Concerts at Thermal Waters of Benja

During the pandemic, all the events were canceled everywhere in Albania. But in Permet there is a place where you can enjoy the view, swim, and sit for a long time keeping the distance and listening to the music. Two Events were organized this...

Swiss Ambassador visited Gjirokastra

Swiss ambassador to Tirana Adrian Maitre  visited Gjirokastra with his family on 23th July. Visit Gjirokastra association welcomed Mr Ambassador and presented all the work the association is doing to organize all tourism stakeholders of Gjirokastra region under one umbrella and to cooperate together...

Gjirokastra, 15 years as UNESCO World Property

Gjirokastra was declared a museum city in 1961 during the communist regime. It was good decision to preserve what is left in the city from the wars, invaders, and from degradation in years and decades. There were some restoration, the stone mosaics and some...

‘RriNeShqiperi’ tourism campaign for Gjirokastra region

Tourism this year experienced an unusual stalemate, due to COVID 19 and as a result the only hope for tourism businesses was the domestic tourism. Many initiatives were launched throughout Albania by destination management organizations and tour operators, while Visit Gjirokastra, as a tourism...

The handicraft catalog for Gjirokastra district

The handicraft catalog for Gjirokastra region is available now, in two languages, and contains information for 49 women in Gjirokastra, who are working as artisans for many years, preserving tradition and cultural heritage. They have done this work not for profit, but initially to...

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Anti-Covid protocol for accommodation sector: interim guidance

Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with Ministry of Health in Albania are preparing the protocol for anti-Covid measures especially for accommodation sector.  The document is addressed to collective tourism accommodation establishments such as hotels and similar establishments, holiday and other short-stay accommodation, and campsites....

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Hundred-year-old wells in Gjirokastra

If you dig under the stone streets of Gjirokastra you will find treasures. When Gjirokastra was declared a museum city by the communist regime in 1961, a large number of specialists, as well as volunteers and children, committed to maintaining the city and paving...

Sokaku i Stefos , Gjirokaster

Stefo Sokak, an open museum in Gjirokastra

Gjirokastra, a city built in  a mystic relieve, is always surprising. There are some narrow streets, hidden from everyone, which are difficult to find. One of them is Sokaku i Mezinateve. To go there you have to search in the labyrinth of tiny paths...

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Survey of Visit Gjirokastra: Touristic businesses are suffering due to Covid19

Visit Gjirokastra Association conducted a survey with touristic businesses of Gjirokastra region, including 7 municipalities, to understand their situation during the pandemic of Covid19. Visit Gjirokastra asked almost 50 businesses in the whole region, mostly hotels and restaurants, guest houses in rural areas, artisans,...

Rrapi i Libohoves, Gjirokaster

The legend of Plane Tree of Libohova

If you have ever visited Libohova, no doubt you have seen the huge plane tree in the center of the city, with giant branches and very big crown of leaves, while in its roots are flowing crystal waters coming from Bureto Mountain. It is...

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Information for tourists about coronavirus

Current travel situation in Albania At the moment there are canceled all flights from Tirana to other destinations. The borders are closed. Please check for information at http://www.tirana-airport.com/ All ferry travels are cancelled. Albania is in totally lock down.  Bar, restaurants, museums, galleries, theaters...

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Digital Marketing in Tourism – B2B meetings in Gjirokastra

On 9 March in Gjirokastra was organized a B2B event between tourism businesses in Gjirokastra and 3 service providers in digital marketing sector The event was organized by Visit Gjirokastra association and supported by Risi Albania. The aim of this meeting was to see...

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Gjirokastra, the unique place in Balkans- El Pais

Albania until very recently has remained away from the tourist map . But now Albanians want to show themselves to the world and to teach their beauties, both cultural and natural. And it should be done before mass tourism discovers it.  This is how...

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Manxurana, a typical herb in Gjirokastrian traditional houses

Gjirokastra has its own unique aromatic herb. It is called manxurane, or ‘Origanum Majorana’. Every old gjirokastrian house cultivate this plant. If you go to old traditional houses, you can see this plant in balconies, or amid different flowers in the yard. The most...

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The Carnival Day- evoking the “Day of Prosopullave”

Gjirokastra will have now a new yearly event, every 21th of February, – The Carnival DAY. For the first time after 90 years, Gjirokastra evoked an old traditional festive day. The city exploded with colors, decorations, funny masks and the happy voices of kids....

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Climbing to Murgana Mountain, Dropull area

Gjirokastra region is surrounded by mountains, beautiful forests, waterfalls, rivers and valleys. Hiking and climbing activities or walking amid beautiful nature are a great opportunity to combine culture tourism of UNESCO city, with nature tours. Many local tour operators are offering outdoors tours in...

