The Korça District is situated in south-eastern Albania, in the Central Mountainous Region. It encompasses three cities and towns: Korça, centre of the District, Bilisht and Maliq, as well as 27 communes. The City of Korça is one of the main cities in Albania. Located in south-eastern Albania, it lies at the foot of the Morava Mountain, at 869 metres above sea-level. The mountains have an average height of 1145 metres. The region of Korça is surrounded by a considerable number of hills and mountains. To the east, the city is bordered by the Morava Mountains, and to the west, by the area of Gora, Voskopoja and Vithkuq, which are home to the highest mountains.
The Qarr Mountain is found to the south of the city, and Mali i Thatë (Dry Mountain) north of it. The lowland area includes the Korça Plain, one of the biggest in Albania, and the Upper Devoll Plain. The Korça area is rich in underground sources and rivers, with the Devoll River, branching off into the tributaries of Dunavec and Upper Osum, which is the most important one. The sources of three rivers in Albania (Devoll, Shkumbin and Osum) are found in this area. The lakes include Prespa e Madhe (Prespa Major) and Prespa e Vogël (Prespa Minor). North of Korça, by 41 km, is the town of Pogradec; 45 km to the south is the town of Erseka; 27 km to the east is Bilisht; and to the west is the town of Skrapar. The capital city of Tirana is 181 km away.
Weather and Dressing
Korça has a Mediterranean mountainous climate and a partly continental climate, with cold winter, and hot and dry summer. The average annual temperature reaches 10.6º C. January is the coldest month, and August is the hottest month. The heaviest rainfall is registered in November (around 104 mm), with average annual rainfall being 720 mm. It is swept by a number of local winds, including the Voskopojarja (wind originates in the south-west), Morava (wind originates on the Morava Mountain), and Devollka (wind originates in Devoll). Winter in Korça is characterised by cold and windy weather and snowfall, cold weather makes the city ideal to pursue winter sports. Summer is hot and dry.
Korça is rich in natural resources. The main resources found in this area include coal, copper, iron-nickel, asbestos, quartz sand, and talc. Rich mountain organic soil and pastures are also prevalent. Crops are grown on the largest part of the arable land. Fruit-raising and vineyards account for the largest part of the total agricultural output. The major products include potatoes, sugar-beets, tobacco, white bean, fodder crops and fruits. Pastures account for 11 per cent of the total surface area in the district.
Korça has abundant water springs, including lakes at Prespa (rich in fish), the Upper Devoll River, with its main tributaries being Dunavec and Upper Osum, and the Gjanç Water-collector. Lakes at Prespa account for a total surface area of 49.5 square kilometres (in the Albanian territory). Based on their origin, they are divided into tectonic lakes and carstic lakes. They are 54 metres deep, with temperatures varying from up to 24° C in summertime and 0- 4° C in wintertime.
Prespa National Park
The Park is situated 45 kilometres north-east of Korça, and accounts for a total surface area of 27,750 hectares, including mountains, woods, pastures, and water. With a unique flora and fauna, the Park registers 56 types of plants. The Dalmatian pelican (Pelicanus Crispus), which is found in this area and at Karavasta only, is one of the rare species. Eight fish species and endemic plants are found here. The lake shores feature a combination of patches of sand beaches and high rocks. Fish, including carp, eel and bleak, grow in the lakes at Prespa. Lake Prespa e Madhe offers abundant and transparent waters. Maligrad, the snake island, which is a picturesque place that is home to the 14th-century basilica ruins, is situated in the Albanian part of the Lake. This basilica has been constructed within a rocky grotto, and hosts Byzantine murals. The rare birds, including the Dalmatian pelican, add to the rich fauna.
It is located in Lake Prespa e Madhe, 900 metres above the sea-level. Constituted of calcareous rocks, it has survived the large-scale submergence of the Prespa graben. Its western shores host the church cave, which, on account of its distinct shape, was called a holy ground. A 14th-century church is situated there. The Island is around 800 metres long and 200 metres wide. Except for the western part, it is encircled by very steep slopes. Natural vegetation, scarce shrubs, as well as carstic caves and hollows are found on the Island. For a long time now, the Prespa inhabitants have been attending religious services offered here, which they reach by using sail boats. The Island is rich in scientific, cultural and religious values at a local level. To reach the Maligrad Island a boat can be rented from Liqenas for around two thousand lek.
