Albanian Waterfalls: Top 10 Waterfalls to Sight in Albania
The following list included the ten most beautiful Albanian waterfalls, fine, elegant accessories of the nations’ nature.
1. Grunas Waterfall
Grunas is Albania’s postcard waterfall, located near the village of Theth in northern Albania. The Alpine waters plunge from a height of 30 meters (98 feet) into an ice-cold, natural pond. The overall humidity reflects a constant rainbow during summer while the waterfalls freezes entirely into a spontaneous ice sculpture during winter; no wonder why this place is the source of epic, native legends involving fantastic creatures.
No words can do justice to the wonderful site of Grunas. For those finding their way into Theth, a hike into the waterfall is a must. By visiting the Grunas Waterfall you’ll be among the few to have gazed into a stream fed exclusively by snow waters; a rare natural arrangement in the whole Europe.
To get to the Grunas waterfall, follow the trail from Theth along the Theth River, keeping left for about 20-30 minutes.
2. Sotira Waterfall
Not far from the capital is one of the pearls of Albanian nature, the Sotira waterfall. This poetic site is formed by the waters streaming from the mighty Tomorr Mountain and then cutting through limestone cliffs. Although the scenery is located 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the town of Gramsh, the area looks quite remote.
The amazing beauty of the Sotira waterfall attracts many adventures each year, visitors who seek what’s best out there. The soft, wide meadow fronting the waterfall sure offers plenty of room for all who wish to celebrate the beauty of Sotira. During spring and summer, the site radiates in vibrant colors with the flaring red rocks backgrounding the blue waters.
To get to Sotira, travelers must follow the road from Gramsh into the Sotira village; from there, unless traveling onto an off-road car, they have to hike for about an hour.
3. Shëngjergji Waterfall
The marvelous Shëngjergji waterfall is a stone-throw away from the Albanian capital Tirana. It has a height of at least 30 meters (98 feet) in addition to other hidden streams that meander through the rock funnels.
The Shëngjergji waterfall is located near the Shëngjergj village and then feeds the Erzen River. Travelers can approach very close to the oasis with simple cars and then hike for half an hour from the village to the waterfall. The best seasons to get to this gateway are spring and summer.
4. Waterfall of Selca
The waterfall of Selca is part of a remote, Alpine area filled with diverse natural wonders such as caves, trails, traditional towers, and so on. The linn has a small height but it pours a voluminous, rush stream. The beauty of the Selca waterfall does justice to the area it belongs to, the Kelmend region, the northernmost tip of the Albanian Alps. Because of its remoteness, the site remains unexplored but you’ll only need to visit the site once to fall in love with the whole area.
5. Kakunja Waterfall
The village of Kakunjë is about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from Tirana but is largely unknown even by locals. There are three small waterfalls in the area painting a picture hard to forget. Among the greenery and the birdsongs, the waters of Zhullima stream cascade through the nearby mountains.
The trail into Kakunjë is simple, pleasant, and smooth. The main waterfall, also known as the “Waterfall of Askolajt Rock”, is only 8-9 meters (26-30 feet) in height. To get there, follow the Tirana-Baldushk road and then the aforesaid trail.
6. Bogova Waterfall
The Bogova Waterfall is a graceful, unspoiled spot to touch base with nature. Its transparent waters fall from a height of about 20 meters (65 feet) into an oasis-like pond. The waterfall reveals the exotic side of Albanian nature still waiting to be discovered.
The site of the Bogova Waterfall is located near the village of Bogove (south-central Albania), on the left bank of the Osumi valley. To reach this natural gem, ride along the Berat-Skrapar road into Bogova village and then hike the local trail.
7. Waterfalls at the Osumi Canyons
Osum river that flows along the historic city of Berat has created not far from there, in Skrapar, the most majestic canyons in Albania. The Osumi canyons hide within them many natural stunts among which are several waterfalls curtaining its sides. These are best gazed by the brave adventurers who raft across the canyon stream.
Attentive observers can identify as many as eight distinct waterfalls washing the sides of the canyons. They soothe the rafters who deal with the bumpy ride ahead.
8. Blue Eye of Theth Waterfall
The Blue Eye of Theth, as its name tells, is a waterfall famous for its rich-blue cast. Its waters are supplemented by a small river ironically named the Black River. The small, soothing waterfall falls into a pond that reflects all shades of blue; how the Fountain of Youth would look in real life.
The Blue Eye of Theth is yet another remarkable site you can hike to from the village of Theth. Along with the nearby Grunas, the Blue Eye of Theth completes your Albanian waterfalls travelers’ collection.
9. Hinka Waterfall
The Hinka waterfall is yet another unexplored but beautiful destination in Albania, 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the city of Fier. This natural masterpiece stands in the hilly region of Peshtan overlooking Albania’s most fertile fields. Though ticking all boxes of stunning natural attractions, the Hinka waterfall remains out of most tourist guides.
The Hinka waterfall is about 20 meters (65 feet) high, formed by multiple local streams. In a region rich in culinary and archaeological treasures, Hinka completes the trifecta of tourists’ utmost desires.
A journey into the Hinka site follows the itinerary Vlorë-Qafa e Koshovicës that then deviates into the western side of the Peshtani hill.
10. Valbona Waterfall
The Valbona waterfall (a.k.a. Rragam waterfall) is the result of a natural spring near the Rragam village of Shala. At the head of the Valbona valley, the waterfall points to the direction of the trail leading to the Alpine village of Theth. The icy waters then form the base of the Valbona River, a waterway into the most beautiful parts of the northern Albanian Alps.
The hike that leads into the Valbona Waterfall begins in the Rragam Village and needs about an hour. The walk is an adventure in itself passing through dense beech forests and Alpine highlands.