Rugova Gorge

Rugova Gorge

Rugova Gorge is the beauty of the mountainous region of Rugova and the pearl of Peja, which begins only 2 km away from the city center of Peja. It has a length of 12 km from where it begins to open in the mountains of Rugova. The Lumbardhi River, which originates in the Bjeshkët e Nemuna Mountains (Accursed Mountains) and is also created by the springs and streams of the Rugova rivers and streams, divides this mountainous area into two parts and at the same time winds along the gorge to then pass through the city center and connect with the river Drini i Bardh, which also has its source in Peja. Lumbardhi has a length of 56 km and its characteristic is the great rush of water which divides this gorge into two parts giving it the grandeur with colossal rocks which reach a height of up to 1000m. What makes the Rugova Gorge even more beautiful and interesting are the waterfalls which flow right from the middle of the rocks creating magnificent landscapes as well as the different types of flora which also grow right in the middle of the rocks showing the greatness of nature and the beauty of this gorge.

By evaluating the natural potential, geological, hydrological, landscape, speleological, botanical, environmental importance and seeing the possibility of presentation as a unique attraction which will affect the rise of values ​​and tourism development in Peja and Kosovo since 1988 Rugova gorge is protected as a "Natural Monument". Today Rugova Gorge is visited throughout the year by tourists from around the world but also by locals who carry out recreational activities every day. It is very unique and in every season of the year it shows its values, while the spectacular views of this gorge change almost even during the daily hours.

An integral part or icon of the Gorge is the Arched Stone Bridge which is also a cultural heritage under protection and is located at the 5th kilometer of the main road Peja-Rugova. This arched stone bridge is presented as a symbol in the coat of arms of the municipality of Peja and is used as one of the points of identity of Peja. Also the beautiful landscape of the gorge along with the bridge can be found in the logo of the best beer in Kosovo "Birra Peja," which is has been produced since 1971. With the development of recreational paths of Via Ferrata is created the possibility that the Rugova Gorge to experience even more by managing to enjoy from the heights from where you will have spectacular views of nature while through the Zip Line you will experience a flight experience of 640m along the Gorge. Also for fans of cave adventures, they can visit here one of the most attractive caves in Kosovo known as the cave "Gryka e Madhe (Great Gorge)", which contains magnificent view inside, stalagmites and stalactites, waterfalls, stream etc. or climb the rocks.

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