Natural Splendors and Outdoor Activities
Within a small territory, Albanian nature is amazing. The country is home to fourteen National Parks, all of them with something unique to offer. Divjaka National Park is the most western nesting point in Europe for the Dalmatian Pelican, an endangered species and draw for many birdwatchers. These wetlands have also been protected by the International Convention of RAMSAR since 1994.
In the southern Albania, Butrint National Park is also a protected wetland due to its high diversity of flora and fauna. An added treasure nestled among the “jungle” of laurels and tall trees are the archaeological remains of the ancient city of Butrint.
Llogara National Park is located more than 1000 meters above sea level and is only a short distance for the inviting beaches of the Albanian Riviera, where visitors combine the pleasures of the fresh mountain air and the warmth of the sea. The clear, blue waters of the Adriatic and Ionian
Seas will entice you with both their scenic vistas and the culinary delights they provide. The cliffs of Llogara are internationally recognized as one of the best places in the Balkans for air sports competitions such as paragliding. Many other outdoor activities are also available in Albania, such as trekking, mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, rafting, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking and more. Rivers crisscross this land and offer both the beauty of the canyons they have carved and the opportunity to traverse them via raft, kayak, or canoe.
Visitors can organize these activities through the different travel agencies that specialize in outdoor and adventure tourism.
Albania is a mountainous country, with the highest peak, Mount Korabi (Dibra district), towering 2,751 m above sea level. Albania’s highlands offer travelers a variety of opportunities, from spelunking to skiing. Some of the areas renowned for outdoor activities are: Dajti, Llogara, Dardha, Bozdoveci, Voskopoja, Valbona, and Thethi.