Bukumirsko Lake is one of the legendary lakes in Montenegro. It is surrounded by the mountains and located 1443m above sea level.
There are some legends about this lake. One of the legends goes about fabulous dragons living there and protecting the lake from ancient people. One says in Montenegro "Water brings happiness". This legend is closely connected with the lake. Long ago, a traveler passing by, stopped to look for a spring to quench his thirst. But he had never found water. And then, he exclaimed: "If the God could provide me possibility to drink some water, I would gain strength and make my way". At that moment water started flowing out of rocks and filled the whole valley.
It is not very big, but quite deep 17m, the depth is 210m and the width is 130m. The water is transparent and you may see water-lily on the surface. Here you can swim, fix a camp on the shore next to reed thicket and enjoy the mountains, bright starts above and listen to the stories about the lake all night.
Tritorus montenegrinus is a unique endemic lizard triton living near the lake. It is believed that it is a descendant of the fabulous dragons lived in this lake.
Formerly the lake was inhabited by Bukumirsko tribes, non Slavic nation arrived from Romania. They had on their mind to eliminate the dragons. So the fire was set up near the rocks. They threw huge fire stones into the lake. In return, dragons cursed the tribe as a punishment for their unwillingness to live in harmony with the nature. The legend says, that the curse came true and the tribe disappeared by mixing with other nations, just the name of the lake was left.
Today Bukumirsko Lake becomes a popular place for visiting. There are electricity, guest houses and motel. Probably, numerous tourists will destroy the charm of the lake, but more people can enjoy this beautiful place. You can get here by an asphalted road from Podgorica.
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