TOUR

Preza

The Prezë Castle (has been declared a 'monument of culture') is a medieval castle in Prezë, which overlooks the village with the same name and is located on a hilltop. It is a small castle the construction of which started in the 14th century and was completed in the early 15th century and belonged to the Thopias, a local feudal family. During 1443-1468 it was one of the core strongholds of the Albanian resistance against the Ottomans led by Skanderbeg. A restaurant named Restaurant Kalaja E Prezës and other service facilities are found inside the castle.

There are no direct bus links from Tirana so you have to go by car or hitchhiking.  To get there take the highway as if you are going to Durres.  In Vore take the exit towards Rinas, Kosovo, and Shkoder.  After a kilometer or two, you will see the road to Preza on your left-hand side.  Take the road through Preza village and follow the signs leading to the castle parking lot.  The trip takes around 30 minutes one way.

A trip to Preza is a great way to escape the city and experience a piece of Albanian history.  It is not to be missed!

Petrelë

Petrelë Castle is a castle in Petrelë, a small village next to Tirana. Its history dates back to Justinian I and 329 metres (1,079 ft) above sea level with a rich history, containing a tower which was built in the 6th century AD.

It is one of the tourist locations close to Tirana that attracts a great number of visitors. The Castle, the prominent wooden structure is a restaurant, is perched on a rocky hill, above the village with the same name. It has a triangular shape with two observation towers. Although it was first built in ancient times, the present building dates from the 15th century.

The Petrela Castle was part of the signaling and defense system of Krujë Castle. 

Dajti

Great tour of Dajti Mountain National Park, Enjoy the magic of the wheel, We take the cable car up to the Dajti Balcony a natural plane formation at 1200m, offering excellent views over Tirana and as far as the Adriatic Sea. Then comes the rolling coaster descend by bicycle from there down to Tirana.

 

Tour includes a hike to Dajti Castle, wall ruins in the middle of the forest. The route back to Tirana will pass through villages, Farka Lake and Student City.

 

Don’t miss this one.

Krujë

We take you straight from the hostel all the way up to Kruja by bus or minibus. From there you can enjoy the beautiful views all the way to the Adriatic sea. The walk goes down, hidden between the rocks we pass by the holiest Bektashi temple in the country, it’s the tomb of Sari Saltik, a legendary Dervish. All the way down we go right into Kruja town for a well-served Albania lunch. The village is like an open-air museum, with lots of little shops, selling the most extraordinary souvenirs: from old Albanian clothing, communist books to 2nd world war helmets and guns….we visit the old Skenderbeg Castel and ruins, where an adorable Ethnological Museum is located.
 
This tour has a great mixture of nature and culture: Bring your hiking shoes and some money to spend on unique souvenirs.

Kepi i Rodonit

The Cape of Rodon or Cape of Skanderbeg (Albanian: Kepi I Rodonit or Kepi I Skenderbeut) is a rocky cape on the Adriatic Sea north of Durrës. On the Cape is the Rodoni Castle, built by Skanderbeg in 1463. and a Saint Anthony Church. Further south in the bay between the cape and Rrushkull Reserve there exist several beach resorts like Fshati Turistik Lura while Lalzit Bay Resort.

There is such a thing as being geographically amazing on a map as well in real life and this little sliver of Albania that juts out into the Adriatic Sea fits that bill perfectly. Driving down its spine you can mentally place yourself precisely on the map as you watch the layout of the land unfold before your eyes.

The Cape of Rodon is still largely under-visited considering its close proximity to Tirana (only an hour and 15 minutes away) , but it’s relatively undeveloped with just a couple of “restaurant” establishments that are more or less just beach shacks with grills and some of the best seafood you can probably find in the Tirana/Durres vicinity.

Durrës

Durrës is the second most populous city of the Republic of Albania. Located on the Adriatic Sea, it is the country's most ancient and economic and historic center.

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Durres is a versatile port city with both a modern and ancient appeal. If fun in the sun is in order look no further than the waterfront, where Albania’s largest and liveliest beach buzzes with activity in summer. Durres is also replete with Roman and Byzantine heritage – you can discover the remnants of Albania’s biggest amphitheater here, while both the city defenses and forum date back 1500 years. 

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