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The Cape of Rodon is an area of outstanding natural beauty and relaxation, with castles and churches infused with fascinating histories.
Located only a few kilometres from Tirana, the Cape of Rodon in Durrës is a destination whose popularity has risen exponentially among tourists in the last few years. This narrow strip of land, in the shape of a peninsula, extends along the Adriatic Sea, and offers not only beautiful views but several crucial historical and cultural monuments. Many tourists choose to visit the Cape of Rodon during the spring season as it is shrouded in a beautiful cornucopia of flowers (click here for the video), while in the summer, they choose it to enjoy the beautiful virgin beaches and fine-grained sand.
The Cape is surrounded by navels with an altitude of 25 metres, and is particularly famous for being the location of the Castle of Skanderbeg. The castle by the sea was built by Skanderbeg between 1450 – 1452, in order to create a quick exit to the Adriatic Sea in case of an Ottoman invasion. Life existed inside this castle until 1467, when the Turks destroyed it. Fortunately, the Venetians rebuilt it after 1500, and since then, it has survived in a fairly good condition.
The Church of St. Anthony, a monument built around the same period as the Castle, is located near the Cape. Built in the Romanesque-Gothic architectural style, this church includes several beautiful frescoes and other interesting elements. Thanks to its position near the Cape and the sea, the panoramas surrounding the Church are really impressive. The Cape of Rodon is an ideal choice for a relaxing as well as historical and cultural weekend away from Tirana.