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Virpazar is a small town on Lake Skadar in Montenegro. Its main attraction is its proximity to the lake and as a great starting point for hiking.

Get in

You can get to Virpazar by train from either Podgorica or Bar for under 5 EUR. Trains also run from Sutomore.

You can also get to Virpazar by bus from Podgorica or Sutomore. Tell the bus driver that you want to stop in Virpazar or they will probably drive past it because it is so small. Try to arrange arrival during the daytime as the 'bus station' is a shed alongside the road about 2 km from town. Walking to town with heavy bags would be difficult; in the dark it is probably impossible.


  • There is a very nice abandoned castle over the city that you can hike up to. From there you will get a good view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.
  • Ride a boat on a Skadar Lake national park [3], email: [email protected], tel: +382 81 879 100. Admission fee: €4, plus a boat rental from a private entrepreneur (typically €10 per person per hour). Tickets sold by a Visitors Centre (Vranjina: 01 May-01 Oct: 8am-6pm daily; 01 Oct-01 May: 8am-4pm workdays. Murici: 01 May-01 Oct: 10am-6pm daily; Rijeka Crnojevica: 01 May-01Oct: 10am-6pm daily)


  • Take a taxi out to the 'beach.' There are boats that are extremely expensive 20 EUR (?), you'll be much better off haggling with a taxi car driver for 5 EUR.
  • Hitch hike or walk down the lake to the Arbnez. Expect a lot of walking and camping but this is a spectacular trip. For more information see Ulcinj.


There is an ATM in Virpazar but it can run out of cash and the shops and restaurants don't accept credit cards. Be prepared and come with cash. Other ATMs are located in Sutomore, a 20 minute train ride away on the coast, and Golubovci a 15 minute bus ride towards capital Podgorica.


There are several great restaurants around the town that serve fresh fish from the lake. If you are looking for an opportunity to stop being so cheap and just enjoy and good meal with some great montenegrin wine Virpazar will present you with a good opportunity.



  • Hotel Pelikan, +382 20 711 107 (, fax: +382 20 711 011), [1]. 23 euro / person / night (July '07).
  • Hotel 13 Jul.
  • If you walk into the center of town on the bridge that touches the railroad tracks, then continue straight through town and cross another bridge, old women might ask you if you need "soba" (or a room). This will probably be cheaper.

When you come in to town you will immediately be approached by someone from the main hotel. This person will try and hard sell you into getting a room in the hotel (for something like 40 EUR a night). Don't get sucked in, you can find accommodation a little further up in the town for under 7 EUR per night per person. The hotel restaurant is extremely expensive too.

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