How to find the horseshoe bend. Lake Skadar, Montenegro

This is a short post on how you can find that famous horseshoe bend that sits above Lake Skadar.  You’ll need a car for this journey as the road is only accessible from two roads that are not served by public transport easily.

Four famous images

If you google Montenegro you’re sure to see images from these four famous locations:

  1. The island of Sveti stefan
  2. The view over Lake Kotor
  3. The horseshoe bend
  4.  The quaint little village of Perast

I wanted a photo of that horseshoe bend (preferably at sunrise or sunset) so I went off armed with a map, the car and the kids at the height of the midday sun. The worst time ever to photograph anything but that’s the way it goes when you have kids!

Where to find the best spots

There are three spots along the same road (pavlova strana) within just a few metres of each other. The road is single carriage and quiet however there are a number of places where you’re able to pull over and park.

See and use the map below for the three spots.

The hotel

There is a hotel on Pavlova Strana which marks one of the spots and where you can park. The Gazivoda Hotel (aka the white house) is easy to spot as the only building on that section of road. It looks like this from below.

horseshoe bend

The white hotel from Lake Skadar.

Some of the shots I got of the Horseshoe bend

Given it was midday I am not too unhappy with these shots. The foliage from up on the road can be untamed and in parts it might block the view. You’ll just need to push it away or pull it towards you.


Horseshoe Bend


Horseshoe Bend


A small boat travelling to Lake Skadar


Horse shoe Bend


The famous Bend

Want to support this cause

Skadar Lake is amazing place but under threat of over-development. If you’d like to know more and sign a petition to block mass tourist resorts, visit here (opens in new tab).

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