Peja (Peja/Pejë in Albanian or Peć in Serbian), is a city in northwestern Kosovo.
PopulationThe entire region is inhabited by 180,000 citizens; of which 100,000 are concentrated in the urban center of Peja. In the last decade, there is a huge settlement of the population in the city, due to better living conditions and more employment opportunities. The majority of the population is ethnic Albanian (90%), while the remaining 10% is comprised of Serbs, Bosniaks, Roma, Ashkali and Montenegrins.
ClimateThe climate in Peja is continental with a cold winter and relatively hot summers. Autumn brings heavy rains and there are mild temperatures during the spring. People of Peja are fond of the winter season especially when it is snowing as they use this opportunity for skiing.
Tourist promotion office
Tourist Information Officewhere tourists can get information about places to visit, brochures and leaflets.
Visitors Centrewhere tourists can get bikes and tools for hiking and climbing.
By carTo get to Peja, you can use several Kosovo border crossings with neighbouring countries. The nearest city in Republic of Montenegro is Rozhaje, which is 40 km away, while border crossing Kulla is only 15 km from the center of the Peja. The Çakorr border crossing, which passes through Rugova Canyon, is closed to motorized traffic and pedestrians alike.
From Albania you can use two border crossing crossings, through Morinë/Vërmicë using the Tirana-Pristina highway getting out to Prizren and onward to Gjakova then Peja and the second connection through the Qafë Morinë or Qafë Prush border crossings to Gjakova then onward to Peja, if you so choose.
From the capital of North Macedonia, Skopje, you can use Hani i Elezit border crossing, continuing to Pristina which is 80 km away from Peja. As well you can use “Globoqica” area border crossing using the scenic mountain pass through the Sharr Mountains continuing through Prizren and Gjakova which is 120 km from Peja.
From Serbia, you can go through the Merdare border crossing to Pristina, continue to Peja, or you can alternatively drive through Northern Kosovo and Mitrovica.
By planeThe nearest airport is Pristina International Airport Adem Jashari, located 65km away, where you can get a taxi or a bus to reach Peja.
Inter-city bus station
Railway StationTake a train to Pristina, from there you can continue on to Skopje, North Macedonia.
Royal Taxiphone: +383 44 364 364
Bajrakli Xhamia MosqueOne of the most important architectonic and sacred Ottoman buildings in Peja. It was built in the second half of the 15th century. It's a one-level structure finished with a dome on top and graves around. The construction of the mosque is dedicated to Fatih Sultan Mehmet. It is known by the citizens of Peja as Bajrakli or Çarshi Xhamia.
Hamam of Haxhi Beuis a monument of a sacral and public character build in the period 1462-1485 with a donation of Haxhi Beu from Peja in the times of the Dukagjini Sanxhak.
The Konak, now Ethnographic Museumaddress: Eliot L. Engel St.One of the most beautiful types of old houses build in an asymmetric way in Peja. This type of building is characterized by the crown of the roof built out of wood, the harmonious windows and the selling. The Konak, now used as Ethnographic Museum where national traditional handicrafts and traditional costumes of Rugova region and the Dukagjini valley are exposed in different galleries.
Konaku i Jashar Pashës
Wall of PashaOn the wall of the kulla, you can see the unique works of the artisans of that period like: lion, the star of David etc. It has a special architecture characterizing the one of the 18th and 20th centuries with two floors, built with stone and with huge windows and loop-holes built-up with a lot of dedication from the artisans.
Tower of GockajYou can visit the 19th century where Regional Institute for the Protection of Cultural and Historical Monuments is. The towers are a proof of the special architecture used in construction and also the expertise of the local population in craving stones. The tower should be seen from inside as well especially the living and guests’ room with a unique chimney, shelves, window cases and with a selling all wrapped with wood and handcrafted with a lot of expertise.
KajnakA spring of drinking water of Peja which is cherished as a cultural monument.
Patriarchate of PecThe church consists of three domes and comprises three separate churches, with a fourth adjoining on the south side. All were built between the 13th and 14th centuries. The compound also includes modern living quarters for the nuns, ruins of an old monastery and a cemetery. A small gift shop sells souvenirs. The attending nun will be more than happy to offer you samples of the monastery-aged raki (be careful, it's 110 proof!).
This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is guarded by Kosovan police. You'll need to surrender your passport to enter and there is a €2 entrance fee (if the nun sees you).
Catholic Churchaddress: General Wesley Clark St.This a building of the recent period (1928). As a parish, the Church Saint Katarina is existing from the period of Koncili the First of Arberi (1703) leaded by the Pope Clemente.
