Bajram Curri Museum
The Bajram Curri Museum was built in the late 1970s and was named after national hero Bajram Curri and the city of the same name. Bajram Curri was born in Krusha e Madhe in 1862 and died in Dragobi village in March 1925. Bajram Curri was a popular leader, military general and Senator in the National Council House of Albania during the period of March 27th to December 20th, 1920.
Old relics and some rare objects from Northern Albania, Tropoja, Malësia e Gjakovës and Kosovo are displayed in this museum. Some of these historical objects were unfortunately damaged during the riots that took place in Albania. Many items like Nikaj-Mertur's 3000-year-old xhubleta (folk skirt worn by Albanian women) or Bajram Curri’s original passport from 1924 disappeared during that time. The museum was renovated in 2016 and the remaining items have become even more valuable. A visit to this museum is always worthwhile and should not be missed.
Lake Koman is a man-made reservoir on the Drin River, originally create to supply the Koman hydropower dam with water. About 20 years ago, the lake started to be utilized by Northern Albanians as an alternative route to reach the southern parts of the country. Visitors can take a ferry from Fierza to Koman (or vice versa) and enjoy the spectacular forested hills, vertical slopes, and deep gorges seen along the way. The trip usually lasts less than three hours visitors and passes along local villages that would otherwise be unreachable by land. This ferry journey is a must for all visitors to the region.
Apart from its obvious values as a tourist attraction, Lake Koman is also home to a historical cemetery from the IV-VIII centuries which has been associated to early Albanian cultures. This archeological site holds special significance since it is one of the few existing sites from those centuries.
The lake has a surface of 12km2, length of 34.5km and a width of 50-60m. The lake has a starting elevation of 180km and the surrounding mountain ranges go up to 1000-1200m.
Vau i Dejes Lake
On their way to Lake Koman, can stop to observe the Vau i Dejës Lake which is only 23km away from Shkoder. Visitors can dine in one of the various restaurants found at the banks of the lake, as well as enjoy the splendid views and fresh breeze by the water. At the center of the lake at the islands of Shurdha and Sarda, which once belonged to the Dukagjini dynasty during the Middle Ages. Today you can still observe the ruins of the historic church and the wall of the old fortress on these islands.
The Shala River originates in the Radohina peak of the Albanian Alps, in the Theth area. It is one of the main tributaries to the Black Drin River, and it flows for 37km through the scenic Shala valley. This river is famous for its crystal-clear water, azure color, and delicious river trout. It is a destination visited by the many local people as well as by international tourists. Most visitors describe Shala River as the gem of Koman.
Vrella e Shoshanit
This water spring at the entrance of Valbona Valley and is considered to be one of the largest water springs in the Balkan peninsula.
Mic Sokoli Tower
The Tower of Mic Sokoli, or Kulla e Mic Sokolit, is a traditional tower located in the village of Bujan, a few kilometers south of Bajram Curri. Mic Sokoli, born in Bujan, is a beloved Albanian hero and fighter for the Albanian League of Prizren who died a martyr in 1881 during a battle against the Ottomans. Given the connection to the national hero, locals consider this 18th century three-story tower as an icon of historical and cultural heritage. The tower has also lived through many battles and attacks and holds a lot of patriotic value for locals. The structure has been restored and serves as a museum honoring the life of Mic Sokoli and the Albanian resistance against foreign invaders.
Peaks of the Balkans Trail
The Peaks of the Balkans Trail is a 192km (119 miles) long hiking route. Over the course of ten main trails, it circles the borders of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. Walking the route would have been impossible a few years ago, but with a new border crossing application system in place, tackling this unique trek is no longer a problem. This iconic trail connects some of the most beautiful mountains of the no longer isolated Albania, the newly independent Kosovo and the renowned Montenegro.
This trek can be started at either of the three countries it crosses. It can take anywhere from 10-13 days to complete, all depending on your physical abilities and level of motivation. Even though the level of difficulty varies from easy to moderate, this trek definitely requires hikers to be in shape and to come prepared with the right equipment (headlamps, GPS, hiking boots, etc.). The trail is fully marked, but it is still recommended for hikers to hire a guide since the trail passed through various unpopulated areas. The local guides have been trained by GIZ and received certifications from the DAV (German Alpine Club).
For more information, check out http://www.peaksofthebalkans.com.