Albania Tourist Attractions

  • The most important monument to visit in Shkodra is the Rozafa Castle, which rises from a rocky hill to the west of Shkodra. The waters of three rivers, Buna, Drini and Kiri, surround it. Rozafa is one of the major castles in Albania and the most important tourist attraction in Shkodra. The castle dates back to the Illyrians, when the Latin historian Titus Livius named it “the stronghold of the Labeates,” an Illyrian tribe on the shores of Shkodra Lake . The Illyrian queen, Teuta, used it as a base in the war against Rome.

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  • The Churches of Voskopoja are in a small mountain village perched at a height of 1200 meters above sea level, 21 km west of Korça. It was once a very prominent city along the “Egnatia Road,” reaching its height in the middle of the 18th century CE with 24 churches and monasteries. Only seven of these twenty four churches remain still today.

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  • Take the ferry up the jade waters of Lake Komani, hemmed in on both sides with towering cliffs. Look out for pygmy cormorants, herons and golden eagles.

  • The historic city of Kruja lies on a panoramic mountain slope 32 km away from Tirana.The city is one of the most beautiful tourist spots due to its natural views and its history. Here, Gjergj Kastrioti (Skanderbeg) protected Albania and Europe from the Ottomans.

    The most important attraction of the city is the Museum of the National Hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg,situated in an Illyrian castle, which took its present facade during the 5th-6th century.

    The castle has nine towers, a few houses, and the Teqja e Dollmasë. The hamam is on the western side of the castle. Inside the castle grounds, you can also visit the Ethnographic Museum, a typical house made of çardak, which belonged to the illustrious Toptani family.

    The traditional market of Kruja stands near the castle. It is one of Albania’s largest handicrafts market. This bazaar has operated since the 15th century. On the top of the mountain over the town of Kruja is a religious spot called Sari Salltiku (Bektashi sect).

    There, visitors can find shelter and accommodation if they wish to climb to that spot. From there, travelers will find a magnificent view toward the valley and further to the Adriatic Sea.

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  • The National History Museum was inaugurated on October 28, 1981 and is the largest museum institution in Albania. It occupies a total area of 27,000 m2 and has an exhibition area of 18,000 m2. It houses over 6290 museum objects. Amoungst its collections are the Pavilion of the Middle Ages, the Independence Pavilion, and LANÇ's Pavilion, Communist Terror Pavilion, The Iconography pavilion, Mother Teresa’s Pavilion, and the Albanian Ethno-Culture Pavilion.

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