Peja/Pec – Kosovo’s Natural Beauty

After a long break, I would like to write about Kosovo’s greenest and naturally the most beautiful city, Peja. In every daily visit we visited somewhere new there. The downtown is small, cute and important as it is the hometown of Majlinda Kelmendi, the 2014 Judo champion of the world. It has narrow streets, old houses, mosques and churches. Also it has a river going through it, which makes it more beautiful I think.

The main reason we often go there is its amazing Rugova Valley. We have visited Rugova Canyon, White Drin Waterfall, Sleeping Beauty Cave and Patriarchate of Pec in the entrance of the Canyon. They are really breathtaking natural beauties like a lake, a river, waterfalls. In the Patriarchate, there are quite friendly female priests. they are talkative and informative but for us most interestingly they sell their own alcoholic beverages to the visitors.

Rugova Valley offers many sports activities as well. I joined a tour that included a visit to White Drin Waterfall, the beautiful cave behind it, hiking on the mountains and a zip-line tour. I was my first time to try that zip-line activity and I was not sure about is as I am afraid of heights but I loved it! It is 650 m long and takes 50 sec but super fun. While sliding we pass a river and a road. And the adventure continues even after because you have to pass a simple suspension bridge on the river. Nowadays there is a new adventure park with extreme swings and bridges so hope to visit it soon. Last but not least it has a great ski resort as well.

As for food, it is quite famous for its trout and you may taste it at Kulla e Zenel Beut or Ujvara E Drinit. See some photos of mine from different seasons below.

Enjoy travelling!

Sozun Ozu:

Peja, Turkce’de Ipek, Kosova’nin en yesil ve en dogal guzel sehirlerinden biri benim icin. Sehir merkezi ufak, tarihi ve cok sevimli. Ortasindan nehir gecen sehirleri sevmemden oturu bi baska guzel geliyor bana. Yine de asil oraya gitme sebebimiz Rugova Vadisi ve Kanyonu. Kocaman yemyesil daglarin arasindan dokulen kanyon inanilmaz guzel bir manzara sunuyor. Vadi icinde nehirler, goller, selaleler ve magaralar var, her seferinde kesfedilecek yeni bir yer bulunabilir. En son seferde bir turla gittik, Beyaz Drin Selalesini ve Uyuyan Guzel Magarasini ziyaret ettik. Sonrasinda zip-line yaptik. Cok heyecanlandik, basta korktuk ama yaparken cok keyif aldik. Hepimizin ilk deneyisi olmasina ragmen hepimiz basardik! 650 m uzunlugunda bi ipten iki dag arasinda kayiyorsunuz ama sadece 50 sn suruyor. Kayarekn bir yolu ve nehri geciyorsunuz, harika bi his. Simdilerde yeni bir macera kampi acilmis, bir dahakine onu ziyaret etme niyetindeyiz.

Rugova Kanyonunun girisinde Sirp Ortodox Patriarki var, icinde de bir gup rahibe var. Orayi da ziyaret ettik, rahibeler cok konuskan ve cana yakindi. Ziyaretcilere kendi yaptiklari sarap ve likorleri satiyor olmalari da bize ilginc geldi.

Peja’da ozellikle alabalik cok unlu.  Kulla e Zenel Beut ya da Ujvara E Drinit restoranlarinda tadabilirsiniz.

Iyi gezmeler!

 

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