G E O G R APH Y
ALBANIA BORDERS MONTENEGRO AND KOSOVA IN THE
NORTH AND NORTHEAST, FYR OF MACEDONIA IN THE
EAST, AND GREECE IN THE SOUTH. IT IS WASHED BY THE
ADRIATIC AND IONIAN SEAS TO THE WEST AND SEPARATED
FROM ITALY BY THE STRAIT OF OTRANTO, 82 KM IN WIDTH.
ALBANIA SURPRISES VISITORS WITH THE DIVERSITY OF ITS
LANDSCAPES, WHICH CHANGE QUICKLY AND DRAMATICALLY. ALBANIA IS A MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRY,
BUT DUE TO ITS PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHICAL AND
GEOLOGICAL FEATURES, A VARIETY OF LANDSCAPES
INTERTWINE. LANDSCAPES RANGE FROM TYPICALLY
MEDITERRANEAN IN THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST, TO
MIXED IN THE CENTRAL AREA, AND MOUNTAINOUS
IN THE INNER PART OF THE COUNTRY. THE COAST
HAS BEAUTIFUL, VIRGIN, AND FINE SANDY AND
PEBBLE BEACHES. THE COUNTRY IS ADORNED WITH
LAGOONS, RESERVATIONS, HUNTING GROUNDS, AND SPAS.
Prespa e Vogël
NUMEROUS CHARMING INLAND LAKES, NATURAL
C L I M ATE
EDITERRANEAN CLIMATE, IS THE ALBANIA NATURE, BUT
GIVEN ITS MOUNTAINOUS CHARACTER AND BROKEN RELIEF,
IT VARIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. ALBANIA IS CHARACTERIZED
BY HOT DRY SUMMERS WITH BRIGHT SUNNY DAYS, AND GENERALLY MILD WINTERS WITH ABUNDANT RAINFALL. THE WINTERS
ARE COLD AND THE SUMMERS CHILLY IN THE ALBANIAN ALPS IN
THE NORTHERN PART OF THE
COUNTRY. GENERALLY, THE
WEATHER IS SUNNY AND HOT
FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER,
AND COOL AND WET FROM
OCTOBER TO MAY. VISITORS
CAN ENJOY THE WONDERFUL
ALBANIAN SIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. NOTWITHVelipojë, Shkodër
STANDING, THE BEST MONTHS TO VISIT ALBANIA ARE APRIL, MAY AND JUNE, AS WELL AS THE
PERIOD FROM MID-OCTOBER.
Mali i Miletit, Konispol
A D V E N TURE
S P O R TS
Kite Boarding, Karavasta
Motocross, Shën Gjergj
Paragliding, Mali i Çikës
Off-Road sunday, Mali me Gropa
Rafting, Zabërzan Osum
Rally, Palasa Beach
M O U N TAIN S
SKIING/TREKKING/SPEL E O L O G Y / A I R S P O R T S
OUNTAINS AND HILLS MAKE UP TWO-THIRDS OF THE TERRITORY OF ALBANIA AND EXTEND
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. THE MOST IMPORTANT MOUNTAINOUS CENTERS ARE DAJTI,
LLOGARA, DARDHA, BOZDOVECI, VOSKOPOJA, VALBONA AND THETHI. THEY OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS SKIING, TREKKING, SPELEOLOGICAL EXPEDITIONS, MOUNTAIN BIKING, ETC.
