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The old bazaar gathers both local residents, doing their daily shopping, and numerous tourists exploring the city. As the first market built in Korçë, at the end of the 19th century, it is of great historical and monumental value. The complex preserves old buildings and parts of the city made of stone, making the visit to the bazaar an aesthetically pleasing experience. The old bazaar unites the open-air market with workshops or small commercial units, and intimate guesthouse which still preserves the city’s culinary and hosting traditions.
This is the best place in town to buy souvenirs of all kinds! You can find objects ranging from traditional craftsmanship to the agro-food products of the area. The shops are housed within two-story traditional houses which reflect the city’s history. In fact, their recent reconstruction is in perfect harmony with the square’s existing architecture. The exciting new additions around the bazaar are bars and restaurants. In addition to their traditional yet contemporary atmospheres, they serve the city’s famous cuisine under the sounds of live music throughout the year.
This bazaar is one of the oldest in Albania! The construction of the beautiful and rich bazaar of Krujë dates back to over 400 years ago. It was the starting point of free trade among the city’s best merchants. It is in this particular bazaar that they began to officially exchange various kinds of goods with one another. Conveniently located on the main road leading to the Castle of Krujë, the space is part of the museum while also satisfying a commercial need.
Whether you need a traditionally-crafted rug or masterfully made copper products from the renowned craftsmen, you can find it all here! Other objects include genuine handcrafted items and silver jewelry that can last a lifetime. The bazaar has grown over the centuries, dictating the spread of housing and urban structures around it. It is indeed Kruja’s epicenter!
Built more than 500 years ago, the bazaar is one of eight oldest districts of Gjirokastër, stretching like a beam below the castle walls! It remains in constant reconstruction due to its age and monumental status as a UNESCO national and world heritage site. The bazaar is actually mentioned in several travel journals and documents of the Middle Ages.
The bazaar’s life began within the walls of the castle, which used to surround the city of Gjirokastër. With an increase in population, however, families ventured out and began laying the first foundations of commercial constructions outside of the castle walls. The neighborhood, called Qafa e Pazarit (Bazaar’s Pass), is one of the most recognizable in the “city made of stone.” It is annually visited by thousands of foreign tourists. Here, they find some of their best-handcrafted travel mementos in wood, stone, and fabric, handmade by true masters in this place.
Facades of the surrounding houses offer an aesthetically interesting view of the medieval buildings, while the shops spread throughout the bazaar way provide a variety of objects, facilities and services. The characteristic cobblestone is one of the most beautiful elements of this bazaar. The area has recently been enriched by newly excavated ruins!
Located on the Adriatic coast and only a 30-minute drive away from the capital of Tirana, the beach of Durrës is the longest and most populated one in Albania. Modern architectural structures, like the Sphinx, the vibrant promenade and delicious seafood restaurants are a serious part of this city’s charm. Durrës is also home to [...]
A city rich in history and spectacular landscapes, in addition to being one of the gastronomic centers of the entire country, Lezha packs a full day of valuable and delicious amusement. After you have enjoyed your morning coffee in one of the many cafés in town, head to Lezha Castle, from where you will get [...]
The City of 1001 Windows is a national cultural and heritage center that reserves beautiful strolls along cobbled alleys in its famous Mangalem, Gorica and Castle neighborhoods and much more. One of the most historic and oldest cities in Albania, Berat will fill your entire day with beautiful landscapes in addition to its rich culture [...]
The last coastal city along the famous Southern Riviera is one of the most ideal places to spend your day In reality, the legendary coastal city of Saranda would ideally require more time to be fully experienced. However, if you only have 24 hours to spend here, we can suggest the absolute must-sees of this [...]
Tirana has been Albania’s administrative center for almost a century but this city’s history goes even further back in time. While the toponym Tirana was first mentioned in the 15th century as “Plenium Tyrenae” (“Field of Tirana”), the city became an established settlement almost two centuries later, in 1614, with the establishment of a mosque [...]
The vibrant coastal city of Vlora is a requisite stop for every tourist visiting Albania during the summer. Vlora marks the boundary between two seas – the Adriatic and the Ionian – which, in turn, are simultaneously shared between three countries: Albania, Greece, Italy. Boasting an enviably long and beautiful coastline, the ideal exploration of [...]
Pogradec is the quintessential nostalgic city! This particular sensation arises as you cruise down the national road and an image of utter calm and timeless beauty unfolds before you. The smooth, creamy blue surface of Lake Ohrid, punctuated by lively swans and seagulls! This is the lake of a certain delicious fish called koran, found [...]
This southernmost city in Albania is quite the multifaceted place! An ideal destination for your holidays, year-round. A location full of virgin beaches and delicious seafood. Sharing a border with Greece, Saranda is also a gateway to this other significant cultural destination. Last but not least, entry fees in the most wonderful parks and destinations [...]
Most refer to Dibra’s northeastern highlands as Albania’s roof. This region’s highly diverse nature is due to the high peaks and low valleys found along Dibra’s rugged landscape. As one of the largest geographical areas of the entire country, Dibra boasts more than 50 spectacular natural monuments. Countless caves hidden among beautiful mountains, small lakes, [...]