Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park
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Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park is in the Librazhd and Bulqizë regions of Albania. It is one of Albania's newest national parks, having been created in 2008. The park occupies the northeastern section of the district of Librazhd and runs along the border with Macedonia.
The Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park is named after two mountains located within the park: Shebenik and Jabllanice. It is a new park, and thus underdeveloped
The park was created on May 21st 2008
The terrain of the park is mostly foothills leading up to mountains which reach over 2,200 meters high. It is covered in small pine and deciduous forests, as well as grazing meadows.
Flora and fauna
The part is home to a number of rare and endemic species of plants and wildlife. Beech, oak, fir, and other pine trees dominate the forested portions of the park. There are also a number of meadows and pastures. The brown bear, grey wolf, and Eurasian linx are all inhabitants of the area.
The climate is temperate with dry warm summers and cool wet winters, though the highest reaches of the park are often covered in snow until May.
You can reach the park by car in a number of ways.
There are two entrances to the park are near Librazhd and Prrenjas, which both lie on the Tirana-Pogradec train line. Once in Librazhd or Prrenjas, follow the public transportation instructions.
By Public Transportation
Villages near the peripery of the park are served by minibuses from Librazhd and Prrenjas, which travel to park entrance points in Rrajc, Librazhd Katund, Dorez, usually early in the morning.
There are no entrance fees.
Most of the roads around the peripery of the park are dirt roads, a few requiring four-wheel drive. Further, there are 4 newly marked hiking trails which traverse the park. Maps for the trails in the park can be obtained free from the Librazhd Forest Directorate, near the train station. +355 51 423 738 or +355 67 207 9658
Traditional Albanian food can sometimes be purchased from villagers. Make sure to try the dairy products, such as fresh cheese and buttermilk.
Wild blackberries, strawberries, plums, and figs can be found in the park.
There are a number of small bars in villages around the park. Ask to try the local raki (The variety made from dogwood tree or Thanë as it's known in Albanian is quite good)
In the Park
There are currently no established camping sites in the park. Camping is allowed within the confines of the park, but check to make sure you're not on someone's property!
Remember there are bears, wolves, and reportedly lynx living with the park. Though there have been no reports of recent incidents, practice caution around wild animals.