Black Lake of Bulqiza

Bulqize Diber Albania

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Across Dhoksit, Lopës to Liqueni i Zi – the Black Lakegreen hike

Summary: The town of Bulqize is not known for its hiking potential, but for its chromium mines. Mali e Lopës, the mountain that looms large south of Bulqize, has been mined for many decades. Mining is hard work and often hazardous, and while it provides jobs, the conditions and remuneration will remain an issue until properly regulated and enforced.

A hike across the mountain, ending at Liqeni Zi, is not only instructive but also an enjoyable undertaking. It gives testimony that Bulqize is not a town to be avoided, but that it offers more than meets the eye.The plateau of Mali i Lopës (the mountain of the cow) is big, and in the past surely provided grazing for plenty of livestock. Now there are no cows, nor sheep, nor dogs on the mountain.

Mali i Lopës has three summits. Dhoksit is seen from Bulquize, the second (unnamed peak) is the highest of the three with the best views, and then there is Maja e Lopës which gave the range its name.

The hike entends to the Ligeni Zi, or more correctly Liqeni i Zi i Valikardhës. The lake beats the Lura Lakes hands down for its color and beauty, but is threatened by the extending exploitation and other developments.

The hike is easy but long. The hike is recorded as a one-way hike, so you need to make appropriate arrangements for transportation – first to take you to the trailhead, and then to pick you up from below Liqeni Zi. The road from Valikardhë to Liqeni Zi is a private road closed with a barrier, and you may have to hike down from the lake to the barrier. Perhaps the security guard lets the vehicle through when explaining that it intends to pick up hikers from Liqeni Zi. This shortens the hike by almost 4 kilometer.

There is one safe water point as indicated by a waypoint.

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Drini i Zi

Drini i Zi Diber Albania.

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The Black Drin originates from Lake Ohrid, from an altitude of 695 m, while coming out of Macedonia’s territory near the town of Dibra at altitude 476 m. The total length of the river is 149 km., And within Macedonia the river is 56 km long. The many bridges that connect the two banks of the Black Drin give Struga the epithet “City of Bridges”. The river flows north to the town of Dibra in a mountainous area, where it marks a part of the border of the Republic of Macedonia – Albania, to then move to the territory of Albania. In the part of Macedonia the river flow is interrupted by two artificial lakes (Debar and Glloboçicë), which serve for the benefit of electricity.

Near the city of Kukës Drini i Zi joins the White Drin forming the united Drini river that has poured into the Adriatic Sea.

In the waters of the Black Drin grow a large number of fish such as carp, trout, eel, etc.

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Deshati Ridge

Vargmali Deshat, Diber

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On both sides of the border, the population of Dibraveka strongly welcomed the project for the sustainable development of rural and mountainous tourism in the Deshat mountain range. It is a project that promotes for the first time the natural beauties of Mount Deshat, which crosses the borderline between Albania and Macedonia near Dibra. This mountain is a gem of nature with a permanent vegetation and in some parts of it with villages that always offer the beauty of nature of this area. The project implemented by non – governmental organizations from Macedonia and Albania and which will have a center in
the town of Peshkopi, foresees the exploitation of natural beauties of border crossings and at the same time the construction of pedestrian crossings through which tourists will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauties

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Kastrioti’s Museum

Sinë, Peshkopi, Diber, Albania

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“Kastrioti Museum”, in Sina village of Dibra, is located only 20 kilometers from the town of Peshkopi. In 1985 this area was defined by historians as the center of the Kastrioti Principality and the birthplace of the Albanian national hero Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg. For this purpose in the village of Sinë e Poshtme was built this year the museum.
The existence of “Skanderbeg Cape”, “Guri i Gjin”, and finding a stone inscription, during excavations for plita, led to the construction of the museum, which has consisted of a series of objects of collected fighters over the years.
During the 1990s this museum was plundered and it seems that this is not over yet. In May 2011, it was possible to reconstruct the museum after it was announced that it would arrive from Italy Giorgo Marino Scanderbeg, and fortunately the works were closed the previous day.
Already the “Kastrioti Museum” is out of order and almost empty inside.
Along with the devastating road, which greatly impedes the arrival of visitors, it is regrettable that the “loss” of objects is also noted.
One resident of the area says: “The municipality should give 50 thousand lek (old) for the person who will maintain and play the role of the gangster, but they do not give me any money, they left me as a duty” .
So is the fate of our monuments written, a disgusting fate among robberies and robberies.

