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Friday, September 28, 2012

Tourism in Southern Albania - Korca, an increased number of tourists

"Renewable energy, support for tourism in Albania"

September 27, 2012 14:23 
 Minister Bumçi Durrës promotes initiative
 "Sustainable energy, support for further development of tourism."

This is a new initiative of the National Agency in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism has taken the line to further propel tourism in the country.
In the context of World Tourism Day was promoted initiatives in the cities that annually hosts the largest number of tourism in the country, in Durres.
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports Aldo stated values ​​of renewable energy to improve the primary environment for tourism development, which opinion also shared with the participants the Deputy / Minister of Environment Taulant the Bino and kryebashkiku of Durres Vangjush Dako.
Meanwhile, the director of the National Tourism Agency Brikena Arapaj while recalling the natural and cultural heritage of our country, which makes proud every Albanian assets before foreigners has appealed to everyone to contribute to improve the environment and to develop tourism.
This message, part of leaflets that were distributed by air to the participants in the activity.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How To Get To Albania? Low-Cost travel...

From Greece:
- Through Kakavija, the southern border with Greece, you may enter in Gjirokaster;
- Through Kapshtica, the south-eastern border with Greece, you may enter later in Korca;
- Through Qafe Boti – Konispol relating to Fila;
- Through Three Bridges relating Përmeti with Konica.
From Montenegro:
- Through the Hani Hotit and Murriqan-Sukobina you may enter in the town of Shkoder and Shkodra Lake;
- Through Ulqini in the southern border with Montenegro you may enter the town of Shkoder;
- You can now enter from Vermosh, from where you may be linked to the region of Kelmendi in Albania and Plava Gucia – Montenegro.
From Macedonia:
- Through Qafe Thana we relate to Pogradec, Elbasan and Librazhd;
- From Tushemisht, to southeast of Ohrid Lake, in direction of Pogradec;
- From Blladë, in the direction of Peshkopia or Bulqiza and Burreli; 
- From Gorica the road heads north of Prespa Lake.
From Kosovo: 
- Vërmica,
- Qafa e Prushit
- Qafe e Morinës.
Through bus service you can also move through cities: 
Tirana – Tetovo, Macedonia through Qafe Thana.
Tirana – Prishtina and other towns in Kosovo through Morina.
Korce – Thessaloniki, Greece, through Kapshtica.
Tirana – Athens, through Kakavija.
Tirana – Sofia – Bulgaria, and Istanbul from Qafe Thana.
Sea Borders
The port of Durres relates to the Italian ports of Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Trieste and Koperin in Slovenia.
Port of Saranda. Daily movements performed with the island of Corfu.
Port of Vlora. Relates to Brindisi and Otranto.
International Airport “Mother Teresa” (also known as Rinas) is approximately 25 kilometres from Tirana and has many direct flights from Europe. Main city connections include London, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Zurich, Athens, Bologna, Budapest, Istanbul etc.
The city of Tirana is linked with the airport by bus service. Departure for the airport is made from Skanderbeg Square every hour to the airport.

Sotira Waterfalls A Pearl Of Albanian Nature don't missing in your travel

The town of Gramshi, hides a natural beauty, the Sotira Waterfalls, which are rare in their kind and are turning the place into a tourist site, especially for those who love hiking in the nature.
Different associations that encourage mountainous tourism and sports have gathered more than 150 people to hike in this rigid mountainous terrain.
The Sotire Waterfall is a natural monument that needs to be promoted as a rare natural beauty that it is.
The waterfall is situated at the foot of the Tomorri mountain, 60 kilometers from the town of Gramsh. The waterfall doesn’t exist in any tourist map.
Young hikers from Tirana and Elbasan undertook the mission to place this waterfall in the tourist destination list.

Vermosh - Albania the artistry of the divine hands. Hiking the amazing mountains or skiing the snowy peaks, there is a lot more for the adventure loving people here.

Albanian highlands, popularly known as the Albanian Alps are the place where some of the beautiful traditional villages are snuggled where untouched and unmatched scenery of the nature is on display. And one such village is Vermosh in the city of Shkodra. Stunning landscapes and grand vistas of the dramatic Alps make this village a true paradise on the earth. Hiking the amazing mountains or skiing the snowy peaks, there is a lot more for the adventure loving people here.
This beautiful village is located in the Kelmend district of Northern Albania. It is 59 miles from the City of Shkodra. Vermosh is at a level of 1,100 meters above the sea level. There are various places of interests for tourists in the village of Vermosh. But the most eye-catching among them is the Qafa e Rrapshit that has Cemi River where one sees the crystal clear water creating a stunningly beautiful contrast with the surroundings. You can even enjoy fishing in the Cemi River. Vermosh is famous for its dairy product. So, with the traditional cuisine try out the dairy products, this will truly impress you.
Apart from sightseeing you can entertain and involve yourself in the exploratory and adventurous activities. Journey to Vermosh not only gives the tourists the chance to enjoy the mythical atmosphere but also an insight into the contemporary world. You will get to taste proverbial hospitality here. From Vermosh, the tourists can plan and go on excursion to the other surrounding scenic splendor in Albania. Valbona River valley, Selimaj and Ragam are the places one can explore. The mighty Alps compliment the unmatched beauty of these places. Near the Valbona River Valley is a National Park where one can be a witness to some rare species of flora and fauna.
The village of Vermosh is blessed with rare colors and beauty of the nature such that one is bound to wonder about artistry of the divine hand that made it

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Albania flora & fauna to now in your travel low-cost

flora-and-faunaAlbanian Flora and Fauna

Due to its diverse climate and pristine landscapes, Albania has a great variety of plants and is home to a number of rare birds and animals that have either disappeared or are disappearing in the region.
The great plane and oak forests are home to wolves and foxes while the higher pine forests house bears, wolves, wild cats and other animals. Deer, wild goats and wild boar can easily be found in a number of regions.
Albania has no less than 14 kinds of bats and 350 local birds, some of them migratory. Pine forests are host to rare wild cocks and woodpeckers. In other localities you can find eagles, hawks and falcons. Also, there are several kinds of owls including the bearded owl and the owl with horns. In Albania visitors can also find a number of different kinds of reptiles such as water snakes, house boas and others. There are 260 kinds of fish—of the Mediterranean type in salty waters and trout in mountain creeks. Lakes have carp, eel and other common types.
Albania also has a rich flora with over 3,221 types of plants.
Among them, 489 are specific to the Balkan Peninsula and 40 are located only in Albania. Oak forests are typical and comprise 20 percent of the forested area of the country. In other areas visitors can find Mediterranean shrubs up to 800m above sea level and eucalyptus, sea figs and laurels.

