The fortress is located on the island of the same name in the northwestern part of Lake Skadar, near the village of Godinje. Once this island was called the island of snakes, and in recent history, it is called the island of birds and it is a rich nature reserve.
History of Grmozur Fortress
The fortress was built by the Turks in 1843, and was conquered by the Montenegrins in 1878. From that period, the fortress was a prison by decree of Prince Nikola, better known as the Montenegrin Alcatraz. It was in that function until the Balkan wars. During its history, it was destroyed in the 1905 earthquake.
What to see in the vicinity of Grmozur Fortress?
Grmozur Island is a permanent habitat for certain species of birds, and for some, it is only a temporary resting place during their migration from Northern and Central Europe to Africa. If you are visiting the island, you will have the opportunity to see the ornithological bird reserve. The island is especially famous for its hordes of pelicans.
How to get to Grmozur Fortress?
- By car: If you are located in the center of Bar, you can reach the fortress by passing Susanj, Sutomore, and Virpazar. From Virpazar you reach the village of Godinje, and then there is a fortress nearby. The distance between Bar and the fortress is 30 km, which is 43 minutes by car. Cross roads E851 and then E65/E80.