The sixth day of my epic road trip through Albania and Kosovo kicked off in the gorgeous city of Peja, Kosovo! Come join me as I drink some raki for breakfast and then explore the White Drin River and waterfall in Peja, Kosovo!
My day began about 30 minutes outside of Peja at the beautiful White Drin River. There’s a hotel right next to the river. I couldn’t wait to have some breakfast, hike the area, and do some exploring!
My friend Erjan from Travel Media EU and I had a 30-minute hike around the river ahead of us. The rushing river goes through Albania and Kosovo. We approached the waterfall and got hit with the mist! It drenched us! The water comes from the mountains, so it’s super cold! As we continued on, we reached a water fountain, where I took a drink. There’s nothing like drinking fresh mountain water!
Then, we continued to climb up some steps along the mountain. We reached a bridge that crosses the White Drin right above a set of rushing falls. I had never been to a place like this before! The path was super narrow and really intense, as it’s right above the falls!
Then, we continued along the path to the entrance of the second-largest cave in Kosovo. It’s called Sleeping Beauty Cave and is full of tunnels. Unfortunately, it was closed, but it’s open between April and October.
We began the hike back, and Erjan found a wild fire salamander. It’s a super beautiful creature! I had never seen one out in the wild! We made it back to the hotel, Resort Ujevara e Drinit. The hotel’s restaurant, Moncafe, looks right over the river. It was so beautiful and peaceful, and the sound of the river is so soothing!
Erjan and I started with some espresso and paired it with raki for breakfast, the way true Albanians and Kosovar people start their day! I loved the aroma. Most tourists probably won’t do this, but it’s the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Have raki with your breakfast at Resort Ujevara e Drinit when you come to Peja, Kosovo!
From there, we hopped in the car to head to Rugova Valley to do some ziplining! There are mountains, waterfalls, and canyons there. The area reminded me of Valbona and Montenegro!
Our first stop was a waterfall along the highway, which goes through the mountains. It was beautiful! There’s a restaurant right on the river with a sort of picnic area right on the river banks. It’s beautiful and relaxing, but it’s also cold! The Peja area is stunningly beautiful!
I crossed some of the rocks in the river and then we headed back up to the car. We reached another waterfall, and nearby we found a vendor selling honey, drinks, and raki bottles made from tree branches! Unfortunately, the ziplining was closed, so we headed back to Peja to find more adventures! The drive to and from the city was absolutely gorgeous. The mountain scenery was unreal! You can hike and go rock climbing here!
We made it back to Hotel Dukagjini, our accommodations, and walked around the center of town. We saw the main square and pedestrian street and the I Love Peja sign.
What an eventful morning! I had a blast exploring the area and having raki for breakfast in Peja, Kosovo. Huge thanks to my friends at Travel Media EU and Rental Car Albania for making this trip such an amazing experience! Book with them the next time you want to travel to Albania or Kosovo. They’ll make sure you have a great time!
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