Defined by its castle, roads paved with chunky limestone and shale, imposing slate-roofed houses and views out to the Drino Valley, Gjirokastra is a magical hillside town described beautifully by Albania's most famous author, Ismail Kadare (b 1936), in Chronicle in Stone. There has been a settlement here for 2500 years, though these days it's the 600 'monumental' Ottoman-era houses in town that attract visitors. The town is also synonymous for Albanians with former dictator Enver Hoxha, who was born here and ensured the town was relatively well preserved under his rule, though he is not memorialized in any way here today.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyOur guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and then we will drive to Gjirokastra.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Gjirokastra Bazaar, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyFirt we will visit old bazaar of Gjirokastra built over 500 years ago,stretching out long below the castle wallsDuration: 1 hourStop At: Gjirokaster Castle, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyGjirokastër Castle is situated at a height of 336 metres. The castle dominates the town and overlooks the strategically important route along the river valley.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gjirokaster Mosque, Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster CountyBuilt in 1757, the Gjirokastër Mosque is one of the most notable landmarks in the Old Bazaar area of Gjirokastër. Duration: 1 hour