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Be catapulted in an unforgettable lush green landscape with a visit to the spectacular Shkopet Lake, a short 2-hour drive from the capital.
As soon as you set eyes upon the Shkopet Gorge, you realize this natural site is nothing like any other you may have witnessed in Albania. This winding gorge, eroded into shape by the River Mat, resembles a grand gateway made of cliffs, which seem to open up for all those exploratory souls who are set on discovering it.
At 60 meters in length, back in 1963, this gorge accommodated the hydropower plant of Shkopet. If, during your explorations of the gorge, you would like to sit, relax and enjoy a refreshment, you will find a very pleasant cafe beautifully situated among the cliffs. You may simply sit and enjoy the spectacle in front of you or opt to rent a boat and take a ride along the lake.
If you have the chance to go further into the hills that surround the lake, you will see many small waterfalls scattered here and there, all flowing into the lake. The latter, with a depth of 75 meters, is populated by a variety of fish like carp or sardine catfish, among many others. The lake stretches for about 11 kilometers, making for a gorgeous long ride along its clear turquoise waters.
The Shkopet Lake and surrounding area are part of the greater Ulza Regional Park which reserves many other spectacular surprises for those of you hungry for more. Ulza Lake is one among them, offering equally breathtaking panoramas to Shkopet and, in the summer, becoming an ideal spot for diving and a variety of water sports.
Located only two hours away from Tirana, the untouched and peaceful landscape of Shkopet is an accessible refreshing must for a swift weekend getaway.