Bajram Currinorthern Albania, near the border with Kosovo. It is an important gateway to the spectacular Valbona valley and the breathtaking ferry ride across Lake Koman.
Due to its physical and cultural proximity to Kosovo, the area was adversely affected by the conflict in Kosovo, with many of its residents involved either directly in combat or in assisting and housing refugees from Kosovo.
The Tropoja area is culturally and historically closer to Kosovo than to southern Albania.
Bajram Curri is an important hub for the traveller, as you are likely to change minibuses (called "furgons") here from 3 directions. They all tend to depart around the same times, so with luck you can transfer straight from one to another:
Minibuses/furgons leave Gjakova and Prizren in Kosovo for Bajram Curri in the morning (€2,50 from Gjakova). Like the rest of Albania their schedules depend on demand.
Minibuses from Shkodra bring you to the scenic ferry across Lake Koman (500 lek). They leave Shkodra at about 6:30AM and Tirana at about 5AM. The ferry leaves Koman at 9AM and arrives in Fierze at about 12:00. You will there be picked up by minibuses that bring you to Bajram Curri (costs a few Leks extra).
From Tirana, minibuses using the ferry leave at about 5AM. Other minibuses go by road via Kukës or Gjakova. From Gjakova or other close Kosovan cities there are minibuses available.
The town is small enough to walk.
Statuja e Bajram CurriThe town's hero is honoured with a statue in the centre of town.
Muzeu Historik i qytetit të Bajram CurritAppears closed.
Xhamia e QytetitThis mosque is in a state of disrepair and disuse. Nevertheless it is worth seeing from the outside, set against the Albanian Alps in the background.
Kulla e Mic SokolitThis is the historic house of Albanian hero Mic Sokoli who is said to have been killed by willfully putting his chest in front of enemy gun artillery.
Shpella e DaragobisëSituated near of Dragobia village, is known also like the Cave of Bajram Curri, a national hero, because he hide there during his war with his enemies. 1200 m on the sea level. It has carstic forme, 8 m long, 3-4 wide and 2-4 high. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Dragobi.
Shpella e akullitSituated near of Valbona village, at Margegaj, 2230 m on the sea level. It is formed from the glacial-carstic processes along the crossing of tectonic variations. The explored length is about 250 m. Is 50 m wide and 10-15 m high. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Valbonë.
Lugina e ValbonësIt has a surface of about 8.000 hectares and is situated 25-30 km in northwest of the city of Bajram Curri.
Kanionet e ShoshanitSituated near of Shoshanit bridge, at Valbona valley, 400 m on the sea level. Formed from calcareous, the river’s erosion and the carst, is 1.1 km long, 30-40 m deep, and 2,5 m wide. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Shoshan.
Shpella e HaxhisëSituated on Maja e Thatë, near of Valbona village, at Margegaj, 1630 m on the sea level. It is formed from the carsti along the crossing of tectonic variations. It is discovered so far the entrance 2-3 m and the length about 120 m. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri- Valbonë.
Lugina akullnajore KukajSituated near of Rragami village, at Margegaj, 1200 m on the sea level. It is a hanging glacial-carstic valley during the tectonic process. 2.7 km long, 100-150 m wide. Can be visited by the street Bajram Curri-Valbonë-Motinë.
Lugina akullnajore e Motinës
- Visit the Valbona valley. The village of Valbona is less than an hour away by taxi and can be enjoyed in a day. The nature of this park is full of varieties suitable for tourism, fishing, relaxation, amusing and mountain climbing as well as winter sports Mostly you can walk among the wonderful nature, make excursions and exercise different sports as hunting (during the season), climbing, trekking, riding horses etc. The camping is another pleasure but you have to be informed about the right places. Valbona is one of the most beautiful places in Albania and the segments of the Valbona river can be a real challenge for the impassioned of the extreme sports.
- Visit the Dragobia Cave near of Valbona Valley ,at Dragobia village
- Visit the Canyon of Shoshan ,near of Shoshani Bridge ,at Valbona Valley
- Visit the Historical Museum ,in centre of Bajram Curri town
- Visit the Ice Cave near of Valbona Valley
- Visit Mic Sokoli Tower ,at Bujan near the Bajram Curri town
- Visit Statue of Bajram Curri ,in centre of the town
- Visit the Valbona Sports Palace ,in Bajram Curri town
- There are restaurants serving Albanian food,tradicional dishes of town and pizza along Rruga Syleiman Vokshi (the road starting from the statue). "Byrektore" (sweet cakes and desserts) and cafes are plentiful around the town. Hotels Ermali and Vllaznimi both have restaurants.
- Chestnuts. The region is known in the whole of Albania for holding the largest chestnut plantations in the country.
- There is Bar Restaurant Nezaj in front of Agim Ramadani street, a place that serves all of traditional dishes of Tropoja.
- Fli is a traditional dish usually served in the city. It consists of multiple crepe-like layers brushed with cream and served with sour cream. The name translates to "sacrifice".
Hotel ErmaliPleasant rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Hotel VllaznimiNice new hotel, excellent rooms with ensuite bathrooms and airconditioning.
Hotel ShkëlzeniBuild in the communism with a communist architecture and recently renovated.The restaurant serves traditional and international food.
Eurobushi HotelIn the largest city in northern Albania, Bajram Curri, is situated Hotel Eurobushi. Located near Police Station Eurobushi Hotel is the perfect place to rest while visiting the area. You will enjoy the comfort of the accommodation offered here quickly by staff.
Boshnjaku HotelBoshnjaku Hotel is located at the entrance to the town of Tropoje. The hotel has bar and restaurant, while the other floors are hotel.
Hotel UniverseHotel Universe is a new hotel with 5 high class rooms.
There are internet cafes around the town for 60 lek an hour or so. It is also possible to tap into one of the many unsecured Wifi networks near the town centre.
The Tropoja area has an undeserved reputation as a wild lawless region beyond the control of the government and ruled by the Albanian mafia. Unexploded ordnance from the Kosovo conflict is also an issue when wandering off the beaten path. Note that the UK, Australia and Canada have travel advisories in place advising against travel to the northeast region of Albania, including Tropoja district and Bajram Curri.
That said, the law and order situation has improved greatly and travellers are likely to meet nothing other than friendly and generous locals.