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Northeastern Albania

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A valley in Valbona

Northeastern Albania is a region of Albania.



  • Tirana — the national capital. Trees and mountains surround the city. Mt. Dajt is a popular tourist site for a great view of the city.
  • Shkodra — the biggest town in Northern Albania. Shkodra is considered the capital of Albanian culture. In Shkodra is located "Migjeni" theatre, the first in Albania and also was held the first cyclic race and also the first football match and the first photograph was developed (by Marubi). The Rozafa Castle is a major tourist attraction here,but also "The Great Cathedral", "The mosque Ebu Beker" etc. It's the travel hub for the north and his 'accursed mountains'
  • Bajram Curri — gateway to the wonders of the northern frontier, including majestic Valbona valley and the stunning ferry trip across Lake Koman.
  • Kruje — ancient city of the national hero Skanderbeg. It consists of beautiful mountains; Skanderbeg's castle is now a museum. Kruje also contains an old style bazaar with shops selling traditional goods amid cobblestone streets.
  • Thethi — a scenic village up on the Albanian Alps in the north
  • Puke — an alpine town surrounded by caves, lakes, and chestnut trees. Puka is an emerging eco-tourist destination with several guesthouses such as athlete Peparim Laci's Guesthouse. A visit at the organic products agribusiness AMT Center founded by an Italian Catholic priest in Kçire is strongly recommended. It sells alpine jams and wild fruits composts benefiting local produces.
  • Valbona — a beautiful valley in the Albanian Alps and gateway to the high mountains. Great place for spectacular hiking

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  • Albanian Alps — This mountainous complex on the north of the country forms the border between Albania and Montenegro. Rich on rainfalls, sheep, bare rocks and scenic views it is one of the places in Albania you should see. One of the places where you can be less than 10 km away from the nearest village and still have a day long trip there.
  • Lure National Park — a 1,280 hectare national park with high mountains, big meadows, and glacial lakes
  • Shishtavec — An ethnic Gorani picturesque village located at 1600 meters altitude south of Kukes near the Kosovo-Macedonia-Albania border. Main attractions here include the Vanave Gorge with numerous canyons ans waterfalls, modest skiing in winter, organic traditional food such as Corbe me te Brendshme, Mish Orizi, Stav Tallomash, and the traditional Fli, and the unparalleled hospitality of locals. Accommodation is available in forms of guesthouses while the road to the village is being upgraded as of 2011. Shishtavec is an emerging tourist destination of the Kukes region.


This is the inland region of Albania to the north of the Shkumbin River. It borders Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia.


The native language of the region is Gheg, the northern dialect of Albanian. While the two main dialects of Albanian are mutually intelligible, but due to the fact that the official standard of Albanian was shifted from Gheg to Tosk, the southern dialect, during the rule of Enver Hoxha (1941-1985), the communist dictator of Albania and a Tosk speaker himself, some locals in Northeastern Albania may have bitter feelings about Tosk dialect—so be cautious while smattering your Albanian.

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The best way to get around is by bus, or van (furgon). Buses that go from Tirana to Durres for example, cost 100 Lek, about $1 US. Inner city buses currently cost 30 Lek a trip. Some buses that leave Skanderberg Square are free, the end destination being the mall advertised on the side of the bus. Sometimes you can grab a mall bus, and get out before the mall somewhere, free ride! Furgon's cost a little more, from 200 Lek and up, if you are heading out of a major town. These are used for faster transport, and the more windy mountain roads that cannot accommodate a large bus. You can get almost anywhere by bus, with totally unmarked stations all over the Square area.

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The classic and extremely scenic tour of the Albanian alps, is to take the ferry on Koman Lake and further with furgeons to Bajram Curri and beautiful Valbona. Stay here one or two nights and then do the trek to Thethi (1200hm, 6h). You can easily enjoy a few days here before taking the furgeon back to Shkoder. The trip to Valbone with the ferry can easily be arranged by youre guesthouse in Skhoder.

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  • Variety of nuts
  • Flija

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  • Boza, a traditional drink of Kukes made from fermented maize and grain
  • Cornelian cherry juice
  • Birra Puka, a local beer from Puka known for its purity made from crystal clear waters
  • Dhalle, a refreshing Kefir like dairy product like Aaryan
  • Raki

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