SKIING IS ESPECIALLY DEVELOPED IN THE AREA OF KORÇA. IN PARTICULAR, VOSKOPOJA HAS A
WELL-KNOWN RESORT THAT HAS ENJOYED INCREASED TRAFFIC THANKS TO THE PROMOTION BY
THE ALBANIAN FEDERATION OF SKIING. ALBANIA HAS NUMEROUS LOCATIONS WHERE SKIING AND
OTHER WINTER SPORTS CAN TAKE PLACE, SUCH AS SHISHTAVECI IN THE DISTRICT OF KUKËS, KORABI IN THE DISTRICT OF DIBRA, THE REGION OF PUKA, GRABOVA IN THE DISTRICT OF GRAMSHI,
AS WELL AS RAZMA, BOGA, THETHI IN THE ALBANIAN ALPS, ETC.. THE ACADEMY OF PHYSICAL
EDUCATION AND SPORTS ORGANIZES EVERY YEAR SKIING COURSES. THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES
EXIST FOR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING AND TREKKING IN PLACES LIKE THETHI IN MALËSIA E MADHE
Delta Motor, Korçë
Paragliding over Albanian Riviera
(THE BIG HIGHLAND) - THE STARTING POINT FOR
THE ALBANIAN ALPS; THE RANGES OF KORABI
AND LURA IN THE DISTRICT OF DIBRA; VALBONA;
MAJA E HEKURAVE (PEAK OF IRONS) AND KOLLATA IN THE DISTRICT OF TROPOJA; VERMOSHI,
BOGA, THETHI AND RAZMA IN THE DISTRICTS
OF SHKODRA AND MALËSIA E MADHE;
IN THE DISTRICT OF TIRANA; TOMORRI IN BERAT;
THE AREA OF VITHKUQ IN KORÇA; THE RANGES
BETWEEN PËRMETI AND GJIROKASTRA IN THE
SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. THE SPREAD
OF LIMESTONE FORMATIONS AND THE PRESENMali me gropa
CE OF KARST HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE CREATION OF NUMEROUS CAVES THROUGHOUT THE
TERRITORY OF THE COUNTRY. THEY MAKE FOR VERY ATTRACTIVE SIGHTS WITH THE WEALTH OF
STALACTITES, STALAGMITES AS WELL AS PRE-HISTORIC AND ARCHEOLOGICAL OBJECTS. A NUMBER OF GROUPS OF FOREIGN VISITORS AND SPELEOLOGISTS, PARTICULARLY FROM POLAND, CZECH
REPUBLIC AND HUNGARY, HAVE TOURED THE ALBANIAN ALPS FROM THE ‘90S. AMONG THE MOST
INTERESTING CAVES TO VISIT ARE THE CAVE OF JUBAN IN THE DISTRICT OF SHKODRA, THE CAVE OF
PUC IN THE ALPS, THE CAVE OF PËLLUMBAS IN THE RAVINE OF SKORANA, THE CAVE OF VALI IN BIZA
OF THE DISTRICT OF TIRANA, THE CAVE OF PIRROGOSH IN THE DISTRICT OF SKRAPAR - THE LARGEST
IN ALBANIA, THE CAVE OF LEK PETA IN KURVELESH , ETC.. IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREAS OF THE
COUNTRY, ONE CAN ALSO ENGAGE IN MOUNTAIN BIKING IN AREAS SUCH AS THETHI, BOGA, ETC.,
IN THE ALBANIAN ALPS. ALBANIAN NATURE OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHER TYPES OF SPORTS
AND HOLIDAYS ON THE GO, SUCH AS AERONAUTICS, EQUESTRIAN SPORTS, BIKING, EXCURSIONS, AND OUTSIDE GAMES.
OUTDOOR ALBANIA HAS CREATED UNIQUE AND VARIED TOURS IN ALBANIA , DISTINGUISHED BY CREATIVITY, SAFETY, PROFESSIONALISM, AND ENTHUSIASM. THROUGH ITS ACTIVITIES OUTDOOR ALBANIA OFFERS ACCESS TO PRACTICALLY EVERY
CORNER OF THE COUNTRY.
PIONEERING ADVENTURE TRAVEL AND OPENING NEW ROUTES TO ADVENTURE DEFINES OUTDOOR ALBANIA ‘S CREATIVE SPIRIT AND DEDICATION. OUTDOOR ALBANIA DESIGNS TOURS THAT OFFER BOTH PRIVILEGED ACCESS AND SPECIAL INSIGHT. THE
OUTDOOR ALBANIA TEAM HAS TRAIL-BLAZED MANY OF TODAY’S COMMERCIAL ROUTES FOR RAFTING, KAYAKING, MOUNTAIN
BIKING, TREKKING AND MOUNTAINEERING.
