Stunning landscapes, exquisite cuisine, interesting history, unique traditions and friendly people make this country a must-visit destination! It is still off the beaten path but has enough amenities to make it a pleasant travel experience. We at Albanian Trip are a committed group of local travel enthusiasts who want to show you the best of country.
The city and the surrounding area are blessed with a large variety of natural and cultural elements. The most attractive quarters of the city are commonly thought to be Pjaca, identifiable as the main city centre between statues of Mother Teresa and Luigj Gurakuqi, and Gjuhadol, the neighborhood around one of the most scenic streets connecting the Cathedral on the east side of town with the middle of the city. The most recognizable memorial is the legendary castle of Rozafa known also as Rozafati.
Old town Kruje
Krujë is a town in north central Albania. Located between Mount Krujë and the Ishëm River, the city is only 20 km from the capital of Albania, Tirana.
Inhabited by the Illyrian tribe of the Albani, in 1190 Krujë became the capital of the first autonomous Albanian state in the middle ages, the Principality of Arbër. Later it was the capital of the Kingdom of Albania, while in the early 15th century Krujë was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, but then recaptured in 1443 by Skanderbeg, leader of the League of Lezhë, who successfully defended it against three Ottoman sieges until his death in 1468.
Old Shopping Street
The Ottomans took control of the town after the fourth siege in 1478, and incorporated it in their territories. A 1906 local revolt against the Ottoman Empire was followed by the 1912 Declaration of Independence of Albania. In the mid-1910s Krujë was one of the battlefields of the conflict between the short-lived Republic of Central Albania, founded by Essad Toptani, and the Principality of Albania. In 1914 Toptani managed to seize the town but during the same year it was reincorporated by Prênk Bibë Doda in the Principality of Albania. During WWII it was the center of the activities of resistance leader Abaz Kupi.
The museums of Kruje
The museums of Krujë include the Skanderbeg museum and the national ethnographic museum. The Skanderbeg museum, founded in 1982, was built in the environs of the Krujë castle. Its collection includes mostly 15th century artifacts related to the Albanian-Ottoman wars, during which the castle was besieged four times by the Ottoman army. The national ethnographic museum of Krujë was founded in 1989 and is located in a 15–6 room villa of the Toptani family built in 1764. The main exhibits of the museum are objects of artisanship, whose age varies from 60 to 500 years.
Tirana- capital city
Tirana was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614 by Sulejman Bargjini, a native feudal lord from Mullet. His first constructions were a mosque, a bakery and a hamam (Turkish bath). On February 8, 1920 Tirana was made the temporary capital by the Congress of Lushnje, and it was proclaimed the permanent capital on December 31, 1925.
What can you see in Tirana?
Tirana Castle; The Clock Tower of Tirana; The Et’hem Bey Mosque; The Tanners’ Bridge; National Historical; Petrela Castel; The Skanderbeg Monument; Preze Castle; Zogi I Bulevard, which is a major boulevard of Tirana, Albania, built by Italian architects; Blloku, the nightlife area of the capital, widely known as an entertainment and shopping destination with its many boutiques, shops, restaurants, trendy bars, pubs, and cafes
Price per person for groups of 4 or more: € 45
Groups of less than 4 must either join an existing tour (if available) or pay the price for 4px.
Includes the English speaking tour guide.
The entrance fees are not included in the price (2-5 Euros).
Food and drinks are not included in the price.