Valbone Valley National Park, Bajram Curri

#10 of 22 in Nature in Albania
#Valley, #Mountain, #Must See
The Valbonë Valley National Park, also known as the Albanian Miracle of the Alps or the Gem of Albania, is a national park inside the Albanian Alps in the northern corner of Albania, that encompasses 80km2 of mountainous terrain, with numerous rivers, lakes, caves, canyons, dense coniferous and deciduous forest. It was established on 15 January 1996 to protect several ecosystems and biodiversity of national and international importance, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of the area. The park encompasses the upper section of the Valbonë valley and Valbonë river, that are noted for its morphology, landscape, forests, biodiversity and vegetation and lies between high and craggy peaks bordering on the Theth National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gashi river, Plav and Gusinje.The park falls within the Dinaric Mountains mixed forests terrestrial ecoregion of the Palearctic Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest. It is a transboundary park in Albania and Montenegro, with the highest biodiversity value of the country's mountain mainlands. Moreover Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro are planning to establish another tri-state park in the area, that will be called the Balkan Peace Park.
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  • Valbona Valley National park is one of the most beautiful in Albania. We went there through a guided tour from Choose Balkans, they took us in an amazing tour through Koman Lake, Valbona Valley Nation...  more »
  • This park is open from May to October for summer hiking, climbing, etc and for the rest for winter hikes. I went from Shkoder to Valbone by a bus - koman ferry - bus to Valbone via Bajram Curri. I pai...  more »
  • This national park is a part of the Accursed Mountains in the north of Albania. It is a very beautiful area and still largely unspoilt. More tourists are coming now, mostly because of the popular Valb...  more »
  • A great place to be alone or with family. Great place to relax and have some time near nature
  • Spectacular valley, spent whole day exploring around organised by outdoor kosovo tours, good lunch in Fusha Gjesë, a bit overcrowded with cars.
  • Nice place to escape the heat and crowded beaches. Good places to stay (esp residenza), nice hiking trails ( to theth-6hrs) and daytours between 1 and 10 hours. Best to reach by ferry from koman to fierza
  • Quite simply some of the best mountain scenery and hiking I have ever experienced. Get local maps from the Residenzia lodging for a detailed picture of your options.
  • Beautiful surroundings with cheap guest houses. Challenging hike to Theth with enough places to refill water bottles.

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