Tourism in Shkrel dates back to the 1920s, when many wealthy merchants from the city of Shkoder built second homes here that their families could enjoy during the summer season. In 1953, these homes were nationalized by the then Communist government and were turned into vacation places. During summers, you would find many workers from Razma village vacationing here, usually at the national hotel. The one and two-story homes would often host guests in the winter, who would come along with other workers of cooperatives and enjoy a couple of days playing in the snow or skiing.
After Communism ended in the early 1990s, these once nationalized properties were returned to their former owners. Some were reconstructed and are now used for tourism. The villages within Shkrel MNP all vary distinctly from one another, but are all quite captivating in their own way and when visiting it may seem like you are jumping from one oasis to another. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit an enchanting oasis in the Albanian Alps.
The main villages developing tourism activities are:
REÇ VILLAGE: Reç is a small village with a strong potential in the development of agrotourism. The road leading to Reç lies between fields of heterotrophic plants, and rising hills and high mountains can be seen in the background.
Reç village is well-known for its dense chestnut forest, which stretches over an area of 450 hectares and holds around 30,000 trees. The width of the chestnut trees indicated that some are over three centuries old. Long walks in fresh air, visits to cheese makers, caves, goat farms, and chestnut fields will be great anti-stress activities. In September, when chestnuts are ready, you can enjoy baked chestnuts, chestnut honey and cakes made from chestnuts. Reç village, not including its Chestnut forest, is also well-known thanks to a historical event that occurred here back in 1943.
RAZMA: Lying on a karst plateau 900-950m above sea level, Razma village (sometimes also called “Razëm”) presents stunning landscape contrasts. Tucked between the pyramidal peaks in the largest part of the forest and the karst holes, and covered by alpine pastures, Razma is a perfect place for those looking for a breath of fresh, healing air. Iconic mountain ridges with stunning beech forests, which are always a different color depending on the season, make this area a very scenic place to visit. The variety of animals and wild birds also make this a great destination for those passionate about hunting. Here you can go hiking, picnic on field filled with local flowers, play at local playgrounds, explore caves and ski during the snowy winter.
BOGË VILLAGE (also called “Boga”) is located in a valley 950m above sea level and surrounded by the Alps. The valley home to this village begins with the dry river of Grykë të Lugjeve and ends at Qafë T’thore (1700m).
In the Bogë village territory, archaeological evidence of early Illyrian settlements from the II to III centuries was found. Bogë is also the ideal place for both amateur and professional speleologists, being home to the Cave of Puçi, the Cave of Cilikokajthe, the Njerëzve të Lagur Cave and the Gjekë Marku Well, which is the deepest explored well in Albania and where fossil ice is found. Boga’s beauty, its natural and cultural assets and the possibilities for outdoor adventure in this village are likely to impress any visitor.