Gjirokastra also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage, is situated in Southern Albania on the eastern side of mountain “Mali i Gjere”. Gjirokastra resembles a fortified city where every single house is like a small fortress.
Tour starts at 9:00 from Choose Balkans Offices (Hotel Pick Up in Request).The origin of the city starts with the castle of Gjirokastra, built in IV century AD, and is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. Every five years Gjirokastra becomes the capital of the Albanian folklore and traditional music, where passionate folklore ensembles gather in the “stone city” and perform their traditional music, dances and costumes. Right before entering the castle of Gjirokastra you would have to pass by the medieval bazar. The atmospheric old town cascading down in graceful hill crammed full of beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you would be amazed by the wide variety of hand made crafts from local artisans and producers. Will be visited • The fortress (Kalaja e Gjirokastres) • The old city • The polyphonic festival stage inside the castle • Museum of Weapons • The neighbourhood and house of Enver Hoxha, former Albanian communist Dictator • The neighbourhood and house of Ismail Kadare, world wide known writer, candidate for NOBEL price