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Around Çorovoda

Çorovoda (or Çorovodë in a sentence with a preposition like “to”, “in” or “from Çorovoda”) is the main town of the Skrapar District. It is about 40 kilometres southeast of Berat. Its name is derived from Bulgarian “černa voda” (black water). The town has a population of around 7,000 inhabitants. It could be one of the oldest in Albania, on account of ruins of a castle and churches found near here.

Osumi valley
 
Street in Poliçani
 
Arms factory, Poliçani
 
Osumi river
 
View to Çorovoda
 
Monument, Çorovoda
 
Cliffs along the Osumi
 
Osumi canyon
 
Bektashi shrine
 
 
Çorovoda
 
Along the Osumi river
 

The road from Berat to Çorovoda passes through the valley of the Osumi river, along rolling hills and farmlands. After 16 kilometres it reaches the town of Poliçani, with almost 7,000 people. It has a now derelict munitions factory and was built entirely for that purpose in the 1960s during communist rule.

Çorovoda also has derelict factories, but the main sight is “Pirogosh”, the canyon of the Osumi river south of the town, with towering cliffs and caverns. There is also a small place of worship of the Bektashi branch of Islam overlooking the canyon.