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Divjaka National Park - Karavasta and Laguna

Divjaka National Park - Karavasta

The Divjaka-Karavasta National Park, located in the western part of Albania, is located along the Myzeqe plain overlooking the Adriatic Sea and due to the diversity of birds and plants, this area is identified internationally as an area of great settlements. Divjaka-Karavasta National Park (PKDK) is the largest wetland complex in Albania, composed by four lagoons (Karavasta, Godullat, Godullat of pine, Spiaxho) with an area of about 5,000 hectares, including sandy dunes and central part of the western region, between the Shkumbin river in the north and the Seman river (Myzeqe channel) in the south, 40 km west of the city of Lushnja on the Adriatic coast.

The Karavasta lagoon is the largest area (4,100 ha) of this wetland in its complexity; it is 15.4 km long and 4.1 km wide. The maximum depth is 1.3 meters and has an average depth of 0.7 m. In the eastern part, the complex is surrounded by the Divjaka hills, 18 km long and 5 km wide. The highest point is Guri i Gomares with 192 m above sea level, while the total area of the watershed is about 6,500 hectares. The lagoon is separated from the sea by the Divjaka pine forest and in the eastern part the agricultural land is bordered by the lagoon. The lagoon is separated from the sea by the Divjaka pine forest and the Godulla lagoon.

The Karavasta lagoon, one of the largest in the Mediterranean, is recognized as a wetland of great international importance by the Ramsar Convention. The great wealth of fauna is also reflected in the list of species and subspecies recorded so far, with 228 species of birds, 25 species of mammals, 29 species of reptiles and 29 amphibians. This park is very popular because it is home to 5% of the world population of rare and endangered species, for example the curly pelican.

 

Furthermore, Divjaka-Karavasta is an important place for aquatic fauna and plays an important role in the economy of local fishermen. The beautiful landscape is one of the salient features of this park which has a positive impact on the local economy and as a gateway for tourism development.

Migratory birds have no borders as states do and this underlines the need to step up efforts to help and protect the diversity of birds on the migratory route.

Attractions

The area offers excellent opportunities to visit natural but also archaeological attractions, such as the Byzantine Church, from the 18th century, in the village of Karavasta e Re (24 km) and the Monastery of Ardenica, from the 18th century. XVIII - XIV, near the village of Kolonjë (28 km). The Monastery has been declared a cultural monument of particular importance.

The Population

Divjaka is the closest city to the park (about 6 km) with a population of about 13,960, of which about 8,000 citizens reside in the municipality and others in the surrounding villages.

 

 

The Economy

The citizens of Divjaka generally work in agriculture, and especially in the cultivation of vegetables, fruit trees, fishing and, to a lesser extent, with the raising of livestock.

The entrance to the park is via the main road that connects Divjaka with the National Park. The road divides the forest into two parts (north and south). The entrance to the park is located 1.2 km from the center of the park and the beach, while a small fee is applied for the entry of visitors and cars into the park.

The center of the park is located near Divjaka beach, about 1.2 km southwest of the park entrance. Most of the services are located in the center of the park. Divjaka Beach is an approximately 15-kilometer strip of white sand bordered by a pine forest and is a popular seaside destination for thousands of tourists and day visitors, mainly from south-central Albania. The sandy beach is wide (250m from the dividing line of the pine forest on the coast), and even during the high season it is possible to move along this division to ensure some privacy. The information was obtained from the Smile Albania project.

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Gastronomy

The Divaka beach area has become an attraction for the provision of restaurants and bars services. The restaurants in the area offer traditional cuisine where fish and eel are just some of the typical dishes of the area. Being one of the areas where agriculture has a high productivity, Divjaka offers quality seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Shtigjet e Parkut Kombëtar Divjakë – Karavasta