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Ancient monasteries, remote lagoons, grand archeological parks and the beautiful Adriatic coast! Surrounded by the sea, the city of Fier houses some of the most important archeological and breathtaking sceneries in Albania. Here is a list of the top destinations according to us!
The one place that would ensure your most memorable encounter with Albanian history is the ancient city of Apollonia, founded during the 6th century B.C (read our article about Apollonia here). This historically significant city features in Cicero’s ancient works while Octavian Augustus studied here before becoming the very first Roman Emperor. Thanks to countless monuments and ruins scattered around the hills of the Archaeological Park, the largest in Albania, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with the splendor of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Read more about it here. For the map click here.
Located near the cities of Fier and Ballsh is yet another important archaeological park, that of Bylis, the largest ancient Illyrian city in the south of Albania. Several majestic constructions were erected in Bylis during the 4th and 5th centuries B.C. During your visit, you can admire the beautiful ruins of the theatre, the stadium, the promenades, and even some of the most unique paleochristian ruins in Albania. For the map click here.
Located 237 meters above sea level and only a 20-minute drive from Fier are the Ardenica hills, famous for the Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos and many breathtaking landscapes. Covering an area of 2,500 square meters, the Monastery was built in 1282, commissioned by the emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos of Byzantium. Perhaps the most interesting historical event recorded in Ardenica is Skanderbeg’s wedding to his lifelong wife Donika, hosted on April of 1451 at the Chapel of St. Trinity Church, the monastery’s very first church, built in the 10th century. During the 17th-18th century, the monastery became famous for its rich library with thousands of volumes. Over time, the monastery hosted a school and became an important center for learning the Albanian language. Click here to read our extended article about Ardenica.
How to get there: Take the Lushnjë – Fier National Road
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With approximately 230 different bird species which populate the four lagoons of Karavasta, Godulla, Godulla e Pishës, and Spiaxho, this park is the place to go for avid birdwatchers, as well as nature and food enthusiasts. For instance, the Dalmatian Pelican of the Karavasta Lagoon represents about 5% of this particular species’ global population. Yet, the area’s beautiful birds are only one of the countless reasons to visit this place. The pine forest in Divjakë, the Kular Island, the Oasis Dunes of Divjakë, the Pelicans’ Island, the Littoral Cordon of the Lagoon and the famous four-century-old pine tree are only a few of the unique natural monuments in this rare park.
How to get there: Take the SH4 Durrës-Fier highway until the roundabout of Cerma e Sipërme (23 miles/38 km). Then, take the road to Divjaka (10 miles/17 km).
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With a coast that stretches for more than 3 kilometers, soft sand of the fine-grain type and a beautiful, refreshing pine forest that surrounds the entire area, Seman Beach is a sight to behold! Because the nearby more popular and populated beaches of Vlora attract most locals and tourists, Seman beach remains a tranquil, secluded haven for those of you seeking a quieter, more intimate atmosphere. Surrounded by great local restaurants, Seman beach offers all you need to have a relaxing and pleasant time. For the map click here.
Located on the Adriatic coast and only a 30-minute drive away from the capital of Tirana, the beach of Durrës is the longest and most populated one in Albania. Modern architectural structures, like the Sphinx, the vibrant promenade and delicious seafood restaurants are a serious part of this city’s charm. Durrës is also home to [...]
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The last coastal city along the famous Southern Riviera is one of the most ideal places to spend your day In reality, the legendary coastal city of Saranda would ideally require more time to be fully experienced. However, if you only have 24 hours to spend here, we can suggest the absolute must-sees of this [...]
Tirana has been Albania’s administrative center for almost a century but this city’s history goes even further back in time. While the toponym Tirana was first mentioned in the 15th century as “Plenium Tyrenae” (“Field of Tirana”), the city became an established settlement almost two centuries later, in 1614, with the establishment of a mosque [...]
The vibrant coastal city of Vlora is a requisite stop for every tourist visiting Albania during the summer. Vlora marks the boundary between two seas – the Adriatic and the Ionian – which, in turn, are simultaneously shared between three countries: Albania, Greece, Italy. Boasting an enviably long and beautiful coastline, the ideal exploration of [...]
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Most refer to Dibra’s northeastern highlands as Albania’s roof. This region’s highly diverse nature is due to the high peaks and low valleys found along Dibra’s rugged landscape. As one of the largest geographical areas of the entire country, Dibra boasts more than 50 spectacular natural monuments. Countless caves hidden among beautiful mountains, small lakes, [...]