Valbonë Valley National Park

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Valbona Valley National Park
Valbona.jpg
Valbona River
Map showing the location of Valbona Valley National Park
Map showing the location of Valbona Valley National Park
Location Northern Albania
Nearest city Bajram Curri
Coordinates 42°27′12″N 19°53′16″E / 42.45333°N 19.88778°E / 42.45333; 19.88778Coordinates: 42°27′12″N 19°53′16″E / 42.45333°N 19.88778°E / 42.45333; 19.88778
Area 8,000 ha

Valbona Valley National Park (Albanian:Parku Kombëtar i Luginës së Valbonës) is a national park in Albania declared by government decree in 1996. It covers an area of 8,000 hectares and is located along the Valbona Valley.[1] A main attraction is the Valbona River flowing in the middle of the valley.

Some attractions of the park include:

  • Valbona Pass at 1811 meters of altitude
  • Cave of the Wind at 1942m
  • Zhapore Trail at 1624m
  • Beautiful alcoves at 1742m
  • Curraj i Eperm Church
  • Snow Cave
View of the Valbona valley from the Valbona-Teth path

The Theth National Park is adjacent to it and was declared a national park in 1966. It is proposed that the two parks, along with the areas in Montenegro and Kosovo[a] form a tri-border Bjeshket e Nemuna National Park.[2]

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Notes and references[edit]

Notes:

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.
b. ^ Template:Questions about staying in and hiking/trekking throughout Valbona can be directed to Journey to Valbona, http://www.journeytovalbona.com/

References:

  1. ^ Albanian National Agency of Tourism. "Valbona Valley National Park" (in Albanian). Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Sulejmani, Edlira. "Bashkepunimi rajonal bisedime per nje park kombetar shqiptaro-kosovaro-malazez". Alsattv (in Albanian). Retrieved 28 July 2010.