Green Tourism – Mountaints and National Parks of Albania

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Valbona Valley –  National Park is a national park in Albania declared by government decree in 1996. It covers an area of 8,000 hectares and is located along the Valbona Valley.

Valbona Valley spring
Valbona Valley – Photo Source: Tobias Klenze
Valbone Albania snow
Valbona Valley – Photo Source: Wikimedia

A main attraction is the Valbona River flowing in the middle of the valley. Valbona village is the focal point of the Valbona National Park. Its configuration, hydrology, forests, flowers, characteristic dwellings and the hospitality of its people make this park an ideal place to visit and invigorate. Rocky and  steepy high peaks, such as Jezerce, Iron, Kollata (Podi of Kollatës), and Pecmarrës attract trackers and alpinists.

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Camping in Valbona – Photo Source: Summitpost.org

Valbona Valley
Photo credits: Summitpost.org

Agricultural and livestock products or the Valbona Valley National Park and area are completely natural, and entirely organic. Food is generally fresh and home made, but it is also sometimes processed and canned by the inhabitants of the tiny and remote villages. Stunning nature, clean air, high and characteristic mountain peaks, lakes, numerous water resources, forests, mountains, flora and fauna of Valbona Valley National Park provide conditions for true eco tourism experiences.  Some attractions of the park include:

  • Valbona Pass at 1811 meters of altitude
  • Cave of the Wind at 1942m
  • Zhapore Trail at 1624m
  • Beautiful alcoves at 1742m
  • Curraj i Eperm Church
  • Snow Cave
Image of the River in Valbona
Valbona River
Skiing in Valbona
Skiing in Valbona – Photo Source Endri
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Valbona Valley – Photo Source: Flickr.com
Valbona Hostel
A hostel in Valbona Valley – Photo Source: Albanian Destination

Theth is a community in the Shala municipality, Shkodër District, Shkodër County, northern Albania.The community is at the center of Thethi National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Theth remains remote. It is most easily accessible by a 25 km unmade road from the village of Boga which is impassible during the winter months and is not generally suitable at any time of the year for motor vehicles without off-road capabilities.

Theth
Theth – Photo Source: Wikimedia

Although the Kanun (traditional Albanian law) remains influential, Theth has not suffered from the recent (post-Communist) reappearance of the blood feud which has troubled other areas of Northern Albania. Ironically, Theth boasts one of the very few remaining “lock-in towers”, a historical form of protection for families that were “in blood”. The population has been greatly reduced over the past few decades and the majority of those remaining occupy Theth only during the summer months. A number of local families offer board and lodging to visitors who come to Theth to hike in the National Park – or merely to admire the mountain scenery.

Theth
Theth – Photo Source: Flickr

Apart from the lock-in tower, other attractions include spectacular waterfalls, a working watermill (still used to grind the local inhabitants’ corn) and a modest ethnographic museum.

tower in theth, Albania
Old church in Theth – Photo Source: Flickr

A Balkans Peace Park Project is working towards the creation of a park extending across the borders of Albania, Montenegro, and Kosovo and has taken a lead in recent years in encouraging sustainable and ecologically sensitive tourism in and around Theth (for example by funding the marking of footpaths)

Llogara or Llogora National Park is a national park in Albania declared since 1966 by the Albanian Government. The park covers an area of 1,010 hectares (2,500 acres) and protects the forests on the north side of the Llogara Pass between a height from 470 to 2,018 m (1,542 to 6,621 ft) above sea level.

Hotel in Llogara
Llogara National Park – Photo Source: BoraProperty

In the park can be found many black pine (Pinus nigra) trees, Bosnian Pines (Pinus heldreichii), Bulgarian fir, (Abies borisii-sign) and ash trees (Fraxinus). Air currents around the area have caused trees to bend in many interesting shapes, like the Pisha e Flamurit.

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Llogara Park – Photo Source: Flickr

Tomorri Mountain Park With an area of 4,000 hectares, the Tomorri Park is to the east of the museum city of Berat. From afar, the mountain of Tomorr gives the impression of a gigantic natural fortress.    Here is also the grave of Abaz Aliu (Tyrba e Kulmakut), 1,200 m above sea level. Every August thousands of pilgrims go up to the Tyrba for a week thus stimulating religious tourism.

Peak of the Tomorri Mountain
Tomorri Mountains – Photo Source: Panacomp.net
Tomorri in autum
Autumn in the Tomorri Mountains

Voskopoja is a touristic village located about 21 km from Korca. The main characteristics of Voskopoja are clean air, fresh & curative water. During winter you can practice the ski sport.

Voskopojë
Voskopoje – Photo Source: Wikimedia
Voskopoja
Winter in Voskopoja – Photo Source: Wikipedia

Razma village is located 41 km in the northern of Shkodra city. It is the idela place to practice mountain hiking and ski sport. It is well known for its wonderful nature.

Ramza
Ramza Village

Butrint

Castle of Butrint
Amphitheatre of Butrint
Butrint
Archeological digging in Butrint

Castles to visit in the south of Albania

  • Ali Pasha Castle
  • Borshi Castle
  • Kaninë Castle
  • Lëkurësi Castle
  • Porto Palermo Castle
  • Ksamil Islands
  • Gjipe
Castle of Ali Pasha in Albania facing mountains
Ali Pasha Castle – Photo Source: Wikimedia
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Borsh Castle – Photo Source: Wikimedia
Lekuresi Castle
Lekuresi Castle in Sarande – Photo Source: thousandwonders.net
Manastiri beach from above
Manastiri beach – Ksamil
Gjipe canyon
Gjipe, Sarande – Photo Source: Flickr