Lake Skadar is a National Park itself, the tour with a boat ride is about 2 hours near of some island monasteries, bird watching and around Lesendro castle. Tickets sold by a Visitors Centre Skadar Lake national park. Admission fee: €4, plus a boat rental from a private entrepreneur typically is €10 per person per hour.
Located in the centre of Virpazar,
you can tell that this the showcase
of how Montenegrians view the future
of tourism in Montenegro. The staff speak very good
English and can answer just about any question you throw at them.
Although Virpazar is the starting point for many trails and
excursions for hikers, bikers and other outdoor
activities, I see that they are targeting the market
for groups of Europeans lokking to spend €100
upwards per day, that including accom, meals, and
tours on the lake with guides and a few €uros
left to spend on souvenirs. I think if they
catered to all categories and maybe even
simple overnight facilities for bikers and hikers,
it would bring more nature lovers causing a smaller
carbon footprint than tour buses with well off
westerners who will be flying into airports like Podgarica,
Dubrovnik and Tivda.
Maybe the lack of funds to properly develop the region at least stave
off mass tourism for the nearest decade.
The visitor centre has one of the best views for a tourist office
I have seen so far.
Although this 'TOWN' is more a place that seems
to revolve completely around tourism, and any
'local' is probably a resident of Bar or Podgarica
just here to make money out of the tourists
for the season. There are real locals and people
I met who live and were born in Virpazar, most
seemed to see me as their bread and butter.
Maybe I was jst spoilt with hospitality in Ulcinj
and more used to the Montenego Albanians
more friendly way.
Not that anyone was outright rude or unpolite,
just the general attitude.
But I did meet a few individuals who were very helpful
and offered some invaluable info that I'm sure not
given so freely to any Tom, Dick and Harry.
There was Wifi in one of the bars so one could sit
outside and for those carrying a laptop catch up
with emails etc.
I had left my daughters laptop and Ipod Touch
behind on purpose, but always good to know
just in case.
Beers were about €1.50 to €2 and turkish coffee €1,
so unless you wanna splurge €15 to €20 on a big meal
in some of the resto's round the square. Just sitting and
chilling not a bad idea.