Tourist village of Rabdisht

Welcome to Rabdisht! The stone village!

About Rabdisht village

Rabdisht village is one of the 100 tourist villages in Albania. The mountain location, the traditional stonework, as well as the cobbled streets, give the appearance and name to the village as a “stone village”.

Rabdisht is located at the top of Healing Valley, which has taken its name from the curative properties of the thermal springs of Peshkopi and from the mountainous part of Rabdisht Highland Pasture, part of the Deshat-Korab mountain range. The population of the village is around 600 inhabitants, with approximately 110 families. Agriculture is the main part of the village economy, specializing in potatoes, different types of nuts, apples, forest fruits and medicinal plants.

Rabdisht is only 6 km from Peshkopi, with a combination of the natural beauty of the thermal waters, fresh mountain air, and legends of settlements.

This itinerary provides you with the opportunity to stay in the guest houses of Rabdisht, where you will experience traditional Albanian hospitality and the traditional dishes of Dibër. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the typical life of the village of Rabdisht.

How to get there!

By minibus:

The most economical way to reach Rabdisht village is by minibus. You will find one on Rruga “Tercilio Kardinali” at the intersection with Rruga “Rasim Fetahu Bardulla” near the old mosque.  Most of the minibusses to Rabdisht leave in the morning and only once they are full. You must check with the driver to see about the return trip. The price of the travel is around € 1.00 and is valid for one-way travel and the trip should take between 30 and 40 minutes.  The road is unpaved and rocky.

By taxi:

When you are looking for a bit more comfort you can also take a taxi from Peshkopi to Rabdisht. Traveling by a taxi takes less time than a minibus. Taxi are usually are old Mercedes cars or off-road vehicles. The charge will be about € 20,00 (day rate).

On foot:

Many people prefer walking. The road is through the Healing Valley, with nice views of the valley and surrounding hills and mountains. The distance is 6 km and takes approximately two hours walking. For the one choosing this option, it is recommended to take water and wearing sunscreen. There’s no shade and it can get quite hot.

Sightseeing in Rabdisht village

The village is ideal to relax in the countryside. Another very enjoyable activity in Rabdisht is hiking. Many old footpaths and shepherds’ trails across the region that are still used today and will lead hikers through fields and meadows, past streams and waterfalls, and through forested areas in the mountains.  In the past, these footpaths were the only way of connection between the villages of Peshkopi.

Traditional houses: There are many traditional stone houses with great views of the surrounding nature. The houses have traditional architecture, made of the same type of rock as the wall and roof.

Rabdisht gorge is a mountain and the village lies between it.  It offers many spots of natural beauty, big trees of nuts, and excellent hiking.

“Bear Valley” is another gorge of Rabdisht with a very nice view of the white gypsum stone and green forest of pine trees.  A local legend states that the bears come from the mountain to drink water and that is how the location got its name.

Borovik Hills is one of 41 natural monuments in Diber. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful green pine forest growing on the white gypsum and rock composition, which offers an environment suitable for wild fauna.

Rabdisht pasture and throne forest with pine and beech trees provide beautiful alpine views. It is part of the Korab -Korritnik Nature Park, and it is very rich with medicinal and aromatic plants such as mountain tea, blueberry, blackberry, etc.

Rabdisht Hill is a naturally formed pyramid-shaped mountain. The local farmers built steps on the slopes of this mountain and have a lot of small, cultivated plots with fruit trees and potatoes.

Rabdisht lies at the upper part of the ’Healing Valley”, which has taken its name from the curative properties of the thermal springs. The panorama offers views of Peshkopi, the Black Drini river valley, and Lura National Park. The thermal spa center is close to Rabdisht village, which is used for curative purposes by visitors and locals.

The Water Mill of the Saraci family was restored in 2015. It’s fully functional and is located next to the cold springs.

Near to Rabdisht village are several cultural and natural monuments such as  “Gradisha e Belloves”  the prehistorical settlement, Bellova spring water, and Bellova caves.

Best places for food and accommodation

Here are some suggestions to have a meal, enjoy a coffee, or where to spend the night in Rabdisht.

“Goleci” guesthouse

This guesthouse has been established in 2019 adapting an old traditional house built with great craftsmanship in a very friendly guesthouse. The house was built in 1980 with stone and a distinctive roof made of stone slabs, in full harmony with the architecture of the village. The guesthouse has 3 rooms, a dining room and kitchen, two bathrooms and a nice cherry tree garden.

The guesthouse offers a delicious breakfast with superb local products, fresh fruits, local honey, home-baked bread and cake, mountain tea, fresh eggs and locally prepared fruit jams.  You’ll also love the organic homemade plums raki, delicious cheese, and other local products. Fitim Goleci, the owner of the guest house, is very much interested in the production of organic fruits and vegetables. He has an organic farm producing apples, potatoes, and honey.

Surrounded by nut trees, this wood and stone-built guesthouse will win you over with its traditional architecture, warm hospitality, and exceptional cuisine.

“Sabriu” Guesthouse

This traditional guesthouse is, located at the center of Rabdisht village in a renovated 80 years old house. The house was rebuilt with care and respect to tradition, accommodating three bedrooms and one living room, with a beautiful garden. The living room features a traditional Diber style with fireplace, sheepskin, carpet and other traditional furniture including also old traditional furniture and handicrafts. This guesthouse is an ideal place to stay while enjoying the village, having an afternoon cup of Turkish coffee or local tea, or a nice lunch or dinner. Built on the remains of an old village, this traditional house will amaze you with its cozy atmosphere and a stunning view of surrounding mountains.

During your stay, you’ll be able to try your hands-on experience at cooking traditional Diber food with the hosts and taste authentic flavors.

The area around the guesthouse is a beauty for nature lovers. Forests, rivers, creeks, alpine meadows, mountain peaks above 2.000m, rare fauna and flora will satisfy most tastes. Just ask Sabri, the owner of the guesthouse and he will custom design your excursion for Trekking in Rabdisht pasture, Bear Valley, walking on Rabdisht village, hiking on Healing Valley, visiting natural monuments of Gradishta and water spring of Bellova, caves, and waterfall of black stone.

For more information see the Rabdisht-brochure

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