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Most visitors of Albania know of the wonderful Benjë thermal baths, located in the Fir of Hotova National Park. Most, however, may have not heard of the Lengarica Canyon. This absolutely gorgeous surprise, located within the park, is a must-see. Lengarica Canyon, stretches across a length of 4-5 km, with a height of up to 150 meters. The spectacular journey includes ancient rock formations with the Lengarica River flowing through them. Indeed, this river is responsible for those curative Benjë thermal waters.
The journey begins at the 19th century Katiu Bridge, located 8 km from Përmet. Built by the famous despotic leader Ali Pashë Tepelena, this typical Ottoman bridge is on the small and charming side. One large arch extends over the river. As you journey along, the path leads you all the way to the slopes of the canyon. Here, the separated rocky cliffs stand extremely close to one another, creating a striking divide. More spectacular sights unravel as you hike along the canyon and swim across its small water basins. The entire journey lasts for up to 5-6 hours but is well worth your time.
Along the canyon, you will be able to see several caves. The most impressive is Pigeons’ Cave at 160 meters long and up to 3 meters high. Yet, it is not only its remarkable appearance that makes this particular cave stand out. Over 4000-year-old human remains from the Neolithic were found here, granting the cave significant archaeological and anthropological value.
As you may already gather, the values of visiting this wonderful place are many! The river accompanies you along your journey. Beautiful sights transport to you to another world. Finally, the revitalizing fresh air and thermal waters create a sense of well-being not to be missed.