Panoramic views from Rozafa Castle; great variety of religious buildings.
bad secondary roads
Shkohder is worth a visit!
The Rozafa Castle was probably founded by Illyrians. Later it was rebuilt several times by Romans, Venetians and Ottomans. The castle ruins consist of 3 courtyards and a few buildings. The oldest still standing structure on the castle grounds is the St. Stephen's Church, which dates back to 1319. One of the main reasons to visit the castle is its...more
Beside the dominating Ebu Bekr Mosque, there is a second large mosque in the city centre of Shkoder. Its name is Parruce Mosque (Xhamia Parruces) and it was the very first sight which we spotted when we got off our bus coming from Ulcinj in Montenegro.The Parruces Mosque is dedicated to the family of Haxhi Sait Jakup Fishta and it was completed in...more
The large Ebu Bekr Mosque, which is the focal point of the local Muslim community, dominates Shkoder's city centre.Also known as Al-Zamil Mosque, it was built in 1995 with funds from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It stands on the site of an even earlier mosque. The Ebu Bekr Mosque has been extensively renovated in 2008.Directions:The Ebu Bekr Mosque is...more
Sheshi 2 Prilli, Shkoder, 1233, Albania
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# Rruga Marin Barleti close to the Five Heroes square, Shkoder, Albania
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We arrived in Shkoder without an accommodation booking, but we had read and heard about Hotel...more
We found it a bit difficult to find a decent restaurant in Shkoder, where people go to have dinner. The city has many large restaurant kind of places, but it looks like that most of the local people only go there for a drink, probably due to a lack of money.In the end we decided for the Bar Restorant Piceri Oaz, due to its prime location in the...more
A cafe - bar - restaurant (name translates as Eagle) on the way to the castle from the city centre, very close to the river are the best directions I can give.Our meal was included in our daytrip into Albania.As we set off we were offered a choice of meat - fish or vegetarian meals and our orders telephoned through, worked well a short wait when we...more
Kafja e Madhe or 'The Grand Cafe' is situated in the centre of the city and it usually hosts performances from the best folk singers in town.
Dress Code: Casual preferably smart casual.
As we were a bit short on time we decided to go by taxi to Rozafa Castle, which is situated on a small hill about 2,5 km southwest of Shkoder's city centre.Taxis can be found around the square Sheshi Demokracia (former: Sheshi 5 Heronjte) and it seems to be quite common that they don't have a taxi metre, so the fare has to be negotiated. As our...more
Shkoder can easily be explored on foot, even though it is with more than 100.000 inhabitans the 5th biggest town in Albania.Most of the main sights, which are nowadays even well signposted, are in short walking distance to the square Sheshi Demokracia (former: Sheshi 5 Heronjte). Only Rozafa Castle is located about 2,5 km outside of the centre, but...more
We arrived and left Shkoder by bus from Ulcinj in Montenegro. Although most guidebooks list several possibilties to get from Ulcinj to Shkoder, we only found one bus company which serves this route.The Albanian bus company "Vllazen Lluja" runs a bus between Ulcinj's bus station and the square Sheshi Parruce in Shkoder. Here the bus stops just near...more
surprisingly a decent locally produced Cognac is available at a reasonable price, visit a supermarket and buy one.
