Çorovodë

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Çorovodë
Çorovodë in the Distance
Çorovodë in the Distance
Official logo of Çorovodë
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Çorovodë is located in Albania
Çorovodë
Çorovodë
Coordinates: 40°30′N 20°13′E / 40.500°N 20.217°E / 40.500; 20.217Coordinates: 40°30′N 20°13′E / 40.500°N 20.217°E / 40.500; 20.217
Country Albania
CountyBerat
MunicipalitySkrapar
Elevation
300 m (1,000 ft)
Population
(2011)
 • Total4,051
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal Code
5401-5402
Area Code0312
Vehicle registrationSK
Websitehttp://bashkiacorovode.gov.al

Çorovodë (definite Albanian form: Çorovoda) is a town and a former municipality in Berat County, Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision and the seat of the municipality Skrapar.[1] The population at the 2011 census was 4,051.[2] The name of the town derives from the Slavic for "black water". It was the seat of the former Skrapar District.

The river Osum passes through the city. Upstream it forms canyons and caves which are the highest and the longest in Albania[citation needed]. The river provides opportunities for kayaking and other aquatic sport.

History[edit]

The smaller Çorovoda River also flows through the city and mouths into the Osum river. Five km northeast of Çorovodë it formed the Gradec Canyon. In one of its cliffs the presumably biggest cave of Albania named "Pirogosh" is located. Allegedly, two kings, Piro and Goshi, named it. Also of note is the Ottoman-era Kasabashi stone bridge over the Çorovoda river. Some archaeologists believe Çorovodë might be the oldest city in Albania[citation needed]. They have found ruins of some churches and a buried castle in Pristina which might be more ancient than the castle of Berat[citation needed].

Tourism[edit]

Osum Canyon

Çorovodë is known for activities like rafting and mountain hiking. The Osum river is a river that pass between canyons that makes rafting hard and hosts annual rafting contests and championships. The food in the town is the most organic food in Albania.[citation needed] There are many mountains and hikes in the area.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

Gradec Cliffs near Çorovodë