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Dajti National Park

Bovila Lake
Mount Dajti National Park (also Dajti/Dajt Mount/Mountain National Park) (Albanian:Parku Kombëtar i Malit të Dajtit or Parku Kombëtar i Dajtit) is situated 26 km east of the capital and 50 km east of Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa. The park has a surface area of 3,300 hectares, is highly frequented by day and considered the ‘Natural Balcony of Tirana’.
Dajti Mountain together with Priska Mountain (1353m) to the south and Brari Mountain to the North consists of the national park which has an exact coverage area of 29,216.9 hectares. The 3,300 acres (13 km2) protection area was expanded on 21 June 2006 by many more times with the core zone now being 9,000 acres (36 km2). In addition to the forests and beautiful mountain landscapes with many wild flowers, numerous mammals are protected as well. In the park there exist wild boar, eurasian wolf, red fox, European hare, brown bears and wildcats. In the lower part of the mountains the vegetation is scrub determined with much heath, myrtle and fragaria. Oak dominates at around the 1,000 metres altitude zone following with beech forests with some conifers. Perched on the top there is almost no vegetation. Brari Mountain to the north is also part of the protected area located near Brar village and containing the panoramic Brari Canyon, Brari Ottoman Bridge and a cave. One of Tirana’s main water sources, Bovilla Lake is located to the northeast of Brar village.
Dajti Mountain can be reached through a narrow asphalted mountain road onto an area known as Fusha e Dajtit. This was the location of a summer camp but now is the site of many restaurants and radio/TV transmitters. From this small area there is an excellent view of Tirana and its plain. This is the reason this place has been named as the Balcony of Tirana. From June 2005, hikers and visitors of the mountain can use an Austrian built gondola lift from the eastern outskirts of Tirana to Fusha e Dajtit (Plain of Dajti) at 1050 meters altitude.
Lately, traces of prehistoric settlements and fortifications from later periods have been discovered in the area. The area represents landscape, cultural, historical and traditional values. In this park are very well expressed phyto-geographic areas:  Mediterranean macchia, oak (Quercetum), beech (Fagetum) and alpine and subalpine pastures. There are found d rare and protected trees of chestnut and walnut. Among the mammals we highlight the presence of the wolf (Canis lupus), bear (Ursus arctos), wild boar (Sus scrofa), marten (Martes foina) and wild cat (Felis sylvestris). To its scientific and didactic values are also added landscape, recreational, historical and cultural values, which provide the tourism development. The park includes various geological formations and Bovilla lake.
Source: Website of the National Agency of Protected Areas
            : www.parksdinarides.org