MAIN PLACES TO VISIT IN ALBANIA?

Shkoder

It is the most important town in northern Albania and one of the biggest towns in Albania, dated in 3rd century B.C. Shkodra was the capital of Illyrian Kingdom of Adrians, whose queen was the legendary T euta. North and West, it is bordered with Montenegro, south by Adriatic Sea. It is extended from the Alps down to the Adriatic. The Alps are slightly crossed by river valleys, which historically have served as important trail for neighbors, giving to Shkodra a great importance during the course of Ballkan history . The border with Montenegro crosses the Lake of Shkodra and follows the river Buna.


Kruja

Kruja is a medieval town, mentioned for the first time as Christian religious centre in the year 879. It is 32 km northeast Tirana and is situated 560 m above the sea level on the slopes of Sari Salltiku mountain. Because of its strategic importance is dominated by a castle( 5th century),which houses the Scanderbeg Museum



Tirana

It is the capital of Albania and lies at the foot of Dajti Mountain. It is the most important political, economic, educational and cultural centre of the country . Ethem bey Mosque (1821), Clock T ower (1830) and Museum of National History are the most important places to visit.




Durres

Durres, formerly Dyrrah, is one of the most ancient cities Albania (627 B.C.) and the biggest seaport of the country . Only 5 km from the city is the beach area of Durres. On great interest to visit are: The fortress, the amphitheatre, Roman Thermal Baths, Archeological Museum.




Voskopoja

13 km west from Korca, is situated the village of Voskopoja (former Moskopoje-14th century).It was an important centre that remains to this day as an abundant storehouse of art works. During the 16th -18th centuries there were built 24 churches, but now remained only eight ones.




Apollonia

It is founded in the 7th century by the Greek colonists coming from Corinth and Corcyra. Apollonia is one of 30 ancient towns dedicated to God Apollo. The excavations and the monuments: The Encircling Wall. The T erraced Wall. The Monument of Agonothetes. The library . The Odeon. The Museum of Apollonia. The church of St.Mary etc.




Vlora

Vlora( or ancient Aulona),dates back to the 6th century B.C. It is a costal city and a centre of a great historical importance. South from Vlora there is magnificent scenery of Albanian Riviera to Saranda with unspoilt beaches Cold Water , Jonufer , Karaburun, Sazan, Narta's Lagoon, Or i kum' s Lagoon, Pal asa, Dhermi , Vuno, Himare,Qeparo,Bay of Porto Palermo, Lukove Borsh etc.




Saranda

Near Saranda stood the ancient Illyrian city of Onchesmos, mentioned as a port in the 1st century B.C. Saranda locates between the mountains and Ionian Sea. It is situated in a open sea gulf, opposite the Island of Corfu.Coming mainly for the Ionian Sea, tourists find the purity and deep blu of the sea waters. There are numerous small beaches as Bunec,Kakome,Manastir , Ksamil etc.




Korca

It is situated at the foot of Morava Mountain, on the slopes of St.Thana hill. It is an important agricultural and industrial centre and also one of the most important ar cheol ogi cal ceent r es of Al bani a. Kor ca has picturesque countryside, with beautiful villages such Dardha, Bilisht, Voskopoja. Interesting visits are Museum of Mediaval Arts, National Museum of Education, Archeological Museum.




Pogradec

It lies in the southern part of Albania, on the shores of Lake Ohrid and share border with Fyr of Macedonia.The best spot is Drilon.