A center of history, culture and religious coexistence, the
city of Elbasan offers loads of interesting attractions and stunning natural
sites that do not require you to spend any money.
canyons and waterfalls to mountains, castles and much more, below is a list of
the very best 10 free activities you can enjoy in Elbasan.
Experience the ancient Castle of Elbasan
in the city’s center, the Castle of
Elbasan is the
city’s most visited and beloved touristic spot. The castle houses a great
number of historic and cultural monuments which beautifully illustrate the
country’s ancient past. In the castle, you will have the chance to see the
Orthodox Church of St. Mary’s Assumption, the King’s Mosque, the former women’s
hammam as well as the Clocktower.
Immerse yourself in the waterlily-filled Lakes of Belsh
30 minutes from the city, you have the opportunity to witness one of the most
wonderous attractions in Albania. The picturesque Belsh includes as many as 85 karstic
lakes! The main ones are the lakes of Belsh, Seferan,
Merhoje, Cestije, and Degë, among others. The most beautiful detail, which
grants this landscape its singular striking nature, are the gorgeous white and
yellow water lilies. Claude Monet would have had a field day here and so should
Witness the medieval romanticism of the Mosque of Nazireshë
those interested in the city’s religious history, we definitely suggest a visit
to the Mosque of Nazireshë. This mosque is one of the most important religious
structures in the country! Built in the 16th century,
the mosque’s medieval architecture is stunning. Located in the city’s southern
perimeter, its construction was commissioned by one of the city’s high
officials who gifted it to his wife, naming the mosque after her.
Be wowed by Holta’s Canyon
those in search of adrenaline-charged gorgeous adventures, Holta’s Canyon is the right destination. One
of the country’s natural treasures, the canyon will leave you completely
speechless with its high slopes, small waterfalls and crystal-clear waters. The
canyon represents a veritable treasure of Gramsh, a town in Elbasan county.
Admire the spectacle of Sotira Waterfall
will encounter Sotira
an entirely untouched landscape. Located not far from Gramsh, the waterfall is
surrounded by valleys and forests, creating the image and sensation of an
earthly paradise. It is undoubtedly one of
the area’s most beautiful natural monuments and worth witnessing!
Discover the Monastery of St. John of Vladimir in Shijon
Located near the ancient site of
Bradashesh, this monastery is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in
religious monuments. This is the region where the preaching of the Orthodox
faith began centuries ago. In fact, there is a special feast, celebrated in his
name, every 4th of June.
Relive the Roman and Ottoman periods with Peqin Castle and the Clocktower
of Elbasan is famous for the intersection of historical ruins from both the
Roman and the Ottoman periods. Not far from the city, you can find the ruins of
Peqin Castle, belonging to antiquity. Meanwhile, the clocktower, located in the
city center near the central mosque, is another fascinating site. It was built
during the Ottoman period in 1840, as part of the mosque, and is well-known for
its architectural value.
8. Find yourself in the refreshing
outdoors of Gjinar
Less than 25 km away from Elbasan,
Gjinar Village is considered one of the most popular touristic attractions of
the region. Most locals love organizing picnics and enjoying the fresh air in
this charming area. However, there are plenty of gorgeous old churches that are
worth visiting here, as well. There is something for everyone in this simple
but transformative area.
Stop by antiquity at the Ad Quintum Roman Station in Bradashesh
has become an important historical attraction, ever since the discovery of Ad
Quintum, a Roman station. This station, meaning “fifth mile” in Latin, was
discovered in 1968 and underwent restorations in 2017. Located along the famous
ancient roman trade route Via
Quintum is an important artifact of Albania’s cultural heritage. One of the
area’s most valuable touristic attractions, it is, fortunately, open to the
Relish in the wonders of the Lakes of Funari
Last but definitely not least, we have the gorgeous Lakes of Funari. Located between Tirana and Elbasan, at a distance of only 20 km away from the latter, this area’s hills, rivers and lakes create a natural amphitheater. This ideal nature spot, which takes its name from Funari Village, boasts forests rich in a variety of trees. Most stunning are its lakes, which are also suitable for various types of water sports. In short, this is the ideal place for enjoying nature and all of its infinite gifts.