Zaver Cave at Prespa
It is located on the western shores of Lake Prespa e Madhe, near the village of Gorica e Vogël. It is a big carstic cave containing one of the numerous underground waterways from Lake Prespa e Madhe to Lake Ohrid. It is the product of the carstic process at the junction of two tectonic fissures. It offers scientific, and particularly, geologic and geo-morphologic, didactic and tourist values. You can reach the Zaver Cave on the road from Korça to Gorica.
It is situated at the south-eastern extreme of Lake Prespa e Vogël, only a few metres from the shoreline. It represents a carstic cave. A two-storey structure, it is tens of metres long. It used to be a pre-historic settlement of ancient human population (from early Neolithic Age to Iron Age). The place is home to a huge colony of night bats. It offers scientific (geologic, geo-morphologic, biologic), and tourist values. You may reach Tren Cave if you keep driving on the Korça road, or the Bilisht-Tren-Lake Prespa e Vogël road.
They are situated in the Lenie Mountain, 2000 metres above sea-level, close to the village of Lenie (Shën e Premte). Several originally glacial lakes form a large complex. The lakes are primarily fed by snow melted water. The lake surface freezes during winter. In addition to its unique beauty, they offer scientific, ecological, aesthetic and tourist values.
Guri i Prerë (Cut Stone)
The rock is situated near the village of Gurrazez, on the Pass with the same name. Sixteen metres high, it is 1300 metres above the sea-level. It is white and rather circular in shape. The surrounding landscape makes it unique. It offers scientific, didactic, tourist and cultural values.
Drenova National Park
The Park lies on the Morava Mountain range. The forest located at the Drenova National Park is known as the Bredhi i Drenovës (Drenova Fir), which is rich in fir, beech and black pine. The hazelnut trees prevail in the lower part of the Park. Its fauna is rich, including the famous Bozdovec Bear, which is declared a rare species. The forest is also abundant in wild boars and pheasants. Other attractions of the Park include Bozdovec, Guri i Capit, and Çardak.
The hills lying at the foot of the Morava Mountain help form the crown of the city of Korça. Their closeness to the city makes them a balcony accommodating a number of highly attractive spots. In wintertime, these hills are covered with snow, and offer numerous options for the development of alpine tourism. In the summertime, the mountains are a welcoming spot for mountain tourism and outings.
Trails in Nature
Dardha Scenic Trail
Dardhë is a community in the municipality of Drenovë in the Korçë District and a well known ski area of Albania since the 1920s. In 2012, the first ever ski tow in Albania was opened at Bigell Ski Resort near Dardhe.
A Greek school was founded in the village in 1810, while at the beginning of the 20th century, Greek education was flourishing with the establishment of additional schools: a girl's school (1901-1902) and a middle level school. In the school season of 1901-1902, a total of 150 pupils attended the Greek schools, which were sponsored by the local community fund, as well as the local Orthodox Church. The first Albanian school opened in 1917, starting with initially 20 pupils, and with financing from the Vatra, which will sponsor the new school in 1924 that is still in place today. Dardha has historically suffered from heavy emigration. Many families of the area would become the first Albanian community in USA, and Romania as well. People from Dardha have given an immense contributor to Albanian American organization. Dardha patriots would start the society "Besa-Besë", "Kombi" newspaper, and the unification of the Albanian American Societies into a single federation, Vatra, and continue to struggle for the Albanian national cause. Vatra cannot be imagined coming to life without the Dardha contributors.
Interesting info about Dardha village
- First Village resort in Albania
- The village is also called "Pear". The name "Pear" comes from a legend that says the insurgents who founded Dardha, where they found refuge on a sheepfold, when asked "where you are", said "In Stani under pear". It is a wild pear that was found there, and the first historical evidence found so far in Pirsos Greek encyclopedia, states: "In Dardhe, Albanian village, Greek school opened in 1768 on the renewal".
