The authentic Albanian countryside.
Gjirokastra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that won't disappoint.
Make Gjirokastra the first stop on your trip.
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Looking to take a break from bustling cities to get a taste of the real Albania? Try Gjirokastra. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has all the atmosphere of the authentic Albanian countryside. You’ll find amazing views, and a vast, eye-catching castle overlooking the city. The narrow winding streets give Gjirokastra a fairytale feel. It's a lovely place to stroll. Discover your new favorite café among the nooks and crannies. Besides the inspiring countryside, Albanian gastronomy is one of the highlights of Gjirokastra. You'll delight in authentic regional specialities like lamb prepared with flavorful local herbs and complex spices. But the delicious Albanian cuisine is only one part of the charm here.
Gjirokastra is a quiet, safe destination. It's perfect for a two-day visit, which will give you time to explore the culture. Plus you'll get away from the bigger cities to experience the other side of Albania. The pace may be slow here, but there’s plenty to see when visiting Gjirokastra. Old Town is one of the first places to discover, with its distinctive white houses. It’s also worthwhile to drive outside the city. Then you can take in the gorgeous views and lovely landscape not far from the coast. We can offer very convenient, comfortable and reasonably priced hotels in Gjirokastra. This ensures you’ll have an excellent stay here. You'll also have local guides and tips for the best places in and around Gjirokastra.
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Where to stay in Gjirokastra
While you won't find any luxury hotels in Gjirokastra, the welcomes are as warm as they come in the Stone City. We've selected the best options in the historic part of town, with the opportunity to stay in a classic Ottoman era tower house one of the highlights here. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to choose from.
Things to do in Gjirokastra
Staying in a UNESCO World Heritage listed town is an experience in itself but the best way to learn its secrets is with an expert guide. We can arrange for one to show you around, visiting an ethnographic museum and exploring the fortress that towers over the town. If you have time, a day trip to Ksamil on the coast, with a stop at the natural phenomenon of the Blue Eye is a wonderful way to spend a day.
Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Gjirokastra
Spend some time in Gjirokastra on a tour that takes in other cities in Albania and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Gjirokastra and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
Get off the beaten path of European destinations and visit once-forbidden Albania and the least-well-known former Yugoslav Republic, Macedonia. You'll be amazed by the food and scenery and enchanted by the warm welcomes. read full itinerary
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