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Llixhat e Peshkopisë

Ujrat Terminale, Peshkopi, Albania

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The Peshkopi galleries are located near the eastern city of Peshkopi. They originate from the gypsum formations of Mount Korab. There are two sulfur sources with a temperature of 35 – 43.5 degrees C and with a flow of 14 liters / sec. They have potassium and sulphate content. Their effects are related to respiratory diseases such as bronchial asthma, bronchitis, reamautism, diabetes, skin diseases and gynecological problems. In addition to these sources, drinking water sources with positive health effects are available in Albania, such as the source of “White Croiss” in Selita Municipality in the district of Mirdita (known for the treatment of kidney stones) and steam baths of Postenan near Leskovik.

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Pocest Waterfalls

Pocest, Maqellare, Albania

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Pocesti Waterfall, located at 1500m high, on the eastern slope of the mountain
Deshatit, near the village of Maqellare. This beautiful and amazing waterfall is
with a height of 13m and is formed by water coming out of a great care in the rock
the rugged limestone, forming a great characteristic source where the noise of
which is heard at a very large distance.
The black lake is also an glacial lake and is located above the altitude
2200m in the north-western part of Radomire village.
Black Lake has a Sip. Pre 0.8ha, with clean and cold water and surrounded by
a very beautiful forest.

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Grazhdani Castle

Grezhdan, Dibër, Albania

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Grazhdani Castle is a monument of cultural heritage in Grezhdan, district of Dibra, in the district of Dibra, Albania. This monument is of the type “Archeology”, approved with the number “6 / 15.01.1963 ‘”.

The castle was an ancient city with an unspecified name, probably Dobera, in the west of the village of Grazhdan, on the right bank of the Black Drin, southeast of Peshkopia. Excavations were made in 1983. The surrounding walls of the Grezhdan Castle are 3.5m wide and have a nearly 2800m linear line, reinforced by 42 square, rectangular and freshened towers, fortified with massive “u” towers, a characteristic of this century and 4 AD. The main place in this isal, which is surrounded by 18 towers, is the city of Grezhdan. The total area of the castle is 34ha. The castle had three entrances, each of which was protected by two horseshoe-shaped towers. The southern entrance of 14 m x 9 m measures a two-door entrance model.

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Lurë National Park

Lurë, Albania

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The Lurë National Park (Albanian: Parku Kombëtar i Lurës) is a national park in northeastern Albania, spanning an area of 12.8 km2 (4.9 sq mi), encompassing as well the eastern section of Kunora e Lurës. The park was established in 1966 to protect the various ecosystems and biodiversity. The altitude vary from 1,500–2,300 m (4,921–7,546 ft).[4] The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the park as Category II. Nevertheless, it is described as an important Bird and Plant Area, because it supports significant bird and plant species.[5][6]

In behalf to a great variability in elevation, Lurë National Park is densely populated in vegetation. Higher plant life consists mainly of both coniferous and deciduous trees, particularly around the shores of the lakes. The most common tree native to Lurë is the european beech along with silver fir, black pine, red pine and bosnian pine. Especially protected is the balkan pine, which is threatened with extinction and only common in the west of the Balkan Peninsula. The southern section of the park has a meadow of multicolour flowers and several coniferous trees, which is called the Field of Mares, offering pristine views over the landscape. In terms of phytogeography, the park falls within the Pindus Mountains mixed forests terrestrial ecoregion of the Palearctic Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub.