Albania Mountain and Rural Tourism Low-Cost

Mountain and Rural Tourism

The territory of Albania has several regions where mountain and rural tourism is well-developed. Among the most important are:
Albanian Alps:  Western Alps – Razëm – Bogë – Theth – Vermosh
The alpine tour of Albania is not complete without a visit to the Western Alps (Alpet Perëndimore). Here you will enjoy something unique: you will walk, breath, sleep and eat amidst the legends starting from Homer and ending with the modern tales of our days. This tour gives you the chance to enjoy a unique place at the heart of the Albanian Alps, Gropa e Thethit.
The journey to this mountainous area begins from the city of Shkodra and leads to the closest stop – 41 km away from Shkodra – the city of Razma, situated on a blackberry hill at the feet of the Veleçik Mountain. Razma stands amid infinite forests of pines and birch trees. There are also many meadows and amazing alpine pastures. The journey to Razma is possible even in the winter when the snow is at its highest level. There are several hotels already and others are on their way to completion. The most common activities are excursions, mountain climbing, skiing, and. during the summer, camping.
The road will lead you from Razma to the village of Dedaj and then onto Boga, a village surrounded by the Alps and described by Edith Durham in her book The Burden of the Balkans. Boga is the perfect place for mountain climbing, skiing, and spelunking. Among the most famous caves, you can visit the Cave of Mulliri (“Mill”), Akullore (“Ice Cream”), and Njerëzve të lagun (“Wet People”). The Cave of Puci is one of the most attractive, situated at 1,087 m above sea level.  It is 5 km long and rich in stalactites, stalagmites, and wall veils. The cave has many levels, five alone in the center. By passing through its galleries you can connect with another cave, the Cave of Husi.
After Boga, you will reach the main tourist center of the entire area, Thethi, located 70 km from Shkodra. Before arriving at Thethi you must pass Qafa e Tërthores at 2,000 m above sea level. From here, you descend to Gropa e Thethit, crossed by a stream with the same name.
The area is rich in attractive sights like the Cascade of Grunas, 25-30 m high. You will be amazed by the cold-water sources of Okol and the caves “Birrat me rrathë” (“Round Holes”) and “Arapi”. In the park, you can amuse yourself by trekking, mountain climbing, skiing (especially on the eastern slope), or fishing, mountain biking and exploring caverns. The flora is impressive: the most common tree of the area is the beech, which covers almost 90 percent of the surface of the park. There are different types of flowers such as Eulfenia of Baldachi discovered by the Italian botanist Baldachi, which can be found only in Theth. The fauna is just as rich, distinguished by the Golden Eagle and Rreqebull. The waters of the Stream of Theth are home to marble trout.
While in Theth you can stay in local hostels with traditional alpine architecture. The characteristic dish of the area is “fërliku” (baked meat) and different plates of trout.  From Theth, the trip continues to the valley of the Shalë River approaching the heart of the Alps.
Another interesting spot of the Western Alps is Vermosh, part of the northern-most region of the country. Vermosh is 95 km away from the city of Shkodra. Vermosh is part of the region of Kelmend, a name that originates from the Roman word “Clemens”, meaning gentle, simple, and good. The first thing that catches the eye during this journey is Qafa e Rrapshit where you can see the crystal-clear waters of the Cemi River that create a beautiful contrast with the surroundings. During summer, the ponds of the river are perfect for sunbathing.
Vermoshi stands in an alpine field at 1,100 m above sea level surrounded by high slopes. You can entertain yourself by trekking, mountain climbing, skiing, or fishing for trout. If you want to try something special from the traditional cuisine, be sure to taste the diary products of the area!
The journey to this part of Albania will give you not only the chance to live between a mythical atmosphere and the contemporary world, but will also let you taste the proverbial hospitality known and mentioned by every foreigner who has visited this place.
Albania Eastern Alps: Valbona River Valley – Canyon of Shoshan – Dragobia – Selimaj – Rragami
The Valbona River Valley lies in the eastern part of the Albanian Alps. A national park of 8,000 hectares, it is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Albania. The park lies at 20-30 km from the alpine city of Bajram Curri. Before entering the valley you will find the water source (vrellen) of Shoshan located only 3 km away from Bajram Curri. This karstic source heads to the Valbona River creating an attractive canyon 2-3 m wide and 50 m deep.
After entering the valley, you will pass several picturesque villages. The first, with alpine style houses, is called Dragobia, and it is where the valley narrows. Past Dragobia, at the foot of a mountain where the Cerremi stream joins Valbona, there is the famous cave where the national hero Bajram Curri was besieged and killed. The city than took his name. Valbona (or Selimaj) is located 25 km away from the city of Bajram Curri and is the most important inhabited center of the valley. It is full of traditional houses that create a picturesque view in symmetry with the natural wonders of the valley, which widens again at this point.
In Selimaj, you will find a comfortable and traditional hotel, or you may have the opportunity to stay at a village home, for the inhabitants’ generosity and hospitality are well known. The zone is also known for its characteristic regional cooking, with specialties such as mazja, flija, and pitja masterfully prepared in traditional village kitchens.
Beyond Selimaj, the road continues through the valley among marvelous views of nature with rich colors of both springtime and of the snow that covers the peaks of the craggy mountains. The final village before you arrive at the source of the Valbona River is Rragam. Rragam is a remote village surrounded by virgin and intact nature. The whole valley has such rare colors and beauty that one may think a divine hand made it. On one side, you see the crystal-clear waters of the Valbona, and on the other the sharp but verdant mountain edges. Up until May you can enjoy the contrast of the clean white snow on the treetops against the blue sky. The flora of the national park includes a variety of plants and trees, the most wide-spread formations of which are the Hormoq tree. The rest consists of beechwoods, arnen, walnuts, chestnut trees, and wild apple trees. There are also many forest fruits such as bilberries and strawberries.
