Qafë-Shtamë National Park


Qafë-Shtame National Park (Albanian: Parku Kombetar i Qafe Shtames) resides in the edge mountains Albania’s north of Tirana, about 25 kilometers east of Kruja. It is named after the Qafe-Shtame passage. It has an area of 2000 acres, with a beautiful mountain scenery, some small lakes and major sources consisting mainly of pine forests. The national park was founded in 1996. It is becoming lately a popular attraction for hiking.

The park’s name translates as pass Shtama. The road from Kruja to Burrel, runs through the park, on an altitude about 1250 meters.

To the top of Kruja Mountain


The mountain behind Kruja town looks almost vertical, and few visitors know that there is an easy pilgrim’s path leading to a Bektashi temple near the plateau on the top. The return way is along an easy dirt road back to the trailhead. There is a simple restaurant on top of the mountain, a few steps along the return path.