Dragoti Bridge- Tepelena
Dragoti Bridge is listed as Culture Monument and is one of the most beautiful bridges in Albania. It was built in 1936 by a company from Genova, which contracted the small local company from Gjirokastra “Selfo”. Dragoti Bridge is on Vjosa River, the wildest river in Europe. The bridge link the Mount Golik and Lunxheria region with the Mount of Shëndërllisë, and the view is spectacular. Apart its beauty it is one of the most functional bridges which link the southeast Albania (Korce, Kolonje, Permet), with the south part of Albania (Tepelene, Gjirokaster, Delvine, Sarande). This is bridge absolutely important, because there is no other alternative to link these parts of Albania.
This bridge is built all in iron constructions, based in opposite parts of mountains, without any foot structure on the river. This bridge resisted to many decades. Until 1990 it has a wooden trestle, and later replaced with more durable structure for the cars, with asphalt. This bridge is a very rare engineering work of this kind which resisted for more than 80 years.
Around the Dragoti Bridges are situated the villages of Becisht (the birth place of Ali Pashe Tepelena), Lekli village, the birthplace of the most loyal advisor of Ali Pasha- Thanas Vaja) the ancient ruins of Lekli Castle, belonging to 3rd century BC, the ruins of Orthodoks Monastery of Kodra, the Gorge of Mezhgoran, where was killed Albanian hero Asim Zeneli.
In both parts of the road linked by this bridge, you may find some restaurants and guesthouses offering a good food and traditional menu.