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Monday, October 22, 2012

ALBANIA National Parks

ALBANIA National Parks

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Albanian 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
Spans 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. 

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