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Skadar Lake - Karuc to Vineyard

· 3 reviews · Hiking route · Prijestolnica Cetinje
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  • Lilies
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  • / Fisherman and his boat
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  • / A path through the lilies
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  • / Still waters
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Starting at Skadar lake with a boat ride, then following a small stone path before joining quiet country lanes as you finish at a local vineyard.
easy
Distance 5.7 km
2:00 h
202 m
101 m
148 m
15 m

A short transfer this morning brings you to Karuc, a picturesque fishing village on the edge of Lake Skadar. The largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula, Skadar is very beautiful (legend says it was created by the tears of a pixie!) and is a home to around 270 different types of birds. These include the White Egret, Dalmatian Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant.

On arrival, a relaxing cruise on a traditional wooden boat gliding amongst the pretty lily pads of the lake gets you closer to some of the birdlife and lets you take in some of the lovely scenery. This is one of the highlights of the trip, the vast and glassy lake offers crystalline reflections of the trees and mountains that cradle the cool, deep waters.

Back in Karuc, a short walk heads past some of the ancient villages in this area with beautiful views of the lake visiting a local producer of delicious Montenegrin wine and honey. Head back to Cetinje you will pass an iconic view of the Rijeka Crnojevica bridge over Lake Skadar.

Author’s recommendation

It is a short walk, and it is not necessary to take lunch as you will be treated to a beautiful spread when you arrive at the vineyard. Be sure to bring some extra cash if you would like to buy some of their homemade wine or schnapps. The clear schnapps is 52%, you have been warned! Locals traditionally have a spoon of honey in the morning to gather any harmful bacteria, then a shot to sanitise it.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
148 m
Lowest point
15 m

Safety information

There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible. Where it isn’t, walk on the right-hand side of the road in the direction of oncoming traffic.

Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously when needed. 

Parts of the route follow clifftops, so take care to walk a reasonable distance from the edge - particularly in low visibility.

Although most of the snakes are not poisonous, and many of them are very timid, you will see them. Take care by stopping moving when you see them and keeping a safe distance as it leaves the path to allow you to cross.

There can be quick but fierce thunderstorms, make sure you check the weather before you go out and make sure you know the correct behaviour if you are caught in a storm: https://www.cdc.gov/features/lightning-safety/index.html

 

Tips and hints

Food and Drink

A picnic lunch will be provided at the vineyard. along with some local wine and schnapps. Karuc has two cafes where you can pick up a snack, some great seafood or some bottled water. 

 

Points of Interest

Lake Skadar

Dolphin-shaped Lake Skadar, the Balkans’ largest, has its tail and two-thirds of its body in Montenegro and its nose in Albania. On the Montenegrin side, an area of 400 sq km has been protected by a national park since 1983; today, Skadar is renowned as one of Europe’s top bird habitats. It’s a blissfully pretty area encompassing steep mountains, island monasteries, clear waters, and floating meadows of water lilies. 

 

Angelika and Boris's Vineyard

After a short but steep walk up from the lake, you will reach the vineyard. Picture your ideal of a Mediterranean style vineyard with a picnic table weighed down with beautiful fresh produce, and then make it more idyllic and you will be close to the real experience. The owners of the vineyard are charming and will talk you through a variety of delicacies produced on this little patch of paradise.

 

Viewpoint on the journey back to Cetinje

The driver will know where to stop, you can see in the photographs the beautiful view from the road of the arcing lake and the towering mountains, but the picture does not do it justice - you must see it for yourself. 

Start

Karuc, Lake Skadar (15 m)
Coordinates:
DD
42.358604, 19.106995
DMS
42°21'31.0"N 19°06'25.2"E
UTM
34T 344106 4691328
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Destination

Angelika Vineyard

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Start in the small carpark facing the sign for Karuc which is on top of a wooden frame, TURN RIGHT descending past a small restaurant on the lakeside

0.07 km - After passing the restaurant and a wooden boardwalk on your left, ascend the steps STRAIGHT ON and pass slightly to the left of the building in front of you to join the trail, it is marked with red and white circles, behind the house you will see another way marker, TURN LEFT here and you are now on the main path

0.22 km - Continue to BEAR RIGHT and ascend with the way markers

0.60 km - The path forks, take the higher path and BEAR RIGHT

0.65 km - BEAR RIGHT at the fork ascending

1.10 km - The path joins a small road, BEAR RIGHT to continue on this road

2.70 km - At the junction BEAR RIGHT to stay on the main road as it ascends

3.30 km - TURN LEFT at the road junction and then TURN RIGHT following signs for the Vineyard Ivan

3.80 km  - Ignore the signposts for Vineyard Ivan and instead TURN RIGHT

4.00 km - BEAR LEFT past the farm

4.90 km - TURN LEFT when you reach the church, then TURN LEFT again at the T Junction

5.70 km - You have arrived at the vineyard

 

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Coordinates

DD
42.358604, 19.106995
DMS
42°21'31.0"N 19°06'25.2"E
UTM
34T 344106 4691328
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

The ground can be uneven, so be sure to wear sturdy walking boots with suitable ankle support.

There are a number of stream crossings where walking poles will make these crossing easier and safer. They also come in handy when crossing uneven ground or making steep descents. 

Bring some binoculars to look at the birdlife, Skadar lake is possibly the best bird watching site in Europe!

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Rating

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William Wingert
September 05, 2021 · Community
We enjoyed the walk. The first parts were very rocky. There is a fair amount of up and down. Not much shade but we started early.. boat ride was scenic and peaceful.. App tracked perfectly. Some great views along thevwY!
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Várhegyi Emese
July 23, 2021 · Community
Unfortunatly the trail has disappeared by now, bushes and weeds have grown into the hiking route. It is not passable at the moment. For us it caused a huge disappoinment. Karuc however is nice in a “Montenegro way”, meaning that it has a lot of potentials, amazing nature, but it has not been exploited yet. We have also seen birds, and could take some great pictures of them.
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When did you do this route? July 22, 2021
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Tom King
October 03, 2019 · Community
Boat trip was not on a typical fisherman’s boat but the tour itself was good and gave great views of the lake. The hike up to the winery was beautiful, we got to see tortoises and a snake. The winery itself was the highlight - the food and wine was delicious, the tomatoes in particular! Just don’t forget your insect repellant as there are a few mosquitos around. Also ask the taxi driver to stop on way back
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Skadar Lake
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Winery
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Route back Cetinje
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.7 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
202 m
Descent
101 m
Highest point
148 m
Lowest point
15 m
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