The second tour

Cultural and Adventure Itinerary, Rrëshen

The second route starts with the historical center of the city of Rrëshen and ends with the Val Cave. It is divided into three parts, two of which can be done on foot or hiking, while one of them requires the use of a vehicle. The last part of the route requires about two hours of easy-moderate hiking, which can be done by all ages and requires suitable clothing, water and snacks. The itinerary offers visitors a diverse experience of the Rrëshen region, which includes classical and interactive cultural tourism, tasting the specialties of the area, traditional and industrial architecture, as well as the natural peculiarities of the province. 

The itinerary starts from the historical center of the city of Rrëshen, where we can stop for a refreshing drink and then visit the center, where the Palace of Culture and the Historical Museum of the city are located. These two stops are meant to give us the opportunity to learn more about the history, ethnography and culture of the area, through various exhibits of artefacts from the area and accompanying explanations.
We will also visit the Rrëshen Church, which is a very important monument of this mainly Christian town.


Further, the vehicle is needed to continue with the tasting at the Arbëri Wine Cellar, where, in addition to learning about the breeding techniques of wine production, there is also the opportunity to taste the wines and typical foods of the area.
After lunch, the journey continues to a curiosity of Albanian industrial architecture: the Tranazhi bridge, the longest railway bridge in the country, which was completed in 1989 and never used.
After the bridge, the next stop is the guesthouse N'KANU, a small family agrotourism that allows not only lodging for that night, but also a visit to the almost two-century-old tower of Dodaj nearby, an example of the characteristic architecture of Rreshen, as well as to the Castle "Duke" by the side of the road.

The journey by vehicle continues to the beginning of the Val Cave trail, which lasts about an hour on foot and offers the opportunity to visit and enjoy a number of natural beauties: the village of Perlat; the mountains of Selita, Mulli-Didë-Valmor, with a height of 1300-1500 m above sea level; as well as the wonderful valley of Uraka that separates the latter.

Vali Cave is located on the edge of the field that bears the same name and has the appearance of a natural castle of large limestone massifs. The length in the west-east direction is about 90 m and ends in two exits, one of which is thought to be connected through a labyrinth with the Neziri Cave in Bruç, which has archaeological and historical value for the antiquity of the area; while the width in the north-south direction varies from 50 to 60 m. In the center of the cave there is a funnel chimney from the surface to its back, which is perpendicular to the depth connecting the external environment with the interior of the cave. The chimney has a diameter of about 10 to 15 m and a depth to the surface of 20 to 25 m, which proves the thickness of the rock layer and the soil covering the cave. The rocks themselves are organic, with clear solidity and calcareous composition, which may be unique in the entire hill system of the area, which is rich in upper carbonates that are greatly affected by the erosion of flowing waters, which explains the variety of forms of their weights.