- Tourist Guide to Dardha first published by the Korças dardharë intellectuals, in 1938, under the auspices of Mitrush Kuteli, and then Director of Tourism, Princess Maxhide Zogu.
- In the early twentieth century, Dardha village counted 400 homes.
- The study of village architecture testifies to a particular model of European style.
- Dardha all residents' homes are suitable for the accommodation comfortable and quite comfortable and visitors can also find luxury accommodation with sauna and fitness.
- Yet there is also the former home of holiday, which functioned under the dictatorship with popular sheets camp. Today she is back in the hotel's restaurant.
- The birthplace of two foil pie (Lakrori in sac) and wild plum raki.
- The only ski tow in Korca Region.
- Traditional Dardha Costume is one of the most famous in Albania.
- Prominent intellectuals of cultured people (www.visit-korca.com).
Description of the Trail
Dardha Centre – Uji i qelbur Water Source – Sant Peter Church – Antenna –Rahut Stone – Dardha Centre
Distance: 5 km
Altitude variation: 188m/ Min. Altitude 1300m/Max. Altitude 1488m
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
This hike combines several natural and cultural attractions around the village. Including Uji i Qelbur Water Source, Batalioni Plateau, the Orthodox Church of Sant Peter, impressive panoramic view of Dardha and surrounding villages from the Antenna, a forest hike and Rahut Stone looking to Dardha village, covering approx. 5 km in total with a hiking time of 2-3 hours.
Korca City Eco Trail
Description of the trail
Route: Korca - Parku Rinia – Morava Mountain – Mborje - Korca
Distance: 8 km
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude: 850 m (min.) - 1.360 m (max.)
The trail starts at the Rinia Park close to the University and Korca Sport Area. From there you follow the path behind the café close to the decorative artificial lake in the park eastward going uphill, following the narrow path going downhill. The path passes through the road connecting Korca town with Barci village close to the Sain Ilia church, follow the main road going uphill, you can take refreshment by the hotel Kristal and follow the path to Varrezat e Deshmoreve eastwards and uphill directly to the war memorial. The destination, a huge white cross on a mountain is already visible, towering over the city. Take the path next to the paved road. When you reach the small chapel on the right, turn left, leave the road and follow the ascending path until you reach a hotel complex. A drinking water source is accessible and more places to take refreshment by the hotel complex. Nearby, there is a huge Christian cross which is visible from Korca city. After enjoying the spectacular view over Korca and its surroundings, you can climb downhill on the other side of the mountain adventurously without a trail or take a path starting close to the hotel descending from there. Reaching the valley, you take the gravel road, a former trade route, next to the river passing by historical ruins. This broad path leads you to a suburban village of Korca called Mborje, where shops offer basic but fresh products. The track ends at the chapel of Mborje. To get back to Korca city centre, you either walk the road or take a minibus (furgon) back.
Other activities in Nature
Korca city, situated at the foot of Morava Mountain (800 m above sea level), gives you a wonderful possibility to hike to the top of the mountain and view the city and its surrounding landscape. Because of its favourable climate, Morava Mountain is the perfect place for free flying. Various championships are organized every summer by the Albanian Aeronautics.
During winter, Korca region is the perfect place to make ski. Skiing in Korca is considered not only as a sport but also as family tradition. Families, during winter weekends, go skiing in Dardha and Voskopoja.
Here you can find an open gallery park with a sculpture collection. Korça was the first city in Albania to welcome sculptors from around the world to work here every year, relating the city to the ancient tradition of outdoor stone working. It is worthwhile visiting the place of "first kisses" for all those who live in Korça. It is full of life during the summer when you can find couples and families strolling through the city's main park, Parku Rinia. It is the best place in Korca to do athletics under the fresh and clean air.
The tourist villages along Lake Prespa, Voskopoja, Dardha, Vithkuq, and Bilisht, are suggested as the best options for camping. Camping is arranged on an individual basis.
Myths and Traditions
Gora, Opar, Devoll and Prespa comprise the ethnographic regions in the District. The District had established traditions in wool processing (homespun wool flannel, woollen cloak, knee-length cape made of thick white flannel, carpets), processing of thick cotton material, and wood processing. Voskopoja was famous for the production of the homespun wool flannel destined for export, while Dardha was known for the wood-processing, Bradovica known for the earthenware processing, Progri for its construction of buildings, and Opar for the wood processing and the cobbled-paved streets.
