The Ministry of Culture in cooperation with IMK (National Intitution of Monuments) and other line institutions after a long work on the evaluation of cultural assets and important heritage centers throughout Albania has decided, on the basis of the fulfilled criteria, to give to Thethi the status of a Protected Historic and Culture Center, to this village of a rare beauty amidst the Alps in northern Albania.
The proposed historic center of Thethi valley is the part of the urbanistic and architectural values of the village and the space that carries important historical values, documenting the path of the historical development of the village towards the creation of an inhabited center and urbanistic-architectural features that were formed during his history. The overwhelming part of the village preserves old constructions of architectural and constructive value and characteristic roads network.
These constructions are linked to the traditional environment, which is part of the Historic Center. Within this center are included first-class cultural monumental objects such as Lulash Kec (Dukagjini’s Ethnographic Museum), Nikolai Zef Koček Tower (The Tower of Conquest), etc.
In addition to these constructions, in this area are built dwellings that, although not large enough, are distinguished by the rich architectural elements. These constructions are more recent and widespread in limited areas, as in Thethi village from Dukagjin area or Vermosh village from Kelmendi area.
They share similar architectural processing. Characteristics of these elements are the very sloping roofs, covered with local pine tree boards. The introduction of wood elements along with the stone masonry, brighten up the appearance of the buildings, while the steep roofs harmonize with the rugged rocky environment and seem to repeat the contours of the mountain tops, which constitute the natural background of the buildings in Theth.
The architecture of the construction of apartments in Theth has changed for centuries, adapting to nature and climate. A prouf is actually the tower of Lulash Keqit, which is the Dukagjini Museum, and the isolation tower, ex Zef Koceku’s house. There are some photos of the 1900s – 1925 where the roofs were flat and over time they became steep because the house was threatening to fall in from the great winter snow.
At DCM no.733 dated 08.12.2017, was not included all the village, where it results that two very important parts of Thethi, Grunasi, which included two of the most beautiful destinations of Theth as the Waterfalls and Grunasi Canyon as well as the Okol neighborhood, which is a beautiful up part of the valley, and the Sadri Luka tower which is a living museum mentioned by Edith Durham, the english writer. So, we can say that Thethi’s map was violated by this DCM. We hope in a mistake from the government side and not to hide any interest of a malicious person as it often happens in Albania.
Once you have entered into Theth and you are descending to the center, above the national road, you will see Gjeçaj Waterfall, which is quite beautiful and distinctive, and about 25 meters high.
The walks through the National Park provide the possibility to familiarize yourself with the natural and cultural resources that Thethi has. The Church which is preserved and maintained very well, the ethnographic Museum or the Tower of Lulash Keqi, the Isolation Tower. The waterfall of Grunas and that of Gjeçaj, the caves of the Harapi top, stone tubs of Nderlysa and the Blue Eye of Kaperre, the glacial lakes of Peja neck are of unparalleled beauty. In this village you can stay up to one week and still this time is not enough to enjoy all the nice places.
The location of this beauty is down on Kaprre, one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps. To reach the Blue Eye you must pass one of the rare beauties that are the Grunas Canyon of Theth, one of the pearls of the canyons in the entire country. If you are descended from Thethi, once you pass the Grunas canyon, down to Electric Plant of Ndërlysa and walks straight over the side village of Kaperre until you reaches the Black Well, which is formed by the Black River which comes down from Kaprreja. If you drive, you must stop and park there, because from Nderlysa to the Blue Eye of Kaperre there is no automobile road. Once you have parked the vehicle near the ruins of the School, appear before you the Black Well. From this place you should depart on foot to visit the Blue Eye. Once you have passed the bridge and take the road to Kaprre, it appears before you one of the most wonderful landscapes formed by the erosion of the cliff by the river, where some bathtubs and waterfalls are created, which are the most beautiful sights in Albania.
From the place where the car is parked, until to the Blue Eye is a pedestrian route and takes about 40 minutes for the person who walks with a normal walking. The Blue Eye is one of the rare beauties of the entire Albania. It is formed from the Black River, which flaw out from the Black Top. The Blue Eye is formed by the erosion of rock by the water that descends from the mountains. The Black Well is about 100 m2 and about 3 to 5 meters of depth. The Black River is entirely formed from the melting snow in the Alps. Any tourist (of any age) can go to the Blue Eye because the road lay in a plain valley. Along the way you have to bear in mind to follow the signs that are made by local residents.
Thethi climate is quite favorable for tourism. Its characteristics are cold winter with snow up to 2 meters, and cool summers.
Theth is a wonderful village in northern Albania’s Shkodra region. Set among the peaks of the Shala mountains, Theth is isolated, and in times of snow, practically inaccessible. Edith Durham, a famous English traveler and writer on the Balkans, visited the area in 1908. She wrote of its seclusion:
One of the most exceptional natural beauties in the Albanian Alps is the Grunas waterfalls, which by the Government Decision Nr. 676, dated 20.12.2002 has been declared as a natural monument under state protection.
Wi-Fi will is offered for free !
Starting from August 2014, wi-fi is available even at the touristic village of Thethi.
The History of the “National Park of Theth”
On the date of 11.21.1966 (Nr.96), the cabinet credited the area of Theth, with a surface of 2630 ha: from which 1680 ha are forest along the sea-line and the other part is gas-plot and grust. It is now declared a “National Park” and is overseen by the D.SH.P, district of Shkodra.
Villa Gjecaj is located in the Center of Theth, you can come here only by car ( it is suggested to be a 4×4 car ). Also you can use the daily public transport from Tirana or from Shkodra.
How to find Villa Gjecaj?