Drelaj, second Kosovo village in the Peaks of the Balkans

Nestled amidst the  Albanian Alps, Drelaj emerges as a twin to the charming village of Reka e Allages, offering a nice accomodiation for travelers seeking authentic experiences and natural beauty. Easily accessible by car, Drelaj provides a convenient base for exploring the Peaks of the Balkans Trail and embarking on invigorating hikes through the breathtaking landscapes.

Drelaj’s rich heritage intertwines with its present-day vibrancy. Once the largest village in Rugova, boasting a prominent primary school, Drelaj has a significant portion of its residents residing there throughout the year. The village also houses a dairy production company and a water bottling plant.

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In terms of accommodation, Drelaj offers two guesthouses: Shqiponja, the oldest guesthouse established alongside the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, and Bujtina Kaçaku, a later addition renowned for its warm hospitality and comfortable accommodations. Both guesthouses provide guests with a home away from home, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable stay.

Drelaj seamlessly connects to Reka e Allages via two hiking trails: the original trail, designed as part of the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, and an alternative route that traverses the Hajla range. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Drelaj offers well-maintained climbing routes that challenge and thrill experienced climbers.

To continue your journey along the Peaks of the Balkans Trail into Montenegro, a short transfer to Liqenat is recommended. This transfer reconnects you to the original trail, allowing you to continue exploring the diverse landscapes and captivating scenery of the region.

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