Camping at Lake Shkodra in Albania is an experience you just can’t miss. It’s beautiful, it’s tranquil, it’s relaxing and you can see two countries at the same time: Albania and Montenegro.
I stayed in Lake Shkodra Resort in Albania (it is a camping site!) one day with one purpose in mind: relaxing.
I pitched my tent, took a long and refreshing shower in a surprisingly clean camping bathroom (shame on you, all the camping sites of Montenegro and Croatia, SHAME!), made a walk all around the premises and found out, that it was an incredibly un-Albanian place!
Where the hell all those stereotypes come from?
Lake Shkodra Resort in Albania – my favourite camping site
The camping was cheap (5 Euros per night), reliable wifi, drinking water, shades above each tent, electricity included. No potholes, no rubbish, clean lake, breathtaking views, peace and quiet. I was in a paradise.
Enjoying myself while walking around the camping, I heard someone speaking Polish.
Naturally, I said hello.
This way, I had company for the whole evening later. The four Polish tourists were travelling by car, planning to visit a lot of places I also had on my list.
I asked if they could drop me in Shkoder, if it was on their way (they were planning to go to Theth). They agreed. Later on, one of them suggested taking me all the way to Theth, but they finally changed their minds. I had a choice of leaving the camping with them at 7:30 am or with a taxi whenever I wanted.
Taxi was supposed to cost around 7 Euros, which for such a short distance was already expensive. Since I had no other choice, I asked a girl from the reception to book it for me. While she was on the phone, the taxi driver said that.. since it is so early (5:30), the ride would cost 15 Euros.
Hearing that, I just started to laugh.
Getting from Lake Shkodra to Lake Komani in Albania
For your information, the distance between camping and Shkoder is approximately 7 km. Knowing that, this price was just ridiculous.
However, the girl from the reception got another phone call and suddenly, my problem solved itself.
For 10 Euros, I would be driven from the camping directly to Koman. That was a very good price. As it turned out later, I was picked up by someone working directly with Mario Molla, the guy who organizes ferry trips on the Lake Komani. I was very happy about how things turned out.
Practical information on Lake Shkodra camping in Albania:
- Hani i Hotit is the border crossing from Montenegro to Albania. It took me over an hour to get to Albania, traffic jam is quite dense.
- There are no buses from Podgorica to Shkodër (only taxis or hitch-hiking).
- Lake Shkodra Resort is on the way from Koplik to Shkodër and you can easily spot a sign saying where to turn right.
- The camping is huge, clean, quiet. For a tent, you pay 5 Euros per night. Drinking water, electricity and wifi are included.
- If you stay 3 or more nights, you can hire a bike for free. Otherwise, it costs 5 Euros per day.
- There is a restaurant, a bar, a beach with folding chairs and hammocks.
- If you are not into camping, you can book a cosy, little, wooden house.
- Their website is well-managed, staff speaks perfect English.
How to get from Montenegro to Lake Shkodra Resort?
Next post will be about how I met my travel companions, Margo from Warsaw and Jarmo from Amsterdam and how we rock the Albanian mountains!
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