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This multifaceted city has had a traditionally rich artistic life and an enormous contribution to Albanian culture. Shkodra is the cradle of the most important Albanian poets, like Migjeni, painters like Kol Idromeno and Edi Hila, and photographers, the Marubi Family. Shkodra houses the haunting Marubi National Photography Museum, which displays the first photo taken in Albania, and the Venice Art Mask Factory, where a local master produces the same intricate masks used in the Venice carnivals and Las Vegas shows. A city of myths and legends, the foundations of the famous Castle of Shkodra are said to be held by the body of Rozafa, the beautiful young mother who sacrificed herself for it. You will find that this naturally beautiful city has an abundance of mirrors in the Adriatic Sea, the Lake of Shkodra and the Buna River. Otherwise called the “city of bicycles,” the city’s views are best admired while pedaling in the open air!
In addition to sharing the region’s natural spectacles, the rise in Albanian wildlife photography has given this valuable part of the country’s landscape and ecosystem the necessary focus. Deer in Dumnica, Kosovo. Photo source: Arian Mavriqi Rise of wildlife photography in the region The group of four Albanian photographers, that makes up the non-profit organization [...]
Shkodër is a city that truly has it all: a rich cultural life, art and history, beautiful nature, bazaars, and much more. Its wonderful restaurants along the promenade and its legendary cafes make this traditional Albanian city enjoy a buzzing big-city atmosphere while retaining its quaint charm. With so many offerings, the challenge rests in [...]
Among many Albanians, the northern city of Shkodër is known as the nation’s cradle of art and culture. This is apparent not only by its long list of names who have contributed to Albanian arts and culture throughout centuries but also in the unique manner the people of Shkodër lead their daily lives. There is [...]
In terms of natural beauty, Shkodra and its surrounding landscape is truly blessed. Here is where three beautiful rivers intertwine with one another. Here is also where you will find the largest lake in the Balkans. Adding some of the country’s most popular mountainous areas makes exploring the outdoors around Shkodra a must! The meeting [...]