AERONAUTICS IS ONE OF THE TRENDIEST SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN ALBANIA. IT TOOK OFF AFTER THE ‘90S. THE ALBANIAN
AERONAUTICS HAS SUCCESSFULLY PROMOTED THE SPORT IN ALBANIA. UNDER THE MOTTO “WHO FLIES, LOVES”, IT DRAWS
FLYING ENTHUSIASTS. ALBANIA OFFERS EXCELLENT TOPOGRAPHIC AND NATURAL CONDITIONS FOR ENGAGING IN SUCH ACTIVITIES. THE BEST LOCATION IS THE PASS OF LLOGORA IN THE DISTRICT OF VLORA, WHERE THE AIR CURRENTS ARE VERY
FAVORABLE. THE SPECTACULAR VIEW AS ONE SKYDIVES FROM AN ALTITUDE OF 1,052 METERS ABOVE THE SEA LEVEL AND
LANDS ON THE BEACH OF PALASA, MAKES THIS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. DHËRMI, SARANDA, DAJTI, MORAVA, ETC., ARE
AMONG THE OTHER FABULOUS LOCATIONS OFFERED BY THE ALBANIAN NATURE, WHERE ONE CAN ENGAGE IN THE CHALLENGING EXERCISES OF AERONAUTICS. EQUESTRIAN SPORTS OFFER OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCES
IN ALBANIA. THEY HAVE A LONG HISTORY IN THE COUNTRY
AND CAN BE PRACTICED BY VISITING FANS IN NUMEROUS
THE HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL IN PEZA, EVENTS IN THE DAJTI
MOUNTAIN FOR “DINAMO”, “TIRANA” AND “PARTIZANI” SPORTS CLUBS, THE “ALFA JURI” SOCIETY IN DIVJAKA, “ENKELANA’ IN POGRADEC, THE LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS AND GROUNDS IN SHKODRA, SHIJAK, KUKËS, SHISHTAVEC, KORÇA,
VLORA, BUTRINT, AS WELL AS THE LURA SOCIETY PROVIDE
VARIOUS OPPORTUNITIES IN A WIDE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA,
WHERE NATURE AND UNIQUE GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY AND
T H E C OAS T
SWIMMING/MOTOR BOAT T O U R S /
SCUBA DIVING/FISHING / B E A C H V O L L E Y
HE COAST IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN ALBANIA, AMENABLE
TO A NUMBER OF SPORTS. IT IS 450 KM LONG (INCLUDING THE LAGOONS) AND IS OVERALL
CLEAN ACCORDING TO MEDITERRANEAN STANDARDS.
THE LARGEST PART OF THE COASTAL AREA CONSISTS OF THE ADRIATIC SEASHORE, WHICH BEGINS AT THE MOUTH OF BUNA RIVER IN THE NORTH AND CONTINUES UP TO THE BAY OF VLORA
IN THE SOUTH. THE BEACHES OF THE ADRIATIC SEA ARE CHARACTERIZED BY SHALLOW WATERS,
MAKING THEM ATTRACTIVE DESTINATIONS FOR FAMILIES. SIGNIFICANT PARTS OF THE SEASHORE
IS SURROUNDED BY PINE FORESTS AND LAGOONS THAT CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PRO-
THE NORTHERN PART OF THE ADRIATIC
SEASHORE, THE BEACHES OF VELIPOJA
AND SHËN GJINI (SAINT JOHN) ARE THE
MOST FREQUENTED, PRIMARILY BY HOLIDAYMAKERS FROM THE NORTHERN
ALBANIA. IN RECENT YEARS, THE NUMBER OF VISITORS FROM KOSOVA HAS INCREASED. THE MOST IMPORTANT AND
BEST-FREQUENTED BEACH, NOT ONLY OF
THE ADRIATIC SHORE BUT OF THE WHOLE ALBANIAN COAST, IS THE BEACH OF
DURRËS, WHICH MERGES WITH THAT
Swimming, Gjipe Beach
MOTION OF ECOTOURISM, OBSERVATION OF SEAFOWL, AND FOR NATURE LOVERS IN GENERAL. IN
OF GOLEM. THEY HAVE THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF TOURISTS FROM KOSOVA, MACEDONIA, FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
TO, AS WELL AS THOSE LIVING IN THE CAPITAL. OTHER BEACHES ARE THOSE OF KARPEN AND SPILLENJA IN THE DISTRICT OF
KAVAJA - TAKING THEIR FIRST STEPS IN TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, DIVJAKA IN THE DISTRICT OF LUSHNJA
- FAMED FOR ITS ECOSYSTEM. THE ADRIATIC SHORE HAS A NUMBER OF LAGOONS. THE LAGOON OF KARAVASTA IS THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL AND IMPORTANT. IT HAS BEEN DECLARED A NATIONAL PARK, AND IS THE LARGEST, WITH AN AREA OF 4,330 HA.
