Mirë se erdhe në Dibër! Welcome to Dibër!
Dibër is located in the mountainous region of northeastern Albania, although only 2586 km² in size, this off-the-beaten-path destination is noted for its beautiful natural attractions such as Albania’s highest peak, Mount Korab, the Black Drin River, and Lurë Lakes, that are further complemented by its rich cultural heritage and abundance of locally grown and made products.
Within Dibër there is one national park, Lurë-Dejës Mt National Park, and a nature park, Korab-Koritnik Nature Park. In addition to the mountainous terrain of both parks, there are also rivers, glacial lakes, caves, and canyons, plus natural grassland, and forests that include beech, pine, fir, oak, and more. The biodiversity value of this area is also enhanced by over 30 mammal species including large protected mammals such as the bear (Ursus arctos), the wolf (Canis lupus), the goat (Rupicapra rupicapra), the deer (Capreolus capreolus), and, the lynx (Felis lynx). Both parks offer opportunities for tourists that include hiking, camping, picnicking, and various watersports.
Dibër’s beautiful natural attractions are complemented by its rich heritage that includes numerous cultural and historical monuments. Dibër is the birthplace of George Kastriot Skanderbeg, an Albanian national hero, who, for 25 years, led Albanians in battle against the Ottomans. The Skanderbeg Museum is located in Sinë village and a national monument can be found in Kastriot. Grazhdan Castle, located near Grazhdan, is the largest ancient monument in Albania dating back to the 4th century and was believed to be under the control of Skanderbeg. There are several ancient religious monuments that showcase Albania’s religious diversity that include the Mosque of Allejbegi in Burim that was constructed in 1585, and the Church of Cveti Spas in Kercisht that was built in 1270, and still retains portions of its original frescoes.
Additionally, visitors to Dibër can try delicious traditional dishes and a variety of locally grown and made agro-products. Some of the region’s most popular ones include Jufka me Pule, pasta made with flour, milk, and eggs and served with chicken; Spec me Gjizë, peppers stuffed with cottage cheese; Petulla, fried pancake often served with sugar, honey, or cheese; and, Sheqerpare, similar to a shortbread cookie served with syrup. Depending on the season, visitors can purchase cherries, apples, blueberries, chestnuts, walnuts, or honey, apple juice, pickled vegetables, and so much more!