It 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 reathtaking ferry ride across Lake Koman.
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.
- Gjakova and Prizren in Kosovo
- Shkodra via Kukës, and onward to Tirana
Valbona National Park
"Valbona Valley National Park is located in Kukes and Tropoje district, 25-30 km northwest of the town of Bajram Curri. It extends between peaks and steep covered with fantastic colors in every season, thus giving the image of a valley full of labyrinths and unexpected.
It has an area of 8,000 hectares and is considered as the miracle of the Albanian Alps.
Doing a trip in the fall, in the valley of Valbona, should prepare not only materially for what will take with you, but first of all spiritually, to face and enjoy emotional, beauty surprising this national north park Albania, which already is visited not only by foreigners but also by many Albanians, fed up with the sea and eager for adventure.
- Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) is generally celebrated as the only Albanian to win a Nobel Prize, though born in Skopje in 1910 (now in Macedonia but then in the Ottoman Empire).
- Between 1950 to 1985 around 600,000 bunkers were built in Albania, they are nearly impossible to destroy so many are still in existence.
- Noding your head in Albania is a disagreement while shaking the head means “yes”, so it can get pretty confusing for tourists.
- At its closest point Albania is only 10km away from Corfu across the Ionian Sea.
- Hoxha’s official title was ‘Comrade-Chairman-Prime Minister-Foreign Minister-Minister of War-Commander in Chief of the People’s Army’ – quite a mouthful!
- Under the leadership of Enver Hoxha, Albania was declared the world’s first atheist state in 1967.
- Xhiro is the name for an evening walk in Albania. Some of the towns close roads to cars at certain times of the evening so locals can talk their daily stroll.
- Norman Wisdom was a cult figure in Albania where he was one of the few Western actors whose films were allowed in the country under Hoxha’s dictatorship
- Officially 70% of Albanians are Muslim but the number who actively practice is much lower.
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