AMONG OTHERS, IT IS THE MOST WESTERN NESTING LOCATION FOR THE CURLY PELICAN (PELICANUS CRISPUS) IN EUROPE,
AND IS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF RAMSAR.
THE IONIAN SEASHORE, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “ALBANIAN RIVIERA” BEGINS AT THE BAY OF VLORA AND EXTENDS UP
TO THE CAPE OF STILLO ON THE BORDER WITH GREECE. IT IS ROCKY, OF A DRAMATIC RELIEF, AND HAS SMALL AND INTIMATE
PEBBLE BEACHES. THE IONIAN SEA IS RENOWNED FOR THE QUALITY AND DEPTH OF ITS WATERS. IT IS THE PREFERRED DESTINATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, HONEYMOONERS, AND WATER SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS. THERE ARE ALSO MANY OPPORTUNITIES
FOR DIVING. THE MAIN BEACHES ARE PALASA, DHËRMI, JALI, SPILE OF HIMARA, QEPARO, BORSH, BUNEC, KRORËZ, SARANDA
AND KSAMIL. THE ALBANIAN COAST PROVIDES ALL THE NECESSARY CONDITION FOR ENGAGING IN A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS, SUCH AS SWIMMING, ROWING, MOTOR BOAT TOURS, DIVING, ETC. ONE OF THE MOST SALIENT EXAMPLES IS BEACH VOLLEY, ORGANIZED UNDER THE EXCLUSIVE SUPERVISION OF THE ALBANIAN FEDERATION OF VOLLEYBALL.
THE MAIN VENUES FOR BEACH VOLLEY ARE THE BEACHES OF DURRËSI, VELIPOJA, POGRADECI, SARANDA, ETC..
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCUBA DIVING ABOUND, WITH CHOICE LOCATIONS AT THE CAPE OF RODON, THAT OF LAGJI, THE AREA
ROUND THE PENINSULA OF KARABURUN AND THE ISLAND OF SAZAN, DHËRMIU BEACH ETC.. THEY HAVE A RICH UNDERWATER FLORA AND FAUNA. ONE CAN ALSO ENCOUNTER SUNKEN SHIPS, CORAL REEFS AND OBJECTS OF ARCHEOLOGICAL VALUE.
SUMMER COURSES IN SCUBA DIVING ARE OFFERED EVERY YEAR AT THE DHËRMIU BEACH. PERMITS FOR DIVING ARE ISSUED
BY THE INSTITUTE OF ARCHEOLOGY. THE ALBANIAN COAST IS AN EXCELLENT DESTINATION FOR FISHING. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FISHING, MEMBER OF THE ALBANIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, ORGANIZES AMATEUR FISHING SPORTING EVENTS.
THE LOCATIONS FOR FISHING ENTHUSIASTS INCLUDE:
- THE MOUTHS OF VJOSA RIVER (FIER - VLORË BOUNDARY), SHKUMBINI RIVER (BETWEEN LUSHNJA AND KAVAJA), DRINI RIVER,
MATI RIVER, BUNA RIVER AND THE WHOLE OF THE ALBANIAN COAST.
THANKS TO THE FAVORABLE CLIMATE, FISHING CAN BE CARRIED OUT THE YEAR ROUND IN ALBANIA. CATCH VARIES ACCORDING TO THE BREEDING SEASON. THE PLEASURE OF FISHING IS ENHANCED BY MEDITATION-INDUCED RELAXATION, AND THE
UNIQUE AND CHASTE BEAUTY OF THE ALBANIAN LANDSCAPE, AT TIMES FIERCE, THEN PEACEFUL.
Virgin Beach nearby Palasa
L A K ES
SWIMMING/ROWING/FIS H I N G / H O R S E - R I D I N G
LBANIA HAS MANY BIG AND SMALL LAKES. THE MOST IMPORTANT TOURIST DESTINATION
AMONG THEM IS LAKE OHRID, LOCATED IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. IT
HAS AN AREA OF 362 KM2, ONE THIRD OF WHICH BELONGS TO ALBANIA. THIS IS THE DEEPEST
LAKE IN THE COUNTRY AND THE WHOLE BALKAN PENINSULA. THE MAXIMAL DEPTH REACHES
ALMOST 300 METERS. THE LAKE IS INHABITED BY ALCORAN, A KIND OF TROUT UNIQUE TO
THIS ENVIRONMENT. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TOURIST CENTERS IN THE AREA, SUCH AS LINI,
POJSKA, THE TOWN OF POGRADEC, TUSHEMISHT AND THE KARSTIC SPRINGS OF DRILON.