Type of Dwelling
Traditionally, the typical Korça dwelling had a wooden-floored open balcony. However, the urban dwelling was not a rare occurrence across the villages. The iron balustrades and stone sculptured decorations comprise a traditional element in the architecture of the Korça dwelling. A Korça dwelling courtyard is typically full of flowers (roses, tulips, and lilacs), with many-year old wells or springs. Cobblestoned city's older neighborhoods are also a distinctive feature of the city of Korca.
By late 19th century, the fustanella¤ was the most common male dress. Later on, it was replaced by the poture.¤¤ The most common female dress included a long shirt and an apron. Metallic belts and plates with decorated elements were characteristic of the Korça female dress. The tasselled shoes worn by females and males in Korça, which were picked in other areas in Albania and neighbouring countries, including Greece, were very beautiful and comfortable.
¤White pleated kilt that forms part of the Tosk ethnic costume for men.
¤¤Traditional white woolen pants worn by men in some Tosk regions, with a loose waist and narrow legs ending at the calf.
Korça serenades are characteristic lyrical songs accompanied by guitar, which have made Korça famous across Albania. Extolling refined feelings, the serenades represent an original way of cherishing love. The location chosen to perform these songs is in harmony with the feelings articulated through them. You expect to hear them being sung next to decorative courtyard iron balustrades, and below windows, with the Korça playful young girls appearing behind the curtains. Serenades thrived in the thirties. However, serenades are still sung in every Korça household, or at bars and restaurants where music is performed live.
The Korça bazaar is characterized by one - and two-storey buildings, narrow alleys, and a vast offer of goods ranging from fresh cheese, olives and other agricultural products to clothing, socks, and kitchen goods.
The historical, cultural and artistic value of the bazaar is great, and the mere “experience” of its atmosphere attracts many visitors. During past centuries, the bazaar has been the site of exchange for traders not only from Albania, but also from Turkey, Greece, Trieste and Venice.
Until several years ago, the bazaar was full of small inns and places to stay the night. The most famous was the Han of Elbasan, which served as a monastery, and also as a dormitory for people from out of town.
The bazaar and market place reached its peak with over 1,000 stores and shop-fronts during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. According to the urban structure of the city, it creates an ensemble in its own. Both parts of the bazaar that were separated by the river, were joined by wooden bridges, while the main road coming from the town crossed the river on a stone bridge archway, above which rose shopping stores.
It burned down three times but was always rebuilt. Nowadays it continues to function just as before, giving significant historic and monumental meaning to the city.
Old neighborhoods of Korca
Old neighbourhoods are situated to the east of Korça, behind the Ringjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, at the intersection of the Republika Boulevard and the Shën Gjergji Boulevard. Overall, the old houses are in good shape, and are worth visiting. Following the bourgeoisie’s enrichment in the first decade of the 20th century, the contrast between the new part and the old part of the city, which encapsulated the Penço and Manço Neighbourhoods (the neighbourhoods further down the Monument to the National Fighter), became highly noticeable. Whereas the old part of the city revealed the typical urban planning of the Balkan medieval centres with narrow winding alleys and low buildings, the neighbourhoods in the new part of the city, especially the Barç Neighbourhood, were characterised by straight roads that formed building blocks.
A sculpture by Odhise Paskali created in 1932, Monument to National Fighter, also known as the “Unknown Fighter,” is located on the pedestrian zone. Monument to National Fighter became a reference for Albanian patriotism. It represents the values of power and creation. It is raised in an effort to pay tribute to the Albanian Renaissance men who fought with pen and rifle. This Monument is one of the first monumental sculptures of its kind.
Another sculpture by Odise Paskali created in 1932, the Monument to Themistokli Gërmenji is located within the garden of its kind.
A sculpture by Avni Bilbili created in 1956, the Monument to Naim Frashëri is located at the 28 Nëntori Street.