The Old Long Bazaar StreetThis is an interesting bazaar with a typical oriental architecture. You'll be able to find different original artisan shops such as the Albanian plis (cap-makers), gown-makers, sixhade (carpet) makers, shoemakers, watchmakers, and authentic goldsmiths. The most preserved part of the “Çarshia e Gjate” is the part called “Rrethishtja” (circle) in the middle where there is an old fountain.
Windmill of Haxhi Zekaaddress: Vëllezërit Gërvalla St.The first windmill in Kosovo and the region which had an upgraded technology brought from Austria. The industrial economy started to develop with this windmill and for this reason it’s an interesting place to visit.
Teftedar Mosqueaddress: Bajram Curri St.
Kurshumli Mosqueaddress: Ramiz Sadiku/ Mehmet Akif St.
Accursed MountainsHave a day trip or stay longer in this beautiful area.
Decan monasteryThis medieval Serbian monastery is still guarded by KFOR (NATO forces in Kosovo) and you will be required to surrender your passport to enter. The frescoes in the church are in great condition and the small gift shop sells monastery-made cravings, icons, raki and wine.
- In addition to the mountains, there are a few destinations to go relatively close to Peja.
Bjeshkët e NemunaThere you could find many natural beauties and resources:
- Rusolia Resort
Rugova ValleyA 25-km-long canyon. A natural monument of geological heritage. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Kosovo. Rugova area is approximately 20 km long and 10 km wide.
Leqinati frozen lakeCalled also Great Lake or Kuqishte Lake, 1970 m a.s.l.
Waterfalls at 5th and 6th kilometre markers on the way to Rugova Valley and marvellous waterfall in Radavc
Reka e Allages villageThis village is a stop in the Peaks of the Balkans trek and numerous day hikes start from here. These include treks to a waterfall (Ujëvara në Reke të Allages) or even Hajla peak. Overnight: “Lagjja e Kaprojve” home-hotel or Arius guesthouse.
Yellow stone2522 m peak.
Drini riverWaterfall 1 km west from R106 road. At Radac is the spring of Drini river.
The mountain of Ciga with the peak of Maja e Hasan Begut
The mountain with the peak of Vjelakut
Mountain villagesShtupeq i Vogël (Mali Štupelj – Small Shtupeq), Shtupeq i Madh (Veliki Štupelj – Large Shtupeq), Rekë e Allages (Alagina Reka), Malaj (Malevići), Drelaj (Drelje), Pepaj (Pepići), Kuqishtë (Kućište), Haxnaj (Hađovići), Stankaj (Jošanica), Bogë (Boge), Shkrel (Škrelje), Dugaivë (Dugajve, Dugonjiva) and Koshutan (Košutane) The houses of villages of Rugova (especially Upper Rugova) sometimes reach the height of 1,600 m, which is above upper forest line and already in pasture areas, covered with fields and meadows.
- Radac (the spring of Drini river)
- The mountain of Ciga with the peak of Maja e Hasan Begut
- The mountain with the peak of Vjelakut
Peja BathsAs a result of different natural conditions we can find in this very small region many natural rarities and very interesting natural phenomenons, like thermal and mineral hot-springs.
White Drini Springaddress: village RadavcAround 30 m high. Also here is a cave system nearby with the same name.
Karstic river springaddress: village of VrellëA karstic river appearing here.
Rugova GorgeMore than 23 km long, and has few waterfalls and so many water-springs, like Uji i Zi (Black Water), Kroi i km 5-të (5th km Spring), and so on, than hundreds of caves, most of them still unexplored, like Gryka e Madhe (Great Canyon) cave system, until now only around 11km explored, then Shpella e Karamakazit (Black Scissors) cave, and Shpella e Kallabes (Kallaba Cave) where are foud the archeological remains of ancient humans, and other caves waiting to be explored.
Lumbardhi riverYou can go to the river and cool down on a hot summer day.
Public poolsThe people of Peja are very enthusiastic and welcoming to tourists.
Peaks of the Balkans TrailHike the Peaks of the Balkans Trail. This trans-border 192-km trail will take you from Kosovo to Montenegro and Albania. Guides can be found in Peja. This trail meanders through the Accursed Mountains and accesses some of the last unspoiled and remote areas of the these counties.
phone: +386 49 661 105address: Edit Durham St.The company provides tours in the region and a guided service to the Via Ferrata Ari and Mat. They also can arrange for you to take a zip line tour or huke in the region. The company offers guided and self-guided services to all visitors.
phone: +377 44 267 498address: Mbreti Piro St., Municipal Assembly Building, ground floorThe company provides hiking tours in the region and a guided service to the Via Ferrata Ari and Mat. They also can arrange for you to take a zip line tour. The company offers guided and self-guided services to all visitors.
