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A valley of rivers, spectacular waterfalls and endless forests under the shade of the surrounding high peaks. In addition, organic, farm-fresh products and fresh air that seems to add years to your life. Finally, a rare sense of tranquility and beauty. Seems like Valbona Valley has it all, indeed!
Nature has been generous with Valbona Valley. Located at the very center of the Dinaric Alps, some of the most impressive peaks are located here, including Jezerca (2694 m) and Kollata (2556 m). Meanwhile, the crystalline Valbona River flows for approximately 50 km along the valley, surrounded by beautiful beech, oak and pine forests. Valbona Waterfall, located near Gjelaj Village, is a must-see! In addition, the Bajram Curri road towards the village of Shoshan will lead you to Shoshan Canyon which hides a beautiful waterfall within. Other must-sees include Vrella e Shoshanit, Xhema Lake, near the Kollata peak, Haxhia Cave and Dragobia Cave, where the great national hero Bajram Curri was killed. As you see, beautiful sights crop up around every corner of this awe-inspiring region.
Similar to many areas of the county, in these mountainous zones, hospitality has also been inherited throughout the centuries! When the time to relax approaches, you will feel right at home in the traditional bujtina, guest-houses built and managed by local families. Roasted mutton sausage, delicious goat’s meat, fresh trout, homemade pickled assortments, and fresh cheese are some of the staples here. Homemade liquors and wines are also delicious.
Recently, Valbona has also become quite the winter attraction! Many tourists head to Valbona to practice winter sports or to simply admire Valbona’s snow-covered beauty. Fortunately, special tours of the entire region include the mountainous village of Theth, as well. This way, you can visit two of the most popular sights of the country in one fell swoop.
Two roads take you to this wonderful haven located within the Tropoja district. Though they are both beautiful, the one by ferry, which traverses Lake Koman, is particularly breathtaking. Here, you glide on clear turquoise waters among dazzling rock formations. And, all this before you reach your final destination of Valbona!
By ferry via Koman Lake: Tiranë-Koman (2-hour ferry ride) –Fierzë–Bajram Curri–Valbonë
By car via Kosovo (approx. 5 hours): Tiranë–Kukës–Prizren–Gjakovë–Bajram Curri–Valbonë
By public transportation via Kosovo (approx. 5 hours): Tiranë–Bajram Curri
Book your ferry: komanilakeferry.com.
Trip details: journeytovalbona.com