Marku Guesthouse: Relax, Eat Fresh, and Enjoy the Loom Work of Antiquity - Into Albania

Marku Guesthouse: Relax, Eat Fresh, and Enjoy the Loom Work of Antiquity

This family-owned farm near Shkodra offers an authentic farm experience with a unique twist.

Have you ever what it would be like to work the loom, weaving away with colorful threads like in the ancient times? This tradition that hails from antiquity is only one of the many unique and memorable experiences that the Marku Guesthouse (Bujtina Marku) offers its guests. Its lovely, warm, and authentic atmosphere makes for a both relaxing and invigorating stay.

Marku Guesthouse. Photo by IntoAlbania.

Loom work at Marku Guesthouse. Photo by IntoAlbania

Located only 15 km from the city of Shkodra, in the village of Gjanollë of Guri i Zi, this family-owned farm is quite the hideout. Intimate and friendly, this place is an oasis of tranquility. The Marku family’s hospitability will make you feel instantly at home. Because the guesthouse is surrounded by a stunning landscape, the family will make sure to take you on a pleasant walk around the farm as soon as you arrive. A favorite activity among the guests is the harvesting of fruits and vegetables, which are then freshly served to your table. It is as close to nature and farm fresh as it gets!

Marku Guesthouse, photo by IntoAlbania.

Lunch time at Marku Guesthouse, photo by IntoAlbania.

Some of the traditional dishes, which are lovingly prepared and served by the lady of the house, include the famous byrek (a traditional savory pie) filled with a variety of toppings, a unique pumpkin soup, a sumptuous rice, onion and tender meat casserole, and delectable desserts that are unique to the region. Partaking in the preparation of all these wonderful dishes is a must! Not only because it is loads of fun but also a rare opportunity to learn some of the region’s well-kept culinary secrets, passed down from previous generations.

Cooking together. Source Marku Guesthouse

Marku Guesthouse. Source; facebook.com/agroturizem.marku

Traditional food at Marku Guesthouse. Photo by IntoAlbania.

Traditional food at Marku Guesthouse. Photo by IntoAlbania.

Traditional food at Marku Guesthouse. Photo by IntoAlbania.

If you sense an Italian flair in the cuisine here, it is because the owners of this remarkable guesthouse spent a significant part of their lives in Italy. The country’s famous gastronomic tradition fuses these traditional dishes with a unique taste. The guesthouse is also beautifully arranged, its décor creating a pleasant backdrop to the relaxing evenings.

Marku Guesthouse, photo by IntoAlbania.

The Marku Guesthouse is an ideal place to spend holidays with your family and loved ones, immersed in an authentic atmosphere, surrounded by the calming beauty of the landscape. You will recall their authentically-Albanian hospitability, the rare Italian-fused flavors, the farm-fresh products and that ancient loom for a long time to come.

Marku Guesthouse, photo by IntoAlbania.

Marku Guesthouse, photo by IntoAlbania.

Marku Guesthouse, photo by IntoAlbania.

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