ParksPeja is known as one of the cities with most green areas in Kosovo, is called as well as “Green Peja”. In Karagaç neighborhood is the Big Park: in the central part of the park is a beautiful artificial lake surrounded by flowers of variety of plants and trees. During the summertime, many people visit the park for relax and jogging. Peja Big Park has its legend; the biggest part of the park in ancient times was used as a graveyard.
Big parkaddress: Mbreti Agron St.You can jog around. You can hike on the mountains behind the school that's across Camp Caffe (Lusha's place).
Dr.Ibrahim Rugova Parkalmost in all green areas are playgrounds.
Flora and fauna
FloraThere are more than 375 types of herbs that grow on Bjeshkët e Nemuna including Leontopodium Alpinum, Primula Auricula, Gentiana Hyphylla, Blueberries, Chamomile, Mountain Tea, White Spruce, and Picea Abies.
FaunaVarious species of wild animals common to the Balkans live in the territory of Bjeshkët e Nemuna, but in the Rugova Valley, there are also several species of endangered animals, including the European marble pole cat, wild rooster, lynx, viper, wild cat, brown bear, rupicapra, wolf, fox and golden eagle.
Indoor sports hallFor basketball and handball.
Small HallFor karate, judo, boxing and other sports.
SkiingVisiting the mountains in winter time are more challenging than in other seasons. Skiing stages and escalators have been put up, meanwhile the road has been fixed, which makes it an easier driving in winter. - Apart from the skiing, you can also spend nights in Rugova but remember to book the place before going there. There are restaurants and bars on the way and at the spot as well. Generally is cheap but bear in mind that you’re on vacation anyway. Sleeping options in Boge: Hotel Rudi, Resort “Berati”, Hotel-Restaurant “Ke Luani”, Eko Hotel “Magra Austria”, Villas “Kodra”, Hotel “Rugova Relax”
Mounteneering in Hajla area#1. Maja e Vjeljakut (Volujak Peak, 2,014 m) – Stanet e Gllogjanit – Shtedime (6-7 h). This route was marked many years ago and the marks have almost completely faded. - #2. Kuqishte – Boge (from Kuqishte 6 km by road) – Maja Dramadol (2,120 m) – Hajla summit (5-6 h from Boge). - #3. Drelaj village – Koshutan - Maja Dramadol – Hajla summit (5-6 hours). - #4. Drelje – Pepiç – Hajla Keqe (Stanetë) - Qafa Hajles (Hajla pass) – Hajla summit.
Boge Ski resortThis is famous for skiing and is frequently visited by people from different countries. Here you can go skiing at a low cost.
Peja aeroclub paraglidingphone: +386 49432583Tandem or single paragliding jumps over the city. Furthermore you can learn to lead the paraglide.
phone: +386 49 157 013Equistran activity. Horses and ponies are available, you can also enjoy the traditional food and have a perfect view of Peja.
Extreme sportsTalking about extreme sports you will see that Peja is one of Kosovo's cities with the largest attendance of extreme sports such as hiking, paragliding, freestyle skiing, mountain biking, snowshoe trekking, rock climbing, caving etc. With their respective clubs like: ”Marimangat e Pejës", "Aragoniti", and “Klubi i Ciklistive”.
Cavingthe largest caves are: Cave of Karamakazi (third kilometer), Cave of Ruta e Gurrës (Drelaj), Great Cave and Cave of Radavc in the North-East of Rugova. For more information see the Tourist Information Office (in the city center).
EventsPeja is known for its various handicrafts and fairs and events such as memorials, concerts and exhibitions.
Some of the fairs and events that Municipality of Peja organizes are:
- “The days of the honey" fair which is organized in September
- The 3 days handcrafts fair organized by the Association "Gratë në Biznes"
- Literature gatherings "Azem Shkreli"
- The festivities during the June, marking Peja liberation day
- Art exhibition "Flaka e janarit"
- International Short Film Festival
- Various sports memorial tournaments
Traditional costumesA special segment of the commercial life in Peja is crafts who are mainly located in Çarshia e Gjate (Old Bazaar) exercising their knowledge in their shops like: traditional Albanian Plis makers (wool hats), dress makers, shoe smiths, watch smiths, gold and silver artisan works, barbers etc. Some of these crafts already disappeared or is exercised by an individual as the legacy and memory of the past. The most decorated pieces of local costumes for the females are shirts, waists, socks and for men’s costume, socks and the waist. Besides costumes, different textile products are very interesting. The uniqueness of the textile it’s not only in the working techniques but a complex of different factors like colors and motives through which the woman of this region are presented as wonderful weavers and painters that have sometimes made masterpieces. In the village of Rugova traditional costumes are still worn with a lot of dignity and in the national museum and in different galleries are exposed traditional costumes and handicrafts from the region. The uniqueness of the traditional clothing’s and other objects of the Peja culture can be found by visiting the Ethnographic Museum which is located in the nearby Haxhi Zeka Square.
