Valbona refers to the river holding the same name, as well as a small village in the Valley of Valbona. It is located 25 Km from the city of Bajram Curri, in the north of Albania, near the border with Kosovo.
Valbona’s Valley is part of the Albanian Alps, also known as the Accursed Mountains (Bjeshkët e Namuna). Don’t let the name fool you: it’s rather the contrary. The area is blessed with scenic landscapes and pure nature, which makes it unforgettable. Combined with the hospitality of the area, Valbona is definitely a must-see destination in Albania!
Due to it’s geographical location, it’s one of the few areas in Albania hardly conquered or subdued during tumultuous times of war in the country and the region. “Malësorë” or highlanders are the inhabitants of the area and are well known for their proud and fierce personality. Considering this, customs and old traditions are preserved through generations.
The road to Valbona goes through Lake Komani, via ferry. The trip lasts about 2 hours, but it is well spent, considering the magnificent area’s scenery. Lime gorges are reflected in the lake, creating a rather dramatic effect on the passengers of the ferry.
“Hane” are inns of Northern Albania. Holding a typical alpine architecture, nowadays, they’re the primary source of tourism in the region. These “hane” are mostly small family businesses, self-sustainable, using all resources of the area to create the business climate. It’s not uncommon to find a family run business, where the man of the house is the owner, whereas the wife runs the kitchen and takes care of the accommodation of the guests.
|Languages spoken||Albanian, English|
|Currency used||Lek, Euro, Dollar|
|Area (km2)||Valbona Valley - 80 km²|