Albania is neither a member of the European Union nor of the Eurozone. The Albanian currency is the Lek (Plural: Leke) and it is divided into 100 Qindarka, although these are no longer in use.In both 1964 and 1991 a zero was cut from the currency which led to the issue of new banknotes.I got my Albanian Leke with a debit card from the cash point...more
The first photo was taken in 2005 on the main road, in Muriqan, a small village 10 km west to Shkodër. It shows how old motorcars are recycled to horse drawn carts. One motorcar gives usually two carts as one axle is enough for a small cart such as the one shown on the second photo, taken in 1988.The third photo, also of 1988, shows a rare brand of...more
The two previous tips showed that in 2005, the grey1988 housing buildings had been more or less improved and hade received some colors. In 2007, only two years later, the improvement is even more obvious. The photos have been taken almost at the same place. Now the buildings have been better repaired and they all have been painted in bright colors!...more
Anyone interested in taking a side trip from Montenegro's side of Skadar Lake...be advised.As soon as you no longer can see the border crossing, the roads have gaping holes (if they are paved at all). Additionally, you can fully expect to be stuck behind a wagon pulled by a mule while navigating debris throughout the road.more
Rozafa castle is, in my opinion, a must see in Shkod?r However, you must read the following if you plan to make the visit. This is the situation in July 2005. Both roads that lead to Rozafa are unsuitable for small cars, without enough ground clearance as the surface is very uneven. A 4WD is not necessary, but a strong car with a good ground...more
The 2005 road signs have a more modern look and are almost alike the Italian road signs. I will show them on my road signs page, to be built as soon as I have collected and scanned all my slides.I have not seen any school children as it was late July and they ought to be on vacations. I suppose they do not wear any more a uniform.more
Not really a tourist trap but the area is still in a developing stage. Generally undescovered by the tourist industry of the Americas and Europe but I would venture to say that it's a favorite spot of a lot of local people. The beach area is beautiful.GSM OSCE 1999more
Visit the 'Mesi' bridge. This bridge was build in the 18th century and apart from the nice architecture it offers great surrounding views.Other places of interest are : the folk museum , the Leaden Mosque situated behind the castle one of the only surviving religious monuments to escape distruction, the newly restored cathedral, churches and also...more
If you check different guidebooks about Albania, you will soon notice that they all more or less describe the same sights and list the same hotels.So I was more than happy to download the free of charge "In Your Pocket - Shkodra" guide from the In Your Pocket website.Although it was already almost 4 years old, it was still a great resource for...more
Although it is very hot it is essential to bring some kind of walking shoes if you are visiting the mountains. Confortable summer shoes, sandals or trainers are also good for visits to the castle, bridge and for walking in town. There are plenty of well stocked pharmacies in town however any kind of mosquito deterant medicines will be to your...more
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The Island of Shurdhah is situated deep in the valley of lake Vau Dejes. Traveling along coast offers picturesque and unique views where the lake water ties together with the coastal flora and fauna and craggy limestone cliffs. Navigation of the lake to the island of Shurdhah can begin from the Vau Dejes hydro-electric dam or from Rragam. When you...more
While Lake Shkoder is more well known, due to its proximity to the city and lack of beaches it isn't the best place to cool off from the Albanian sun. Just South of Shkoder, is the lake of Vau Dejes, a much cleaner and enjoyable alternative. Because it isn't as well known the infrastructure isn't as developed as lake Shkoder but there are some nice...more
The Partisan Statue commemorates the men who liberated Albania from the fascist occupation during WWII on the 29th of November 1944. From its architectural style, the statue is probably a relict from the communist era.Directions:The Partisan Statue stands in the north eastern corner of the park which surrounds the Ebu Bekr Mosque (Al-Zamil Mosque)....more
The Loro Borici Stadium is the home ground of the oldest football team in Albania. The club Vllaznia Shkoder was founded in 1919.
After the Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tirana, the Loro Borici Stadium is the second biggest stadium in the country. It was opened in 1947 and nowadays it has a capacity of about 16.000 spectators.
The Loro Borici Stadium is situated about 1 km northwest of the square Sheshi Demokracia (former: Sheshi 5 Heronjte), just near the street Bulevardi Bujar Bishanaku. This streets starts at the square Sheshi Demokracia.
The only about 44 km long river Buna originates from the Lake Shkodra just below the Rozafa Castle and it flows into the Adriatic Sea near the Albanian-Montenegrin border. Buses and cars which come from Ulincj in Montenegro have to cross the river over the unique Buna Bridge near Rozafa Castle to get to Shkoder. It also links Shkoder with the...more
One of the most attractive parts of Shkoder for a stroll is the Gjuhadol district. It is situated somewhere between the Ebu-Bekr Mosque and the Catholic Cathedral. In this area many elegant turn of the 20th century buildings can be found; even though many of these are in decay.The pedestrianised street Rrruga 13 Dhjetori, which nowadays seem to be...more
In most guidebooks the large square in the very heart of Shkoder's city centre is still named Sheshi 5 Heronjte (5 Heroes Square) after a statue which stood here until 2008. The communist style statue represented 5 heroes who died during their fights for the Communist Party. In 2009 this statue has been demolished to show that the admiration of...more