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 downside the Castle. This part was the most favorite area for the painter Leon Cika who have realized many beautiful works. Now the street has been names after Stefo, called Sokaku i Stefos. That is because Stefan Arseni, 80 years old is taking care for this street giving it a very beautiful view, with many objects added, flowers and very relaxing atmosphere. It looks like an unique oasis in the stone city.
If you visit this street, for sure you will love it. First think you will see is the gate of Stefo house. When you enter inside you meet this wonderful and typical gjirokastrian citizen. At the stairs in the garden he will show you another surprise a full pavijon created with love by Stefo with arts collections, portraits, paints, documents and old books. You will be curious to ask for the story of each of them and he will give you all the details you want to learn. It is a rare and unique collection of mixed objects and books, all linked to Gjirokastra.
Of course you can’t go without a glass of raki, or a gliko, a traditional desert served in all the region of Gjirokastra for guests. This street has now two names, first the historic name of Mezinate, and now the name of Stefo. If you are in this part of Gjirokastra, under the Clock Tower, ask for the Street of Stefo and enjoy some moments in his beautiful house.