The historical importance of the city is shown through the largest Archaeological museum in the country and with one of the largest amphitheatres on the Balkan Peninsula built in the second century BC. Today, Durres is becoming an attractive tourist destination, not only because of its importance through the centuries, but also because of the Adriatic coast, the welcoming people and the variety of their delicious cuisine.
Gjirokaster is a historical city located in southern Albania, having a status of “museum town”. It is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking cities in the country that counts around 25.000 inhabitants. Its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is considered as a rare example of architectural character typical for the Ottoman period. This city is the birthplace of the former Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha and the famous Albanian novelist and poet, Ismail Kadare. Today, this well preserved Ottoman town, from Christian place in the 16th century will be transformed into one with a large Muslim population by the early 19th century, emphasizing the fact of a major religious center for Bektashi Sufism. The Greek minority living in Gjirokaster, makes this city one of the centers of the Greek community in Albania together with the city of Saranda.
Gjirokaster is one of the most visited and well known tourist destinations in Albania. Its image of an original Ottoman town includes an Old Ottoman bazaar dominated by the mosque and more than 500 homes preserved as cultural monuments. Most of the old houses have roofs covered with stones, which gave this city the epithet “City of Stone”.
Kruja is a town and a municipality located 20km from the capital of Albania, the city of Tirana. This beautiful small town is one of the most visited attractions in the country. Its historical symbol is the Kruja Castle, the center of the Skanderbeg battle against the Ottomans, that includes the Skanderbeg Museum where you can meet with the life of this honorable hero, and the National Ethnographic Museum, the best preserved ethnographic museum in Albania situated in an old traditional house built in Turkish style. One of the most impressive places in this adorable town is the Dollma Tekke, a small Bektashi temple, built in 1789. This can be an unforgettable experience if you desire to explore the mysticism and the spirituality as well as the teaching full of symbolism and stories combining different elements from the Islam and at times, the Christianity and Judaism.
The Old Bazaar inspires with its authenticity and beauty. The narrow street with souvenirs, antique shops, the small ateliers for costume knitting and weaving carpets, contributes to make your stay even more pleasant. This town is the right place for buying and tasting the famous Albanian “Skanderbeg cognac”, and enjoying the atmosphere of the town that will take you back in history.
Saranda is located in an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the central Mediterranean in the southern Albania, about 14km east of the north end of the Greek island Corfu. Due to some historical circumstances as well as the proximity of Greece and the Greek minority in the city, Saranda is considered one of the two centers of the Greek community in Albania. It counts around 20.000 inhabitants.
Saranda is an important tourist destination in the country and tourism is the principal economic source. This is the city where you can make a combination of a cultural trip, due to the remains of the ancient city of Butrint - a UNESCO World Heritage site, and an exploration of the natural and scenic beauty of the region that includes lovely beaches, the natural phenomenon “The Blue Eye Spring”, citrus plantations, olive groves and vineyards, delicious fish specialties, all the necessary features that will make your visit perfect.