Green gateways in Tirana
National Park of Dajti
Mount Dajti National Park (1,611m above sea level) is easily accessible from the city, just 25 km to its east. On a weekend trip, there is a viral activity for people from Tirana. The cable car station is just 20 minutes by car or bus from the center of Tirana, and from where you take the cable car to have a wonderful experience. A quarter of an hour later, you are near the top of the mountain, where there are lovely panoramic views of the city, villages, forests, the sea, and traditional houses. Also, you can go to the Dajti Adventure Park, which is a short walk from Dajti Cable Car. There, you can do a lot of activities such as zip lining and passing through rope bridges, which are considered moderate and can be enjoyed by most ages.
Grand Park of Artificial Lake
Grand Park in Tirana is a must for all visitors to the city, kids and adults. It is the most significant green area reachable by foot, and a perfect place to get away from the busy city. Tirana citizens come here often in the early evening and typically on Sundays to walk or jog, take a coffee, or walk and chat with a friend. It has become trendy, so the traditional stroll along the main boulevard seems to have shifted. Visitors can rent a bike or buggy and ride alongside the lake. The Grand Park has something for everyone.
Rinia Park (Youth Park) is a public park in the center of Tirana. Built in 1950, it covers an area of 29 hectares. Initially, it was a pleasant family park where Tirana residents took their children and relaxed in the evenings or at weekends. Later it took the name Taiwan after the complex to the side of the green area, which is like an island in the Park. Rinia Park, or Taiwan, is a popular meeting place for people today since the Taiwan complex has nice cafés and excellent restaurants.
Peza, a village approximately 35 minutes from the center of Tirana, is a popular place for locals to go for a coffee or lunch on the weekends to escape the city. After leaving the city, and entering Peza Road, you are surrounded by rolling hills, fields stretching across valleys, and donkey-led carts. Peza has a huge grass field which is highly populated during holidays for family picnics. Peza is known for its natural and fresh foods directly from farm to table. One can play football, tennis, and other handball games while children can fly their balloons.
The Farka village is 8 km far from the center of Tirana to its East, it took its name from farkëtar -blacksmith, so it is called the Village of blacksmith. In the heart of the village is a beautiful lake that has the same name, Farka Lake. This lake is now surrounded by a very modern pedestrian street, where people can walk for miles around the lake and enjoy its view in 360 grade. You can sit and have a rest for a while on the benches around the lake and continue your walk. It is an ideal place for a picnic. All the area is green, and you can sit on the ground and eat a perfect lunch with your family. During the weekend it is one of the most populated places. It is very close to Tirana, near Sauk, and it is easy to go because the road is very good.
Park of Kashar
Kashari Lake, or Kashar water reservoir, is located only 5 km from Tirana city center and can be reached by car, bike, or by bus in the center of the village. The area around Kashar is very beautiful with fantastic scenery of surrounding hills and houses with red rooftops. Last year, 500 trees were planted around the lake to make it more attractive, increase the green public spaces, and improve the air quality.
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