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Lura National Park

One of the Lakes in Lura National Park
Lura National Park (Parku Kombëtar i Lurës in Albanian) is situated on the eastern slopes of Lura Mountain. It was established in the year 1966 by a decision of the Council of Ministers of Albania. The national park covers an area of around 1280h. The town of Peshkopi is about 25 kilometres east of the National Park while villages such as Fushë-Lurë and Sina e Epërme are even closer to the National Park.
The National Park is home to many rare animals such as those mentioned above. But once again the real attractions are its 12 lakes which attract many visitors year round. With a surface of 1.280 hectares it is situated in the eastern side of the mountain massive of “Kunora e Lures”. Its 12 icy lakes offer picturesque and attractive environments at an altitude of 1.350-1.720 m. Among the many lakes the one that stand out are the Big Lake 32 hectares, Lake of Pines 13 hectares, Black Lake 8 hectares and Lake of Flowers 4 hectares. However, after the fall of Communism, the area suffered from massive deforestation from illegal logging, and forest fires that have severely affected ecosystems around the many glacial lakes. The four principal lakes are: Great Lake (Alb.: Liqeni i Madh) Black Lake (Alb.: Liqeni i Zi) Lake of Flowers (Alb.: Liqeni i Luleve) Cow’s Lake (Alb.: Liqeni i Lopeve)
In the southern part of the park there is a meadow called Field of Mares which offers a relaxing view, since its vegetation is miscellaneous with multi-color flowers and full of coniferous trees. This park offers various possibilities for developing eco-tourism, winter sports, equitation, horse riding etc. The glacial complex of Lura lakes are one of the most beautiful pearls of Albanian nature. The glacial lakes of Lura have a general surface of 100 ha. They are located in the northeastern part of the country in the district of Dibra. In winter these lakes freeze, taking the view of natural skiing lanes. The lake of Flowers is really astonishing with the big white water lilies in summer, leaving the impression of a big garden created by the hand of a mastermind.
Area with very high biodiversity. Pine forests, arrnen, fir, beech and shrubs; endemic, several subenddemic sspecies and relict trees. Glacial lakes abound with aquatic vegetation ( water lilies ) and characteristic fauna quite special for our country; alpine meadows (mountains ), etc. Large protected mammals as bear (Ursus arctos), wolf (Canis lupus), lynx (Felis lynx), chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), roe deer Capreolus capreolus), among birds we highlight the presence of the wild turkey ( Tatrao urogallus ) and eagles (Aquila chrysaetos). The park has scientific, aesthetic, landscape and touristic values that are very attractive to local and foreign visitors. Natural and biological resources, also the landscape beauties bring great potential for the development of tourism as an important source of income for the park and residents. The environmental situation is very serious.
Source: www.parksdinarides.org   
               : National agency of protected areas