Divjaka – Karavasta National Park (DKNP) is a protected area in the coastal zone of Albania, consisting of complex ecosystems, very rich in biodiversity and natural resources. The Karavasta Lagoon is the largest surface (4,100 ha) of DKPN; it is 15,4 km long and 4.1 km wide.
The area is the most important ecosystem for water birds. Karavasta Lagoon harbors the only coastal breeding site of Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus). It is the extreme western point of the reproduction of Dalmatian Pelicans in Europe. Therefore, Karavasta Lagoon is proclaimed as a Ramsar site as Wetland of International Importance according to the Ramsar Convention, since 1995.
It is situated 90 km from the capital, Tirana. The coastal morphology of Karavasta Lagoon was highly dynamic during the last 135 years because of the changes which occurred to the Shkumbini and Semani River deltas.
Divjaka is a breeding site of the buffalo cow (Bubalus bubalis) which is found only in this area and is a protected species in Albania.
The area offers good opportunities for nature based tourism promotion. DKPN boasts of the well-known pine tree forest, the beach and the lagoon with the existence of pelicans offer a unique opportunity for holidaymakers and for scientist alike.
Peak season is July through August, and most of the tourists and tourism services is concentrated in Divjaka and less extend other recreation zones in Libofshe and Gose.
Apart from the popular beach, there are wonderful opportunities to admire the natural environment by hiking, to observe the rare bird species in Karavasta Lagoon, river deltas, to enjoy wildlife such as Buffalo, to fishing in the Lagoon, channel and the Adriatic Sea, to study the highly diverse floral life of the forest area and some endemic species, to sample fresh local products all year rounds including fish, fruits and vegetables.
Visitors will become familiar with the rich biodiversity, nature, local culture and gastronomic tradition.
Source: Agjensia Kombetare e Turizmit (AKT)