According to legend, sea nymphs called Nereides used to gather on a high cliff above this beach and comb their hair with coral brushes. Their laughter and singing could be heard far away, but it was forbidden to speak about this, because if one did, one would be struck dumb.
It is situated in the vicinity of Canj, at its very north. This small but attractive beach can be approached only from the sea.It is surronded with sediment cliffs. Because of its environment, fine sand and crystal clear sea water, it was the favorite beach of queen Milena when she was came to vacation at Topolica castle.
Throughout the history this region was a confluence of different civilization, which left a strong impact on its rich cultural and historical heritage. On the islands in the Skadar Lake, among birds and water-lilies many monasteries can be found. The oldest monastery- Starčevo, was founded in the XIV century by the humble ascetic, old man Makarije, after whom the island was named Starčeva gorica. On the shores of the lake there are two small towns–old urban settlements, with specific architecture – Virpazar and Rijeka Crnojevića. Both settlements are nowadays famous for its restaurants that offer traditional specialties. Southern hinterland of the lake (Crmnica) is famous for the best vine in Montenegro. Together with the lake carp, this will satisfy even the most demanding lovers of good food and drinks. The lake has numerous extraordinary beaches, particularly those in the village Murići, not less attractive than beaches on the coast...
The granary was flooded, the pool became a lake – the largest lake at the Balkan peninsula. The climate also changed, it became milder. All this happened at around six meters above sea level. According to science, Lake Skadar belongs to the rare Mediterranean freshwater swamps. It consists of six entities: Veliko blato, Malo blato, Vučko blato, the flooded course of the river Crnojevića, the bay of Hot and the basin of Gornje blato. There is enough material for all kinds of research at 412 square kilometers and a low water level.From Vranjina to Skadar it is 44 km long, at an average width of 10km, maximum 13km. It is around eight meters deep. Two thirds of the lake belong to Montenegro, one to Albania. The lake gets its water from a few rivers and rivulets, as well as from subterranean creeks. Its affluents are he river Morača (with the wild Mrtvica and peaceful Zeta, and the unique Cijevna), Crnojevića river, Karatuna, Orahovštica, and its effluent river Bojana flows into the Adriatic sea. At some places it is a lot deeper, and there are so called "oka" or "vrulje" (sublacustric springs). These are the proof of an oddity: the lake is a cryptodepression for its larger part. This means that its surface is above sea level and parts of its bottom below sea level. There are around 30 such springs. The temperature in these is nearly the same during the whole year. Bleaks come here in swarms, so that it is easy for the fishermen to catch them. The deepest "oko" is – more than 60 meters.During winter, many birds migrate to Skadar from differents parts of the world – e.g. western Siberia and Africa. Even the very rare Black African Heron feels at home here. The paradise of birds is very colourful: various kinds of duck and geese, cormorants, herons, ibises, eagles, griffons, bustards. Silver seagulls have chosen an island here for nesting rather that at the seaside. The island Omerova gorica is not far, a settlement of grey herons amidst bay trees, the only known colony of herons in bay trees. The lake is not an amusement park, but one of the biggest habitats of birds in Europe. This is a proof of the good condition the ecosystem is in, but also of the long tradition: this part avoided glaciation during the ice age and thus became a refuge for living organisms. The variety of the living space has something for everybody's taste: water, reed, willows, meadows, the Ćemovo field. Naked rocks at the islands. Forests. And diversity again: a hornbeam forest grows in harmony with many other trees – oaks, brachypodium, quercus cerris, alders, sweet chestnut, wild figs, pomegranate...Both the coast and the surface of the lake are covered by a rich vegetation. There are many types of algae (930!) and endemic species which prove the youth of the lake. At the surface there are white and yellow water lilies, "kasaronja" (and edible plant which lives only here and tastes like chestnut). It is a very unusual plant, since it needs rain to bear fruit even though it lives in water. There are all kinds of reed and other plants growing at the bottom but visible at the surface, in harmony with the swimming folks. 48 species of fish have been counted in the lake. Special kinds of carp and bleak live only here and nowhere else in the world. For example, it is attested that the export of bleak to Italy was very strong in the 13th century. And smoked carp is a taste hard to forget, especially in combination with the famous Crmnica wine. There are guests here as well: beside freshwater fish, sometimes there are also saltwater species: eel, and many others.
There is also a traditional Pilgrimage in Honour of the Old Olive Tree. This is the event that has been held for years. Below the natural, historical and cultural monument ethno-performances are organized in which actors, opera singers and ensembles take part. Another Dionysian celebration in honour of olive tree is celebration organized every year in December under the walls of the Old Bar and it is called “Maslinijada”. It starts with festive program, stands with the stars of the city of Bar: olives, famous olive oil of Bar, tangerines and oranges. Celebration lasts until dawn, accompanied with songs and wine at taverns and restaurants.
Today the castle is more of a museum building. In the castle park there is a train called "Ćiro" with two locomotives and two carriages, of which one was a saloon carriage for the royal family, as a reminder of the Bar-Virpazar railway that started functioning in 1908. That was the first railway in Montenegro, extending 43 km and passing through a tunnel that was 1,969 m long. This railway remained in service until 1959.Here there is also a hothouse, constructed of rust-proof materials, which was a gift of the Italian King Emanuel, and today serves as a hostelry known as "The Prince's Garden".
Several buildings such as: the steam bath, the powder magazine and the Clock Tower were built in the Ottoman era as well as the aqueduct which supplied the Old Town of Bar with drinking water.The Old Town also hosts a few remnants of sacred buildings from the Middle Ages as follows: St. Theodora’s Church (later St. George’s Church), St. Nicholas Church (later St. Mark’s Church), St. Veneranda’s Church and St. Catherina’s Church.Position of the Old Town of Bar offers the visitors the opportunity to see from the old ramparts walls a beautiful panorama of the green valley of Bar, the new part of the town, the port, open seas and massif of the mountain of Rumija. A special attraction of the Old Town of Bar is its farmers’ market (pjaca) where sellers dressed in traditional costumes of this region offer their customers local products such as: citrus fruits, olives, olive oil from the area of Bar, cheese and a variety of local handicrafts.