TIRANA, August 25
Nature lovers and birdwatchers seem to have found the perfect spot for wildlife and nature observation in Albania. While most of the tourists that come to Albania choose to explore its beaches, mountains or historic sites, there are many others that prefer ecotourism in Divjaka National Park, the western part of the country. Dozens of Albanian and international tourists come to the park every day while their number increases in weekends. The park located in Karavasta Lagoon is the perfect place for observing the numerous birds that live and breed within this protected area.
Birdwatchers are highly attracted by the Dalmatian Pelican, and other birds such as swans, or flamingos that rest in the park during their migration, and other rare species that a few years ago were at the risk of extinction. The implementation of the hunting ban moratorium helped the rejuvenation of wildlife in Divjaka area.
This is one of the main factors that helps to promote tourism in the area where visitors can take a stroll on the beach or in the pine forest, eat delicious fish and eel dishes from Karavasta wetland and watch the rare bird species. The population of the Dalmatian Pelican that breeds in this park has attracted even international media. This species was endangered and their number declined worldwide due to wetland drainage, shooting, and persecution by fishermen who believe that the Dalmatian pelican competes with them for food. But this is a wrong perception because these birds prefer fish that is not hunted by humans.
The tourists that come to Divjaka Park enjoy the biodiversity of the area and watch the birds from specific observation sites without disturbing them.