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Poliçan is a city in Berat District in South-Eastern Albania. It has a population of about 20,000.

Poliçan is located at 40°36′44″N 20°05′53″E / 40.61222, 20.09806Coordinates: 40°36′44″N 20°05′53″E / 40.61222, 20.09806. Some villages near Poliçan are: Malishovё, Ball, Balle, Bargullas, Beliçё, Cepan, Dollan, Jaupas, Kaluç, Kapinovё, Mbrakull,Nishollё, Novaj, Perik, Plirezё.

Poliçan is an industrial city. There are many fabrics created during socialist rule, but the most known is Fabrika e çmontimit te predhave Poliçan.English: The fabric of dismatiation of missiles Poliçan. This fabric is well known for his high standards of security.

Velipojë / Velipoja

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The Buna estuary with Velipojë to the left


Coordinates: 41°51′53.13″N 19°25′48.08″E / 41.8647583, 19.4300222




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Nikollë Zef Marku[1] (DP)


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Velipojë, also called Velipoja, is an Albanian town in Shkodër District. The population is approximately 8026.

[edit] Geography and economy

Velipoja is situated on the estuary of the River Buna (the only navigable river of Albania), where it flows into the Adriatic Sea near the border with Montenegro. The Commune (i.e. the administrative unit) of Velipoja has a population of around 10,000, spread over several small settlements, the largest of which is the town of Velipoja itself.

Its economy is based on agriculture (arable land and livestock, sheep and cattle), some fishing, and chiefly tourism. The scenery is largely unspoilt: a mixture of sea-coast, river estuary, heathland, thick pine woods, farmland, and high mountains. It has been remarked by visitors that the heathland to the north of Velipoja is very reminiscent of Scottish scenery. A nature reserve lies within the commune. The area is a prime site for birdwatching, game shooting and fishing. A long, sandy beach is a popular attraction in summer.

In recent years, several projects have been instituted with the aim of conserving the environment (including the marine life of the Buna) and the encouragement of ecological tourism. There have also been recent efforts to develop fish farming. The area has many small hotels and guest houses. There is a market, where local farmers sell their produce. In the commune, there is a church-sponsored kindergarten, several primary schools, two secondary schools, and one gymnasium. There is also a small theatre and a thriving local football team, KS Ada Velipojë and ground.

[edit] History and traditions

Historically not a wealthy area, and like the rest of the country subject to much emigration, Velipoja has recently begun to expand as a tourist resort, favoured especially by the inhabitants of Shkodër, the chief city of northern Albania, which lies about 30 km distant inland.

The ancient Albanian language has been preserved despite encroachments from its neighbours. There are many traditions that are proudly maintained: there is a national costume that may be compared with the Scottish Highland costume: men wear a pleated white kilt; there is even a local version of the bagpipes (called gajde). And traditionally, the inhabitants of northern Albania belonged to different clans similar to the Scottish clan system.

Albanian Alps

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The Albanian Alps are a mountain range in northern Albania, also known by the Serbian name Prokletije.

[edit] Regions

The area known as the Albanian Alps covers parts of Shkoder and Tropoja districts in Northern Albania. The mountains themselves extend into neighboring Kosovo and Montenegro.

[edit] Towns and villages

The main city of the area is Bajram Curri. Shkoder is located in the coastal plain just west of the region.

The villages of Thethi and Valbonë once were important tourist destinations.

[edit] Parks

The area around Thethi is an Albanian National Park.

The greater region covering the triple border of Albania / Montenegro / Kosovo is where the Balkan Peace Park may one day exist.

[edit] Mountains

The Albanian Alps are where the highest mountain fully in Albania is located.

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[edit] Talk

[edit] Get in

To access the mountains, you can enter from the north - west from Shkoder through the village of Bogë (where public transportation stops, the asphalted road also stops a few kilometres short of Bogë), which continues to Thethi. In the summer there are various vehicles continuing to Theth and it's possible to hitch a ride, or else to walk the 25 km to Thethi, a long and difficult hike over a 1600m pass, with little water.

It is easier (although also quite long) to head up the beautiful Valbonë valley from Bajram Curri. There are minibuses from Bajram Curri to Valbonë, and almost to the last village in the valley, Rrogami. The mionibuses stop at the end of the road, about 4km from Rrogami. The road is only asphalted a short way out of Bajram Curri.

[edit] Get around

Getting around is best with your own vehicle, or if you have more time, your own bicycle, or on foot. There is little public transportation, and on many routes this means just one minibus early in the morning.

The mountain pass which separates Thethi from Rrogami is only passable on foot, and is a very challenging hike over a very poorly marked trail. Parts of the trail have disappeared under landslides, and the only publicly available map is a soviet map from the 1940s, which is scaled 1:50,000. It is available online (a jpeg scan) from the University of Berkeley library. The best way to find your way over that pass (Qafe e Valbonë) is with a local guide.

[edit] Itineraries

A good itinerary would include the Fierzë-Komani ferry on lake Komani. You could get from Shkoder to Bajram Curri by way of this ferry, then visit the Valbonë valley, and either (for experienced and well-equipped hikers) get over the mountain pass to Thethi, and go back to Shkoder from there (this loop would probably take an absolute minimum of 4 days, and a more likely duration of 6 or 7 days), or from the Valbonë valley get back to Bajram Curri and continue east towards Tropoja or Kosovo.

