The Sharr Mountains National Park (Albanian: Parku Kombëtar Malet e Sharrit) is a national park in Ferizaj and Prizren District of Southeastern Kosovo. It covers 53,272 hectares (532.72 km2) and is centered on the northern Sharr Mountains, a mountain range that extend in northeastern Albania, southeastern Kosovo and northwestern Macedonia. The park encompasses of various terrain including glacial lakes, alpine and periglacial landscapes.
Sharr Mountains National Park has alpine with continental influences. Mean monthly temperature ranges between −1.3 °C (29.7 °F) (in January) and 20 °C (68 °F) (in July). Mean annual precipitation ranges between 600 millimetres (24 inches) and 1,200 millimetres (47 inches) depending on elevation.
The flora of the park is represented by 1558 species of vascular plants.The fauna includes 32 species of mammals, 200 species of birds, 13 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibia, 7 species of fish and 147 species of butterflies.
The Bjeshkët e Nemuna National Park (Albanian: Parku Kombëtar Bjeshkët e Nemuna) is a national park in Gjakova and Pejë Districts of Western Kosovo along the borders with Albania and Montenegro. It encompasses 63,028 hectares (630.28 km2) of mountainous terrain, with numerous lakes, dense deciduous and coniferous forests and alpine landscapes. The park was established to protect its ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of the park.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the park as Category II. Notably, the park has been recognised as a important bird area of international importance by designation under the BirdLife International Convention.
Bjeshkët e Nemuna are the southernmost geological continuation of the Dinaric Alps. The portion within the country’s territory extend approximately 26 km (16 mi) from east to west and 50 km (31 mi) from north to south. Rising to an elevation of 2,656 m (1.650 mi), Gjeravica is the second highest natural point of the mountain range and the highest in the country.
The wide range of elevations and rugged topography of the mountains has created favorable conditions for a diverse vegetation and biodiversity. Large mammals such as wildcats, golden eagles, chamoises, roe deers, grey wolves, as well as rare or endangered species like lynxes and brown bears can be found within the forests of the park. A high number of species of birds, more than a dozen fish species, and a few reptile and amphibian species have been reported. Almost 37 species of mammals, 148 species of birds, 10 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibia and 129 species of butterflies have been documented to occur within the boundaries of the park. In terms of phytogeography, the park falls within the Balkan mixed forests terrestrial ecoregion of the Palearctic Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest. The flora is diverse and is characterized with high endemism. A total of over 1,000 plant species have been identified parkwide.
The vegetation is vertically divided into six distinct elevation zones. The oak forest zone, reaching approximately altitude of 800 metres, is dominated, among other by italian oak, austrian oak, and cornish oak. The beech forest zone can be found on the eastern part of the park at an altitude between 900 metres up to 1,320 metres. These include forests of silver fir, sycamore, south european flowering ash and bosnian pine. The mixed oak forest zone is mainly covered with silver fir, norway spruce and european hornbeam, between 1,200 and 1,540 metres. Within the dark coniferous forest zone, the most widespread floral communities of that type are dominated as well as by bosnian pine, norway spruce and macedonian pine. The composition extends from an altitude between 1,540 metres up to 1,800 metres. The breeding of fir forests zone, lying at an altitude of 1850-1930 metres, is characterized by endemic species such as the balkan pine. In the shrub zone at an altitude of 1850 to 2050 metres, is covered with grass, moss, lichen and 55 species of herbaceous plants. The most common types include wood cranesbill, wild strawberry, willow gentian and wood forget-me-not.
Bogë is a small mountainous village and also a holiday resort village in western Kosovo. Bogë is located in the Accursed Montains (Albanian: Bjeshkët e Nemuna) mountain range on an altitude of about 1,300m – 1,400m. Nearby the village is located the peak of Hajlë at 2,403m and the Bistrica e Pejës which has its source not far from the village. The village is nestled in by surrounding mountains many of which are picturesque.
Bogë is rapidly becoming a popular holiday resort in Kosovo; many holiday chalets have been built, and the presence of the ski resort attracts many visitors.
Brezovica is a village, in the municipality of Shtërpce, being the most important touristic center for winter sports. It lies beside Sharri Mountains, with an elevation between 900 and 2500 meters above sea level.
Skiing pathways are located 12 kilometers away from the village, while the surface of the ski center is 2500 hectares. Skiing pathways are around 4 kilometers long, each; average loop of 38 %. At 1718 m elevation, on the Grand Mead is the newest ski lift located, while exit station of the ski lift is located at an elevation of 2212 above sea level. “Brezovica” ski center is open throughout the year, where during the summer there is still some snow left.
The center has several hotels, offering good service of high standard. Among the most known hotels is Hotel Narcis, of first class standards; located at 900 meters above sea level and 9 kilometers from the ski paths. At 1700 meters height above sea level is Hotel Molika, second category hotel, located right beside ski paths. At the hotel you may also equip yourself with skiing equipment.
Mirusha Falls is among most important touristic spots in the country, located on the road Prishtina – Gjakova. Your visit there can easily become an unforgettable experience, especially if one stops by Guri Zi and goes walking for 2 km along Drini Bardhë River and by turning left at the separation of Mirusha River. The waterfall is around 3 km from this point.
The scenery along the way is full of various vegetation, finding yourself at the beautiful crystal clear water running past few levels to be poured into a calm lake down below. The water temperature is usually cold, however during hot summer days swimming is very pleasant.