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  • The Old Bazaar of Korce, Albania
    The Old Bazaar of Korce, Albania
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Korce Things to Do

  • Parku Vangjush Mio

    We had a short stroll through Parku Vangjush Mio during a day trip to Korce in March 2012.This rather sorry looking park is located in the centre of the city, just a short walk away from the Old Bazaar.In fairness, we visited at a time when the city was just emerging from the cold weather of winter. There was still a significant covering of snow on...

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  • Albanian warrior

    The statue of an Albanian warrior stands in front of the cathedral, in the middle of the eponymous square. He wears the traditional clothing and holds a gun.It was sculpted in 1937 by Odhise PASKALI, the greatest Albanian sculptor, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independance of Albania.

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  • Birra Korça

    Since cereals are widely cultivated around Korcë and since the water is low in calcium (dissolved limestone), Korcë is a good spot for beer making. Korcë has been the seat of a brewery since 1928. Under the Hoxha regime, it became property of the state. It was bought in 2004 by a local investor, Irfan Hysenbelliu. He built new buildings in the...

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  • Cinema Millenium

    I took in 1988 a photo of what was then the Morava cinema. On my may 2011 visit, while I was driving in Korcë, I was surprised to notice that it seemed to be still there, almost unchanged. Unfortunately, I could not park to take a photo. Actually, I was not sure that it was the same but I later found on the web a photo that showed that it did still...

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  • End of the market

    When the market is over, each merchant packs his goods. Most of them carry them into a car or a small truck but there still remain some that use a horse drawn cart, such as this one. No air pollution, this is fully organic !

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  • Albanian Tea

    What is sold on markets as Albanian tea in Albania, Macedonian tea in Macedonia, etc or better as mountain tea or home tea, is Syderitis hyssopifolia a calcicole mountain plant found in the Alps and in the Balkans over 1500 m. In the whole Balkans, it is used as an infusion, as tea. In France, it used to prepare a mountain liquor “liqueur de...

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  • Street cleaning

    As soon as the morning market is finished, street cleaning begins. This is done by dozens of women wearing a bright orange reflecting jacket and their only tool is a broom made of a bundle of sticks of twigs attached on a handle. I have been said that this was often the job of Roms.

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  • Old Market

    The old market extends both in a covered building, mostly for cheese and eggs and in an open air market for all other goods including fruits and vegetables.I will give more photos in my travelogue “old market”.

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  • Mirahori Mosque

    It stands behind the old market, near Bulevar Fan Noli and Bulevar Kiço Greço.The Ilias Mirahori Mosque is one of the oldest mosques of Albania. It was built in 1484 by Iljaz Hoxha, also named Iliaz Bey Mirahori. Mirahor is a title given by the sultan, something like “chief rider”. It was built where previously stand a Byzantine church. Guide books...

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  • Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral

    The Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral stands on the Albanian warrior’s Square. It was built in 1992 as soon the regime that had forbidden religions fell. Korcë is the seat of an Orthodox metropolitan bishop and its cathedral is the largest in Albania and the second largest in the Balkans. It stands in every photo of Korcë. It is also named the...

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  • The Albanian National Museum of the...

    More than 6500 objects, mainly Christian Orthodox icons are housed in the museum, and also some Catholic religious wood sculptures mainly found in the Shkodra region north of Albania. Very interesting museum. Till I visited that place for example I did not know that saints have been painted with dog head and face in Albanian Byzantine art at those...

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  • The Icon Museum

    The quality and interest of much of the work exhibited is absolutely stunning (esp the colour and the geometricality), and not having given myself enough time to enjoy it in the morning I went back in the afternoon. There was no modern English guidebook available then (in early 2008) - just a little from the Hoxha era - but if your Byzantine...

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Korce Hotels

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Korce Restaurants

  • Gyros pittas near the bazaar

    We struggled to find a place to eat near Korce's bazaar during our day trip to the city in March 2012.Our Macedonian guide, Goran, ruled out several simple places (such as burek stalls) within the bazaar on grounds of poor hygiene. To be fair, we could see his point; they didn't look particularly appealing.We left the bazaar and strolled along...

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  • Cafe in Qendra Tregetare Pazari Korce...

    After wandering around the market stalls of Korce's bazaar on a day trip to the city in March 2012, we were ready for a drink. I was particularly keen to sample the local "Korca" beer.We stumbled across a rather incongruous looking mini shopping mall, Qendra Tregetare Pazari Korce, which was far more modern and salubrious than the surrounding...

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  • Nice setting

    We have not been to this restaurant that looked very nice and went to Antonetta (see othe tips). The setting is gorgious ! We will try it another time.