THE VISITORS TO LAKE OHRID COME NOT ONLY FROM WITHIN THE COUNTRY, BUT FROM ABROAD
TOO. THEY USUALLY STAY IN THE HOUSES FOR RENT IN THE AREA OF TUSHEMISHT.
THE LAKE OF SHKODRA IS THE BIGGEST
LAKE IN THE COUNTRY AND OF THE
WHOLE BALKAN PENINSULA IT HAS AN
AREA OF 368 KM2, 149 KM2 OF WHICH BELONG TO ALBANIA. THE TOURIST
CENTERS NEAR THE LAKE ARE SHIROKA
AND ZOGAJ. THEY HAVE SMALL RESTAURANTS THAT SERVE SPECIALTY DISHES
OF THE LAKE FISH (CARP EEL, ETC.).
Tirana artiﬁcial lake
Dushku Lake (Gramsh District)
THE PRESPA LAKE IS SITUATED IN THE SOUTHEASTERN
PART OF THE COUNTRY. ITS ALTITUDE IS THE HIGHEST
FOR A TECTONIC LAKE IN THE BALKAN PENINSULA. IT IS
ALSO THE LARGEST NATIONAL PARK IN THE COUNTRY,
WITH AN AREA OF 27,700 HA. THE LAKE OCCUPIES AN
AREA OF 285 KM FROM WHICH 38.8 BELONG TO ALBANIA. ITS SHORES ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR QUIET AND THE
CHARMING LANDSCAPES. THE MAIN BEACH IS THAT OF
Lake Ohrid, Pogradec
Foto_Municipality of Pogradec
ZAROSHKA TO THE SOUTH OF THE LAKE. A SMALL EREMITE CHURCH CAN BE FOUND IN THE SMALL ISLAND
Micro Prespa Lake
OF MALIGRAD. IN RECENT YEARS, EFFORTS HAVE BEEN
MADE TO ENCOURAGE FAMILY TOURISM. THE AREA IS
FREQUENTED BY FOREIGNERS WHO ARRIVE AS PART OF
TOURS ORGANIZED THROUGH FOREIGN AGENCIES SPECIALIZED IN ECOTOURISM.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SMALL LAKES OF GLACIAL
AND KARSTIC ORIGIN INSIDE THE COUNTRY. SUCH ARE
THE 12 GLACIAL LAKES OF LURA IN THE DISTRICT OF
DIBRA. THEY ARE PART OF A NATIONAL PARK, AND
STAND OUT FOR THE CAPTIVATING NATURAL LANDSCAPES AMID THE MANY FORESTS.
THE LAKE AREAS GIVE THE VISITORS THE OPPORTUNITY
FOR ENGAGING IN SPORTS, LIKE SWIMMING, ROWING, FISHING, ETC. WIDELY
PRACTICED IN THEM, AS WELL AS
SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS ON THE GO.
IN THE LURA AREA, HORSE-RIDING IS A
LOCAL SPORT, WITH TRADITIONAL HORSE RACES ORGANIZED IN THE FIELD OF
Lake Ohrid, Pogradec
Foto_Municipality of Pogradec
Lura, Lake of Cattles
N AT I O NAL
PA R KS
The National Park of “Mali Dajtit” (Dajti Mountain)
is located to the east of the capital and has an area of 3,300 ha.
A typical feature of the Park is the change of the types of vegetation with the increase in altitude.
Mediterranean shrubs and evergreen makia type vegetation grow 300 - 600 meters above the sea
level. Oak trees and shrubs grow at 500 (600) - 1,000 (1,300) meters of altitude - an area which
is also characterized by a mix of tree varieties. Beech grows at 1,000 - 1,600 meters. The alpine
vegetation lies in a limited area at an altitude above 1,600 meters. On the western slope, the forest
is composed of 200 years old beech trees.
Dajti National Park has a rich, diverse and well-developed animal life. It is an important habitat for
the large mammals, such as wild boar, wolf, badger, fox, wild hare, otter, brown bear, bats, etc.
Dajti Park is also well-frequented by daily visitors. Accommodation
for longer stays is available. The Park offers opportunities for excursions, skiing, sky sports, mountain climbing, etc..
