The canyon of river Osumi is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of Albania. It starts in Hambull and continues all the way to the town of Çorovodë, stretches for 15 km and spreads out for 3 km at its bottom. The canyon valleys created through lime formations are particularly beautiful. The best way to explore it is in spring when the snow melts and the rains make it possible to navigate with inflatable rafts through all the length of the canyon.
During this period, a good number of high waterfalls give to the canyon the charms of a dream‐like place.
The panoramic Shkopeti Gorge is located 20 km from Burrel. The 40 meter deep gorge is formed by the Mat River before it flows through further lower areas. The artificial lake of Ulza was built on the Mat River as part of a hydropower plant project. It has an area of 13.5 hectares and maximum depth of 61 meters. The shores of the lake are hilly and covered in vegetation with beautiful colors.
Koman Lake is created by an irrigation reservoir on the Drin River and the Koman Hydropower plant. It covers an area of 12 hectares, and is 34.5 km long and only 50-60 metres wide. The lake lies between narrow canyons of spectacular beauty. Its shores are rocky and quite steep. A boat tour on the lake resembles a boat tour in a fjord.
With an area of 8,000 hectares this is the gem of Albanian Alps. It is located 25-30 km to the north west of Tropojë. It lies between high mountain peaks and it is a festival of colors and contrasts. Its biodiversity makes it very important as a tourist attraction. Valbona village is the focal point of the Park. Its configuration, hydrology, forests, flowers, characteristic dwellings and the hospitality of its people make this park an ideal place to visit.
Well as I see I didn´t know almost nothing about Albania and it´s beauty which reminds me Croatia a bit. So I will make it to this country in the nearly future..
What do you recommend me to see there?
Pretty much a lot of the places you see in the pics. Albania offers a variety of to do things for tourists, but i'll recommend you to visit these places:
Mountains, Lakes and Forested Regions
- Region of Theth is Albania's Gem
- Valbona Valley
- Lakes of Lura
- Koman - Fierza Ferry Trip
- Drilon (Pogradec)
- Mountain villages of Voskopoja and Dardha
- Blue Eye in Saranda
- Canyon of Osum
City Attractions, Monuments, Castles and Ruins
- Tirana is the Capital and largest city
- Gjirokastra is a Museum City and UNESCO World heritage Site
- Berat is one of Albania's oldest cities and also a Museum City
- Ancient Butrinti is a UNESCO World heritage Site
- Castles of Kruja, Shkodra, Gjirokastra, Berat... etc
- Durres Amphitheatre
- Ancient city of Apollonia
- The pearl of Albanian Riviera lies in the South where the Adriatic Sea meets the Ionian. Worth exploring is the entire coast of Vlora and Saranda where you'll come across a variety of beaches and fascinating landscape.
These are some of the main attractions but of course there are plenty of other places of interest throughout the country. You'd need more than a day or two to see them all.
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