A sculpture by Avni Bilbili, Piro Dollaku and Ilia Xhano was created in 1969, the Monument to Partizani (Partisan) is located close to the Martyrs’ Cemetery on the city’s hills.
A sculpture by Montas Dhrami created in 1969, Bust to Mihal Grameno is situated in front of the Hospital.
Created in 1974, the Bust to Naum Veqilarxhi is located at Fan Noli Boulevard.
A sculpture by Vladimir Topi, Avni Bilbili and Vladimir Kaçaku created in 2002, the Bust to Tre kokat (Three Illustrious Men) (Naum Veqilarxhi, Thimi Mitko and Asdreni) is situated close to the Library.
The ABC Obelisc, located in the Mësonjtorja e Parë Shqipe Museum courtyard, was created by Naumaq Mara in 1987.
A sculpture by Dhimitër Çani realised in 1950, the Bust to Koci Bako is located at the Republika Boulevard.
Cemetery of French Soldiers
It is located to the north-east of the city, precisely at the outskirts of the city. You should take the Republika Boulevard. Once past the Stadium, take right on the road adjacent to the Stadium. The Cemetery is 1 kilometre from the Stadium on the left, and houses 640 tombs. French soldiers, who fell here during the First World War, are buried there. The citizens from Korça have always taken care of this cemetery.
Cemetery of Martyrs
A large statue of a soldier with a raised fist overlooks Korça from the cemetery, reminding of soldiers who died during the Second World War. The “two wing”—shaped terraces hold dozens of tombs and a building with the names of soldiers on panels, many of whom died young, in their twenties.
National Lycée in Korça
The French Lycée in Korça opened on 25 October 1917, with the decision by the Government Council of the Autonomous Province of Korça, following a fierce battle against the anti-national feudal lords and the clergy. In 1921, it was named the National Lycée, as a national lay school. Lessons were taught in French, except for Albanian language class. Its progressive students and teachers had an important role to play in the anti-Zogu democratic movement, in the dissemination of the communist ideas, and in the Anti-fascist National Liberation War. Enver Hoxha used to be a student (1927-1930) and teacher (1937-1939) in this Lycée. In June 1924, many Lycée students sided with the democratic forces in the Democratic-Bourgeois Revolution. On 21 February 1936, they aligned with the workers and craftsmen in the Bread Strike. And on 28 November 1939, they came out in support of the anti-fascist demonstration. The National Lycée of Korça was closed upon the liberation of the country.
Built in 1994 as one of the largest cathedrals in Albania, the Orthodox cathedral of Korça is highly valued for its size and central location in the city.
Comprising 1,800 square meters, the cathedral "Resurrection of Christ" is a concrete building with three floors. It symbolizes the return of religious practices in a country where all religion was banned, from 1967 to 1991.
Mosaic shadow of the Cathedral of St. George
Built by Anastas Lakce and located near the city library, there was once another cathedral called St. George's Cathedral. Historically it was the largest stone building in Korça; unfortunately, it was destroyed during the anti-religious campaigns of 1968. However, St. George is still regarded a patron saint of the city of Korça.
Iliaz Bay Mirahorit Mosque
This mosque is the oldest monument of the city and the oldest mosque in Albania. This building dates back to the year 1496, when the city began to function as the administrative unit and named after Iliaz Bay Mirahorit (Ilia Panariti).
Iliaz Bay Mirahorit Mosque is of historical, cultural, religious, and architectural importance. The inside is painted white, with some pictures of Mecca and Medina on the wall. It is the oldest monument in Korçë, from the times when the city began to function as an administrative unit.
Korça Holy Grounds
Korça has a outstanding number of churches and holy grounds. The city registers over seven churches, with the number of holy grounds amounting. The local inhabitants, the majority being Orthodox, say they attend church services every Friday and Sunday. This is no wonder. What is impressive about is that both the people from the city of Korça and the surrounding areas have built tens of holy grounds. People from Korça say that the building of a holy ground is a legend.
