The castle is one of the oldest and most well known in the Balkans, built on the site of an earlier Byzantine castle that was likely pre-dated by another, 3rd century BC fortress. It’s a massive-walled, very wide structure that’s mostly been ruined and partly been restored. While the walls have been reconstructed to some degree, the inner keep and some old towers exist only as bare foundations. The gate fortifications have held up, and are impressively sturdy. This main entrance faces outward toward the water and the steepest stretch of hillside, where now there are a few souvenir sellers in the shade and a cooler or two of water and soda.
All of us - tourists from Slovenia, Holland, Macedonia and the two of us - were entranced by the water. From on high, the rippling patterns on the surface made the lake seem vast and infinitely complex.