[edit][add listing] See

Amazing mountains with crystal-clear streams. Remote villages with friendly people. The traditional village of Thethi has been maintained with its typical architecture.

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Hike those amazing mountains!!! The very little traffic in those remote areas makes it nice to hike even on the roads. Go fishing in the Valbonë river. The rapids near Dragobia seem to be a popular place.

[edit][add listing] Eat

Try buying local foods from people in villages (this may be tricky without speaking Albanian!). You might get delicious locally made cheese, home-baked bread, pickles, and various fruit and vegetables.

[edit][add listing] Drink

Turkish coffee, or home-made rakija (plum alcohol).

[edit][add listing] Sleep

Apart from cities like Bajram Curri and Shkoder, there are very few hotels and places to stay. There is one hostel / campsite in the Valbonë valley in between Dragobia and Valbonë. It it easy to find people willing to accommodate you or let you camp in their garden. They will generally ask for money, and sometimes not mention it until you are leaving in the morning, which is not the nest moment to bargain the price. So be sure you make everything clear when you arrive. Among those who speak English or Italian and have got used to lodging foreign tourists, a price of around 20 euros is common, and includes breakfast and dinner.

[edit] Stay safe

Don't get lost in the mountains. This is a sparsely-inhabited area and the trails are not marked and signalled like in touristy countries.

There are also supposedly some bears and wolves roaming the area, so rough camping is generally not recommended. If you do, be careful to keep your food in a safe place (hanging it in a tree is a good solution).

You don't want bears following the scent of that dry sausage hidden under your pillow. Crime is a major problem, and you need to take precautions. Locals might scare you with the story of a couple of Czech students who disappeared in the area. That apparently did happen, but only once, and people are not very specific with the date. It seems that is was in the first unstable years in the late 90s when the borders were opening up. It can be dangerous.


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Dhermi is a village in Himarë in Albania.

[edit] Get in

[edit] By plane

Tirana International Airport and then take the busses south towards Saranda and Himara. Or first you go to Corfu, take the boat to Saranda (in the morning or in the afternoon), then with the bus to Dhermi, (in the afternoon 2PM).

[edit] By boat

From Korfu to Saranda(all year) or Himara(in summer), than take the bus to Dhermi. Or from Italy Bari, Brindisi to Vlora and Dures, than take the bus direction to Saranda or Himara.

[edit] By bus

  • From Tirana take the bus direktly to Dhermi every midday, at the bus station for south.

  • Buses run erratically between Vlorë and Sarande. They are cheap and also stop at the national park just south of Vlorë which has several restaurants. The road is excellent over the top of the mountain pass as you head south, but the good road stops at Dhermi. Be aware that the buses are often full and this makes it hard to get picked up at Dhermi on your way on down or up the coast. The bus south takes about 3-4 hours to reach Sarande because of the quality of the road.

[edit] Get around

You can walk around in Dhermi as the distances are not that long, or you can rent a taxi if needed. Don't forget to settle the price before you enter the taxi.

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  • The monastery of Saint Mary Panajia, at the top of the village

  • The monastery of Saint Theodhor in the top

  • Pirate Cave rock, The Pirate Cave (only by boat).

  • Visit the beaches of Shkambo, Jaliskari, Perivoli, Gjipe ect.

  • Visit the old village of Dhermi, walk aroud the old narrow stone paths.

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  • You should rent a speed bout and visit the Gjipe Bay, than walk up the Gjipe Canyon, arroud 4 km up to the waterfall of Petasma 75 m high.

  • Don't forget to spend some hours at Perivoli Beach, about 3km of beach all for you.

[edit][add listing] Buy

Don't forget to by Olive Oil (4 euro per liter) and Honey (8 euro per liter)while you are in Dhermi, its the best you can find in Albania and one of the best in the Balkans.

[edit][add listing] Eat

In general to eat in a restaurant in Dhermi (there are many and of all kind such as pizza, fish, tradicional, italian kitchen or greek kitchen) will cost you around 10 euro per meal. There are some really good fast foods where the meal will cost to you less than 4 euro per persen including the drink.

[edit][add listing] Drink

You have two places to go out at night, Havana Beach Bar and Cafe del Mare Pub, the best choices on the Ionian Coast, famous all around Albania and beyond.

Dhermi is full of nice and moder cafe places and bars, a coffee costs around 50 cents, and a cola around 1 euro, a beer around 1-2 euro, and a drink 2-4 euro.

[edit][add listing] Sleep

It will not be difficult to find a place to sleep, unless you visit Dhermi in August, in this month you need to reserve in advance or the only choice will be camp sites.

There are hotels at Dhermi, but there is also a resort a few kilometres to the North. To reach this, take the right fork in the road as you are going down towards Dhermi and follow the rough track past farms. The resort has some expensive chalets and a patch of waste ground to pitch a tent on for 500 Lek. Far better to pitch the tent down the beach a few hundred yards and use their bar and restaurant. If you get a room in the village it will not cost you less than 20 euro, but if you rent one near the beach it will cost you for 20 euro up to 40 euro, depending on the location and high season. If you look for you will find some rooms for 4 persons up to 5 euro per person a night. Also there are some camping sites avaliabe costin 4 euro per person.

You can camp on the beach or under the orange tree near the beach as it is not forbidden to camp around the place.
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