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The hillside town of Gjirokastra is defined by its castle, cobbled narrow roads full of character, imposing slate roof houses and magnificent views over the Drina Valley. Dive in the amazing past of this great town and immerse yourself into the present.
Let`s stop for a moment and go Back in Time and explore the unknown part of Gjirokastra, the magic of the town that every tourist skips. Starting from “Cerciz Topulli Square” and heading to The “Old Bazaar” which is the first neighborhood outside the walls of the castle. The characteristic cobblestone and some of the oldest houses are the most beautiful elements of this neighborhood. After passing Zerzebili bridge, we reach another ancient neighborhood in called Cfake. Here we will pass some old houses which are first monument category and also a tekke belonging to the Bektashi Order. It is a beautiful combination of Nature, many sheep on top of hills, and old houses to arrive in our last destination, the “Ali Pasha Bridge”, a remaining of the aqueduct which was build more than 200 years ago to bring water to the castle.
The whole trip takes 3 hours and you should be prepared to walk on a not so comfortable terrain. So put on your sneakers and join us to this back in time trip.
I'll be your local guide in the beautiful city of Gjirokastra.
Together we'll discover every corner of the "Stone City".
Let's enjoy this tour together, if you are interested on the tour and the prices, please contact me on WhatsApp by texting, send me a mail or call me at my number.
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TOGETHER WE CREATE MEMORIES.
The most beautiful thing to admire in Gjirokaster is its enchanting old town, which has been listed among UNESCO’s world heritage sites. As soon as you step onto its streets, you’ll understand why Gjirokaster is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Albania and the Balkans.
Of course we will visit the castle which is on top of a hill and from there the landscape is beautiful, you need to see it. The old bazaar was an important market center for agricultural products from the region, nowadays the area is the heart of the touristic interest with many shops, souvenirs, artisan activities and bars and restaurants.
Learn to prepare traditional Albanian dishes with this Gjirokastra cooking class. Whip up local favorites like oven-cooked cheese, rice balls, stuffed peppers, savory pies, and a sweet dessert alongside a professional chef and a small group of just 10 people or fewer. At the end of the class, enjoy your meal paired with a glass of wine.
Enjoy a great experience in the last wild River in Europe, VJOSA River! We depart early in the morning around 8:00 AM from Gjirokastra in a one hour and a half trip through a scenic road to Permet where our Rafting adventure will take part. After reaching the starting point and having a cup of coffee or a beverage we start the Adventure at 10:00 AM. Around 2 hours rafting in the waters of Vjosa we reach the city of Permet. We have around 2 hours free time to go around the city and discover its attractions or enjoy a nice meal before we hit the road again towards Gjirokastra. This magnificent day ends around 4:00 PM in Cerciz Topulli square right where it began!
Defined by its castle, roads paved with chunky limestone and shale, imposing slate-roofed houses and views out to the Drina Valley, Gjirokastra is a magical hillside town described beautifully by Albania's most famous author, Ismail Kadare (b 1936), in Chronicle in Stone. There has been a settlement here for 2500 years, though these days it's the 600 'monumental' Ottoman-era houses in town that attract visitors. For Albanians, the town is also synonymous with former dictator Enver Hoxha, who was born here and ensured the town was relatively well preserved under his rule, though he is not memorialised in any way here today.
The aim of his tour is for you to experience the unique, magical and friendly atmosphere of Gjirokastra, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions,accompanied by our guides that knows all the secrets of the city.
One-day Trip South Albania.
Departure at 08:00 from Vlora. First stop visit the town of Gjirokstra.
Second stop the Blue Eye near Saranda.
Third stop, on returning to Vlora, we pass by the coast and visit the Castle of Porto Palermo.
A Trip to discover historical, natural and panoramic places that are breathtaking.
In this tour you will have the opportunity to discover some of the magic of the city by visiting the medieval Bazaar, the highlight of the city the Argjiro Castle and also one of the best preserved houses the Zekate House. We start at Cerciz Topulli square with our local guide, continuing towards the Old Bazaar stopping at the Neck of Bazaar, where we also meet some of the artisans of the town, working with old methods, and head towards the Castle. An old castle 2.5 hectares, fulfilled with history, tragedy and legends which the local guide will explain you. You`ll be 330 meters under level of sea, enjoying breathtaking views of Gjirokastra, the typical tower houses, covered with grey stone, usually two or three floors. The last stop is the Zeakte house which was a gift by Ali Pasha Tepelena for his accountant Beqir Zeko. The aim of this tour is for you to experience the unique, magical and friendly atmosphere of Gjirokastra, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions.