The mountain village of Theth
For a long time, Theth (Thethi in Albanian) was a hidden village. Around 2005, tourism has taken flight and nowadays it is one of the best places to visit in Albania. The trip to Theth takes about three hours by (four wheel drive)car or minibus. This may seem a long ride but when you are in the Theth valley you feel one with nature and you forget all about time.
Theth National Park covers an area of 2630 hectare and ranges in altitude from approximately 1200 meters to 2567 meters ( which is the height of Mount Radohima). Almost two-thirds of the park is woodland; in many places, the steep wooded terrain is so inaccessible that it is considered primeval forest.
The four main attractions in and around Theth are:
1) The Church of Theth
Originally, the inhabitants of Theth were Roman Catholic so one of the first buildings in Theth was the church. Father Shtjefen Gjeçovi was a legendary priest in Albania. It was he who built the church in 1892 and in 1917 he opened a school so the children of the then isolated village of Theth could learn to read and write in the Albanian language. You can see the church building from the Thethi guesthouse. The hike up to the church takes about ten minutes.
2) The Tower of Isolation (next to our guesthouse)
This tower was built by a member of our family. It was used by people who were seeking refuge from vendettas. The tower has been preserved with great respect by our family member Sokol Koceku because it is a symbol of his ancestors. This tower has not been used for its original purpose for a hundred years, because this tradition has been discontinued. Nowadays, the tower is kept as a historical monument. You can visit the tower next to our guesthouse for a euro per person.
3)Waterfall and the Grunas Canyon. The Grunasi waterfall with its thin body of water is more than thirty meters high. Above it, you can even see other waterfalls. In 2002, this waterfall has been declared a natural monument and is under state protection. Thousands of visitors visit the feed of the waterfall yearly. Walking on the trail next to the small river is a special experience. The Grunas Canyon is forty meters deep and in some places only one meter wide. Visitors can stand on the wooden bridge and look down into the clear blue water of the canyon. A two-in-one tour (waterfall & gulch) takes about a two-hour walk through the wonderful nature near Thethi.
4) Blue Eye. The ‘Blue Eye’ is a clear blue water spring and nature phenomenon. Its beauty attracts people from all over Albania. The Blue Eye is formed by erosion of the rock by the water that descends from the mountains. It is about hundred square meters and about three to five meters of depth. It is formed by the Black River which is entirely formed by the melting snow in the Alps. Anyone can visit the Blue Eye, regardless of fitness level or age because the road to it goes through a plain valley. It is easy to find, you just follow the signs made by local residents. Many tourists take a dip in the melted water. The Blue Eye is a three-hour walk from our guesthouse.
1) Finally; We advise you to bring walking shoes and a jacket (for the fresh evenings).
2) We look forward to welcoming you in our traditional Albanian guesthouse.
“I think no place where human beings live has given me such an impression of majestic isolation from the entire world. It is a spot where the centuries shrivel.” Edith Durham from England (1908)
You will find more background information and written articles at thethi-guide.com