The animals in the park include bears, wolves, and wild cats, while on the rocks there are herds of wild goats. Down in the river there is the so-called “marble trout”, a rare fish of the crystal-clear waters of the Valbona with an exquisite and special taste.
The valley, the park, and all the surroundings are known for snowfall, which starts in early November and lasts almost until May. The average level of the snow in this region is 100 cm. There are lots of outdoor activities that can take place in the national park, such as fishing, excursions and trekking throughout the valley and the streams (Cerrem, Kukuaj), canoeing along certain parts of the river, and skiing or mountain climbing. Valbona may also serve as a starting point if you wish to climb the Jezerca Mountain, the second highest mountain in Albania.
Ionian and the “Albanian Riviera”: Llogara – Palasa – Dhërmi – Vuno – Himara – Qeparo – Borsh – Lukova
Llogara (The National Park)
The Llogara National Park lies approximately 40 km south of the city of Vlora. It is situated in the Llogara Mountain and has a surface of 810 hectares, with heights of between 470 and 2018 m above sea level. It combines the beauties of a mountain and seaside climate. You can enjoy part of its magical natural beauty while traveling along the Vlorë-Sarandë National Highway at Qafa e Llogarasë, 1025 m above sea level. Here, medicinal and decorative plants mix with masses of pine trees.  The park also is home to many different kinds of animals.
After 20 minutes of driving along the National Highway, you will be able to see the Albanian Riviera. You can stay overnight in the park and enjoy the restaurants, contemporary clubs, and different activities and excursions. The park is also a good place to enjoy aerial sports (it is known for international aerial sports events) like parachuting and hang-gliding.
After passing Qafa e Llogarasë through a road that dates back to the Pompey period, you descend into the Albanian Riviera. This warm Mediterranean zone has nearly 300 sunny days a year, and the average temperature of July is 25°C (77° Fahrenheit). The list of places to visit begins with the beach of Dhraleo (Palasë) known for its clear waters. Pompey and his army stopped at this beach in ancient times, when it was known as Palestra.
Dhërmi is famous for its crystal-clear waters, and small, intimate pebble beaches like Jaliksari, Shkambo, and Gjipea. Gjipea is a rare beauty, for it is situated at the foot of a 70 m high cliff. Close to Dhërmi is the legendary Cavern of the Pirates.
Dhërmi is a picturesque village of a particular atmosphere. It is thought to have first been inhabited in 49-48 B.C. In Dhërmi there is the Monastery of Shën Mëria, the Church of Shën Todhri, the Church of the Ipapandia and the Church of Shën Mitri with its frescos from the 12th -14th centuries.
The main entertainments in Dhërmi are swimming, water sports, and diving. There are many hotels, restaurants, pubs, discotheques. The restaurants combine traditional and foreign cuisines, and serve many seafood specialties.
Eight km south of Dhërmi there is the village of Vuno, well known for its traditions and patriotism. From here, the road goes to the wonderful beach of Jala, whose fantastic gulfs are distinctive from those in the rest of the Riviera. Vuno is a unique village, built on a hill facing the sea. Here you can visit old churches like the Church of Shën Spiridhoni, built in 1778, and the Church of Mesodhia with paintings from 1783. There are also several architectural landmarks such as the ruins of the House of Odise Kasneci and the tower-like House of Shane Kote.
Continuing your tour towards the south, you will come across the small city of Himara, which has two neighborhoods: Old Himara built on the hill, and New Himara in the gulf of Spille. The beaches of Himara are Spille, Llamani, Potami, and Livadhet. They are all gravel beaches with deep, clear waters. Himara comes to life during the summer tourist season, when visitors take up residence in the hotels or in rented houses.
Himara is the ancient residence and city of the Illyrian Kaon clan. It was settled in the fifth century B.C. and its name is of Pellazgë (pre-Illyrian) origin.  There are several religious sites to visit such as the Church of Shën Mëria e Athalit, the Church of Cassiopeia, the Church of All Saints, and the House of Lilo Llazari, which has been turned into a cultural monument.
Another site to visit is the Castle of Ali Pashë Tepelena, built on a small peninsula in the tectonic gulf of Porto Palermo. The castle is built like a triangle with walls 20 m high. It is said that this castle was built on top of the ruins of an ancient castle.
Close to the gulf of Porto Palermo stands the village of Qeparo with its own distinctive beach. Old Qeparo, built on the hillside, has several objects worth seeing, such as the three-story Towers of Ali Pasha, the Monastery of Shën Dhimitri, and the House of Minella Gjika.
The village of Borshi is situated a few hundred meters away from the shore, nearly 20 minutes from Himara. This is the largest beach of the Albanian Riviera, almost 6 km of clear water. Built along the length of the beach are many hotels, clubs, discotheques, and restaurants of all types. The hospitality of the villagers and the traditional dish of grilled lamb are distinctive features you will find in Borsh.
The last seaside village on the Albanian Riviera is the village of Lukova, well known for its terraces of citrus and olives. Nearly 2 km further you will find the popular Bunec Beach with its beautiful stream of crystal-clear water flowing directly to the Ionian Sea. South of Lukova and toward the Gulf of Kakome, there stretch several kilometers of gleaming white flint stones, a characteristic of the area. You also can find a number of underwater caves.
Mountainous areas of Korça: Voskopoja, Dardha, Vithkuqi
