Albania – A Sail on Komani Lake and Visiting Kruja
If, like us, you set out from Durrës to Lake Komani, the journey by car will take you around 4 hours. It is therefore necessary to get up for this trip. But it will be worth it! Sailing on the lake thanks to the hilly coast resembles Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. Before noon we arrive at the lake, where we park and get on one of the small boats. We are lucky, ours is the last one for a long time.
People who live in the bay are also transported on it. After about an hour and a half, the boat will take us to the most romantic corner of all of Albania. There is a beach, we can refresh ourselves with ice water in the lake or walk around or just relax. He even prepares lunch, fresh fish with potatoes and salad at a local tavern. We feel like in paradise and not in Albania. The crystal clear water has incredible shades of cyan, which only stand out in the light on our way back.
The next day we set off to Kruja, which is about an hour's drive from Durres. Kruja is a city where history was written. It is the birthplace of the national hero Gjergji Kastrioti Skanderbeg, who successfully defended his city from the Ottomans. The local landmark is a castle from the 4th century, which has been rebuilt several times over time. It is now beautifully renovated.
Under the castle there is a traditional bazaar, where you can buy all kinds of goods, get a lot of souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry or a lot of original items. The experience is just a walk, as the houses are built of wood. In the city you can visit the Skanderbeg Museum, mapping the various stages of his life, or the Ethnographic Museum. In the lowest part of the fortifications there are several streets with old houses, you will find the Bektaštice shrine and a public bath. It is also worth mentioning the view from the castle to the surroundings.
Such a hidden treasure at the end of my article can also be visited around the Albanian Riviera. It is a stone bridge Mesi near the town Mes. As if he were a less famous copy of the bridge in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unfortunately, the impression is spoiled by the ubiquitous garbage and odor. Albanians still do not care about ecology.
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
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