Swimming & Picnic in the Kiri RiverGo Back
Escape the Heat with a Cool Mountain Swim
What To Expect
Take half a day off and join us in a secret Albanian getaway spot where you can touch history and nature together.
The charming village of Prekal is situated to the north of Shkodra on the banks of the Kiri River (yea, that’s us!). It’s long been a secret swimming hole for the local Shkodrans when their beaches are overflowing with tourists.
We’ll spend the afternoon roasting traditional Albanian foods* over a fire, soak up the sun, and dip into the Kiri’s chilly crystal blue water.
On the way we’ll take a short detour to two famous bridges in the area. The first is Ura e Mesit (“the bridge in the middle”) outside Shkodra built in the 18th century during the Turkish occupation.
The second Urë e Shtrenjtë (“the expensive bridge”) is a modern bridge built with help from OxFam to connect a small Albanian community with the rest of the world. The story is truly astounding, but you have to see it for yourself.
* Vegetarian options available, please let us know 24 hrs in advance
ItineraryThe tour will take half day. We will depart around 10 am from center of Shkodra, toward Messi Bridge then north to Ura e Shtrejte” (The Expensive Bridge), and at the end Prekal where we will swim and have a picnic day.
- Depart from meeting point: 25 minutes to the Mesi Bridge
- From Mesi Bridge to Prekal: 1 hours
- Swimming in Kiri and barbeque: 3 ½ hours
- Return to city center: 1 ½ hours
What To Bring
- Sunscreen & Swimsuit
- Walking Shoes
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|Local Salaries||5 €|
|Taxes + Costs||3 €|
Minimum 4 people.