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Flow of tourists in Divjaka-Karavasta park, more than 787 thousand in 2023

TIRANA, January 20/ATA/ Being considered as one of the most visited National Parks for natural tourism and birdwatching, Divjakë-Karavasta has in recent years become the destination of thousands of local and foreign tourists.

Director of the Regional Administration of Protected Areas, Fier region, Fotjon Prençe, told ATA that, “From January to December 2023, there have been 787,510 tourists of which 603,920 were local and 183,590 were foreigners.”

“Local and foreign visitors have shown a high interest in bird watching in the park, which is best protected by the hunting moratorium. One of the most interesting observations is the flight of flamingos; over the lagoon of Karavasta this year there was a colony of 4600 individuals”, stressed Prence.

Prençe said that, “During the last weekend, the International Winter Waterfowl Census took place in all the wetlands of the Divjakë-Karavasta National Park, where the park is the largest wetland in our country and with a great number and kinds of species”.

“Also, during the visit to the park, you can carry out several types of activities in addition to getting acquainted with the information of the Divjakë-Karavasta National Park at the Visitor Center, such as nature walks (about 50 km of trails), bird watching, picnics, boating, camping, cycling, kayaking and visiting archaeological and religious sites, observation of endemic and sub-endemic plants”, he added.

There have been identified about 25 species of mammals, about 29 species of reptiles and amphibians (including the sea turtle) and about 264 species of birds. The flora also consists of about 250 species of plants. The center of the park is located near the beach of Divjaka, approximately 1.2 km southwest of the entrance to the park.

Divjaka Beach is a strip of white sand that borders a Mediterranean pine forest and a beach destination on demand by thousands of tourists.