Month: February 2018

Discovering the Llogara National Park

The 1010 hectares of dense woods, the vegetation, the beautiful views, the tranquility and the fresh air make the Llogara National Park one of the most spectacular parks in Albania….

The 1010 hectares of dense woods, the vegetation, the beautiful views, the tranquility and the fresh air make the Llogara National Park one of the most spectacular parks in Albania. The whole area on Mount Llogara, between Rreza and Kanalit and Mount Çika, southeast of the bay of Orikum, was proclaimed in 1966 protected and received the status of a National Park, including all the forests on the north side of the pass from a height of 470 meters to 2018 meters above sea level. This park located about 40 km south-east of Valona, where the Adriatic Sea becomes the Ionian Sea, is one of the largest parks in Albania.

On the road, amazing day Llogara National Park

On the road – Llogara National Park

Driving along the national highway in southern Albania, you will be able to enjoy all its natural beauty, endless conifer woods, pines and plains that create chromatic harmony. Admire this wonderful panorama and go in search of one of the Natural Monuments of the area, the Flag Pine. This pine is about 100 years old, belongs to the Pinus Nigra type and its shape is the result of the action of the southeast winds. Besides the natural beauty, the Llogara National Park is the habitat of a rich wildlife like roe deer, squirrels, wild boars, wolves, foxes and various species of birds of prey.

A family of deers Llogara National Park

A family of deers – Llogara National Park

discovering the beautiful llogara national park

Discovering – Llogara National Park

The climate is typical of mountain areas, with cool summers and winters with heavy snowfall, the average annual temperature fluctuates between 16 ° C and 18 ° C. If you want to take a break from the summer heat of the beaches of the Riviera or from the Albanian cities, this park is the ideal place. The freshness during the day offers great possibilities for eco-tourism, hiking and trekking. Thanks to the combination of mountain and sea air, the Llogara National Park is an ideal destination for air sports and the gliding site hosts many international competitions. For those who simply want to relax and unwind in the green they could also take advantage of the excellent local dishes prepared with organic raw materials such as arapashi, kukurecet, grilled meat, yogurt with walnuts and much more.

Skydiving at Llogara Pass – Albania

Skydiving at Llogara Pass – Albania

Amazing view on Palase beach, Llogara National Park Albania

View on Palasë beach – Llogara National Park

Before the top of the Llogara Pass, on the side of the splendid Çika mountain you can have a spectacular view of the Palase beach, a strip of deserted sand that is 1.5 km away. Going on towards the road you pass along the famous Llogara Pass, an impressive serpentine that reaches 1017 meters and overlooks the beautiful Albanian Riviera. This step is the only link between the Gulf of Vlora and the Dukat valley with the Albanian Riviera. At about 1000m above sea level, you can enjoy a breathtaking view; I still remember the first time I saw this scenario: white beaches, citrus fruit and the sea that becomes one with the sky. Spectacular!

Amazing view from Llogara Pass - Albania

The amazing view from Llogara Pass – Albania

Beautiful sunset Llogara Pass Albania

Sunset – Llogara Pass

The first village immediately after the Llogara pass is Palasa, small stone houses that overlook a large beach formed by the now dry torrent of Palasa. This village was known in antiquity with the name of Paleste and here, in the second century B.C save the legions of Caesar. In the village there are many place names that recall the event such as the Pass of Caesar e or the White Streets. From the Pass of Caesar you can admire the Karaburun peninsula, the Dukat countryside and the Orikum bay. For history buffs not far from the center of the village of Dukat is the Tower of Dervish Aliu, a house built in the beginning of the XIX century to provide protection to villages and to serve as shelters in difficult times of attack or war. Instead, if you choose to continue towards the south, surrounded by olive groves and citrus fruits, there is the village of Dhermi, a popular and very frequent tourist destination for its beautiful turquoise water beach.

Towards the villages - Llogara pass

Towards the villages – Llogara pass

© All rights reserved

No Comments on Discovering the Llogara National Park

10 good reasons to visit Tirana

The main economic, political and cultural center, Tirana is the beating heart of Albania. After the revival from communism in the early 90s, the Albanian capital is unrecognizable, offering unexpected…

The main economic, political and cultural center, Tirana is the beating heart of Albania. After the revival from communism in the early 90s, the Albanian capital is unrecognizable, offering unexpected ideas, lively infrastructure, traditional restaurants and trendy bars. Tirana is not a real tourist town. Home to a growing population, it offers a charm that you will not find anywhere else. Whether it is to visit one of the attractions, to walk in the countryside or spend an evening in the coolest areas of the city, these are, in my opinion, the 10 good reasons to visit Tirana right away.

The unique atmosphere

In this city you will not find the classic beauties of European capital: the pretty little houses, the glittering canals or the medieval churches. Visiting Tirana means discovering all the phases that this city has undergone: Ottoman rule, the First and Second World War, the fascism, until the fall of communism. Exploring the history, you will immerse in a colorful city, where the old is combined with the new in a complementary way. Tirana is chaotic, intriguing, pleasant and relaxing, you will have the feeling that it has remained locked in the past, but at the same time it is accelerating towards the future.

View from bulevardi deshmoret e kombit Tirane, visit Tirana

Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit – Tirane

The culture of cafés

Immediately when you set foot in Tirana you will notice the love that these people have for coffee. Watch the old generation slowly sipping their coffee in the simple bars or the young people, who chat and listen to the music in the trendy ones. Cafés appear everywhere, eccentric or old-fashioned, they represent a meeting point for the people of Tirana, an indispensable moment of their daily life.

