Fir of Hotova National Park, Permet

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Fir of Hotova is a national park in southern Albania, in the region of Frashër, 35 km north-east of Përmet. Mountainous and forested, Fir of Hotova is Albania's largest national park. The park has an area of 34,361 hectares and is known as the natural lungs of Southern Albania. It takes its name from the Hotova Fir which is considered one of the most important Mediterranean plant relics of the country.
With a coverage area of 34,361 hectares consisting mainly of Bulgarian Fir, the area was declared a national park by the Albanian Government on January 15, 1996 and is under the jurisdiction of the ADZM Gjirokaster and National Agency of Protected Areas of Albania . The area is by far the most protected forest massif in Albania, successfully resisting any damage or deforestation by man.
The impressive view of the park can be seen from Lumica Valley entrance up to Kokojka Mt summit. At the height of 800-1000 meters, there are vast meadows surrounded by centuries-old large trees forming a giant greenbelt. In the winter, visitors can appreciate the snow blanket covering the firs, and in the summer the abundance of fresh air away as an escape from the Albanian summer heat. Note that as of 2015, the road leading to the park from SH75 in Piskova is unpaved and requires a 4x4. There are no food facilities in the park, though food can be brought or ordered at nearby villages. Water can be secured from fresh water fountains located on the roadside along the way.
Fir of Hotova contains the largest area of Bulgarian Fir in the Balkans. Other species include maple, black hornbeam, ilex, red and black juniper, raspberry etc. Some of the park’s fauna includes the brown bear, wolf, fox, wild boar, hare, squirrel, wild goat, etc. Deer can also be seen on the pastures deep inside the forest.
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  • Great Natural Park where you get lost in the nature For all nature lovers this is the right place Opportunities for Hiking / Off road adventure / Picnic Perfect for all group ages  more »
  • The national park is absolutely beautifull and great for hiking. It is not so dramatic as the peaks of the balkan but the green nature is a good reason to visit this mountain area of Albania. In...  more »
  • It is a perfect place for adrenaline junkies. (I am not one). Roads are sometimes precarious and steep. Views are breathtaking, on top of the world.
  • Spectacular views. This was the highlight of my holiday. I had a Suzuki Jimmy and the roads, particularly in the middle of the route, are only accessible in an off road vehicle. Make sure you're well prepared before you go as there are only a view basic mountain villages on this route. There are plenty of water wells for topping up your drink bottles with fresh water. Large patches of the road lack any phone signal at all so if you get in a new you're on your own!

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