The Ancient City of Orik: A Timeless Journey of Archeology & History - Into Albania

The Ancient City of Orik: A Timeless Journey of Archeology & History

Step into the echoes of antiquity with a visit to ancient Orik, a city woven into the fabric of history along the splendid Adriatic coast of Albania. This hidden gem is waiting to be rediscovered, sharing every awe-inspiring moment.

Orik: A Historical Tapestry


Founded in the 6th century BCE, Orik quickly became a pivotal maritime port of Epirus, noted by historians Herodotus and Hecataeus of Miletus. The city’s strategic importance is highlighted through its tumultuous history involving battles between Macedonia and Rome in the late 3rd century BCE and its significant role in the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey in 48 BCE. The city’s last mention in ancient texts dates back to the 2nd century CE, though archaeological findings suggest it was inhabited through late antiquity.

Archaeological Discoveries

The remnants of Orik are a testament to its storied past.

Key highlights include:

• A city wall dating from late antiquity, with a segment still visible today, partially submerged under a lagoon.

• Residential areas with homes carved directly into the hillside rock, revealing diverse layouts and sizes, some dating back to the 3rd century BCE.

• A monopteros from the 3rd to 2nd century BCE, uncovered in recent excavations and thought to have been destroyed in the 1st century BCE during civil unrest.

• Monumental Hellenistic fountain featuring ornate architecture, including semi-circular steps and a decorated podium, which fell into disuse around the 1st century BCE.

• A well-preserved staircase on the hillside, meticulously crafted from stone, overlooking the historical fountain.

• The extensive necropolis to the southwest, offering a silent narrative of Orik’s past inhabitants.

Strategic Location and Views

Situated near the modern town of Orikum, the ancient site of Orik offers panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea. This prime location served as a significant maritime and trading post in ancient times and now provides visitors with picturesque landscapes with rich historical context.

Your Invitation to Orik

We invite you to embark on a journey to ancient Orik, where history and modernity converge beautifully. Let Vodafone, Albania’s No 1 network enrich your experience with unparalleled connectivity. Visit Orik, dive into its history, and adventure into the past with the comfort and connection of Vodafone’s Tourist Pack, your gateway to profound exploration.