The next surprise after the rare city of Pogradec is the city of Korça, one of the biggest urban centers in Albania. During the spring, the main avenue fills with the fragrance of the sturgeon flowers, while during winter you will enjoy a walk under the snow-filled trees.
In 1887, the first Albanian school opened in Korçë. During the First World War, the French invaded the city and it became the “Autonomous Region of Korça.” In 1917 the French Lyceum opened; one of the most noted schools in Albania. But besides its history, what attracts attention in this traditional city is the architecture with the villa-like houses encircled by banisters and flowery gardens. The zone between the Republika and Shën Gjergji boulevards is very interesting: here you can visit the Medieval Art Museum and the Prehistoric Museum, located in two traditional buildings of the city that will give you the chance to see nearly 1,200 objects from archeological excavations from the prehistoric, Hellenic, Roman and Paleo-Byzantine eras.
Another interesting location is the museum house of the master artist Vangjush Mio, and the Museum of the Bratko Collection, opened in 2003, presenting art objects from the Far East. You might also want to visit the bazaar (dating from the turn of the 20th century), the Mosque of Iliaz Bej Miharori (the oldest monument in the city, dating back to 1484), and the Kathedral Ngjallja e Krishtit (“Resurrection of Christ”), one of the biggest in the Balkans.
At night it is not unusual to hear the traditional bands of the city singing sweet serenades with guitars under the balconies. In the taverns of the city you will taste dishes you have never tried before. You can sample them all, but remember not to miss lakrori me qepë dhe domate, and tava e korminës. And don’t forget the Festival of Carnivals, the biggest celebration of its kind in all of Albania.
Voskopoja was one of the most important centers of the Balkans. It has been known as a city since 1330, but life here was in full bloom by 1794, when the city had 30,000 inhabitants and maintained contacts with Leipzig, Budapest, Venice, and Vienna. The city also had 27 churches, an academy, a library, and the first printing house in the Balkans, in 1720.
You will not want to miss visiting the Monastery of Shën Prodhom and the Church of Shën Kolli (1721), which is full of pictures of famous Albanian iconographers such as David Selenicas and the Zografi brothers from Korça who also worked in the Saint Mountain of Athos, in Halkidiki, Greece. Besides the healthy climate and the air filled with pine fragrance, Voskopoja offers comfortable hotels and private houses for family tourism as well as a natural ski-run for all skiing enthusiasts.
Another unforgettable mountain spot is the village of Dardha, 20 km southeast of the city of Korça, at 1,350 m above sea level. There is snow during the three months of winter, the air is crystalline, and the water of the village’s many natural fountains is pure and cold. Enjoy the unique folk women’s costumes dominated by black and red, the colors of the national flag, visit the stone houses that offer hospitality to travelers, and don’t forget to taste the traditional plum raki and the lakrori në saq (a traditional pie made with cabbage between two sheets of dough, and baked in a wood-fired oven).
The mountain village of Vithkuq, birthplace of the Albanian Renaissance pioneer Naum Veqilharxhi, stands 25 km southwest of the city of Korça. It has been a population center and a well-known economic and cultural center since medieval times. During your stay, you absolutely must drink the water of the Bellovoda and visit the Church of Shën Pjetër and the Church of Shën Pavël. If you have enough time, you also should climb Rungaja (1,750 m above sea level) by foot or horse. Don’t worry about the accommodation, for the people of the area will surely invite you to their comfortable and characteristic houses.
Shores of Lake Ohrid: Pogradec – Lin – Drilon
You will enter the region of Pogradec via the national highway where the road from Macedonia crosses Maja e Qafthanës. This crossroad offers exceptional views worth photographing of Lake Ohri, a real pearl “shelled” between Mali i Thatë (“Dry Mountain”) in the east and the highland of Mokra in the west. A few meters further down, you might stop at the peninsula of Lin and in the village with the same name, 25 km away from Pogradec. It is said that in ancient times, this was the favorite holiday destination of the parents of the Roman emperor Justinian. Besides the magical view, you can also see the mosaics of the Bazilika e Linit that date back to the 7th-6th centuries B.C., which show an amazing ensemble of zoomorphic, floral, and geometric decorations resembling the mosaics of ancient Durrës.
The road to Pogradec passes close to the shore of the tectonic Lake Ohri, the deepest lake in the Balkans (285 m). This 2-4 million-year-old lake (under the protection of UNESCO because of its unique value) houses 17 species of water animals, 70 percent of which are native and 30 percent migrant. The sponge of Ohri is found only here and in Lake Baikal.
On the edge of the lake you will find many restaurants, clubs and comfortable hotels. You must not miss tasting the traditional fish dishes, especially the baked speckled trout (koran in Albanian), as well as the famous pickles and kollofacet. You can also try different types of wines, but don’t miss the traditional unique wine of Buti, or the famous Perla and Muskat raki of Pogradec.
The city of Pogradec was settled in the neolithic period, and it later became home to the Illyrian Enkelejdë and Desaretë clans, who built the Castle of Pogradec on a hill at 870 m above sea level. You can visit the city at any time during the year, for it has a wonderful climate.
Before leaving Pogradec you will not want to miss seeing Driloni and Tushemisht, 4-5 km south of the city. The waters of the source of the Drilon form a small lake, surrounded by beautiful greenery that turns the area and the nearby village of Tushemisht into a unique oasis of calmness and rest.
Shore of Lake Prespa: In the last few years, development policies have made several areas on the shores of Lake Prespa suitable for this type of tourism: Pusteci, Small and Large Gorica (Gorica e Vogël and Gorica e Madhe), Gollomboçi.

