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Just 25km east of Tirana is Mt Dajti National Park (1611m). It is the most accessible mountain in the country, and many locals go there to escape the city rush and have a spit-roast lamb lunch. A sky-high, Austrian-made cable car, Dajti Express, takes 15 minutes to make the scenic trip to (almost) the top where snow can cover the mountain in winter. At the top station of the cable car there is a restaurant with fantastic views over Tirana, and a hotel with a rotating bar on the top floor. Once there, you can avoid all the touts and their minibuses and take the opportunity to stroll through lovely, shady beech and pine forests.
Mount Dajti National Park, spend a day out and enjoy panoramic views, great foods and fresh air!
Take the cable car to (almost) the top of Dajti Mountain and enjoy the fantastic views. The longest cableway in the Balkans at 4.7 kilometres, the 15 minute scenic journey takes visitors over forest, farms, hilltops and even bunkers, the view along the route is worth the cost even if you don't get on top of the mountain (there is a military zone there). Cable car is closed on Tuesdays.
Make time for a stop at the award winning restaurant Ballkoni Dajtit, which sits on the edge of Dajti Mountain, and enjoy the breathtaking views! The restaurant which is surrounded by the national park, was constructed in the traditional log cabin style that historically has it’s roots in the mountainous regions of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Relax and enjoy the warm atmosphere and traditional cuisine accompanied by the most extraordinary view Tirana has to offer. Other option is you can have a picnic, there are grassy picnic spots along the road to the right, but if you didn't pack a picnic, try the lamb roast and spectacular views from the wide terrace of its restaurant.
Located on the seventh floor of Dajti Tower, Dajti Tower Bar rotates 360 degrees giving visitors an incredible view of both the national park and the city of Tirana below. The bar completes a full rotation every 45 minutes so enjoy a hot or cold beverage, relax and enjoy the view!
If visitors would like a less restricted view, they can find the viewing platform which is located above the seventh floor. This unique open-air view of the surroundings provides a beautiful and unrivalled view of Dajti mountain, surrounding mountain ranges, Tirana & as far as the sea on a clear day. The platform is currently closed for safety reasons but ask a member of the bar staff on the seventh floor and they may be able to grant supervised access.
Many visitors has requested for a guide to take visitors hiking to the highest peaks of Dajti Mountain as this is one of the popular things to do at Dajti National Park tour. Although there are roughly defined routes in the mountain and maps available from the station, only experienced hikers and those with a good sense of direction should make the journey on their own. For the majority of visitors who are not comfortable making the 2-3 hour trip up on their own, there are a number of experienced guides who know the routes well and regularly make the trip to the top.
Of the many exciting things to do at Dajti National Park, mountain climbing is one of the them. There are many professional and experienced climber who can guide you using professional equipment. Whether you’re a group of adults or children, all experience levels are welcome from beginner to professional.
How to Get Tickets?
Dajti National Park ticket can only be purchased at the lower station of Dajti Ekspres and it costs around 800 lek ($6.30 dollars), tickets via third parties are not permitted. Tickets are only valid on the day they are purchased. If you wish to return the following day you must specify this to the ticket office. Dajti Tower Hotel guests can use the Cable Car free of charge by providing a valid booking confirmation on request. To benefit from the student rate, students must hold a valid European youth card and when purchasing children’s tickets & travelling with children under 6 proof of ID may be required. Please be aware that during busy periods, particularly in the winter when the snow arrives, customers may need to queue to use the cableway. Bicycle transportation on the Cable Car is free.
How To Get Around?
The best way to go to the top of Mount Dajti by taking the Dajti Ekspress, the longest cable car in the Balkans. Once at the top you can use the cable car again to go down or go for a hiking or ride down with a bike.
What Should I Wear?
Comfortable clothes and shoes are the best to wear during your Dajti National Park tour, but dress according to the seasons. If you wish to go hiking or montain climbing or mountain biking then the right outfits, shoes and equipments must be prepared in advance.
Best Time to Visit
Spring is the best time to have your Dajti National Park tour because the weather is warming up, but you can still see snow on Dajti Mountain. The cable car operates, weather permitting, six days per week with Tuesday being the off day. The seasonal opening times are as follows: Summer Season (1st May – 31st October), the cable car will open at 09:00 and will close at 21:00. Winter Season (1st November – 30th April), the cable car will open at 09:00 and will close at 19:00. If Tuesday coincides with a festive day; the cable car will be open.
Albania’s currency is lek (plural leke). Like other minority Balkan currencies, it is difficult to exchange abroad. However, everyone in Albania knows the value of €1 in lek (it’s between 130 to 140), and will gladly offer prices in euros so you might prefer to change euros (sterling is also acceptable) at one of the prominent exchange bureaux. Change only small amounts of cash – say £10 or £20 at a time – because it is pointless leaving Albania with local currency unless you intend to return. Change only as much cash as you plan on spending if you want to use local currency
Will I Need a Guide?
If you only plan to go to the top of Dajti mountain by cable car and having a meal at the restaurant or going picnic as part of your Dajti National Park tour, then a guide is not a compulsory . But if you want to add activities like mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking and paragdliding having a guide will be an advantage if it is not a must (especially paragliding). The guide will guide you and provide you with necessary informations and equipments and make sure you have a safe Dajti National Park tour.
How To Get There?
You can drive a car to have your Dajti National Park Tour and taxi is also an option, but you will have to negotiate your way there, expect to pay about $15 USD for a one-way ride. However, if you want to save some money and do the right thing for the planet at the same time there are various buses that visitors can catch from Tirana but finding your way around the Albanian transport system can be challenging. To get to the Dajti Express departure point, take the public bus from outside Tirana's clock tower to Porcelan (30 lekë). From here, it's a 1.5km walk uphill, or you can wait for a free bus transfer (departures every 30 minutes, 5 minutes). Taxis seem to charge what they want to the Dajti Express drop-off point, but the trip from Tirana should only cost 600 lekë. It's also possible to drive or cycle to the top.
Albania is an ethnically homogeneous country with a vast majority of the population speaking the Albanian language which is also the country’s official language. Minorities in the country speak their own native languages like Greek, Macedonian, Romani, and others. Italian and English are the most popular foreign languages spoken by the Albanians. Unlike Italian, English is widely taught in schools across Albania. Thus, English is the most popularly spoken foreign language among the youth of Albania.