|Puka is located 838 meters above sea level and is one of the towns with the highest altitude in Albania, lying 150 km from Tirana. Its origins date back somewhere between the 2nd and the 4th centuries B.C., when ancient settlements with the names of Piracea and Pezhve were founded on the way from the Adriatic to Kosovo.
The region has a 2000-year old tradition in the processing of resin. Archaeological ruins demonstrating this history of resin-processing are found in a neighbourhood of Puka that bears the same name. The ancient towns were destroyed by barbarian tribes that invaded the region around the 7th century A.D. In the 20th century, Puka became a garrison town and a center of Catholic education. Migjeni, the well known Albanian poet worked there in 1936-37. Today one can visit the school where he worked. The town is surrounded by a thick pine forest that covers an area of about 400 hectares.