The park shelters numerous species. Most important wildlife inhabiting the park includes the european brown bear, eurasian lynx, eurasian wolf, european pine marten, roe deer and western capercaillie.[7] Small mammals include the red squirrel and edible dormouse.[8] The twelve glacial lakes within the national park were formed during the ice age.[9] They are located in the northeastern part of the nation in the Dibër County at an elevation between 1,200 and 1,500 m (3,937 and 4,921 ft). Each lake carries a name associated with its most characteristic feature.

According to Albanian poet Gjergj Fishta, “Him/her who has not seen Lura, he/she has not seen Albania”, meanwhile British renown traveler Edith Durham has been quoted as follows: “When I came up the Qafë Lurë, I saw such a beautiful field, that I had never seen in any place of the Balkans”.

However, following the fall of communism in the 1990s, the area suffered massive deforestation from illegal logging and forest fires that severely affected ecosystems. In fact, it is estimated that as far as 50% of the park’s area has been destroyed. In 2014, the Government of Albania launched a controversial rehabilitation campaign including reforestation, roadwork, and the putting of new signs.[10][11]

Local stakeholders have criticized the project as merely superficial. In the meantime, non-governmental organizations are trying to revitalize the park by contributing in the planting of trees and removal of debris around the lakes, some of which are drying up. Nature is also helping by naturally spreading seeds of new trees which are growing at different areas of the park. Accommodation consists of several family run hotels and guesthouses near the park in Fushe-Lure. The area around Lura features traditional tower houses, the once industrial mining town of Kurbnesh, Ottomam mosques, and a recently renovated Catholic Church. The region is also home to Albanian Independence signatory Dom Nikollë Kaçorri.

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Vajkal’s Battle

Vajkal, Bulqizë

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Vajkal’s Battle (1465) was one of the battles of the Albanian army led by Skanderbeg, against the Ottoman invaders
Sultan Mehmeti II sent two great armies simultaneously to put Skanderbeg between two fires. One, commanded by the renegade Ballaban Pasha, marched from Traka to Macedonia and settled in the camp in the area of Vajkal (Bulqiza). The other Ottoman army marched through Tesalia to the Albanian coast and settled in Kashar. Scanderbeg encircled Vajkal’s field on all sides, leaving the Ottomans unable to maneuver or establish links between the two armies. Ballaban tried to get the army out of the camp in hopes of breaking the siege. It has remained in history because the entire Ottoman army was destroyed or captured. Only Ballaban could survive with a few soldiers.

