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    Flag monument
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  • view from our hotel balcony (Hotel Bologna)
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Vlore Highlights

  • Pro
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     beautiful rocky coast 

  • Con
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     water and electric cuts in budget places, still undeveloped full possibilities, little tourist info. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A city of transit! 

Vlore Things to Do

  • Looking for Pulbardha 2 restaurant

    Suela mentioned that Pulbardha 2 restaurant had excellent seafood and that she had a fresh (living) lobster. That was enough to forecast a visit to Pulbardha when we would be in Vlorë. Moreover, call_me_rhia wrote that she had the best sea food ever! Suela wrote that it was close to Riviera Trade Center and call_me_rhia that it was not easy to...

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  • Vlora, Perlat Rexhepi avenue

    The main avenue, Perlat Rexhepi, leading to the seaside, is impressive by its width. It is lined with palm trees. On both sides, new buildings have mushroomed. Some are already finished (photo 2 and 3 and are brightly colored. Others are just a frame (photos 4 and 5). All of them have an interesting architecture. The time of massive grey blocks is...

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  • Vlora, an ancient house that needs some...

    This ancient, two levels house stands on Perlat Rexhepi avenue in front of Xhamia e Muradies (photo 1 in 2007). Though not in good condition, it has a pleasant Balkanic style. On the second photo, I have made an enlargement of the first level with a row of elegant columns and arched windows.Photo 3. Once home, I discovered that in 1988, I had...

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  • Looking for Pulbardha 2 restaurant

    Suela mentioned that Pulbardha 2 restaurant had excellent seafood and that she had a fresh (living) lobster. That was enough to forecast a visit to Pulbardha when we would be in Vlorë. Moreover, call_me_rhia wrote that she had the best sea food ever! Suela wrote that it was close to Riviera Trade Center and call_me_rhia that it was not easy to...

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  • Riviera Trade Center

    The Riviera Trade Center stands at the street crossing (large roundabout) of Sadik Zotaj avenue and an avenue named Perlat Rexhepi avenue eastwards and Sodës avenue westwards. It is seen here from the south. Pulbardha restaurant is hidden on the other side of the building.

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  • Vlora, flag monument, 6 prominent...

    The monument was built in 1972 and the author is the Albanian sculptor Mumtas Dhrami. Among the 6 prominent personalities of the independence of Albania represented on the monument, Isa Boletini stands on the left. Ismaïl Qemal Beg, that lead the 1912 alnding in Vlora should be the one on top of the group (not the Flag holder)

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  • Vlora, flag monument

    The Flag monument is a huge monument in the middle of a square that has been built around it. The intro photo with our little dog sitting near the foot of one of the fighters gives an idea of its size. It represents various figures of the struggle for independence of Albania with on top of a rock a man holding a flag, the first Albanian flag that...

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  • Vlora, great man!

    This statue seems at first sight to be a remnant of the Enver Hoxha era. However, at second look, it seems to be older and the clothing of the man tells that it should be linked with the struggles for independence of Albania. The strange thing is that it is unnamed. Who is that ? Anybody knows ?

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  • Vlora, an amazing house

    This small house stands along the avenue between Flag square and Muradi Mosqe. It design itself is amazing and can hardly be labeled of any particular style. What is even more amazing is that it front is entirely made of polished stones of various colors as can be seen on the second photo, an enlargement.

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  • Vlora, ancient house that does not need...

    This ancient house was built at the end of the XIXth or at the beginning of the XXth in a very different style. It stands on Flag square and looks wealthy, in excellent condition with a golden decor. On the front, it says “SKT Banka Kombetare Tregtare”… A bank! That explains why it is in such a good condition! I hope a bank will settle in the hose...

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  • Vlora, Xhamia e Muradies

    Muradi Mosqe (Xhamia e Muradies) was built in 1542 by the Sinan, a great Albania born architect that built numerous buildings in the whole Ottoman Empire. It is situated at a major crossroad, at the summit of the main avenue and close to Flag Square. It mixes pleasantly brick and stone.

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  • Vlora from the south

    When driving from the south, the bay of Vlora (Gjiri i Vlorës) suddenly appears at the bend of the road with a sea front lined with a forest of 8-10 levels buildings. From the distance, they look brand new. Once in town, they are indeed new and many of them still building.

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Vlore Restaurants

  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    As I have explained in another tip, it is not easy to find Pulbardha restaurant. Once you have found the sign for Pulbardha restaurant, you have to walk 30 meters. The entrance is on the left . The restaurant itself is not right there but you must climb to the first levelPhoto 1. The dining room was cosy and quiet.Photo 2. As we always share our...

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  • fresh seafood

    Italian kitchen, fresh sea food (so fresh, actually the aragosta was still alive and almost walking towards my dish, hm had an idea to become vegetarian at that moment).a good selection of Italian wines as well.

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  • the best seafood meal ever

    Someone recommended it to us - and we'll be forever thankful for the tip. The best seafood we've ever had... and to think that we nearly missed the place. Watch out for the wooden sign: it's not flashy and easy to miss - on top of this the restaurant is not visible from the street. Have a look at the menu, tell the waiter what you like (in...

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Vlore Nightlife

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  • Dancing to Maya and Juli Baka

    Although we had eaten a huge meal at our hotel, my companion wasin the mood for anything, so she ordered a huge pizza, I thoughtwell many good, would soak up some of that raki, I was no mood in carrying 65 kilos 1.5 kilometres along a dimly lit stretch of beachfrontlate at night...A passed out blonde might draw undue attention!Well the pizza...

