22 kilometers away from Ulcinj, at the
very border with republic of Albania, between the mountain Rumija
and the river Bojana, lies a unique lake-Shasi.
6 kilometres long,
encircled with specific lake flora, the Shasi Lake represents
a unique attraction. You can go fishing, during the season,
since the lake is full of fishes.
that leads to the lake is narrow and not very good, and the
landscape is pretty simple, low vegetation and rocks. But when
you reach the lake, everything changes. There are green hills
and mountains, fertile plain and tall reeds that give life to
the whole area.
Simple but suitable
restaurant called Shasi is the best place for rest from the
fatigue journey. The lake is still not visible but the tall
reeds imply that there is water i.e. lake hiding behind.
When we arrived
to the restaurant we saw last preparations for another tourist
attraction - flying in a motor glider.
Two hours after
our arrival, a motor glider flew in from Ulcinj, and we had
a chance to watch rehearsals of taking off and landing on a
Hospitable workers in the restaurant told us a legend about this place
and it goes like this:
One of the early kings that ruled Montenegro was king
Vladimir. Montenegrins are very familiar with the history of this
king. He gave up his life and became a prisoner of the Bulgarian conqueror
Simeon II in order to save his people. The story says that Simeon's
daughter Kosara fell in love with Vladimir and saved his life by marring
These are historical facts and there is a legend about the days of
Vladimir was made blind in the prison, and in order to recover his
sight, Kosara had to build 365 churches, for each day of the year!
She chose the Shasi Lake and its surrounding to build 365 churches
and temples, and thus, she returned sight to her darling husband!
If you visit the lake or fly over it in a motor glider,
you will see remains of 8 churches built right next to each other.
|The Shasi Lake
is an ideal place for excursions where you can play soccer,
swim in the clean and warm water, ride in small boats or motorboats.
Riding in a canal, the only access to the
lake, is really a unique experience. It's 300 metres long
and all covered in dense reeds and water lilies. There are
also all kinds of fish
Fish from the lake are prepared in restaurants
specialized for lake and sea fish and seafood.
We rode 60 km/h
in a motorboat and it was amazing. The lake seems small but,
acctually, if you visit a beach specially arranged for tourists,
you'll see that it is quite big and it represents almost insurmountable
obstacle. The coast is also convenient for barbecues.
on the lake lasts the whole year. In summer, as we already said,
the lake is not visible from afar but in winter the whole area,
except for the restaurant, is covered with water.
If you want to go on a one-day excursion,
do lot of things (a picnic, swimming in a lake, riding in a motorboat,
flying in a motor glider, recreation activities, soccer...) and return
the same day to the place where you're staying, no matter if it's
on the coast or in the central part of Montenegro - then, the Shasi
Lake would be the first recommendation of the Montenegro Tourist Service