If it happen to make it to Permet in Albania, Lengarica Canyon is a must. You don’t need to have a 4weals car for visiting the canyon. It’s very close of the city center and the road to get there there is paved. But if you want to see more from this canyon and if you searching a more adventurous trip you have to hop on a 4weals for going around the canyon like we did recently.

Enjoy the pictures and check out the map with the GPS track and description below for more details.

The old bridge of Benjes, few meeters before the canyon begin. There are two very well known thermal water springs close to this bridge.
If you leave the road and walk downhill to the river you will get to the next thermal spring, very well known for its curative powers. See the GPS trail for directions on how to get here.
Thermal water, Benje
Thermal water, Benje
From the thermal water walk on the river against it for few meters and you will see the beautiful canyon of Lengarices. For us was difficult because the river was very cold and deep (early Apr.) so we had to climb on the rocks for having this view. I was told by locals that during the summer time one can easily walk on the river and visit the canyon.
Few minutes further on drive you will see the bridge of Babos, which is built during the Ottoman Empire. Look at the tree roots in the bridge.
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A little waterafall close to Babos bridge
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Lengarica Canyon
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Dhembel and Nemercke mountains - this wanderful view was open to us after we left the canyon going towards Benje village (see the photo location at the map below)
Benje, Permet
Granny working at Benje village
Benje, Permet
Bees at Benje village
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The church and the school in Benje village
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Smily people of Benje

We finished this drive with a delicious lunch at Oxhaku restaurant. Very small restaurant run by a local family along the national road Permet – Erseke. Check the map below for the location.

The Trail

Trail distance: 36.97 kilometers
Elevation min: 221 meters, max: 671 meters
Accum. height uphill: 1,350 meters, downhill: 1,227 meters
Difficulty level: Moderate

Download the GPS trail on Wikiloc or EveryTrail

From the city center to the trailhead of the thermal-water the road is paved in good conditions. Afterwards it starts to become gravel and after passing Dashit bridge (see the waypoints on the map) the route follows on a dirt road where a 4 weals is necessary.

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