E-mail Address:. Experiencing this city, internationally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an absolute must for those who enjoy the ideal combination of rich history, gorgeous landscapes and delicious traditional cuisine. Below, read our suggestions for a full experience within the span of a hour visit as well as suggestions for the ancient history-inclined visitor. Windows covered in masterfully embroidered curtains, the wooden roofs above the warm living rooms, on the outside covered in stone, the latter being the element that gave rise to the construction of [ During his adolescence, the famous Albanian author Ismail Kadare called his hometown of Gjirokastra a strange city. He wrote so passionately of his hometown, however, describing each and every alley and stone used to build it, that he placed Gjirokastra permanently on the map, for locals and visitors alike.
Gjirokastra - Into Albania
We were all slightly hesitant about how our day was going to pan out. It was half an hour to the next point on the list: The Blue Eye. But seriously, this natural spring is actually legendary and well worth checking out. The opportunity to observe the pools stands at around a 30 second walk from the car park, so no excuses, not even a torrential downpour. One of the three Jeeps we had in our convoy refused to start. We tried and failed five times over with the engine circuit seeming to cut out every time. We took the other two Jeeps to fetch some petrol, thinking that it could have run out the dials were slightly dodgy but no luck.
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A 13th-century citadel marks the centre of town, and several tower houses known as kule represent the typical architecture of the 17th century. A mosque and two churches also remain from the 18th century. A centre of 19th-century Albanian nationalism , the town was the site of a meeting of the Albanian League in at which a resolution was passed demanding full autonomy from Ottoman rule.
Pick your preferred language. We speak English and 42 other languages. Among the various facilities are a garden and a terrace.