Agritourism Hupi: The 200-Year-Old Tower of Albanian Hospitality
tower-turned-guesthouse offers a perfect getaway with adventures in the magical
forests of Bulqiza and authentic homemade Albanian cuisine that will make you
feel right at home.
Bulqiza Traditional Guesthouse, also
known as Agritourism Hupi, located within a 200-year-old tower, offers a truly
authentic experience interwoven with cooking lessons of some of the most
delicious traditional recipes of the country.
Located only 7 km from Bulqiza,
Guesthouse Hupi is surrounded by a beautiful and tranquil landscape. The tower
is a typical structure of this area, constructed entirely in stonewalls,
punctuated by charming variously-shaped windows, all beautifully carved in
Two years ago, Lulzim, a former
miner and the son of the Hupi family, decided to transform the tower into an
attractive and welcoming touristic destination. He restored the tower while
adding extra features that truly make it feel like home.
Guests of this authentic guesthouse
can enjoy mother Sofie’s delicious traditional fare as well as join her as she
cooks for some amazing lessons in Albanian delicacies. Many guests also choose
this particular guesthouse as a central point from where they can explore the
beautiful forests of Bulqiza.
This region is well-known for its
many natural and historic monuments, something Lulzim has nicely harnessed by
organizing and leading hiking tours in the area. One of these tours is to
Skanderbeg’s Watch Tower, located about one hour and a half from the
guesthouse. Yet another tour takes the visitors to Bulqiza Valley, one of the
natural wonders of this area that boasts numerous water springs and is
well-preserved by the locals. The Black Lake and the Waterfall of the Dushaj
Village, the latter located only 1 km away from the guesthouse, are two
additional wonderful hiking destinations.
If you have ever wanted to take part
in the authentic Albanian culinary tradition, such as cooking with the famous saç (large cooper pan) heated by the
embers of an open fire, this will be your chance to experience it. Sofie can
teach you to whip up dishes like byrek
(savory filled pie), jufka
(traditional pasta), qull me pulë (chicken porridge) and many more.
Agritourism Hupi is one of those places where you truly get the most of your day by enjoying hikes in Bulqiza’s rugged nature followed by Sofie’s scrumptious food in a cozy and warm atmosphere.
It isn’t very often that one can stay so comfortably in a tower! Within a very short time, this spacious and authentically-designed guesthouse has welcomed more than 600 international guests. We suggest that you keep it in mind for your next adventure!