In Peja restaurants and hotels beside the Wine of Radavci known for its high quality it is served "Peja Beer" produced in Peja, using natural water from the spring of Drin i Bardhe. Besides from alcoholic drinks you can find as well other traditional and oriental drinks like Boza, Salep, Ardiq, Ajron, and Shurup Trandafili.
Sweet BeanNon-smoking only café. It is also almost only café which serves also something to eat with your coffee - American-style cookies, brownies, cakes, etc.
The best beer from Kosova Birra Peja is brewed in Peja and you can order it in practically every café and restaurant.
Local strong alcohol, raki, is worth trying. Drink a shot after eating to stimulate your digestion or let it warm your body in cool night in the mountains.
Try the wine from the Rahovec region, it's the only local wine in Peja. They serve it as the house wine at "Art Design," and you can also find it in most supermarkets. It's a light-bodied wine, with a clean taste.
In Peja restaurants and hotels beside the Wine of Radavci known for its high quality it is served "Peja Beer" produced in Peja, using natural water from the spring of Drin i Bardhe. Besides from alcoholic drinks you can find as well other traditional and oriental drinks like Boza, Salep, Ardiq, Ajron, Shurup Trandafili.
Camp CaffeThis place is only open during summertime, and though the location remains the same the name might change.
Dio Coffee Shopaddress: William Walker, Pejë 30000
Mr. Jack Caffebar
Radio Caffe Caffebar
Peja is not a city known for night life, but for local youth there are plenty of places where you can spend the afternoon and evenings. Most frequented pubs are: Green bar, Exit bar, Home café, Café Café, Prince Coffee House, Jazz bar, Gemvara. All these bars are located in the city center.
Arthur's BarNight club
Transit ClubNight club.
Space ClubNight club.
Also for the older age groups in the restaurants and hotels of the city of Peja, during weekends you can have dinner under the sound of old traditional urban music. This pleasure you can experience at Hotel Dukagjini, Hotel Cocktail and Art Design Restaurant.
phone: +383 38 771 177address: Tony Blair St. no 2Stunning views of mountains overlooking Peja and Lumbardh River, restaurant overlooking the river. Indoor pool, spa, Turkish bath on premises, Wi-Fi.
Hotel Pejaphone: +383 44 502 207
phone: +383 49 801 108, +383 038 731 017address: Rruga Mbretëresha Teutë, nr. 101, Pejë, Kosovë
Hotel Goldphone: +383 39 434571address: Mbretëresha Teuta St. no 106
Hotel Donaphone: +383 39 456654address: Besnik Lajqi St.23 rooms, phone=+383 39 434 470
Hostel Saraçphone: +383 49 247 391address: Vëllezërit Bakir dhe Adem Gjuka St. 22Hostel Saraç is a well-preserved typical local house of the 1960s with a cosy family feel making it a very unique place to experience the city's culture. The house and its garden intertwine the different architectural influences, creating a unique Kosovo style house. The hostel is a mere stones throw away from the very center of the city yet offering a quiet and relaxing environment.
phone: +383 44 282 832address: Village Ramun
Hotel Rugova Campphone: +383 44 281 608address: Village Shtypeq i Madh
Hotel Guri i Kuqphone: +383 44 150 551address: Village Kuqishte
Kompleksi Rudi Group Rugovaphone: +383 44 125488address: Village Boge
Vila Relax Rugovaphone: +383 44 129 666address: Boge
- Gjakova - 36 km, 45 min away by bus, closest city in Kosovo with the largest Ottoman-era bazaar in the Balkans.
- Pristina - the capital of Kosovo.
- Prizren - Jump in a bus (around 2-hour bus ride) and have a day off
- Plav - a city of Montenegro with direct bus connection from Peja
- Rožaje- the nearest city of Montenegro with direct bus connection from Peja
- Podgorica- take a direct bus (6-7 hours, €14) to visiting the capital of Montenegro. Peja is near the border of Montenegro. There is no border crossing through Rugova but you have to go around through Rožaje. Go to Albania through Gjakova or Prizren, and to Skopje through Pristina.