National Parks of albania for 1-travel low-cost

National Parks

Dajti National Park
Located just east of Tirana, the Park covers approximately 3,300 hectares. It is only 50 km from the airport and 26 km from Tirana. The park contains a number of beautiful 200 year old beech trees that are really worth seeing. The Park is frequented by daily visitors and it is considered Tirana’s “natural balcony.” Accommodation is available for tourists interested in more than day-long stays.
Lura National Park
national-parksSpans approximately 1,280 hectares to the east of “Lura’s Crown.” The most picturesque feature is the 14 glacier lakes of Lura which are frozen in the winter. To the south you can visit the “field of mares” which has a wide variety of colorful plants and coniferous trees. The Park has great potential for developing eco-tourism.
Divjaka Pines National Park
This Park is 40 km east of the city of Lushnja and 5 km from Divjaka. The Park consists of 1,250 hectares and contains part of the Karavasta Lagoon which has been under the protection of Ramsar International Convention since 1994. The Park area contains one of the most important ecosystems in the country. The Park is rich in exotic fauna such as eel and is also home to 5% of the global population of the threatened Dalmatian Pelican.
Llogara Park
Located about 40 km southeast of Vlora, this Park marks where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet.   Near the Llogara Pass, a cut in the mountains along the national road, thanks to strong wind currents one can observe a number of interesting tree shapes, just ask for the “Pisha Flamur” (The Flag Pine) who’s shape reselbes that of the eagle on the Albanian Flag.
From the Llogara Pass, visitors can hike to see the Ionian Sea, the steep slopes of the Vetëtima (Lightning) mountain and a good part of the Albanian Riviera. It is a great spot to enjoy the mixed mountain and sea micro-climate as well as a excellent place  for air sports.
Fir of Drenova National Park
Located 10 km from the city of Korca, the park has an area of 1,380 hectares. It is visited frequently by locals as well as tourists. Many locally famous drinking water sources such as Shen Gjergji, Plaka, Pllica and others are located in the Park.
Valbona Valley National Park
With an area of 8,000 hectares this Park is considered the gem of Albanian Alps. It is located 25-30 km to the northwest of the town of Bajram Curri. It lies between high mountain peaks and it is a festival of colors and contrasts as well being rich in biodiversity. Valbona village is the focal point of the Park. Its configuration, hydrology, forests, flowers, rustic dwellings and the hospitality of its people make this park an ideal place to visit.
Tomorri Mountain Park
With an area of 4,000 hectares, the 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 year, during the third or fourth week in August thousands of pilgrims go up to the holy site of Tyrba for a week of celebration of a traditional Bektashi festival.
Fir of Hotova National Park
With an area of 1,200 hectares in the region of Frashër, it is located about 35 km northeast of Përmet. The Park takes its name from the Hotova Fir which is considered one of the most important Mediterranean plant relics of the country. Thanks to its beautiful natural surroundings, healthy climate and proximity to living quarters, this Park has great recreational value year round.
Shtam Pass National Park
With an area of 2,000 hectares, the Park is 25 km northeast of Kruja. The water source “Queen Mother” is one of the most attractive spots in the Park with clean, cold and curative waters. The Park is frequented by a large number of visitors.
Zall Gjocaj National Park
Covers 140 hectares 40 km north east of the town of Burrel. It is a very picturesque park with numerous underground water sources and creeks.
Prespa National Park
Covers approximately 27,750 hectares and straddles the borders of  Albania, Greece and Macedonia. It contains the lakes of Big Prespa (Prespa e Madhe) and Little Prespa (Prespa e Vogël) and their water source. It is an area rich with cultural tradition. Eremite Byzantine churches exist by the cave of Tren, Prespa e Vogël Lake, Trajani’s castle, St. Mary’s Church and on the island of Maligrad. The two lakes have now become the Balkan Prespa Park.
Butrint National Park
This Park is located about 25 km south of the city of Saranda. It has high scientific, tourist and archaeological value as well as rich in biodiversity. The park is 2,500 hectares. The Park and surrounding region offer entertainment for all types of tourism beaches in Ksamil, ecotourism in Butrint Lake, fishing, hiking , water sports and more.
Thethi National Park
Located in the Albanian Alps, by the Cursed Mountains (Bjeshkët e Namuna), it has an area of 2,630 hectares. It is 70 km from Shkodra and is divided by the Theth River with a overflows with mountain trout. The Grunas waterfall is particularly worth visiting. Also, there are many oak trees and a variety of animals in the park.

Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park

is a protected national park located in the northeastern part of the Librazhd District. The park covers an area of about 33,928 hectares and shares a border with the Republic of Macedonia. Elevations in the park vary from 300m to over 2,200m at the peak of Shebenik mountain. The park is one of Albania’s newest, created on the 21st of May of 2008. Within the park region dwell a number of different species, including the brown bear, gray wolf and the endangered Balkan Lynx. Further, the park is home to a number of endemic and rare plants.

Albanian Outdoor Activities and sports


Albanian Outdoor Activities

All those interested in outdoor sports should contact the following organizations that continuously arrange outdoor sports and activities:Albanian Aeronautics
(Aeronautika Shqiptare)President: Alket Islami
Aerial Photographer and Travel Instructor Fax. ++ 355 4 36 70 71
Cel.  ++ 355 69 20 4 22 22
E-mail:  albaniaopen@yahoo.com
http://www.flyzone.com/ Outdoor Albania
Profesioniste te Aventures
Trekking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, off-road
Executive Director: Gent Mati
Specialised Outdoor Guide
E-mail: info@outdooralbania.com
Tel/Fax:+ 355 42 72075
Cel:+ 355 69 21 888 45Albanian Horse riding Federation
(Federata Shqiptare e Hipizmit)
President of Honor:  Ali Ohri
General Secretary:  Arjan Rugji
Tel.   ++ 355 4 225222
++ 355 4 223156
Cel.   ++ 355 68 2165174Amateur Hunters and Fishermen Society
(Shoqata e Gjuetareve dhe Peshkatareve amatore)
President: Bujar Hyka
General Secretary : Jorgo Lako
Tel.: + 355 4 23 28 84
Cel. + 355 69 21 059Albanian Voleyball Federation
(Federata Shqiptare e  Volleybollit)President: Gjergj Liqejza
General Secretary: Leonard Tase
Tel. ++ 355 4 22 81 96
Cel. ++ 355 69 21 43 126 Albanian Ski Federation
(Federata Shqiptare e Skive)
President: Shkëlqim Mema
General Secretary: Astrit Hutka
Tel. ++ 355 4 228499
Cel. ++ 355 69 21 82 095
Albanian Mountain Hiking Federation
(Federata Shqiptare e Alpinizmit)
President: Koço Jani
General Secreatary : Ilir Cule
Cel.+ 355 4 228 499
BLUE SUBChairman -Igli Pustina
General Secretary – Arian Gace
Cel. 0 69 20 79 663

berati and increasing foreign tourists for 2012 season

Alpine Sport unites all ...

