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Monday, March 9, 2015

Discovery and Visit Albanian Green Tourism

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 valleyValbona Valley, AlbaniaPhoto credits: Wikimedia / Tobias Klenze Deutsch
Valbona Valley springValbona Valley, AlbaniaPhoto credits: Wikimedia / Tobias Klenze Deutsch
Valbone Albania snowValbona Valley, AlbaniaPhoto credits: Wikimedia / Empathictrust
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.

albona ValleyPhoto 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
Valbona RiverPhoto credits: Flickr / Wim Koolhover
Skiing in ValbonaSkiing in Valbona National ParkPhoto credits: Flickr / Endry Dj
valbona valley
ValbonaPhoto credits: Flickr / Ian&Ellie
Valbona 1HOSTEL IN Valbona ValleyPhoto credits: albaniadestination.com

     Theth is a community in the Shalë municipality, Shkodër District, Shkodër County, northern Albania.The community is at the centre of the Theth 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, AlbaniaPhoto credits: Wikimedia / Albinfo
 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”, an 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, AlbaniaPhoto credits: Flickr / David & Bonnie
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, AlbaniaOld church in ThethPhoto credits: Flickr / Victory one
A Balkans Peace Park Project is working towards the creation of a park extending across the borders of Albania, Montenegro and Kosova 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).
Theth 2Theth
Photo credits: Wikimedia / Albinfo
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.

llogara-albaniaLlogara National ParkPhoto credits: Bora Property Albania
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.
LlogaraPhoto credits: Flickr / Petrit Ibrahimi
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.
tomorr-mountain-peak-berat-albania-2618-mTomorri MountainPhoto credits: panacomp.net
Tomorri in autumAutum in Tomorri MountainPhoto credits: s3.amazonaws.com
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.
VoskopojëVoskopoja, AlbaniaPhoto credits: Wikimedia / ILMOTOREDIRICERCA
Voskopoja_(4)Winter in VoskopojaPhoto credits: Wikimedia / Klajdidika
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.
Razma villageRazma Village, AlbaniaPhoto credits: static.panoramio.com
Butrint National Park   SONY DSCButrinti AmphitheatrePhoto credits: Wikimedia / Geoff Wong
1991_in_Albania_-_Butrint_Castle_View_2Butrint National Park, AlbaniaPhoto credits: Wikimedia / Leonora Enking
Butrint_Albania_13ButrintPhoto credits: Wikimedia / Elias Bizannes

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_mountainsAli Pasha CastlePhoto credits: Wikimedia / Marc Morell
Borsh_Albania_BurgBorsh CastlePhoto credits: Wikimedia / Decius
kanineKaninë CastlePhoto credits: mw2.google.com
Lekuresi castleLëkurësi CastlePhoto credits: Holiday Sarandë
Porto palermo CastlePorto Palermo CastlePhoto credits: Wikimedia / Krzysztof Dudzik 
Gjirokaster,_castleGjirokastër Castle
Photo credits: Wikimedia / Krzysztof Dudzik
ksamil islandsKsamil IslandsPhoto credits: staticflickr.com
Gjipe canyonGjipe, SarandëPhoto credits: staticflickr.com
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