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....

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. **...

The story of the famous Mashkullora battle

Mashkullora Plane Tree is a famous tree in Albania, linked with a history of the battle of Albanian heroes Cerciz and Bajo Topulli in 18 March 1908 against ottomans. The battle of Mashkullora in Albanian history is considered as one of the most important...

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...

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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...

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The hotel where Viktor Emanuel slept 78 years ago

Mauro Mauri is an Italian journalist, who is in love with the city of Gjirokastra. It was very interesting to learn what are the reasons he visits so often this city, and especially the same hotel, which is not in good conditions today. Mauro...

‘Albania works the land’ fair

Touristic businesses from Gjirokastra participated in the biggest Agricultural Fair in Albania, “Albania Works the Land” organized in Tirana by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development from November 16th -17th 2019. The event aimed to build networking channels between local farmers and agribusiness of...

Ali Pasha Aqueduct Bence Tepelene

The cultural heritage of ‘Ali Pashe Tepelena’

Ali Pashe Tepelena was one most famous Albanian ruler in the years 1700- 1800. Despite his complicated figure in politics, he carried out considerable construction in both Epirus and Albania, including road building, bridges and castles, some of them are still resistant nowadays. The...

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Visit Gjirokastra participates at Thessaloniki tourism fair 

Tourism businesses of Gjirokastra  exhibited at Philoxenia, a regional /international tourism fair in Thessaloniki, in Greece. Visit Gjirokastra Association Board invited tourism businesses of Gjirokastra to jointly participate under the stand of Visit Gjirokatra, and around 32 businesses embraced this initiative to be present...

Promoting traditional products at Zekate

Food and Agriculture World organization, FAO and Ministry of Agriculture of Albania started from Gjirokastra to promote the traditional products according to geographic characteristics in Albania.  On 3rd November all producers from Gjirokastra region were gathered to Zekate House, one of the oldest houses...

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Kadare, winner of 2 prestigious awards for 2019

Ismail Kadare, the most famous Albanian writer, had been named this month the 26th laureate of the renowned Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Awarded in alternating years with the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, the Neustadt Prize recognises outstanding literary merit in literature...

Training of Visit Gjirokastra Association on tourism strategy

In the framework of strengthening and capacity building of Visit Gjirokastra Association, with the support of Risi Albania project, an international branding expert is contracted develop a branding and an association strategy for the region as well as to train members of association. Mr....

Lesser Kestral bird watching in Gjirokastra, Albania

The Lesser Kestral bird watching in Gjirokastra

The Lesser Kestral is Back A spectacular show has just started this year in the southern part of Albania, where it is located the bulk of the Lesser Kestrel roosting sites. The first 80-100 individuals were observed, as expected, during last week on the...

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The story of Lazarat – the biggest village of Albania

Lazarat is a village with a long and ancient story. It has been inhabited since the Illyrian-roman times  (30 000 year BC).  It is the biggest village in Albania (4000ha)  and is situated in the eastern slope of Mali i Gjerw, between Gjirokastra and...

Gjirokastra is Albania’s best-kept secret!

Hey Holly Baxter @Independent. Yes, you got it right! Gjirokastra is not for everyone. Here  you have some more reasons to affirm that. Don’t come to Gjirokastra if you have only a few hours to spend and all you want is to tick it in...

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Oregano Day in Gjirokaster

Oregano Day in Gjirokaster.  How about to have a special day for each beautiful work the locals do? Oregano Day was celebrated in Gjirokastër in form of a hiking tour in the Mountain of Lunxheria. A number of women from Gjirokastra, and local women...

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The food and people of Gjirokastra

Gjirokastra is famous for its food. The delicious cuisine is the result of high quality and often organic ingredients prepared by talented cooks. The cuisine has distinct Ottoman roots with its use of local oils, spices, herbs and especially sauces. Gjirokastrans can produce many...

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History and nature tour in villages of Bureto Mountain

Gjirokastra is already known as a culture heritage destination. Being a UNESCO site, it is the most visited town in Albania for  many decades. But Gjirokastra has much more to see and visit. We decided to travel in villages of Bureto Mountain, amid beautiful...

What to do in May in Gjirokastra

May is a perfect month to visit Gjirokastra. The weather is warm, and the days are longer. So in 24 hours you can see plenty of things if you wish.  Here you have many day trips in Gjirokastra which are offered by local tour...

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Cobblestone streets of Gjirokastra

Among the many specialists who worked on the cobblestone streets of Gjirokastra during communist time, Spiro Bezhani is certainly one of the most knowledgeable. Spiro is a living legend, and when he talks about the streets of his hometown Gjirokastra, he gets emotional. He...