Coffe time in Tirana Albania, visit Tirana

Coffe time in Tirana – Albania

The legacy of communism

It has not been long since Communism was over, however, evidence of its existance can still be seen around. Instantly strange pieces of architecture such as the Pyramid, a memorial dedicated to deceased dictator Enver Hoxha, or video museums such as Bunk’Art, will make you perceive all aspects of a life during dictatorship: isolation from the outside world, constant surveillance by the secret police, the limitation of individual freedoms, and the life under siege.

Sign of the communist existence the pyramid Tirana, visit Tirana

The pyramid – Tirana

The delicious food

The wide and varied gastronomic offers make this city a paradise for gourmets: traditional trattorias, breweries, typical places, street food, high-level restaurants run by chefs. Visiting Tirana means going to the discovery of small restaurants that serve local delicacies at a very low price. The capital offers the possibility to taste also the international cuisine, a high quality one at low costs.

Tave dheu a delicious typical Albanian dish, visit Tirana

Tave dheu – typical Albanian dish

The day trips

Tirana has a central position, very strategic, which allows you to easily reach interesting sites in a day. Setting off in the morning you could take an excursion to the historic town of Kruja, witness of the epic of Skandernbeg or visit Durres, the city on the Adriatic Sea. Transportation is not always fast, but some places are easily accessible by bus.

the historical city of Kruja Albania, visit Tirana

The historical city of Kruja – Albania

The nightlife

The evening entertainment program in Tirana is very rich, traditional and international music, dj sets, concerts, live performances and much more. Mainly the most animated areas are concentrated in the city center such as Bllok, but peripheral districts also have several surprises.

 

Landscapes immersed in greenness

To take a break from the city center and admire one of the best views of the Albanian capital, head to the National Park of Mount Dajti. Located about twenty kilometers from the center of Tirana, it is one of the traditional destinations for excursions. Take the number one bus, get off at Teleferiku stop, and take the Dajti Ekspress that lifts you up to the top of the mountain. The trip is definitely a relaxing break in the middle of nature.

The cableway to the Dajti mountain Tirana, visit Tirana

The cableway to the Dajti mountain – Tirana

Modern urban design

Modern architectural skyscrapers, buildings that revolve around with a 360 degree view of the city, urban-style bars and restaurants, refined decorations and much more make Tirana not only a tourist attraction but also an investment potential for visitors arriving in the country.

Architectural details in the city of Tirana, visit Tirana

Architectural details – Tirana

Away from mass tourism

Unlike many European capitals, Tirana is, by and large, out of mass tourism. You can enjoy this city without worrying about the invasion of buses full of tourists or endless files for visiting museums. Despite the intense traffic, visiting Tirana allows you to discover a pleasant and relaxing city, out of the chaos created by too many tourists.

Bunk'Art 2 video-museum of Political Prisoners and Victims of Communist Regime Tirana, visit Tirana

Bunk’Art 2 video-museum of Political Prisoners and Victims of Communist Regime – Tirana

Low cost destination

Not just the favorable Exchange rate, but also the cost of living make Tirana an ideal city to visit. With little money, you can discover the city’s best attractions, enjoy the delicious food or sip some great coffee in one of the city’s most interesting areas.

Winter sunny day in the city center Tirana, visit Tirana

Winter sunny day in the city center – Tirana

© All rights reserved

No Comments on 10 good reasons to visit Tirana

When to visit Albania

Characterized by various climatic zones, conditioned by the altitude and the mountain ranges, Albania is an interesting destination to be discovered throughout the year. The country has over 450 km…

Characterized by various climatic zones, conditioned by the altitude and the mountain ranges, Albania is an interesting destination to be discovered throughout the year. The country has over 450 km of coastline, almost all switable for swimming, typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and rainy winters. The inland instead is mainly influenced by continental air and is characterized by mild summers and cold winters.

Amazing blue water beach, visit Albania

Blue water beach – Dhermi

For those who love the sea and hiking in the open air, summer is the ideal season to visit Albania. The beautiful beaches, with warm and pleasant waters, offer the best of themselves, especially in the months of June and July. Not only you can relax on the deserted beaches, but the Albanian Riviera offers the possibility to practice different sports or to participate in numerous musical events and concerts that are organized. August represents the high season for tourism in Albania, but never at the levels of the number of the tourists, who visit the rest of Europe.

Skydiving at Llogara pass Albania, visit Albania

Skydiving at Llogara Pass – Albania

The warm summer months are also particularly suitable for exploring the high Albanian Alps, to the north of the country, for trekking immersed in the splendid landscapes of unspoiled nature or the plateau of Korça to the southwest, for more moderate temperatures, cultural heritage and exquisite gastronomic traditions.

Tracking in the Albanian Alps Valbone, visit Albania

Tracking in the Albanian Alps – Valbone

Autumn in Albania is a great time to explore beautiful cities like Berat, Shkoder, Kruja or UNESCO protection sites like Gjirokastra and Apollonia. The summer heat slowly begins to fade, but the month of September still allows the opportunity to spend a few days at sea or trekking in the Alps before the weather becomes stiffer.

Beautiful view of Mangalem district Berat, visit Albania

Mangalem district – Berat

The winter days are shorter and darker, with rains and frequent snowfalls in the mountainous areas. In the cities, however, the cold is not excessive and it might be interesting to visit Albania to witness the celebrations of certain events such as Independence, 28-29 November or the arrival of the New Year, festivities very much felt especially in the capital of Albania.

Spring allows you to spend a holiday with slower rhythms, ideal to enjoy the typical Albanian days in the capital, visit the different cultural and archaeological sites or the wonderful nature. The weather is really pleasant, the winter cold has vanished and the excessive heat has not yet started, perfect for a trip to the lake of Pogradec or that of Shkodra.

Sunset at Pogradec Lake Albania, visit Albania

Sunset at Pogradec Lake – Albania

© All rights reserved

No Comments on When to visit Albania

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search