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  • Dancing to Juli Baka

    Next destination was to find one of the discossupposed to be open after mid night on that lovely Saturday night.A black van cruised by, it was the local police patrolling the area.I gave them a wave....we walked and walked past various Hotels andcafes along the seafront. One had a policeman outside watching a weddingparty in a large resteraunt, I...

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  • Dancing to Maya and Julli Baka

    After a good meal at our Hotel Bologna we decided toventure out into the Vlora night, the 'Disco' on the lefthand side when walking down the main street away from the beachwith it's muscular door guy with gelled back hair andwhite T shirt looked like any regular disco joint onemight find in any Medditeranean seaside town.But this place seemed to be...

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Vlore Transportation

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    by armando2001 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The easiest way to get to Vlora is through Saranda a town very close to the Greek island of Corfu. The road is not in the best of conditions from Saranda to Llogara but the spectacular nature more than makes up for it. It is a winding coastal road that takes you through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the country and perhaps in the whole of the Mediterranean.

    From Llogara to Vlora the road has been completely reconstructed to a western standard mountainous road.
    There are regular buses and minibuses, the latter much more confortable, that travel the distance between Saranda and Vlora daily. The same aplies to the Vlora-Tirana route.

    Saranda is smaller than Vlora and it can be seen on foot. On the other hands trips to some of the sites I mentioned are a few miles away from the towns therefore a taxi is a good way to see them. Some of the taxi drivers may even act as your guides. Many of them used to be in other professions like teaching geography for example and therefore have a wealth of knowledge about the place, its nature and history.

    It is fine in Albania to haggle about the price of almost anything appart from fixed hotel and food rates in restaurants and some refined retail outlets.

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Vlore Local Customs

  • uji i ftohte

    Uji i ftohte is the name of the seaside part of vlore, where many hotel are located. The name means cold water.At the end of the hotel strip, before the tunnel, stop to take a look at how many cars stop for a few minutes (driver leaving the car with a big bag full of something in his/her hands) and then leave. What mysterious business are they...

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  • Albanians are very sociable...

    Albanians are very sociable people, and at the same time very passionate about many things. Therefore do not be surprised if the tone of the conversation sometimes seems a bit loud and confrontational. It is nothing more than a typical Albanian disccusion, usually about politics. :)

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Vlore Warnings and Dangers

  • Caution, school

    As I collect photos of school warning road signs, I had to get some from Vlora. It shows a little girl with a small bag running to school with an older boy that holds a largerl bag. It is a modern road sign, shot in 2007 and that can now be found allover the country. It is exactly the same than in Italy. Too bad that Albania has not a design of its...

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  • mediterranean beaches

    Mediterranean beaches - which also include most city beaches - are crowded, murky and dirty. Take a close look to see how much oil has been spilled in these waters before thinking of a swim or dip. Take a minibus or taxi to one of the ionian beaches - they are smaller and often belong to a hotel, so you'll have to pay a fee to use them: you'll see...

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  • Public transportation

    No danger, just a headache! We found that public transportation means you have to be 'up with the birds'. Miss it, and you're looking at hefty taxi-fares if you're up against a tight time schedule . . .

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Vlore Off The Beaten Path

  • Drive down the coast to Orikum

    In Orikum are ruins of an antient town, located in the southwest Albania, south of Vlorë . The town was built in the antient times and its builders were alegedly fighting at antique Troy. Geographic location made Orikum an important Adriatic port. Already in 3rd century BC it was used by Romans fighting against Illyrian tribes, later against...

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  • Drive down the coast to Orikum

    We rented a taxi for a few hours and made the trip south in a brand spanking new Merc with A/Cand although I usually travel by public transport,we had limited time as my travel partner was ona short holiday.the well known beach of Orikum in the bay of Vlora. Orikum is protected to the east by the mountain chain of Lungare, to the south and west by...

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  • Recession?

    In 2009, it seemed that the worldwide recession had also hit Albania in some places. There were still a lot of new buildings but some stood only as frames and looked as if nobody had worked on them for some time.

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Vlore Sports & Outdoors

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    by call_me_rhia Updated Aug 15, 2006

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    About 30 minutes walk from our hotel (under the scorching sun) we reached the heavenly beach that the receptionist had recommended - pity only she said it would be 10-15 minutes walk maximum.

    The beach i'm talking about is that of the hotel nimpha, with a big rock in the sea to dive off. Other good beaches are the one right after the tunnel (i never caughtthe name - it's a free beach) and the one at the hotel Lyra.

    Equipment: Swimsuit and towel

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Vlore Favorites

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  • a strange feeling

    Vlore is not the best place to visit in Albania. In fact it is truly charmless - and the worst part is that we had known it all the way, and yet it was a promised that we had made to our grandfather, to go and take a photo of the port area where he had been stationed during th war (and where he caught malaria). Still, this is the place where the...

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  • City of Vlora

    Vlora is Albania's second largest port, it is also a fishing port and holiday resort. In ancient times the city was known under the name of Aulon . Vlora is located in southwestern Albania, on the coast of the Adriatic, the second major sea port after Durres. The oldest traces of civilization in the area of Vlora date back to the 6th century B.CIn...

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  • Visit both, the Adriatic and...

    Visit both, the Adriatic and Ionian coast. Even when crowded the beaches are almost empty in comparison to Western tourist resorts. Bathing in the deep blue colour of the Ionian.

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