Hidden beneath the overbearing black mountains that crown Lake Skadar in Montenegro is the small fishing village of Karuc – an unexpected oasis in an austere mountain landscape. Arrive in Karuc from a windy road off the main way from Podgorica, and you will be instantly transported to another world. The pervasive stillness will immediately put you at ease. A sense of timelessness follows as you venture up a path to the 500 year old residence of a former duke of Montenegro. Nearby you can also find homemade cuisine, local hospitality and a most ethereal pitcher of wild pomegranate juice (sok od šipka).
To taste this heavenly beverage you must seek out Mr. Miodrag Strugar, who offers private accommodation and traditional food from an old stone house on the water’s edge. The food was fresh and delicious, although the pretty pink pomegranate juice was for sure the star of the show. Tart, sweet, and radiant it tasted of the sun and was everything you could ask for from a fruit.
My stay in Karuc was brief though, and I didn’t have time to finish my juice. Perhaps I was distracted by the smooth homemade rakija and our cook’s impromptu serenade. In any case, I still thirst for the stuff and often yearn to return to this little mountain haven for my unfinished glass of 'sok od šipka' and a few more moments of lakeside serenity.
Karuc is 20 km from Podgorica off the main road from Podgorica to Cetinje. The turning point is clearly marked. Contact Miodrag: +382(0)69027882