Gjirokaster is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most attractive regions of the country. Perched on the western bank of Drino Valley, the city began as a fourth century castle, which is today the greatest castle in the whole country.
Drinos Valley itself has been described as the archaeological and historical wonder of Albania, as the place where the cultures of all ages are interspersed. As a mine that does not get tired of producing it, it continues to “astonish” scholars and archaeologists with hundreds of sites that hold in depth, antique streets, various monuments, and the rare elements of various civilizations that have flourished in it.
Both Fatmir and Gesi are born in Gjirokaster so you can’t ask for a better local to guide you.
Let us know your travel dates and we can work out an interesting tour that dives into the popular gems of the region and of course the hidden ones. We will visit and talk about ancient Greek settlements, Roman ruins, Religious Heritage: Byzantine Churches and Bektashi Tekke, stunning Ottoman Architecture of the Old Town, famous author Ismail Kadare and infamous dictator Enver Hoxha, Artisans, taste traditional food and live with locals in a remote village for a day.
“It was a strange city, and seemed to have been cast up in the valley one winter’s night like some prehistoric creature that was now clawing its way up the mountainside. Everything in the city was old and made of stone, from the streets and fountains to the roofs of the sprawling age-old houses covered with grey slates like gigantic scales…”
From Chronicle of Stone, by Ismail Kadare, born in Gjirokastra, 1936