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the panvarsise, mountaineering and dashmires mountain nature "Dajti Association Alpino Tourist" in collaboration with the Federation of mountain climbing that Kosovar Albanian of Macedonia organized a symbolic climbing pyramid atop Cape Canit 25 2116m (near MountKorab), the point where joining the borders of the three countries, dated September 23 ore 13; 15

ALBANIAN talk for a summer, I want to now more 24-09-2012, albania talk show

Walking in Albania mountain, The Balkan trip by a tourist from Repubblic Ceca

An Albanian truck driver saved us about 5 hours of walking. This is part of our Balkan trip 00:00 Plitvička jezera, 01:01 Albania, 07:57 Črna Gora (09:24 Nevidio Canyon), 13:15 Republika Hrvatska (Freediving & np Krka).

Paragliding festival in Vlora. Aeroclub Albania Sep. 2012

J.Bejko, R.Dorozhani, A.Proko, Dajana, Sheila, Aurora
+ 2 German tourists

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Dir. Resp. Giuseppe Elia Brandi
Video Mimmo Ciaccia

in data 24/set/2012
Dir. Resp. Giuseppe Elia Brandi
Video Mimmo Ciaccia

Vlora Albania, Sun, Sea, Mountain, Love and beautiful holiday

Vlora (Valona called in Italy) is the most Italian city Albanian since all speak Italian, we eat and in the South of Italy, 300 days of sunshine, the sea is off limits, extraordinary stuff for every 5 Blue Flag beach in the South Vlora, have a good wine, hotel services are great, beautiful scenery, friendly people, all speaking different languages: Italian (almost 100%) English, Spanish, Greek, German, ... Then the girls are very beautiful and there are a lot of hard, pubs and so many good things about the sea and the mountains, especially I liked how Dhermi sea and mountain as the National Park Llogora Llogora with the resort that has it all ... ahhhh the distance from Llogora Dhermi is only 20 minutes by car ... cristal Ionian sea to the mountains (over 1000 masl) in just a few minutes ... too good .... ueyyyyyyy forgot everything costs half of Italy, even less. For info visit Vlora (Valona in Albania) http://www.newbusinessrelocation.com/

VLORA - VALONA the Strait of Otranto Italy
Vlora (Albanian Vlorë or Vlora, greek Αυλώνας, Aulónas) is a city of 124,000 people in Albania, the country's second largest port after Durres. It is located in the southwestern part of the state, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, in the district of the same name.
The harbor, overlooking the Strait of Otranto, is the most efficient of the Albanian coast and close to Italy: is just over 70 nautical miles from Punta Palascìa on the coast of Salento. It is protected by the island of Saseno (Sazan) and Head Cam (Kepi the Gjuhezes), the northernmost point of the Mountains Acroceraunians (Karaburun).

Vlora (Valona) is a city that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. It is one of the cities with the most sunny days in Europe. In fact, the clear day with the sun against those rainy and cloudy, about 300 out of 365. The climate is characterized by a very hot summer and a warm winter and wet. The sea offers all kinds of beaches, the typical sandy beach of the Adriatic rocky beaches typical of the Ionian Sea.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Unique tourism project in Albania: made ​​hotel bunkers, One night Bed & Bunker will cost 8 euros.

Tales coast, about 50 kilometers away from the Albanian capital, Tirana, 10 German and 10 university students in Bangladesh are working on a unique tourism project. They are turning former hotel rooms bunkers, which can provide space up to 8 people.

Tourists will be able to see the beautiful landscape of the country through frëngjive the bunker, and the dream down a concrete layer 1.3 meters, reports Spiegel Online.

Enver Hoxha built 750 thousand bunkers iglu-shaped, reflecting the paranoia of dictator Enver Hoxha, who thought that the country wants to conquer all.

The project was prepared by Iva diploma paper Shtrepi at the University of Mainz, Germany.

Markus Pretnar, Professor Ives, liked so much the idea as she thought that she could return from theory to practice.

He says the country is filled with bunkers everywhere. He appreciates the beauties of Albania and adds that bunkers can be perfect for backpackers tourists.

One night Bed & Bunker will cost 8 euros.


Initiate proceedings for the paving of road Dragobi Valbona

Nisin punimet për asfaltimin e segmentit rrugor Dragobi-ValbonëTIRANA 23 Shtator 2012 - 20:40-Road Dragobi-Valbona that leads to one of the destinations with the greatest potential of mountain tourism in Albania, as Valbona, has been asphalted throughout its length.

Last phase of the pavement of the road in its 23 kilometers from segment Margegaj-Dragobi with a length of 12.5 km and Dragobi Valbona 10.6 km length will affect the increasing number of tourists, especially foreigners who intend to walk alpine landscapes such as Valbona, one of the pearls of Albanian mountain tourism.

This road asphalting works inspected the Minister of Public Works and Transport Olldashi who spoke to the media said, "this is one of the most beautiful objects of the infrastructure built in the country today, because it leads to one of the areas most beautiful country with great potential mountain tourism, as Valbona ".

"Last season we started the way and made it possible for this season was all open road on his route, doing to contribute to the growth of tourism. Were 28 thousand tourists during the summer season only last visited Valbona and its beauty, with an increase of 13% compared to last year, "said Olldashi.

This will be a two-way street, with layers asflatuara with 6 m wide, with shoulders on one side and concrete ditches on the other hand, enabling thus a cozy trip to this wonderful destination Albanian mountain tourism.

