Four nautical miles
to the north of Ulqin, between Mavrijen and Mendra, lies the
horseshoe-shaped Valdanos Bay.Its end points fall steeply and suddenly
into the sea, and the beach is single, composed of round stones 1-20 cm in
diameter, It is 600 m long and 20 m wide on average. Unlike other bays,
this one is protected from both southern and northen winds and it often
served to shelter ships during storms. In the depth of the bay in the
middle of the beach, was the quarantine. In 1833 it was recorded that
Ulqin brigantine sailed into Valdanos from Alexandria contaminated by some
disease and by order of Ulqins harbormaster, she had to stay in quarantine
for 40 days.Valdanos is reached both from sea and from land. Both the
routs are interesting and beautiful, and depending on which one is
selected , the beauty of
the bay will be experienced in different manner.For a complete impression,
we recommend coming by land and returning by sea. The Valdanos valley has
the oldest planted trees-olives, that have for centuries supported the
life of the industrious inhabitants of Ulqini.The Ulqini olive plantation
(Ullishta), with 74,000 trees is the second largest on the Adriatic coast
after that in Tivar.
Its unique feature is that most of it 75% is one single complex. The
average age is over 300 years, and some of them date from the days of
Ancient Greece (5th century B.C.). The old olive plantation have oil given
species. The famous Ulqini olive oil, in amphoras earthenware pots, was a
commodity worth its weight in gold, it was shipped to Trieste, Venice Rome,
Cairo and into interior Shkoder, Shkup, Duklje, Rash, Prizren and so on.
During harvest the plantations reverberated with the singing of the
pickers.Friendships were made love was born, this was a chance to see a
future bride. According to tradition a man could not be married until he
had planted at least one olive tree.
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