Llogora Travel Guide

  • Wrought iron chairs and table
    Wrought iron chairs and table
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  • Albanian Riviera
    Albanian Riviera
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  • Llogara pass road from the south
    Llogara pass road from the south
    by JLBG

Llogora Things to Do

  • Climb to Llogara pass from the south

    As soon as there no more honey sellers along the road, it begins to climb steeply and the road runs zigzags with hairpins bends. The part of the road from Dhërmi to Llogara pass was the first one to be improved, ie widened and getting a brand new coat. In 2007, that was already done, while no roadwork had yet begun on the southern section to...

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  • Herd of cows and calves

    Just as we went to our car to drive to Vlorë, a herd of 20-30 cows with their calves came down from a path, upper than the pass and took the road to Vlorë. They hindered the road (photo 1) but we had to overtake them!They had two herdsmen and one tried to restrain them to the right of the road while I overtook them one by one (photo 2). That took...

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  • Donkeys roaming along the road

    Why donkeys would roam on the side of the road where there is nothing to graze while on the other side there is plenty to make their living? I have been searching for an explanation to this odd behavior and the only sensible explanation that I have found is that donkeys appreciate beauty and are keen to watch at the breathtaking landscape of the...

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  • Soon another new restaurant ?

    At Llogara pass itself, in front of the entrance into Hotel Restaurant Appolonia, a new building is almost finished (may 2009). Obviously, it has been designed as a bar and restaurant with a dining room overhanging the slopes that go down to the sea.

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  • Wrought iron chairs and table

    On top of Logare pass, fist on the left when you climb from the south, stands a bar and restaurant (sorry, I forgot to write down its name!) with amazing tables and chairs made of wrought iron (photo 1).Photo 2 is a close up on a chair. Actually, these chairs are not uncomfortable but do not expect to just push one when you want to sit-down! You...

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  • Free advertising

    Along the new road, strong concrete walls have been build each time there is a hazard of stones rolling on the road during each strong rainfall. Actually, that means that there are kilometers of smooth but crude concrete. Why not to use it as a several kilometers long board for free advertising.As we were there in may 2009, elections were to take...

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  • Mali i Athanasit, 2044 m

    The range of the Çika Mountain stretches from the Karaburun peninsula, where it is much lower, to Qeparo and Borsh. It reaches 2,044 meters elevation, not far from Llogara pass. This might be Mali i Athanasit, 2,044 m (Athanasius mount) on this photo.If you enlarge the photo, you will see a tiny strip at the very bottom of the photo. This is the...

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  • Why Palasë honey is so tasty?

    I know, you will not see honeybees on this photo that was taken 20 meters away from the bee houses but look at the plants and shrubs that stand around the calf. As honeybees collect honey from the same highly odoriferous plants, no wonder that this honey is a pure marvel.

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  • More honey in 2009

    In 2009, there seemed to be more bee houses along the road (photo 1) but less honey sellers. They seemed to be better organized and most of them had now a well-built shelter for their trade (photo 2). Moreover, honey was now sold in two sizes of glass jars (photo 3). No second hand plastic bottles anymore! May be next time, honey will be sold in an...

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  • Towards Palasë and Llogara pass (2007)

    When the road begins to climb smoothly towards Llogara pass, it is framed on both sides with honey sellers. Jars and bottle of honey are standing either on a small table (photo 1) or on the rear of a wrecked truck (photo 2 and enlargement on photo 3), wisely arranged. Photo 4 gives a general view with a few bee houses standing around.The keepers...

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  • Fountain near Llogara pass

    About one kilometer down to Llogara pass, on its Northern side, this fountain flows freely with fresh mountain water for the travelers. I understand it is more useful for those that walk from Dukat, the first village below the pass, 5 km away. We saw several groups of youngsters that obviously made this walk. I am sure they were very glad to find...

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  • Llogara pass, western side

    On the western side (sea side) of Llogara pass, a huge monument seems to be half abandoned and is not in good condition. At first sight, I felt that it should be from the Enver Hoxa era with warriors fighting for the country, etc, which would have explained its poor condition. However, on the southern end, the date “1920” shows that it is older and...

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Llogora Off The Beaten Path

  • Llogara pass, flourished landscape

    The Llogara National Park extends also at lower elevations. At these elevations, the landscape is very different and in spring, carpets of flowers with bright color dot the landscape. The second photo is a close-up on a local kind of daisy and what I feel is a local kind of anemone (I must check if this is right and find the definite name of this...

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  • Llogara pass, rugged landscape with pine...

    Around Llogara pass, the landscape is rugged. The pine trees cling firmly to the rocky slope in order to resist to the winter ferocious winds. Several species of bushes and trees are found only in this area, which explains why it was made as a National Park.

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  • Another kind of view point

    When you are at the viewpoint near the top of Llogara pass, your attention is first caught downwards by the magnificent landscape over the Palasë beach and the sea. It will be usually after that caught upwards towards the impressive range of the Çika Mountain.You might miss what is in between, on the soil! When we were there, we watched the show of...

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