Divjakë-Karavasta National Park offers a beautiful experience for all nature lovers, especially bird watchers.
The park attracts more and more visitors every year thanks to the numerous investments that have been made in recent years, such as the pedestrian street or the famous 36-meter high wooden tower (13 floors), which offers a 360-degree panorama over entire park.
The tower, initially built at the service of the firefighters to prevent fires, has contributed to increasing tourism, as confirmed by the municipality of Divjakë: for visitors who go to the city, in fact, it represents an obligatory stop given that the modest rate of 100 lek (0.81 euros) allows practically everyone to enjoy the panoramic view of the tower.
Another investment that contributed to tourism was organizing a boat trip inside the park, an activity also managed by the municipality of Divjakë.
About 230 different species of birds populate the area of the park that embraces the lagoons of “Karavasta,” “Godulla,” “Godulla” and “Pishës e Spiaxho”. Among these, the most popular is certainly the curly pelican, a species considered endangered.
About 5% of the entire world population of the ‘curly pelican’ species is found in the Karavasta lagoon, which was protected for this reason by the 1994 Ramsar Convention. Despite this, only a few dozen total “curly pelicans” have survived. in recent years due to illegal hunting.
In this sense, Albania has banned hunting since 2014 in an attempt to put an end to the uncontrolled and illegal extermination, which has decimated wildlife in the last two and a half decades or since the collapse of the communist regime. The current ban is valid until 2021.
The park’s ecosystem also includes about 230 species of birds, 12 species of mammals, and 16 reptiles. The lagoon waters of about 1.5 meters deep are rich in fish, mullet species, and eels served in many restaurants on the beach of Divjakë. For all lovers of the sea, the latter is located just one kilometer from the park entrance.
How to get to Divjakë-Karavasta National Park
From Tirana, you have to take the highway to Durres and then, from there, take the one to Fier. After about 38 kilometers, follow the signs for Cerma and Sipërme, and then those for Divjaka.