The Albanian culture and history as one of the oldest in the Balkan Peninsula deriving from the Illyrians and Arberesh comes through generations full of authenticity and richness.
Apollonia,the ancient city.
The site of Apollonia lay on the territory of the Taulanti, a cluster of Illyrian tribes that remained closely involved with the settlement for centuries and lived alongside the Greek colonists.The city was said to have originally been named Gylakeia after its founder, Gylax,but the name was later changed to honor the god Apollo.
Rozafa Castle, Shkodra
An especially gripping legend explains its origin. A woman was sacrificed that the castle could be erected. The woman was a young mother with a little baby. The limy-water that flows from the stones at the main entrance of the castle, relates to the myth of the milk from the breast of Rozafa, the woman who was sacrificed, because she requested one breast to be left uncovered, to feed her baby.
One of most attractive objects in Shkodra is Rozafa castle. The castle stands on top of a hill 134 m high in the entrance of Shkodra. The history of the castle begins during the V – IV BC. During antiquity the area was inhabited by the Illyrian tribe of Labeat. From the archaeological findings like coins it’s considered that the area was very developed. From these findings as well we see that the area was called Scodrinon.
Dajti Park, Tirana
In a distance of 25 km in the east of Tirana is located the mountain of Dajti. It offers possibilities for vacations and different activities during whole year. The place is made more attractive now due to the recently build cable – way which goes on the top in 15 minutes and offers to the visitors a fantastic panorama of the Tirana City and surrounding areas.
Mirrors Beach, Sarande
Saranda (also Sarande) ancient Onchesmos, is an attractively situated port and seaside town. The town is built back from the pleasant small beach, fringed with palm trees. On the far side of the bay is the harbor and the modern town above the port facilities, with an unattractive collection of blocks of flats. The town has been used by foreign visitors for many years. Day trips can be made by boat from Corfu.
Saranda has had several names in its long history. In ancient Greek it was called Anchises Harbour, in Roman times, Onchesmus, then Hagia Saranda, “Forty Saints”: Saranda is Greek for Forty, a mystical number in both Islam and Christianity (40 days or years in the desert, and so on). So the Saints are either Sufis, or (less likely) the Forty Armenian Martyrs of the fourth century whose story is told at the bottom of this page. Later the Italian form Santi Quaranta became more commonly used
Both villages of Theth and Valbona have some characteristic rooftops hard to built these days which give them a distinctive look. The local food is delicious because of the favorable climate unspoiled by the use of chemicals. As we travel further we enter Montenegro. Vuthaj is a particular destination to take pictures. The “Blue Eye” a deep blue water spring guarantees a breathtaking experience. We walk through several beautiful and panoramic destinations such as the mountains of Mullafcit, lakes of Doberdol and mountains of Koshutica view the full trip
Highlights: The National Parks of Thethi and Valbona are hidden gems for experienced travellers. The mountains encircling these valleys stand like a crown from above very inviting for the explorative spirit .
Walking through Thethi valley and Boga will be quite a journey for those who like to see interesting caves, fascinating canyons and taste the local trout fish. view the full trip
The Alps of Albania offer magnificent views and unexplored paths. Get in touch with the local culture and cuisine as we visit the picturesque villages. Experience the adventure and have fun camping in the Albanian alpine pastures.
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