National Park of “Lura”,
Liqeni i Luleve, Lurë
with an area of 1,280 ha, is located in the eastern slope of the massif
“Kunora e Lurës” (the Crown of Lura). In an altitude of 1,350 - 1,720
meters above the sea level, 14 glacial lakes offer a most picturesque
and captivating sight. The most notable among them are: the Big
Lake - 32 ha, the Pine tree lake - 13 ha, the Black lake - 8 ha, and the
Lake of Flowers - 4 ha. During the winter the lakes freeze.
A meadow called the “Filed of Mares” lies in the southern part of the
Park. Its diverse vegetation with multicolor ﬂowers and century-old
coniferous trees creates a relaxing environment. Lura Park is a potential destination for ecotourism,
winter sports, horse-riding.
The Park’s ﬂora is characterized by two tiers: beech and alpine. Coniferous woods are among the
richest in variety in the country and unmatched in the whole Europe. One ﬁnds
also ensembles characterized by two layers of woods. Mountain pine-wood, ﬁr,
the black pine, more rarely Taxus baccata, and some medicinal plants are to be
found in Lura.
National Park of “Thethi”,
with an area of 2,630 ha, is situated in the Albanian Alps, in the proximity of Bjeshkët e Namuna (Cursed Mountains). It lies 70 km from the city of Shkodra. Thethi
River, ﬂowing at 1,000 - 1,300 l/sek., and rich in mountain trout, runs through the
Park. The canyon at the ravine of Shkalla e Thethit (Stair of Thethi), an area inhabited by wild doves. Grunas cataract is especially picturesque and captivating with
water falling from a height of 30 meters.
Thethi Park stands apart for its diversity of habitats and kinds of vegetation, mostly
beech forests. Nearly 1,500 types of plants grow in the park. They represent almost
half of the varieties that exist in the country. Among the, 100 are medicinal plants.
Worth mentioning is the presence of the relic tree of Taxus baccata.
The fauna of the Thethi Park is diverse too. Twenty types of mammals live there,
50 kinds of nesting birds, almost 10 kinds of reptiles and 8 amphibians. The Park
gains importance given that it represents the largest population (50 heads) of bobcats (lynx-lynx) in the country, a species in danger of extinction.
The native population is progressively moving to the plains, but they come back
during the summer to spend their holidays and make efforts to promote the family
Kepi i Rodonit,
Kamping at Theth,
Air Sports from The Pass of Llogora
Visitors to the Park can engage in a number of activities, such as mountain climbing, winter
sports, ﬁshing, kayaking, speleological expeditions, mountain biking.
The National Park of “Llogara”
is situated 40 km to the southeast of the city of Vlora on the border between the Adriatic and
Ionian seas. The altitude increases from 470 meters to 2,018 meters. In the proximity of the
Pass of Llogara one encounters trees of very unique shapes, a result of wind currents. One
such is the “Flag Pine-Tree”, a rare natural monument with scientiﬁc and touristic interest.
This Park proposes wonderful and captivating landscapes inside, at places of unique character or from vantage points. From the Pass of Caesar (whose name recalls the passage
of Julius Caesar through this pass in the year 48 B.C. during his incursion against Pompeii),
one can see Karaburun, the entrance to the ﬁeld of Dukat and the inlet of Orikum. From the
Pass of Llogara, the view encompasses sights within 3 km of straight-line distance, including
the Ionian sea, a good part of the Albanian Riviera (the villages of Palasa, Dhërmi, Vuno.
The Park is traversed by the national road Vlorë - Himarë - Sarandë as well as by pathways
that promote visits by eco tourists.
The dominant vegetation is coniferous consisting of the black pine and ﬁr. Juniper and mountain pine-wood also grow there. The environment in Llogara is characterized by heterogeneity, manifested in the variety of trees and plants. Hence, the ecosystem includes numerous
habitats that sustain a great number of species, 105 kinds of birds, among which 6 both rare
National Park of Llogora
Shpella e Piratëve
and under danger of extinction. The mammals in the park include the wolf, wild cat, deer, marten,
badger, squirrel. The most frequently met mammal is the fox.
The Park of Llogara is an important tourist destination, but also a bridge to the Ionian seashore.
It is amenable to the promotion of ecotourism, sky sports, excursions, trekking. It is a climacteric
location where the mountain air combines with that of the sea. The Park offers accommodation for
the enthusiasts of sky sports.