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Doda’s Castle

Dibër, Albania

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The Doda fortress for centuries is distinguished for its high moral, spiritual, patriotic and cultural values. It is considered as the gateway to Korab, which shows its visitors greatness through stately mountains, purity through crystal water, the ubiquitous hospitality of people who reflect the characterizing positivity of this area as well as the variety of traditions in clothing and everything else. It is a rural area between the two cities, Peshkopi and Kukës. It is 34 km from Peshkopia and 38 km from Kukës. Inside there are 8 villages: Radomirë, Tejs, Ujëmirë, Kullas, Ceren, Ploshtan, Vasije. Shullan. In every aspect of speaking it is synonymous with beauty. During the 1990s there were many inhabitants but the difficult economic conditions led to the migration of many families to urban areas and most of the youth chose the immigration route. We hear the name “Castle”, envisioning a tall, tall wall of stone that overlaps harmoniously with each other but is not the case of this fortress but has a very special history. In the place called Great Field in the village of Ploshtan there were placed 300 Turkish soldiers (Nizame were called soldiers of that time). of the army requires the villagers from the surrounding villages to send 300 soldiers to the soldiers. A wise old man named Dod had an idea.
They would send 300 men dressed as women and 300 men accompanying the girls, who had the intention to become the ratio 2: 1 and so it was done and all the killed Turks had been left. Their heads were assembled to become a castle with them and in honor of that old man you name the Doda Castle. The great difficulties of the time could not overcome this place, not even the harsh climate and cold weather did not stop the students from being trained. Ploshtan is celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Albanian school which was built in vitinn1922. Dodalj Castle is visited by one large number of foreign tourists mainly Cekë who have gone astonished and with a desire to come back again. During a conversation with a teacher in this area, Mr. Skëpi Brika we learned more about the values ​​we serve. He shows about the education of this country and says he is very happy about the level of students he learns because this area has attracted students brilliant.Fet and about the traditions it carries “In weddings and in death the inhabitants of this area are very close to each other” but in times of affliction feels a sort of obligation to be present and provide support without sparing.
It is an area that has a large number of tourists, and sometimes the often fierce mentality and fanatics for their women and girls did not stop the residents from opening the doors of the houses and welcoming them as being members of the families They are waiting in the rooms of friends, where the petting of the room with their bearded lambs are placed white lace decorated with different flowers as well as the colorful carpets made by girls and women of the villages, and wooden sofas round in the middle of the rooms, which attracts more attention of tourists, and if we talk about the lunch or dinner offered to anyone we would like to be one day in his tourist life of this area. Roasted lamb sacrifices made with bag bakallava, sarma are some of the foods that are never absent at the tables of aliens, where in the sign of respect the guest placed the head of the ram, raw sheep. While talking about education, the traditions tell us about a celebration that residents celebrate every year. Different festivals and events take place, but the most special celebration takes place in the place called Lake Black. A beautiful and painful story, which says that a young couple was lapping the lands with the oceans, because of a tectonic sinking, have disappeared and no longer found the ring of this woman has left in the village of Vasije Kroi Good and from that day has remained as a tradition that every person drinking water in this loop is a thread that can extract from his clothes as a reminder and respect for the missing couple … but all the people respected this tradition too why it may have been a liqueur. The lake is found among the green forests of lifelike forests, separated by nature, surrounded by four tall trees. A place that seems like God has forgiven everything, and has turned it into a fabulous oasis just like the story itself. The lake offers a truly magnificent view and gives the sparkling, breathtaking, restful, and peace-loving souls so sparingly.
Doda’s castle can be considered a place where nature invades and fires in its bosom, from that magical scenery, but not only so, distinguished for large vegetation such as salepi, blueberries, ballsami, wild rose and blueberries that have value very curative but has helped and some economically-owned families that have sold it. One of the main reasons why the village of Tejs is to be visited is the presence of Korab Mountain at an altitude of 2751m. Whatever aspect of the Doda Castle is a symbol of the beauty of the unconditional shade radiating the mountains, which seem to create the illusion of scratching the sky. It is also a place of mass respect for the Muslim religion where the last years a magnificent mosque was built in the village of Tejs with the help of immigrants and residents of this area. Even though they face heavy weather problems during the summer, the country is full of snow, and besides snowblowers, they try to remove them with shovels to allow people to pass from one to the other, although they suffer in this period all are very happy, she sees the smiling faces of the people, especially the children who come out and play with one another, and why a good part of their body is covered with snow.
In addition to the beauty and richness it has, it has drawn attention to its architecture as well. They are home to two three storey houses built of stone slabs, each with chimneys used in the cold winter, but recently it has begun to break down little because they have continued to cover the roofs and use only in summer those who are resident in Tirana. There is a very good infrastructure to the village of Ceren while the rest of the road to the village of Tejs is kalldram.End farming and livestock are very developed, the summer is cultivated fields as they sow the beans, potatoes, mackerels they provide for the winter they are waiting for … while regarding livestock is a zone that is kept because she has sheep like that (rude) lamb, she needs to use it for meat and to do the business as they provide income with them.
Culture, history, hospitality, unique architecture, fascinating places, developed infrastructure … and what we can look for more from a place where everything that transmits is positively. I want to find a suitable word and sum it up with a word everything is experienced there, but this Albanian “NATURE GOD” is bigger than any word.

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