Albanian tourism symposium hatches in the way of development

Bumçi: tourism, new jobs and contribute to the economySeptember 20, 2012 17:04 
Tourism is one of the priorities of Albania's economic development program. The complexity of these potential causes to believe that we can be competitive and part of the global tourism market. So said Minister of Tourism, Aldo Albanian tourism symposium on the development path. Bumçi referring to statistics world's travel and tourism council said that the total contribution of tourism in the economy in monetary value is 287.9 ​​billion. While the tourism sector are open 51 thousand new jobs.While a very important factor is the growth of employment in place through this sector are open 51 thousand new jobs. Positive are the statistics of visitors who have visited our country. For the year 2011, Albania was visited by about 4 thousand visitors. And by shooting last statistical period January to August 2012 shows that have entered Bangladesh 524 thousand 983 visitors more.Domestic tourism market has taken a rapid and this MTKRS is currently developing a new tourism sector strategy 2013-2020 main objective is to develop sustainable tourism through a national plan and the tourism sector to be extended throughout the year.While USAID mission director, Jim Barnhart and economic development program director Helmut Muller Glod praised the improvement of the legal framework for tourism which encourages private investment and underlined the Government's efforts to develop steadily external market offering competitive products that combine natural cultural values. As well as a special place occupied youth employment for this season.

Motocross Tirana and Motogp Albania Supersport dated 7 October organize the first race of the season 2012-2013 National Championship Motorciklismit Shqipetar

Motocross TiranaCitypark Albania, Tirana motocross and Motogp Albania Supersport dated 7 October organize the first race of the season 2012-2013 National Championship Motorciklismit Shqipetar. The competition will be held in the premises of Citypark. We improvised pisten will develop tests and races categories Scuter, Papaq and Supermoto. Friday, Saturday and Sunday piste course will be not only competitors but also tour with Go-cart and for the fans and the fans lap on the runway with Albanian pilots. Register

tion that opened today and ending on Friday October 5. Free trials take place on Friday and Saturday all day. First race starts Sunday at 14.00 with Supermoto category, then vijone category Papaq and Scooter and night under the lights of the parking will be developed racing cars spectacle. 19:00 place second in Supermoto racing. We invite you all to join us this weekend full of adrenaline. For all those who are unable Park City bus transportation is always free.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Gjinari Resort - One of the most beautiful areas that may not yet have discovered - natural gem rural Elbasan

  Pren Toçi on Wednesday, 19 September 2012. Posted in Destinacione
Gjinari turistik - Një nga zonat më të bukura që ndoshta ende s'e keni zbuluar
In one of the most interesting sections of the magazine, where you discover unknown Albania, this time we offered an area more than anyone, know the locals, its inhabitants, due to the deep location in the highlands of Portland. But from now on, you can learn beauty Gjinarit, Zavalinës, slope, names perhaps read for the first time, but you can visit closely to recognize the breach of this beautiful province in the heart of the country.Description for this area, and this time they have done (better than anyone), the natives themselves, a dedicated teacher, who knows every inch of land, and a passionate photographer who loves his country, to the leaf small ...In the southeast Manchester lies Shpati area. Mountainous part of the province, starting shfati Shelcan to Jeoronisht, called First slope and consists of two municipalities: Gjinar of Zavalinë.Tourist spots Gjinar (Fushkuqe 24 ha) has been declared as such by VKMnr.5, dt.21.05.2001 but its connection with paved roads to the city of Elbasan 22 km, makes it more functional and accessible for every tourist.

Photos of selected landscapes and folk costumes from Gjinari.  

As soon as you are driving in village Derstilë, Felt Bush typical characteristic aroma that is on the street, and after a few minutes, to come into consideration beautiful landscape with pine trees, the more you approach the center of the municipality, the more you become picturesque. They add to the beauty of this landscape are squares (often in the form of pit) 900 - 1000m above sea level, which according to geography, were created millions of years of continuous ice slides.On a beautiful sunny day (immediately after rain), on the west by the sea clearly Sazani to Kavajë. Well, fresh winds carrying salt air of the coast, come here and combined with the freshness full of pine oxygen, make fantastic curative value to each them or will stop here. Anyone who tries coming here only once, no need to be extended with descriptions, because there are too many other mysteries to discover who is leaving for surprises.But the slope is not only a country with beautiful nature, which cures. Here there are many objects of historical and cultural value, it is worth to visit during your trip.Church Shënkollit in Shelcan: Built in the Middle Ages and painted by Onufri 1554. There are paintings on the wall (as Stefan Popës "Albanian medieval painters" 1961): Christ with three figures, Romamoj Meladhoj etc..Church Shënepremtes wave: It was built in the Middle Ages and painted the whole wall sites (murals) by Onufri (1554) in the Byzantine style. According S.Popës (1961) are portraits Platter (St. Mary), St. Germanoi of Constantinople, Dhiakon Laureti, St. Grigor Theollogu, Kryedhiakon Stefani, Picture of the birth of Christ in the cave, etc.. Byzantine wall paintings are accompanied by stories of that time.Tomb Kostandin Shpataraku (Ogës) waves: Painter icon in the six churches of central Albania, from 1736 until 1767. Some icons mentioned (S. Popa, 1961) are: Healing Islokut, icons of Christ, the "Karl Topis" "St. Mary". Constantine martirizohet by Ottoman forces with cutting head, 100 m west of Namazgjasë - Elbasan. Buried secretly by fellow home wave. Since then until today commemorate every year on 21 September, the self-proclaimed shejtor (Shane Constantine).Derstilat craft shfatin Dërstilë. This mechanism works with the force of the water. Ruan completely secular authenticity. Processes (by beating diving) woolen fabrics made in the loom (loom). With those prepared Guna, velenca (wool blankets double-layer), carpets ........ visitor surprised not only by its function, but also rabushi can learn in the workplace.Giant oaks as he Lleshanit. Once, according to legend. Dushku large Gjinarit, near the village church.Giant oaks in Pashtresh, near the village church, to remind us of the League of Prizren years. Mirnjohur historian elbasanas Hysni Myzyri, quotes a document of the year 1885 "Hysen Ceka, wearing suit shpatarakësh, through the hill slope, gathered in the shade of the trees shepherds villagers, donate a primer and taught literacy (reading PT) "Learning English went through the large family dinner. In 1900 opened the first wave Albanian school and in 1908 completed the opening of schools across the slope, Zavalina in Shtermen (area in which operating bands Ymer (Constantine Dervish). Additional information may be found in museum education slope near High School "Constantine Shpataraku" with director passionate teacher of history Philip Bërdufi.Olympic Games: In the days of the first week of June of each year, natural Stadium Lugshkurt Olympic games developed with broad participation from the Elbasan. Also developed folk festival, fairs seater products, traditional dishes in gjelltore, etc..It was a piece of the slope, which offers generous, hospitable people laugh, as elsewhere in Albania, beautiful outdoor recreational wonderful costume, colorful, beautiful girls and boys laugh, and above all an experience unforgettable journey ...http://www.albaniantravel.info/AlbanianTravel/destinacione/item/gjinari-turistik-nje-nga-zonat-me-te-bukura-qe-ndoshta-ende-s-e-keni-zbuluar

