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With a rich flora and fauna and beautiful views, this lake is the ideal spot to get closer to nature, and quite the beach hot spot in the summers.
Northwest of Albania lies Shkodra Lake, the largest one in the Balkan Peninsula and one of the many natural wonders that this particular area reserves for visitors. With an impressive surface area of 368 km2, the lake stretches beyond Albania and across the Montenegrin border. Of its total surface area, you will find 149 km2 within Albania. The spectacular lake beautifully frames the historic and artistic city of Shkodra, giving the entire area the much-coveted, refreshing and reflecting effect of water.
Perhaps the best views and experiences of the lake are granted while riding along the road to Shiroka, where you will undoubtedly notice the gorgeous Buna River delta. While you can definitely drive along this road, many adventurers also prefer cycling or joining bike tours in order to fully immerse themselves in the idyllic natural beauty. In the summers, several spots along the lake’s shore serve as wonderful alternatives to the regular beach. The water is clear and the lake very close to the city! While here, you should try the restaurants lined up on shore, which serve the famous local carp in all kinds of tasty ways.
The lake is quite the ideal spot for avid birdwatchers, as it hosts a whopping 270 distinct bird species. Otherwise stated, almost 80% of all the bird species in the entire country are found here, including seagulls, pelicans, cranes, and eagles, to name only a few.
45 species of fish swim in the lake’s waters throughout the year. In addition to the carp, the most popular fish found in Shkodra Lake are mullet, flatfish, bass, and eel, among others. The lake’s bed is a wonderful place to explore, as well, because of its hundreds of types of microalgae. The lotus, a plant with an edible fruit, is the most unique one in the lake. What makes it so is that it only gives fruit when it rains in the summer, even though its roots are already in water!
If you climb Rozafa Castle, you will have a breathtaking view of the lake as well as the point where the Drin, Kir and Buna Rivers join. It is actually thanks to Buna River that the lake can flow into the Adriatic Sea! Some other spots around here that are worth visiting are Bishtiqendia, Shegani, and Stërbeqi.