage of history. Only the Lake is eternal, and beyond the reach.

The Skadar Lake is particularly characterized by unusual landscapes, tame and wild at the same time, picturesque fishermen villages, medieval towns and fortresses, the rich spiritual, historical and cultural heritage, particularly the ancient monasteries, at one time there were some 20 of them, which is why this part was called the Mount Athos of Zeta.

Particularly impressive is the tradition of the Duklja – Zeta rulers to build their votive churches and mausoleums on the Skadar Lake. A part of the spiritual heritage is, definitely, the authentic folk architecture exemplified by old fishermen villages where people used to live and work.

The Skadar Lake is an ecological kingdom, a paradise for birds, an oasis of silence and a place of a close encounter with primeval nature and fairy-tale beauty of the Lake horizons.

Attractive tourist locations and motifs:

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The Skadar Lake is easily approachable by means of thoroughfare or railway as it is located along the main thoroughfare (the Podgorica-Petrovac road; the Podgorica-Bar railway line). Both thoroughfares pass over the Lake itself, through the Virpazar settlement.