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One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, this gorgeous, carefully preserved, peculiar-looking city is built on steep slopes where stone-roofed houses seem to be built on top of one another. The spirit of Gjirokastra has been captured in many novels written by the city’s most illustrious son, the renowned author Ismail Kadare. His home along with the childhood home of Enver Hoxha, Albania’s former communist leader, are only some of the many attractions of this city. Alongside Albania’s most beautiful traditional houses and the city’s famous limestone and shale paved roads, the city houses the Castle of Gjirokastra, one of the oldest in the Balkans! The “city of stone” offers a number of authentically rich culinary delights and memorable panoramas of the surrounding mountainous.
Experiencing this city, internationally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an absolute must for those who enjoy the ideal combination of rich history, gorgeous landscapes and delicious traditional cuisine. Below, read our suggestions for a full experience within the span of a 24-hour visit as well as suggestions for the ancient history-inclined visitor. [...]
Light cambric fabrics, wood and stone are the three fundamental elements in the construction and decorations of the well-known traditional houses of Gjirokastër. Windows covered in masterfully embroidered curtains, the wooden roofs above the warm living rooms, on the outside covered in stone, the latter being the element that gave rise to the construction of [...]
During his adolescence, the famous Albanian author Ismail Kadare called his hometown of Gjirokastra a strange city. He wrote so passionately of his hometown, however, describing each and every alley and stone used to build it, that he placed Gjirokastra permanently on the map, for locals and visitors alike. Through his telling of Gjirokastra’s history, [...]
The three equally magnificent and fascinating sites of Butrint, Gjirokastër and Berat have made the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, precisely because of their unquestionable contribution to the continuation of the world’s culture. The natural beauty that surrounds them only adds to their already significant appeal! The Butrint Complex is perhaps the most spectacular [...]