As a mountainous region located in the southeast of the northern part of Albania, Diber County offers a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, there is something for everyone in this beautiful region.
Here are ten of the best things to do in Diber County.
1. Hiking to Mount Korabi, the highest peak in Albania
At 2,764 meters, the majestic mountain is a popular destination for hikers and mountaineers who are looking for a challenging adventure. Whether you are a seasoned climber or a beginner, Mount Korab is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. The city closest to Korab mountain is Peshkopi. It’s a five hours drive from Tirana. Daily mini-busses and busses are connecting the town with the capital. Do not hesitate to approach to Peshkopi from Macedonia – the roads in Albania are much bumpier as in Macedonia. The border-crossing close to Debar is some 45 minutes away from Peshkopi. Read more about Mount Korabi.
2. Enjoy the thermal waters in Peshkopi
The thermal waters of Peshkopi are a national treasure, they originate from the gypsum formations of Mount Korab. There are two sulphurous springs with a temperature of 35-43.5 degrees C and a flow of 14 liters/sec. Their effects are related to bone diseases, rheumatism, respiratory tracts such as: bronchial asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, skin diseases and gynecological problems.
The best time to go there is during April, May, June, September and October.
3. Take a tour at the National Park of Lura
This park is one of the best destinations which everyone should visit in this county. There are 14 lakes in the National Park of Lura, but just seven of them stay there forever. Their peculiarity is that each supplies water to the other one. The most known lakes in the Park are: ‘Liqeni i Luleve’ or Flower Lake. Its surface is all covered with water flowers. That is the reason why it is famous. Then, is ‘Liqeni i Zi’ or Black Lake, which is the deepest one. It is surrounded by trees on all sides. The view is panoramic there. In the winter the surface of the lakes freezes – it is, therefore, better to visit them in spring or summer.
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4. Go rafting in the Black Drin River
Rafting in Gradec on the Drin River will be your favorite experience in Diber if you are adventurous. Rafting in Drin is recommended for adults and children accompanied by parents. Drin Valley is still little explored by tourists and you can have it all to yourself. If you are there during the summer, you will see the locals sunbathing and swimming in the river, as well as fishing. Black Drin Riveroriginates from Lake Ohrid, from an altitude of 695 m above sea level, while it leaves the territory of Macedonia near the city of Dibra at an altitude of 476 m above sea level.
5. Visit the Diber Museum of History & Ethnography
This is a chance for you to see a typical ethnographic piece as “Sofra Dibrane”, the traditional table of the area. While in the history pavilion of the museum, a huge part of it is dedicated to our National Hero, Gjergj Kastriot Skënderbeu, who was born exactly in Sina of Dibra. Also in focus are other names such as the chairman of the Albanian League of Prizren, Iliaz Pashë Dibra, the deputy chairman of the Provisional Government of Vlora Dom Nikollë Kaçorri, Elez Isuf Ndreu, and many other figures whose lives and works can be better known. in detail.
6. Explore the ruins of Grazhdan Castle
It is a medieval castle that is believed to have been built in the 12th century.The castle was an ancient city with an undetermined name, probably Dobera, to the west of the village of Grazhdan, on the right bank of the Black Drin, southeast of Peshkopia. The excavations were done in 1983. The surrounding walls of the Grezhdan castle are 3.5m wide and have a perimeter of about 2800 linear meters, reinforced by 42 towers of square, rectangular and fresco types, fortified with massive “u” shaped towers, characteristic of the century in 4 AD.
7. Take a tour to Pocest Waterfall
This is another interesting site in the area of Dibra. It’s called Pocest Waterfall and it’s a one-day tourist tour. The tour is covered entirely on foot and can be done by all people who enjoy hiking. The natural and historical elements that this area has are naturally connected between them, making it very attractive for visitors. The best way to reach the waterfall is to travel by car from Peshkopia to the village of Pocest. Then get ready for a 2 hours walk, including short breaks.
8. Explore Zimur, the highest village in Albania
Zimur village in Diber Country has some great touristic values, such as hospitality, food, traditions and natural beauty. In addition to cultural values, the climb to Zimur offers a picturesque view not only of the entire city of Peshkopia, but also of the Grama mountains and the lake. It’s a sight you never get tired of. Greenery and fresh air. Zimuri must be visited because it is a wonderful interweaving of all the beauties that nature offers.
9. Try some local cuisine
The cuisine in Peshkopi is heavily influenced by the surrounding region, with plenty of meat and dairy-based dishes, as well as traditional Albanian dishes such as flija.
10. Butterfly Camping – an experience of living in the wild nature.
This camping site is near the Drin River. With a wonderful view that combines nature, beach, and different games, this camping is one of the most frequented tourist assets in Dibra. Another special thing is the way you can go there. If you want to visit and stay in this camping, you can use horses. This is a great opportunity for all of them who like horses. Contact Butterfly Camping
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