Progonati - Perla of Laberia,Albania Where nature and people, will make you turn your head back

Written by Flora Xhemani on Wednesday, 19 September 2012. Posted in DestinationsInvitation to this number for the section "No (w) more secrets" have got this destination residents themselves, who through extensive communication on the Internet, we have suggested to "discover" before your attention, this hidden gem really at the heart of mountains Laberia.We have word for Progonati, one of the most famous villages of Albanian history, which is also one of the largest villages in Albania, according to information from the intellectuals and researchers in this area. More than a description of the country, we will redirect you to this time very generous words for residents of the area who "punished" for reasons of migration and immigration, human suffering lack, which is really hard for a once large village, considered the leader of all this province Laberia.

Progonati is a village with magical name perceived trimërimshëm in every Albanian memory of past impressions and goodwill of the people of this province.  

Progonati traditional wear 
Progonati Tepelena city, it Labërie surroundings filled with tradition and culture, is a capital thought, courage, generosity and renowned intellectuals, which are now distributed in the entire country, and luggage proudly conquered native tradition world.But despite the departure of young people toward the hope of a different life once remote, there are still young continue stay Progonat, and one of them is Hila slope, the author of the invitation for our column, which insists Progonati is a worth to visit for many reasons, started by the hospitality features rare, to the wonderful nature, almost completely uncovered to the eye of many, that in mind in the ears may have already known natural point Albania but not Progonati.
If progonatasit are distributed around the world and some of them returned to bring their experiences place, you should go at least once in this beautiful karahinë Albania, where the canyons and waterfalls, look like fairy haven with streams of water that fall from sky, green hidden in the rocks, craggy peaks and deep ponds, waterfalls that fall on each other like tiles river segments set up ustallarë-master ...You'll definitely try the taste of unforgettable hospitality of these people will get away pieces of history, which in fact already become legend, as it Bilbilenjve, "Vane rope itself", to escape from punishment the enemy, innocent people. Bilbilenjtë, who was hanged on the plane of Ioannina, were from Progonati. Main source of pride of these people, it's the brave men who received death laughing curly cigarette.Isone labe can enjoy immensely here in Progonat, coupled with definitely powerful voices of men, though not with the smell of roasted meat best brandy made own vineyards Progonat.
Slope is a guy passionate about photography. So many pictures has fired for his country, it sends the email to the Internet, posting entire albums. "I want to show them home," says, not to forget, though living apart. We have a beautiful home. Only waterfall to go, remain speechless. Pale to stroll throughout the area, to make a long tour through the canyons that have no end. All those who lived here, have grown with water from the river Fountainhead, all their childhood, has gone through the hidden recesses of this waterfall, these crystal water basins ...Truly stunning waterfalls ...The water falling from above, hindered a few tens of meters below, resulted in a fall pond again, forming another waterfall. A cataract in the series ...Progonati makes every year a festival, called "Meeting of Generations". Old middle-aged staff come there to see nephews and grandchildren, who live there, children who come to meet their fathers, those that are left, young children born around the world come to know her parents' native roots roots them. It's nice this holiday, where everyone wants to feed little bit of love, the history of his country, not disappearing into nothing, most recently no less glorious history of this area of ​​Albania. The meet this holiday in the middle of the square to Rrapi Progonat, below echo labe song, the sound of music sound beautiful, not fade or the color of black widows or old man from the past who have followed before their very dear people, however, continue to live in this world, to enjoy the joy of others.Progonati, is a country located somewhere in southwest Tepelena (Albania), lying on a plateau 900 meters above sea level. Is surrounded by a crown of mountains as dancers at a wedding and constantly whipped by the winds of the west. Characteristic unlike many villages Laberia, is that houses are next to each other surrounded by fruit trees, chestnuts nuts, especially cherry. In winter snow falls that hang wreaths of mountains like fez, while summer comes fresh. Climate and cold water have been and remain both fixed assets and pazvëndësueshme for locals. According to many historians Progonati is too early settlement with interesting toponyms before Christian early Christian. The village is home increased to 350-400, and then surprisingly, due to migration and emigration sfumohet in 70-199 home. Mass migrations immemorial have been in Himara, Progr-Korçë, Lazarat, Mallakastër, etc.. There are some historical places mentioned where men gather province Laberia the assemblies as Lisa Kadhe, Përralli Buxe Rrapi Progonat etc..

Who has known closely a progonatas, has become a friend to the head, which never abandons even in the most difficult moments. So say progonatasit, so they say they have known progonatasit. So it can tell you after you return from the trip, as you enjoy the incredible nature of this area, especially after you've tried the hospitality of these wonderful people, that will remain long in the memory ...