Gjirokastra

Albania - Southern Albania

Gjirokastra is a museum city on the eastern side of Mali I Gjerë and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005. The castle of Gjirokastra was constructed in the 4th century AD, and the city’s history dates back to that period.

It was named Argyrokastro in 1336 and fell under Ottoman rule in 1417. During 1800-1830, the city experienced significant development, with the construction of monumental assembly houses and the establishment of the first neighbourhoods of Bazaar and Hazmurate. Gjirokastra is known as “The Stone City” because of the prevalent use of stone in house construction, street paving, and the Mosque of Bazaar, which was built in 1557. The castle, the most significant structure in the city and the largest castle in Albania is a must-see. The Museum of Weapons, located within the castle, showcases weapons from prehistoric times to World War II and has been open to the public since 1971. The National Folk Festival is also held in the castle’s courtyard. While you’re in Gjirokastra, make sure to visit the Ethnographic Museum, which is situated in the house where Enver Hoxha, the former communist dictator, was born. The house, now a museum, can be found in the Palorto quarter.

Gjirokastra Hotels

Caramel Boutique Hotel$

The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a coffee machine, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a patio and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Caramel Boutique Hotel all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels.

Caramel Boutique Hotel

Rose Garden Hotel$$

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