The legend of Viroi Park

Viroi Park is linked underground with Skotini Cave, which is situated in Dropull area, 10 km distance from each other. There is a legend for Viroi Park and Skotini Cave. Once the women of Dropulli take the fresh water only in the Skotini Cave, which has the the clearest drinking water in the area. Due […]

The first Assembly of Visit Gjirokastra Association

Promoting Gjirokastra region as a one tourist destination, was the focus of the first Assembly meeting of Association Visit Gjirokastra, organized at Cajupi Hotel, on 28th January 2020. The aim of this meeting was to invite all the touristic businesses of Gjirokastra region, in 7 municipalities (Gjirokaster, Permet, Tepelene, Kelcyre, Dropull, Memaliaj, Libohovë) to work […]

The Doll by Ismail Kadare – a story of difficult love in Gjirokastra

The Guardian is dedicating a full article to one of the latest novel of Ismail Kadare, tittle “The Doll”. The book explores his relationship with his mother and bittersweet memories of homeplace Gjirokastra. Here is how article begins: “At first acquaintance, Ismail Kadare’s autobiographical novel can be read as an elegant, slightly bittersweet coming-of-age memoir, […]

Gjirokastra, one of 21 reasons to visit Albania

There are 21 Reasons You Need To Visit Albania Before It Becomes Super Popular. Only if you like pristine beaches, mountain adventures, cheap drinks, and delicious food. According to BuzzFeed, an article of Jemima Skelley lists the places everyone should see while visiting Albania. Of course, Gjirokastra and Permet are among 21 things she recommends.  […]

A taste of Albania, horse-riding in mountains of Gjirokastra

In October 2019, Equus team member Iris visited our partners in Albania and joined one of the last trail rides of the season (Ancient Mountain Trails). These are her impressions from this trail, taking place in the mountains near Gjirokastra, in the south. ** One raki a day keeps the doctor away”. This unconventional twist […]

Ali Pashe Tepelena-Castle Visit gjirokastra

Who was Ali Pasha Tepelena according to Robert Elsie

  He was the ruler of Janina and Southern Albania. Born in Beçisht, near Kelcyra. His father, Veli Bey and his grandfather Muhtar Bey, had ruled in Tepelena. Ali made a name for himself in early years as a bandit, and was affiliated with Bektashi Order of Dervishes. In 1784 he managed to seize the […]

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A local solution for a global problem: The Visit Gjirokastra Association

The headlines are full of negative news about tourism and its destructive effects. Not only is it destroying top destinations, it’s also fueling unfair competition and informality in business practices. Yet, not everything is doom and gloom. Having a bottom-up partnership for managing tourism destination in Albania, for example, has proved to have opposite effects to […]