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Saranda to Tirana (through Gjirokastra)

Saranda to Tirana
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From Saranda to Tirana is an enjoyable trip along with the historical cities of Albania. However, on this trip, there are many things to do on the way. You can book the attractions we suggest and add some more minutes to your trip from Saranda to Tirana.

Attractions you can visit on the way:

Lekursi Castle


If you are Saranda, you should make a stop at Lëkursi Castle. This fortress dates back to the 16th century and has the shape of a square with two round towers sitting diagonally to one another. Its strategic position on a hill of about 300 meters in height as well as its panoramic views of Saranda, the Butrint Lagoon and even the island of Corfu, make this destination a tourist favorite.

Blue Eye Spring

Saranda to Tirana

Visiting the Blue Eye of Albania should be on everyone’s bucket list. The Blue Eye is a water spring phenomenon, where water gushes from the depths to the surface. The vegetation around the spring gives you a magical view, of a beautiful contrast of greens and blues. The deep blue color of the eye surrounded by the greens of the nearby forest is the most beautiful view you will take home with you. The blue eye is a valuable place on earth where mother earth hasn’t failed to impress. It is a monument of nature. The view is out of this world.


Saranda to Tirana

Gjirokastra, in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses dating from the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period,” UNESCO says in its description about the city. Moreover, there is a historic castle overlooking the valley and the stone city.


Tepelena Castle


The Ali Pasha castle in Tepelena is listed as a cultural monument of the first category in 1963. The castle is in the north of the town of Tepelena. Its geographical position has defended the castle from many invasions. The construction of the castle as people say has been under Ali Pasha’s supervision. It is built in 1819 and has 3 entrances and 3 towers. Ali Pasha himself lived in this castle and used it as his second residence.

Apollonia Archaeological Park


The archaeological park of an ancient city. Apollonia is located on the banks of the last wild river in Europe, Vjosa River. The pillars and theater of Apollonia will remind you of the days when Greeks used to believe in Gods and built houses for them. The ancient city is part of the UNESCO heritage list. The site is very well preserved and shows you about the past. Apollonia’s Beauty has attracted many visitors. Considering Apollonia a great and important city of the past. You can see that from the almost perfect ruins.

Ardenica Monastery

Ardenica and apollonia day trip from tirana

The monastery is located on the gorgeous hills of Ardenica. It is one of the most spiritual places you will visit in Albania. Why so remains to be discovered when you are there. It is a hidden jewel and a marvel of Albania’s landmarks.

National Park of Karavasta-Divjake

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The National Park of Divjaka-Karavasta is the largest non-coastal park in Albania. It’s a park rich in Flora and Fauna. The park consists of the Lagoon of Karavasta. The lagoon hosts 6,4 % of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Europe’s population. In this bird watching day tour in the park of Karavasta is good to mention that the park is going to leave you mesmerized. The first time you see it, the park gives you the impression as having jumped in a jungle, an unexplored land, abandoned or forgotten by the people and their destructive deeds. Its first and the only inhabitants are the animals, or better say the waterfowls.

Petrela Castle


It lays above the village with the same name, in the hill’s crest. This is a small castle that started to be constructed at the beginning of the XIV century and was finished at the beginning of the XV century from the feudal family of the region, Topiajve. Besides, the castle is a ‘culture monument’. In her corners, the castle has four roundly towers. The watching dates from 1800 – 1850.

Tourists love it for its beautiful position that sees over the Tirana field. Also in front of the tower, you will find the Kruja Castle. This Castle lays by the International Airport of “Nene Tereza“ in Rinas. Also, in the castle are restaurants and service bars where you can rest and have a good time.

Important Note: For each attraction that adds more time to the transfer the price changes.

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