For example: Sofika Poleska, a Korça resident argues that “…people responsible for creating such holy places, do so in response to hearing voices in their dreams telling them that a holy ground should be built in “a certain” location. The dream repeats itself, until they build the holy ground is built. Otherwise, the persons under discussion may suffer a family misfortune. Sofika Poleska, who was born, grew up and married in the area of Prespa, says that the local inhabitants are afraid of ignoring what the voices in their dreams tell them to. Some time ago, a man dared to disobey the voices he heard in his dreams every night. Soon after, his 2-year old son passed away. The news spread and, ever since, no one dares to go against the “voice in the dream.”
National Mediaeval Art Museum
The Museum was inaugurated in the year 1980. Its rich archives include historical, cultural and artistic exhibits from the mediaeval period, which concern mainly the Christian Byzantine and, later on, the Byzantine heritage. The icons, stone exhibits, collection of precious metals, carved wood, textile and paper point to a variety of invaluable values. The museum’s iconographic collection is one of the richest, with 6,500 icons being registered. This preserved treasure has been protected and studied, and has become of one of the most culturally important acts undertaken by those who facilitated its safety, and helped create the National Medieval Art Museum.
The Museum has a permanent exhibition on show, with around 200 art objects. The exhibition contains a part of the best medieval works by anonymous or unidentified authors. A prominent place is reserved for the 13th-14th-century icons, there are also masterpieces by old masters, including Onufri, Nikolla, the Zografi brothers and their sons, Teacher Kostandin, Onufër Qiprioti, Simon from Adrenica, and other works by authors who have worked in Albanian territories and outside of them. This collection contains works by around 150 Albanian and foreign iconographers hitherto discovered. The main objectives of the Museum performance include public exhibiting and promotion, protection, conservation and restoration of the objects, study and research, and international activities.
Open: Monday through to Friday
Mësonjtorja e parë shqipe (First Albanian School) Education Museum
The Museum is housed in the building where the first Albanian school, Mësonjëtorja, was opened on March, 7, 1887. This building was a donation by the patriot from Korça Diamanti Tërpo, to be used as a school. The Museum display stands hold a photocopy of the first Albanian reading primer written by Naum Veqilharxhi, and the second Albanian reading primer written by Kostandin Kristoforidhi. Photos of the illustrious patriots, who contributed to the opening of this school, include Pandeli Sotiri, Petro Nini Luarasi, Nuçi Naçi. Outstanding education personalities, including Qiriazi sisters, are also show at this Museum.
Open: Monday through to Friday
Visiting hours: 8:00-15:00
Museum house of painter Vangjush Mio
This house museum of impressionist painter Korça Vangjush Mio was declared a cultural monument; it contains about 40 oil paintings of landscapes and pristine nature, and many drawings that are remarkable for their very special style. Vangjush Mio was a distinguished painter and the first Albanian who opened an exhibition in Tirana in 1920, and in 1942 in Bari, Italy.
“Gjon Mili” museum
American photographer Gjon Mili with albanian origin, now has a museum corner in the city of its origin, Korçë. 15 world famous photos taken by the photographer are exposed in the Cultural Center "Vangjush Mio" in a separate room. Gjon Mili is known as the photographer who used for the first time electronic flash photography movement.
Gjon Mili was born on November 24, 1904 in Korçë. At the age of 5 his family emigrated to Romania. There he did the high school and at the age of 19 he went to America. He graduated in the Institute of Technology of Massachusetts as lighting engineer. During this time he dealt with photographic art.
Bratko Oriental Art Museum
The Bratko Oriental Art Museum was opened in June 2003, fulfilling the dream of Demetrius Borjes (1903-1990) — artist, photographer and collector of Asian art and antiques. Borja was born in Korça , travelled around the world and settled in America. As an immigrant he personally experienced many of the struggles of the 20th century.
Among some 432 artifacts, you can find a piano, Chinese altar, traditional Japanese clothing, traditional belts Chinese skirts, an Indonesian sword, European medals, Japanese paintings, oriental rugs, as well as various photographs that Borja acquired while serving in the UN Mission for the Balkans Reconstruction during 1945-46. The photographs found in the halls of the museum depict immediate post-war social and cultural history, as well as the important role played by General MacArthur in the economic and institutional reconstruction of Japan. In the words of archivist Zobel for Borian: "He was a genius. He came to this country with nothing; he managed to become famous through his work, and this shows his strong character. "
Open: Monday- Friday
The National Archaeological Museum, established in 1985, became broader and more complete after a re-organization in 1990. This museum is located in one characteristic house of Korça of the early 19th century, and due to their architectural value is declared a monument of culture.
