The magnificent Mes bridge can be found 6 km north of the city of Shkodra. This large and well preserved Ottoman bridge was built in 1770 along the ancient trade route from Shkodra to Kosovo, which itself dates to pre-Roman times. As an important source of gold and other metals, Kosovo was of incredible importance to the Roman, Venetian and other Mediterranean economies.
Much of the original trade route is now submerged below the waters of the Drini valley dams, but here at Mes you can get an idea of its importance. The route was not more than a donkey trail, a few meters wide at most, but the Mes bridge signifies its value: the bridge is 108 metres long, 3m wide and has 13 arches, of which the elegant main span measures 13m. The Kiri river, below, has incredibly blue, clear and refreshing mountain water.