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A cobblestone street leads us to the charming bazaar area, with multiple mosques, the citadel that houses the National Arms Museum, and the Ethnographic Museum which was the birthplace of Hoxha. The view from the citadel represents the very essence of Albania: severe, beautiful and uncompromising in spirit.
Not much has changed over the decades in the old town of Gjirokastra. Every experience in this city, whether it be strolling through cobblestone paths or visiting the famous Castle of Agjiro, makes you feel like you have travelled back in time. Today, Gjirokastra is one of Albania’s Unesco World Heritage sites.
The pathways were originally built for horses. With the uneven walkways, and silver stone lined roof tops, it is clear why the town was nick named the “Silver City.” Visit the Ethnographic Museum, former communist dictator Enver Hoxhe’s birth place, dine at a traditional family owned restaurant or stay overnight in one of the local B&B’s. The town is strategically located mountainside. For those that would like to explore the surrounding valleys there are hours of trekking and walking in the region. Thus retreating back to the ancient town will ensure for a night of peace and quiet.
If time permits, there is plenty of traditional restaurants where you can enjoy before your departure.
All year round
One day tour
Easy to moderate, cobblestone pathways, slight incline,uneven terrain.
The landscape is mountainous, lush valley throughout countryside.
During summer months, we strongly recommend sun protective gear and flat comfortable shoes.