Peja

Peja (Peja/Pejë in Albanian or Peć in Serbian), is a city in northwestern Kosovo.

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Skiing

Visiting the mountains in winter time are more challenging than in other seasons. Recently '''skiing''' stages and escalators have been put up, meanwhile the road has been fixed, which makes it an easier driving in winter. - Apart from the skiing, you can also spend nights in ''' Rugova''' but remember to book the place before going there. There are restaurants and bars on the way and at the spot as well. Generally is cheap but bear in mind that you’re on vacation anyway. Sleeping options in Boge: Hotel “Rudi”, Resort “Berati”, Hotel-Restaurant “Ke Luani”, Eko Hotel “Magra Austria”, Villas “Kodra”, Hotel “Rugova Relax”

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Patriarchate of Pec

The church consists of three domes and comprises three separate churches, with a fourth adjoining on the south side. All were built between the 13th and 14th c. The compound also includes modern living quarters for the nuns, ruins of an old monastery and a cemetery. A small gift shop sells souvenirs. The attending nun will be more than happy to offer you samples of the monastery-aged raki (be careful, it's 110 proof!).<p>This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is guarded by Kosovan police. You'll need to surrender your passport to enter and there is a 2 euro entrance fee (if the nun sees you).

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Mountain villages

Shtupeq i Vogël (Mali Štupelj – Small Shtupeq), Shtupeq i Madh (Veliki Štupelj – Large Shtupeq), Rekë e Allages (Alagina Reka), Malaj (Malevići), Drelaj (Drelje), Pepaj (Pepići), Kuqishtë (Kućište), Haxnaj (Hađovići), Stankaj (Jošanica), Bogë (Boge), Shkrel (Škrelje), Dugaivë (Dugajve, Dugonjiva) and Koshutan (Košutane) The houses of villages of Rugova (especially Upper Rugova) sometimes reach the height of 1,600, which is above upper forest line and already in pasture areas, covered with fileds and meadows.

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Rugova Gorge

More than 23km long, and has few waterfalls and so many water-springs, like Uji i Zi-Black Water, Kroi i km-5, 5-th Km Spring,and so on, than hundreds of caves, most of them still unexplored, like Gryka e Madhe, or Great Canyon-cave system, until now only around 11km explored, then Shpella e Karamakazit-Black Scissors cave, and Shpella e Kallabes-Kallaba Cave were are foud the archeological remains of ancient humans, and hundreds of others caves waiting to be explored...

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Tower of Gockaj

you can visit the XIX century where Regional Institute for the Protection of Cultural and Historical Monuments is. The towers are a proof of the special architecture used in construction and also the expertise of the local population in craving stones. The tower should be seen from inside as well especially the living and guests’ room with a unique chimney, shelves, window cases and with a selling all wrapped with wood and handcrafted with a lot of expertise.

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Mounteneering in Hajla area

#1. Maja e Vjeljakut (Volujak Peak, 2,014 m) – Glođanski stanovi – Štedim (6-7 h). This route was marked many years ago and the marks have almost completely faded. - #2. Kućište – Boge (from Kućište 6 km by road) – Maja Dramadol (2,120 m) – Hajla summit (5-6 h from Boge). - #3. Drelaj village – Košutane - Maja Dramadol – Hajla summit (5-6 hours). - #4. Drelje – Pepići – Hajla Keće (Stanovi) - Qafa Hajles (Hajles pass, Hajla pass) – Hajla summit.

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The Konak, now Ethnographic Museum

is one of the most beautiful types of old houses build in an asymmetric way in Peja. This type of building is characterized by the crown of the roof built out of wood, the harmonious windows and the selling. '''The Konak''', currently used as '''Ethnographic Museum''' where national traditional handicrafts and traditional costumes of Rugova region and the Dukagjini valley are exposed in different galleries.

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The Old Long Bazaar Street

This is an interesting bazaar with a typical oriental architecture. You'll be able to find different original artisan shops such as the Albanian plis (cap-makers), gown-makers, sixhade (carpet) makers, shoemakers, watchmakers, authentic goldsmiths etc. The most preserved part of the “Çarshia e Gjate” is the part called “Rrethishtja” (circle) in the middle where there is an old fountain.

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Hostel Saraç

Hostel Sarac is a well-preserved typical local house of the 60s' with a cosy family feel making it a very unique place to experience the city's culture. The house and its garden intertwine the different architectural influences, creating a unique Kosovo style house. The hostel is a mere stones throw away from the very center of the city yet offering a quiet and relaxing environment.


Bajrakli Xhamia Mosque

- is one of the most important architectonic and sacred buildings from the period of the Ottoman Empire. It was built in the second half of the 15th century. It's a one-level structure finished with a dome on top and graves around. The construction of the mosque is dedicated to Fatih Sultan Mehmet. It is known by the citizens of Peja as Bajrakli or Çarshi Xhamia.

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Walls of Pasha

On the wall of the kulla, you can see the unique works of the artisans of that period like: lion, the star of David etc. It has a special architecture characterizing the one of the XVIII and XX with two floors, build with stone and with huge windows and loop-holes build-up with a lot of dedication from the artisans.

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Peaks of the Balkans Trail

Hike the Peaks of the Balkans Trail. This trans-border 192km trail will take you from Kosovo to Montenegro and Albania. Guides can be found in Peja. This trail meanders through the Accursed Mountains and accesses some of the last unspoiled and remote areas of the these counties.

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Decan monastery

This Serbian monastery is still guarded by KFOR (NATO forces in Kosovo) and you will be required to surrender your passport to enter. The frescoes in the church are in great condition and the small gift shop sells monastery-made cravings, icons, raki and wine.

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Reka e Allages village

This village is a stop in the Peaks of the Balkans trek and numerous day hikes start from here. These include treks to a waterfall (Ujëvara në Reke te Allages) or even Hajla peak. Overnight: “Lagjja e Kaprojve” home-hotel or Arius guest house.

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Caving

the largest caves are: Cave of Karamakazi (third kilometer), Cave of Ruta e Gurrës (Drelaj), Great Cave and Cave of Radavc in the North-East of Rugova. For more info try at Tourist Information Office (in the City center)

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Windmill of Haxhi Zeka

is the first windmill in Kosovo and the region which had an upgraded technology brought from Austria. The industrial economy started to develop with this windmill and for this reason it’s an interesting place to visit.


Peja aeroclub paragliding

One can fly over the city with a professional paraglider, who lead it. If you are professional by yourself, you can fly alone. Furthermore you can learn to lead the paraglide if you are interested to.

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Peja Baths

As a result of different natural conditions we can find in this very small region many natural rarities and very interesting natural phenomenons, like thermal and mineral '''hot-springs'''.

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Catholic Church

This a building of the recent period (1928). As a parish, the Church Saint Katarina is existing from the period of Koncili the First of Arberi (1703) leaded by the Pope Clemente.

SEE   —  General Wesley Clark

Rugova Valley

A 25km long canyon. A natural monument of geological heritage. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Kosovo. - Rugova area is approximately 20km long and 10km wide.

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Hamam of Haxhi Beu

is a monument of a sacral and public character build in the period 1462-1485 with a donation of Haxhi Beu from Peja in the times of the Dukagjini Sanxhak.

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Sweet Bean

Non-smoking only café. It is also almost only café which serves also something to eat with your coffee - American style cookies, brownies, cakes etc.

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Hotel Dukagjini

stunning views of mountains overlooking Peja and Lumbardh River, restaurant overlooking the river. Indoor pool, spa, Turkish bath on premises, WiFi


Boge Ski resort

This is famous for skiing and is frequently visited by people from different countries. Here you can go skiing at a low cost.

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Big park

You can '''jog''' around (b. You can '''hike''' on the mountains behind the school that's across Camp Caffe (lusha's place).

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Camp Caffe

This place is only open during summertime, and though the location remains the same the name might change.

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Shtëpia Alpike Ranch

It owns horses, ponies and also you can enjoy the traditional food and see a perfect view of Peja.

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Tourist Information Office

where tourists can get information about places to visit, brochures and leaflets.

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Railway Station

take a train to Prishtina, from there you can continue on to Skopje, Macedonia.

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Kajnak

A spring of drinking water of Peja which is cherished as cultural monument

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Drini river

Waterfall 1 km west from R106 road. At Radac is the spring of Drini river

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White Drini Spring

-around 30m high. Also here is a cave system nearby with the same name.

SEE   —  village Radavc

Public pools

The people of Peja are very enthusiastic and welcoming to tourists.

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Visitors Centre

where tourists can get bikes and tools for hiking and climbing.

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Lumbardhi river

You can go to the river and cool down on a hot summer day.

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Bjeshkët e Nemuna

There you could find many natural beauties and resources:

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Sobar Caffebar

here you can go and have fun, mostly teens and adults.

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Mr. Jack Caffebar

here you can go and have fun, mostly teens and adults.

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Radio Caffe Caffebar

here you can go and have fun, mostly teens and adults.

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Accursed Mountains

Have a day trip or stay longer in this beautiful area

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Leqinati frozen lake

Called also Great Lake or Kuqishte Lake, 1970m a.s.l.

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Small Hall

for karate, judo, boxing and other sports too

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Dr.Ibrahim Rugova Park

almost in all green areas are playgrounds.

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Karstic river spring

A karstic river appearing at here.

SEE   —  village of Vrelle

Hotel Dona

23 rooms, phone=+381 39 434 470

SLEEP   —  +381 39 456654 —  Besnik Lajqi st.

Indoor sports hall

for basketball and handball

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Yellow stone

2522m peak.

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Space Club

Night club

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Arthur's Bar

Night club

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Gresa Pub

Night club

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Hotel Peja

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Great canyon

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Shushica waterfall

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Red Mosque

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Royal Taxi

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Football stadium

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About Peja

Peja "City of Tourism" has a rich cultural and historical inheritance being host to a UNESCO world heritage site, access to another one and surrounding by stunning nature. The city lies in northwestern part of Kosovo, at the foot of Bjeshkët e Nemuna (Prokletije) mountains and Rugova Canyon, between 42' and 40' parallels (north) and between 20' and 18' meridians (east). The municipality of Peja in total has a surface of 603 km<sup>2</sup>, while urban part has a surface of 20 km<sup>2</sup>. The altitude of the city is 521 m above the sea level, and the highest peak is 2,522 m at Guri i Kuq (Red Stone) in Bjeshkët e Nemuna Mountains. As you pass through Rugova Canyon once, you will notice its beauty and undiscovered treasures. Peja lies on the banks of Lumbardh River springing from Bjeshkët e Nemuna with a length of 63 km, after which it joins the longest river in Kosovo, Drini i Bardhe. The spring of Drini i Bardhe is also in Peja municipality, in the village Radavc, with attractive waterfalls.


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