TIRANA, December 10
The Municipality of Klos, northern-central Albania, is one of the beneficiaries of an EU funded transboundary project between Albania and North Macedonia on discovering new tourist attractions. A cooperation agreement was signed between the municipalities of Klos and Demir Hisar. The projects aim at identifying new tourist attractions in both countries and therefore make possible the expansion of the tourism offer and promote sustainable tourism and cultural heritage preservation.
The project includes the construction of an ethnographic museum in Klos, infrastructure investments in Balgjaj area, in the Maiden Bridge Protected Area (Ura e Vashes), and other unknown destinations. Moreover, one of the main goals of the project is to support the promotion of local goods and producers.
Attraction in Klos
Monuments of culture in Albania such as bridges and castles are related to legends of women, love and hidden treasures. Klos municipality is no exception. The area is home to monuments that would attract numerous tourists to visit remote and unexplored villages and help local communities to generate incomes and build sustainable development.
The White Stone Castle
The castle is located below Guri i Bardhe village and above Fshati village (there is a village in Klos named Village). This castle along with Xibri Castle were two important strongholds in the time of Gjon Kastrioti. Rumor has it that Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu was born at the White Stone Castle. Meanwhile, Marin Barleti documented that Donika spent the summer at this castle.
The Maiden Bridge Protected Area
The bridge was built in the 18th century as a charity work over Mat River and stands over one arch and a window. The bridge is 11 meters long, seven meters high, 2.8 meters wide. It attracts numerous visitors. The bridge and its surroundings obtained the protected area status in 2017.
Source: Klos Municipality