National Park “Butrinti”
is situated approximately 25 km to the south of the town of Saranda. The area of the Park is 2,500
ha. The sector Canal of Çuka - inlet and islands of Ksamil is especially appealing and relaxing. The
islands are like an oasis of wonderful sights of the sea and land. They are covered by lavish typical
Mediterranean vegetation. The antique town of Butrint lies inside one such forest, a true subtropical
jungle, dominated by high trees and laurel.
This is an area of particular importance for tourism in Albania, primarily the cultural tourism targeting
the antique town of Butrint, protected by UNESKO-s, the blue tourism in Ksamil, ecotourism, water
sports, ﬁshing in the lake of Butrint, etc..
The National Park “Pisha e Divjakës” (The Pine-Tree of Divjaka),
with an area of 1,250 ha, is located 5 km from Divjaka and nearly 40 km from the center of the town
Divjaka National Park
National Park of Prespa
of Lushnja. It is part of the ensemble of the Lagoon of Karavasta, an area under the protection of
the International Convention of Ramsar from the year 1994.
The Park vegetation is mostly coniferous with plants like the wild pine-tree, and less frequently,
the cultivated variety. What draws attention is its multilayered character, starting with herbaceous
plants to move up to high pine-trees with umbrella-like tops.
Divjaka Park constitutes one of the most important ecosystems in the whole of Albania thanks to
the rich fauna sustained by numerous and diverse habitats within this ligattinous, coastal ensemble. These habitats are used as winter destinations, for nesting, or migration by many kinds of
birds. Observations made so far have recorded 229 kinds. The most characteristic inhabitant is the
curly pelican (pelicanus crispus), whose colony represents nearly 6.4% of its population worldwide.
Karavasta is the westernmost nesting location of this bird in Europe. Tern, a species under grave
danger of extinction, lives in the park too. In Karavasta one meets also, though very rarely, the wild
In the Park, the visitors can engage in ecotourism, blue tourism, hunting, seafowl observation,
The National Park “Mali i Tomorrit” (the Mountain of Tomorr),
with an area of 4,000 ha is situated to the east of the museum-town of Berat. The beauty of the
Park is manifest in every season of the year. Caverns and caves have each their own legend.
Castle ruins found in the proximity of the Tomorri village testify to the antique history of the region.
The territory of the park is traversed by numerous paths and footways. One of them takes the visitor to the Tyrbe of Kulmak (a place of worship), 1,200 meters above the sea level, which houses
the tomb of Abaz Aliu. Every year, at the end of August, thousands of people climb to this location
in a week-long ritual of the Bektashi sect. Visitors interested in religious traditions would ﬁnd this
pilgrimage of great interest.
The Park is endowed by a rich ﬂora and fauna. Typical are beech-only forests or those mixed with
mountain pine-wood. The most frequently seen animals are the brown bear, wolf, fox, marten, badger. Visitors can engage in winter sports, mountain climbing, trekking, and pilgrimages.
National Park of Tomorr
Prespa Minor where exploration has uncovered signs
of a settlement belonging to the early Bronze period;
the castle of Trajan, one of the major prehistoric settlements in the area; the protective wall in Zvezde, built
in the 8th century B.C.; the church of Saint Mary in the
island of Maligrad, erected in the 14th century, etc..
This region is considered of great potential for tourism,
currently unexploited, considering its geographical position as a nodal link between the three neighboring
states. By an agreement signed at the prime ministerial level, the Lake of Prespa Major (the Macedonian
part) and that of Prespa Minor (the Greek part) are
included in the Balkan Park of Prespa.
The National Park of “Prespa”,
with an area of 27,750 ha, is located where the national borders of Albania, Greece and Macedonia meet.
It is composed of the lakes of Prespa Major and Prespa Minor, as well as their reservoir basin.
Prespa stands out for its rich vegetation consisting
of nearly 1,500 kinds, 71 of which trees and undergrowth. Its signiﬁcance is augmented by its fauna with
6 species of mammals, 15 reptilians and 11 ﬁsh.
The area of Prespa is also one of the richest culturally with the eremite byzantine churches, as well as
those post-byzantine; the cave of Tren in the Lake of
The area offers many opportunities for the promotion of tourism,
ecotourism, recreation, ﬁshing, gathering and selling of medicinal plants, family tourism, observation of seafowl, blue tourism,
water sports, etc..
