Kruje, Saranda, Shkoder: three beautiful and amazing places in Albania
After a long social isolation amid Covid-19, you have been searching for a place that is less crowded, and worth your next family trip. Visiting any other part of Europe is not suggested right now, such as France, Italy, Germany, Belarus, etc. However, it doesn’t mean you cannot visit to any European country. Don’t be disappointed. There is one place: Albania. Before you pack your bags and start booking in advance, we would like to offer you three most amazing places in Albania that worth your visit.
Located north of Tirana, Kruje is famous for being the hometown of Albanian national hero Gjergj Skanderbeg. Known as the “Adriatic Balcony” by locals, the rugged mountain overlooking the city is home to the majestic Kruje Castle. Today, it has an interesting museum. Having a drink in one of its many bars and restaurants as the sun goes down is a lovely way to spend the evening.
With its stunning location on the Ionian Sea, Saranda is blessed with year-round warm weather, crystal clear waters, and a laid-back lifestyle. Besides the ancient ruins found in the city, the surroundings of Saranda are full of historical sites and natural beauty, making it a great place to use as a base for exploring the region. With its inviting turquoise waters and beautiful beaches stretching out into the distance, Saranda is the place that attracts national and foreign tourists. It also houses a lively nightlife. There is more than enough beach to roam around, you can always find a quiet place to just relax and enjoy the Albanian scenery.
Just a stone’s throw from the huge Skadar Lake, which straddles the border between Montenegro and Albania, Shkoder is a very pretty city to visit. The Buna River runs through the city and the Albanian Alps can be seen in the distance. The undisputed highlight is the Rozafa castle. Throughout its history, it has been ruled by the Illyrians, Venetians, and Ottomans. The magnificent castle walls and ruins are fun to explore, and the views over Shkoder are breathtaking.
Although the city center has recently undergone extensive renovations, there are still many charming old buildings and historical sites to be found, such as the Ebu Beker Mosque and the Orthodox Cathedral. The Historical Museum displays only part of the rich history and heritage of the region. With so many beautiful landscapes around Shkoder for visitors to explore, there is something that everyone can enjoy.