- The old Bazaar of Gjirokastra
- Castle of Gjirokastra
- Monastery of St.Kolli, Mesopotam
- Blue Eye, Sarande
- Lekursi castle, Sarande
- The national park of Butrint
This tour will give you the opportunity to visit the old city of Gjirokastra and the wonderful city of Saranda.
The tour starts in Gjirokastra town to discover the history of bazaar and what it hides. There you can see the artisans with their traditional stuffs and you will see how they keep our tradition alive. The bazaar was built in 17th century during the ottoman empire, since that time it has the same function but no many facts are left in this period because according to the people a big fire has destroyed almost the whole bazaar.Before, the shops had three or two stories. The first floor was used by the artisans as a place for working and preparing all their stuffs and the second or the third was used by them for their sales.
After the bazaar we walk towards the historic castle of the town. For the first time this castle was mentioned in Byzantine writings in 1336.With a surface 2.5 hectares, inside of it you can find the gallery of the canyons, an Italian tank made by Fiat, an American plane with two stories, the most important stage in Albania, two Bektashi tekkes and also you will learn the legend which belongs to this castle. Our visiting inside the castle will be for 1 hour.
Saranda is a coastal town in the south of Albania. Stretching along the Albanian Ionian Sea Cost, it is surrounded by many beautiful elements that great possibilities to have unique experiences. It has several villages, wonderful natural resources, mountainous areas and it also presents a lot of interest in the areas that surround this town. Saranda town is known for its blue deep waters, its castle, the ancient city of Butrint, the impressive remains of 5th – 6th century AD Synagogue and Mesopotam Monastery.
After 40 minutes driving it is time to relax in a natural water spring called Blue Eye. The water has a pure bright blue color and the place is surrounded by different plants. The source is at least 50 meters deep and any divers has been able to go at the end of the source so no one knows the actual depth. Inside the park you will see a few souvenir shops and some restaurants to consume something.
On our way, we will find a monastery called “The monastery of Saint Kolli” in Mesopotamia is one of the most extraordinary architectural achievements of the late Byzantine period. It was built in 1224/25 near the ancient village Finiq. Years ago, there must have been an ancient temple, as can be evidenced by the numerous Spolia identified around the church walls. Characteristic are the reliefs with mythical animals on the east wall of the church. The homonymous monastery is mentioned in medieval documents in the 11th century. The monastery has the shape of a massive cubic structure, surrounded by four domes placed on a low polygonal drum. The whole construction of the church shows a building made of mixed materials, of brick and stone connected with mortar. The existence of two apses and two altars are other features of the monument that it is thought to be for practicing of both religious rites within the same catholic and orthodox hall.
Our next stop will be the castle of Saranda. The castle of Lekursi is built in 1535 by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. It is on a strategic hill point overlooking the town of Saranda. Some remains of earlier houses can be seen outside the castle walls but also the remains of a 17th – 18th church with some frescoes. The castle is surrounded by high stones. A very nice restaurant is located inside the castle also known as the castle restaurant. The best time to go or enjoying a meal there is just before the sunset as the views around you will be amazing, you can see down the coast as far as Butrint and across the bay to Corfu with Italy in distance.
And after breath-taking views enjoyed up in the castle is time to go and visit the ancient city of Butrint. The history of Butrint begins from the 4th century BC with the Hellenic temples until to the Ottoman fortresses belonging to the 19th century. According to the classic mythology it is said that Buthrotum was built by exiles after the falling of Troy. Buthrotum means Injured Bull and this was named after the arrival of the son of Priam, Helenus.He sacrificed an injured bull until died on the shore. 4 BC - Buthrotumi had increased its importance. In 380 B.c was fortified with a big wall and had five gates included a space of the area 4 hectares. The year 228 BC Buthrotum fell under the Romans control and in the 1st century BC became part of Macedonia. Julius Caesar in 45 BC established a strong colony. The arrival of August was a good thing because he established a stronger colony and added there some buildings such as: an aqueduct, Roman baths, some houses, forum and the Nymphets, which its type is one of the greatest Paleo Christian buildings. Buthrotum had a strategic position on the Adriatic-Ionian Sea routes, especially the Venetians and Ottomans fought for it until Albania declared the independence in 1912.
Type of tour: Cultural Tour, nature, history.
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