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Tirana to Gjirokastra

Tirana to Gjirokastra
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From Tirana to Gjirokastra is an enjoyable trip along with some Albanian cities. 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 Tirana to Gjirokaster.

Attractions you can visit on the way:

Petrela Castle


Petrela Castle lays above the village with the same name, in the hill’s crest. This is a small castle that started 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 round 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.


Elbasan Castle


Elbasan’s castle is one of the largest castles in Europe laying entirely on flat ground. At its zenith, the castle had 26 towers raised in an equal distance among each other all the way across the wall that reached an impressive height of 9 meters. When all its four straight walls surrounded the place once, they covered a massive area of 107,184 square meters. The Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II (the Conqueror) established the site in its full form as an army garrison during the XV century. However, the origin of the site dates back to the III century C.E., when the Romans constructed it as a legionary fortress that controlled the main route of this area.

Nowadays, all the southern parts of the wall are still in very good condition. Only a few towers are now still visible and at the one on the southwestern corner, you can find the construction elements from the Roman and Byzantine times. You can find more about the

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


On the way from Tirana to Gjirokastra, you can see the archaeological park of an ancient city. Apollonia is located on the banks of the last wild river in Europe, the 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 ruins that are almost perfect.

Ardenica Monastery

Ardenica and apollonia day trip from tirana

Situated on the top of the hill this lovely place gives the chance to get back in middle age history. Once you walk in the guy who looks after this place welcomes you and guides you in the Monastery. This place is so relaxing and peaceful, the original pictures from Kostandin Shpataraku are amazing. Accordingly to the Albanian Encyclopedia, a stone with an inscription bears the date of its construction in 1417.

The Ardenica Monastery consists of the Church of St. Mary and the chapel of St. Triada. The Church of St. Mary according to the inscription on the murals was built in 1743 and was painted two years later by Athenian painters and Constantine Zografi. The iconostasis bears several icons belonging to Constantine the Swordsman, among which there is an icon of St. John Vladimir. The church features a triple basilica with a flat ceiling.

Permet Thermal Baths


 The thermal baths located in Benje Permet, are a must-see when traveling to Albania. The waters with their beautiful blue color and the warmth are so amazing you will be left speechless. Located near one of the last wild rivers of Albania, the river Vjosa these thermal baths are great for your health. Moreover, they are divided into different baths and they offer qualities for the body and face. Meanwhile, they are completely healthy but probably if you have heart diseases you should consult your doctor beforehand. A stone bridge arcs over the river with beautiful blue and green waters with steam.

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

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