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Dardhë is located in Albania
Coordinates: 40°31′7″N 20°49′37″E / 40.51861°N 20.82694°E / 40.51861; 20.82694Coordinates: 40°31′7″N 20°49′37″E / 40.51861°N 20.82694°E / 40.51861; 20.82694
Country Albania Albania
County Korçë
Municipality Korçë
Administrative Unit Drenovë
Population (2000)
 • Total 502
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Dardhë is a community in the former municipality of Drenovë in the Korçë County, Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became part of the municipality Korçë.[1] and a well known ski area of Albania since the 1920s.[2] In 2012, the first ever ski tow in Albania was opened at Bigell Ski Resort near Dardhe.[3]


A Greek school was founded in the village in 1810 by Ikonomou Isidoros,[4] while at the beginning of the 20th century Greek education was flourishing with the establishment of additional schools: a girls' school (1901-1902) and a middle level school.[5] In the school season of 1901-1902 a total of 150 pupils attended the Greek schools, which were sponsored by the local community fund, as well as the local Orthodox Church.[5] The first Albanian school opened in 1917, with the initiative of Leonidha Çika, starting with initially 20 pupils, and with financing from the Vatra, which will sponsor the new school in 1924 that is still in place today.[6]

Dardha has historically suffered from heavy emigration. Many families of the area would become the first Albanian community in USA, and Romania as well. People from Dardha have given an immense contributor to Albanian American organization. Sotir Peçi, Josif Pani, Gjergj Konda etc. would start the society "Besa-Besë", "Kombi" newspaper, and the unification of the Albanian American societies into a single federation, Vatra, with Sotir Peçi as one of the initial founders.[7]

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