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  • The excellent food

    See previous tip We had Xaxiki, same as the Greek Tzatziki for 200 leksPeshk, (fish), actually a local trout for 600 leksKukurec, same as the Greek kokoretsi for 600 leks. : Mutton offal wrapped in intestine, grilled on the spit and cut in slices. It was delicious.Takror for 1200 leks, a kind of burek. Actually a large tort, cut in pieces that...

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  • Water flowing everywhere !

    Restorant Antonetta is in Boboshticë, 6 km south to Korcë.The tables are spread on various small terraces along the stream, with water flowing everywhere. It is working mostly in the evening and for lunch, most customers were sitting in the restaurant room, inside the house. We chose to be outside. Next tip (not enough space for the photos !)

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  • Nice break from sightseeing

    Vila Themistokli is on the main road which connect the Orthodox cathedral with the main square in Korche.It is old fashioned house set in ints own gardens and have very pleasant outdoor seating area , with conservatory for the cold days. The Restaurant is housed in the old family House of the Albanian revolutionary Germenji Themistokli hence the...

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Korce Nightlife

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  • the music that makes Korça what it is

    Local, and now national, legends, the Prifti brothers sing there Fridays and Saturdays night from 2300 to 4 in the morning, at least in the summer. I do not have any info about what goes on there in the winter. You have to make a reservation because the place is packed. There is no entry fee for the music, but that money is incorporated in the...

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  • There isn't much where one can...

    There isn't much where one can go at night but if you like relaxing, visit the Park. It's a long road lined with restaurants with many people taking a stroll. It's nice sitting on a bench watching the stars. Whatever you feel like.

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Korce Transportation

  • Bus trip between Athens and Korce

    There are several bus companies operating this route.Actually, the route starts from Athens and ends at Tirana. Korce is one of the stops.In Athens, near Metaxourgio Metro Station, many bus companies are running the buses. The price is Euro 30 for one way. 2 to 3 buses for each bus company each day. However, I would like to recommend you to call...

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  • Horse drawn carts

    When I visited Albania in 1988, as only officials could use a (state) car, they were very few. The people, if they were wealthy enough used horse driven carts. On my recent visits,after 2000, I noticed that horse driven carts had been replaced by petrol powered cars and that the number of horse driven carts had dramatically fallen down . Actually,...

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  • Mini busses

    Avenue Kiço Greço, next to the market minibuses or fourgons are standing. They will depart at the end of the market. There are minibuses both for the neighboring towns and villages and for long distance destination such as Tirana.

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Korce Local Customs

  • I love Çameria !

    The I love Çameria painting is found everywhere in southern Albania! Chameria in English is named Çameria in Albanian and Tsamouria in Greek. It refers to the territory inhabited by the Chams but has a political meaning and is used almost excusively by the Albanians.Chams were Albanian speaking populations, mostly from coastal south western Albania...

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  • Cattle market

    A few kilometers after we took the road for Turan and Voskopojë, the small road was almost blocked by a (small) crowd of men, cattle, cars and carts. We soon realized that this was a wild cattle market in the middle of nowhere, in a place where the road happened to have wide banks. As we could only go on very slowly, that was an opportunity to take...

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Korce Off The Beaten Path

  • Kisha e Ristozit (Church of the...

    Another place I have discovered only once back home! Kisha e Ristozit is a Byzantine church from the 14th century, standing in the center of Mborja (a suburb east of Korcë). It has frescoes that are said to be amongst the best in the Balkans. Too bad we missed it, especially as it is 800 m further than Hotel George where we spent the night !

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  • French bus !?

    I was surprised to see that the local busses in Korcë had writings in French : “montez à l’avant (an arrow) ça va dans le bon sens” (entrance in front [an arrow], you are going in the right direction). A closer examination showed that there were small stickers with an arrow that hide parts of the words. My feeling is that they were second hand...

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  • Kamenica tumulus

    I have not been to Kamenica tumulus, 12 km south to Korcë as it is not mentioned in any guide-book and that I discovered it on the web once back home. I write this small tip mainly for myself, in order to visit it if I have the opportunity.The site and the museum are open from Tuesday to Sunday 9AM-7PM (may-september) or 8AM-4PM (October-april)I...

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  • University Kristal

    As far as I haveunderstood, University Kristal, open in 2005, seems to be a private university. It has three locations, Tiranë, Korcë and Fier. It teaches both sciences (informatics, electronics, information technology, etc), health (pharmacy, nurse, medical laboratory technician, public health, dentistery), law, sociology, finance, psychology,...

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  • Small classical church

    Side by side to the unusual “salt crystal house” presented in the previous tip stands a small very classical church. It was closed and nothing allowed its identification. It seems to have been built recently and seems a church for worshipers, not for tourists.

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  • Amazing crystal like architecture

    Along the street that leads to Korcë’s Park, I noticed this amazing house that must have been a playground for an architect looking for something special : two cubes melted together, just like what salt can give when it crystallize. This is a structure that exist in nature !

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