Valbona National Park
National Park “The valley of Valbona”
It has a surface of about 8.000 hectares and is situated 25-30 km in northwest of the city of Bajram Curri. It expands among high mountains and shows off a fantastic complexion ofcolors in every season, thus giving the image ofa valley full oflabyrinths and surprises. Its scientific, tourist and health recovering values are combined with a bio-diversity of national and international importance. Its rocky and attractive peaks, the sides covered with wood, the flow ofbrooks and river Valbona, viewed from above, create the image ofa giant and marvelous crater as a small panoramaofnatural beauty. . In the inner part of the Park there are a lot of grottos and caves. The most eminent is the Cave of Dragobia, where lay the remains of Bajram Curri, a national hero.
Clime, with cold winter and fresh summer with mountainous phenomenon, is favorable for tourists.
You can breath fresh our coming dawn from the mountains. Utilization of sun rises richened with ultraviolet, especially at 09.00, are very healthy. nnual rainfall are 2700-3000m. They are spread among seasons: in spring 22%,insummer 8.7%,in autumn 32.3% and in winter 38% . Rainfall appear like snow that create a sustainable layer for some months.
Flora and fauna
Park with high biodiversity values. It has forests of beech, pine, fir, alpine pastures chestnut forests (Castanea sativa) in natural conditions mountain streams and rivers etc. Low in endemic and sub endemic plants. We meat big mammals as brown bear (Ursus arctos), wolf (Canis lupus), bobcat (Felis lynx), mountain-goat (Ru picapra rupicapra), roe (Capreolus capreolus), eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), etc. in the waters of Valbona we meat Lutra lutra.
Sport and activities
The nature of this park is full of varieties suitable for tourism, fishing, relaxation, amusing and mountain climbing as well as winter sports Mostly you can walk among the wonderful nature, make excursions and exercise different sports as hunting (during the season), climbing, trekking, riding horses etc. The camping is another pleasure but you have to be informed about the right places. Valbona is one of the most beautiful places in Albania and the segments of the Valbona river can be a real challenge for the impassioned of the extreme sports.
What to visit around
The Cave of Haxhia. (Shpella e Haxhisë). Situated on Maja e Thatë, near of Valbona village, at Margegaj, 1630 m on the sea level. It is formed from the carsti along the crossing of tectonic variations. It is discovered so far the entrance 2-3 m and the length about 120 m. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri- Valbonë.
The Cave of the Ice (Shpella e Akullit.). Situated near of Valbona village, at Margegaj, 2230 m on the sea level. It is formed from the glacial-carstic processes along the crossing of tectonic variations. The explored length is about 250 m. Is 50 m wide and 10-15 m high. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Valbonë.
The Cave of Dragobia (Shpella e Dragobisë). Situated near of Dragobia village, is known also like the Cave of Bajram Curri, a national hero, because he hide there during his war with his enemies. 1200 m on the sea level. It has carstic forme, 8 m long, 3-4 wide and 2-4 high. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Dragobi.
The hanging glacial valley of Kukaj. Situated near of Rragami village, at Margegaj, 1200 m on the sea level. It is a hanging glacial-carstic valley during the tectonic process. 2.7 km long, 100-150 m wide. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Valbonë-Motinë.
The hanging glacial valley of Motina. Situated among the mountain of Irons and the Open outfall (Grykët e Hapura), at Margegaj, 1100 m on the sea level. It is a hanging glacial-carstic valley during the tectonic process. 2.5 km long, 100-150 m wide. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Valbonë-Motinë.
The canyon of Shoshani. Situated near of Shoshanit bridge, at Valbona valley, 400 m on the sea level. Formed from calcareous, the river’s erosion and the carst, is 1.1 km long, 30-40 m deep, and 2,5 m wide. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Shoshan.