The National Park “Bredhi i Drenovës”`
(Fir of Drenova),
is situated 10 km from the city of Korça and lies against the
Mountain of Morava. The Park has an area of 1,380 ha. It is
among the closest to residential areas and mostly frequented
by the inhabitants of Korça.
The Park is rich in water springs that remain active throughout
the year, a feature that contributes to the frequency of visitors.
Most well-known are the spring of Shën Gjergji (Saint George),
the Spring of the Old Woman, the Spring of Pilica, the springs
Marava (Drenova National Park),
Trial in Tomorrica valey,
of Izvor, the spring of the Bear, etc..
The Park is dominated especially by woods of ﬁr.
The fauna of the Park is also very rich. Observed birds are mainly of the genus Passer. There one ﬁnds
also a few kinds of woodpeckers.
Of particular interest are some relief formations carved by the wind, like “Guri i Capit” (the Stone of Cap),
which has the shape resembling a sitting camel.
The Park has undeniable potentials for the promotion of ecotourism, winter sports, mountain climbing,
The National Park of “Lugina e Valbonës” (the Valley of Valbona),
Skiing at Boga, Theth
Kayak at Valbona
with an area of 8,000 ha is considered a miracle of the Albanian Alps. It is located 25 - 30 km from the town
of Bajram Curri and lies in between high rugged mountain tops, amidst a fantastic blend of colors in every
season. It draws enormous interest from a scientiﬁc, touristic, and recreational standpoint. Moreover, its
biodiversity is signiﬁcant both nationally and internationally.
The high imposing rocky mountains, sides covered by woods, the brooks and Valbona River, create the
semblance of a giant crater of gorgeous natural beauty. The waters ﬂow from the slopes of the
Mountain of Jezerca (2,693.5 meters), the highest of the Park and the Albanian Alps. Valbona
River is the biggest of the Alps, and it ﬂows into the Drini River. Its ﬂow calms down by the
village of Valbona (Selimaj) and continues spiritedly towards Dragobia. Its waters are clean,
clear and transparent up to one meter deep. Valbona runs through a diverse terrain, suitable for
sightseeing, ﬁshing, relaxation, recreation, mountain climbing and winter sports.
There are many caverns and caves inside the Park. The best-know is the Cave of Dragobia,
which served as shelter for Bajram Curri, a national hero and leader from the area.
Besides its unique forests that match the beautiful landscape of the surrounding area, other
vegetation in the Park includes the beech, mountain pine-wood, chestnut, walnut, apple, etc..
Whereas the most notable mammals are the brown bear, wolf, wild cat, wild goats, etc.. Valbona
River is rich in silver trout. The village of Valbona is the most important touristic center, with
several resorts. It has a number of springs with clean, cold and clear waters.
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The index of the most important areas of sports and adventure in Albania
01- Theth (trekking, skiing, climbing, m. biking)
02- Valbona Valley (trekking, river ﬁshing, canoe)
03- River Shala (water sports, kayak)
04- Lake Shkodra(Shiroka) (rowing, ﬁshing)
05- Franz Joseph Islet(R. Buna) (ﬁshing, hunting)
06- Lura (camping, horse riding, 4x4)
07- Lezha Lagoons (ﬁshing, hunting, wind surﬁng)
08- Zall Gjoçaj (trekking)
09- Shna Ndue (Laç) (trekking)
10- Cape Rodon (diving, motocross, 4x4)
11- The Pass of Shtama (camping, trekking)
12- Biza (skiing, camping, speleologhy)
13- Dajti (skiing, paragliding, trekking)
14- Divjaka (ﬁshing, hunting, kite boarding)
15- Lake Ohrid (ﬁshing, swimming, canoe)
16- Guri i Kamjes (trekking)
17- Lake Prespa (ﬁshing, camping)
18- River Devoll (rafting)
19- Voskopoja (skiing, trekking, hunting)
20- Mount Tomorr (climbing, rock crawling)
21- Drenova (air sports, trekking)
22- Kanina (air sports)
23- The Fir of Hotova (camping, trekking)
24- The Pass of Llogora (air sports)
25- River Vjosa (rafting, ﬁshing)
26- Dhërmi (swimming, diving, ﬁshing)
27- Butrint (rowing)
28- Karaburun Peninsula (diving)
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