Best time to travel to Albania

Birdwatching

The avian world of Albania is to be discovered, surprises are guaranteed everywhere

Birdwatching in Albania 2019 - Best Time
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Bird-lovers from all over the world flock to Albanian reserves to see unusual bird species. The activity may be enjoyed all across the country, but most often bird-watchers head to coastal regions and wetlands, as these areas are praised for the especially dense populations of rare birds. In particular, tourists look for birds at Karavasta Lagoon in the Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. Another popular destination for birdwatching is Lake Prespa in Prespa National Park. Other birding places are Nartë (Narta Lagoon), Patok’s wetland, Kunë-Vain-Tale Nature Park, and Shkodër (Lake of Shkodra).

Divjaka-Karavasta National Park is the favourite of the ornithologists from Germany, Austria, Poland, and other parts of Europe. One of its main attractions is the nesting of a rare species of Dalmatian pelicans. The lagoon is also a nesting grounds for more than 1,300 species of birds, including small tern, large and small cormorant, and meadow collared pratincole.

The area of Lake Prespa boasts a rich diversity of flora and fauna and is especially famous for being a refuge for migratory birds. Also, you can meet many species that are on the verge of extinction.

Birdwatching is available all year round with different highlights depending on the season. Traditionally, migration periods provide more opportunities. The best months are February to April, and also October to November.