Bajram Curri

Bajram Curri is the largest town in the Tropoja District of northern Albania, near the border with Kosovo. It is an important gateway to the spectacular Valbona valley and the breathtaking ferry ride across Lake Koman.

Understand

Bajram Curri, Capital of Albanian Alps

The town is named for the national hero of the same name, Bajram Curri, a freedom fighter who fought for ethnic northern Albanian interests, first against the Ottoman Empire and later against the new Albanian government. He shot himself near the town in order to avoid capture, and the town was renamed after him.

Due to its physical and cultural proximity to Kosovo, the area was adversely affected by the conflict in Kosovo, with many of its residents involved either directly in combat or in assisting and housing refugees from Kosovo.

The Tropoja area is culturally and historically closer to Kosovo than to southern Albania.

Bajram Curri is an important hub for the traveller, as you are likely to change minibuses (called "furgons") here from 3 directions. They all tend to depart around the same times, so with luck you can transfer straight from one to another:

Visitor information

Get in

Minibuses/furgons leave Gjakova and Prizren in Kosovo for Bajram Curri in the morning (€2,50 from Gjakova). Like the rest of Albania their schedules depend on demand.

Minibuses from Shkodra bring you to the scenic ferry across Lake Koman (500 lek). They leave Shkodra at about 6:30AM and Tirana at about 5AM. The ferry leaves Koman at 9AM and arrives in Fierze at about 12:00. You will there be picked up by minibuses that bring you to Bajram Curri (costs a few Leks extra).

From Tirana, minibuses using the ferry leave at about 5AM. Other minibuses go by road via Kukës or Gjakova. From Gjakova or other close Kosovan cities there are minibuses available.

Get around

The town is small enough to walk.

See

Do

Buy

You can buy souvenirs , handmade items , maps or tourist guide on shops near the Historical Museum of Bajram Curri.

Eat

Drink

There are many of clubs where tourists and residents can enjoy Albanian (traditional) drinks like raki,boza or vere musht (a special wine that people made). There you can find other drinks like Albania Kaon Beer,Korça Beer ,Tirana Beer ,Stela Beer,etc.

Sleep

Connect

There are internet cafes around the town for 60 lek an hour or so. It is also possible to tap into one of the many unsecured Wifi networks near the town centre.

Stay safe

The Tropoja area has an undeserved reputation as a wild lawless region beyond the control of the government and ruled by the Albanian mafia. Unexploded ordnance from the Kosovo conflict is also an issue when wandering off the beaten path. Note that the UK, Australia and Canada have travel advisories in place advising against travel to the northeast region of Albania, including Tropoja district and Bajram Curri.

That said, the law and order situation has improved greatly and travellers are likely to meet nothing other than friendly and generous locals.

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