It is unique in its kind, starting from the Neolithic period (6000 BC) until the Early Medieval (Century IX –century XII AD). The museum contains important documents and artifacts representing prehistoric settlements, such as Potgoria, Vashtmia, Maliqi, Dunaveci, and Tren. There are about 1,098 items on display, most belonging from the Neolithic Age till Early Medieval Period.
Open: Monday- Friday
Events – Festivals
Korca is well known for her famous Carnival. It has revitalised this tradition, creating one of the most sensational activities of the city.
In June, local, national and international groups will parade in front of thousand of citizens and visitors. Come and enjoy unforgettable celebration.
Inspired by the famous Korca pie “The Lakror”, the Pie Fest , has become a popular event for the city. In July, in the city park, women from Korca in front of the curious eyes of visitors can bake “Lakror” in the traditional way. Music, child program and other surprises will be part of this special event of the city.
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Summer events reach their peak with the organisation of the biggest fest of the year “Beer Fest”. Based on the ancient tradition of Korca for the production and marketing of beer, Korca Municipality organizes in August since 2007 until today Beer Fest. The number of participants from Albania, and various countries of the world have increased each year. Also in terms of performance the quality of service has been improved.
Beer Fest was honored in 2010 by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports with Albanian Tourism Award.
The International Painters Colony “Mio's Days”
The painters colony was named after the famous Korça painter Vangjush Mio and aims to establish communication among participants and promote the city's cultural asset. Painters from Albania and abroad will treat Korça as an open studio,exploring the city to enspire their talent.
During the annual Santa Parade, the city enjoys a carriage drawn Santa, locally known as “Babagjyshi” accompanied by many other santas as they parade through the city. There are presents, music and entertainment, including many surprises for the children.
The End Year Feast
With the slogan “Korça celebrates even in winter” and under the wondeful decorations that cover the city in December, Korca organises its end year holiday feast, the only one in Albania. The festive atmosphere is enhaced with wooden houses, toys sweets, traditional drinks (hot wine), baked apples,music and open exhibitions.
The International Sympozium “Sculpture of the Park”
Korca city welcomes every year sculptors from different countries of the world, who take part in the International Symposium "Sculpture Park." Sculptors add new stone sculptures every year to the unique collection of park sculptures, which for several years adorn the Park "Youth" Korca. Sculptors working in open environments of the park, attract the attention of many citizens. Korca is the first city in Albania that has welcomed every year sculptors from around the world, to realize their works, giving to Korca city an outstanding value, which is related to the ancient tradition of stone working in this city.
Picturesque villages – small towns in the area
If you leave Korça to the southeast and drive or walk for 5 kilometres along the asphalted road, you will be arriving at Mborja in a matter of minutes. It is the closest represented by a cluster of typical dwellings to Korça it can now be considered a neighbourhood on its outskirts, since the recently constructed buildings have combined Mborja-Korça into one greater region. At Mborja, a few large buildings, without plaster has been applied, will heighten your curiosity certain bars and restaurants at Mborja serve Turkish coffee and mulberry or plum rakia, which the local people produce. This is what has remained from the industrial area in Korça, which used to be one of the most highly developed cities under communism. The well-known coal mines in the Drenova area have been in use as early as the Ottoman period.
The Ristozi Church, or the Ngjitja e Krishtit Church (Christ’s Resurrection Church), are the most important Monuments to visit here. An inscription in Greek, which is found on the right to its entrance, refers to the construction of this Church in 898. The St. Ristozi holiday is celebrated forty days after the Orthodox Easter. On this day, a large-scale fair, with inhabitants from the Korça area is held here. The Church is situated on the highest spot of the village, at the foot of the Morava Mountain. However, the well-maintained road makes it easy drive or nice walk.
The Kamenica Tumulus is one of the tumuli in this area on which constant agricultural activity between 1950 and 1960, have had a disastrous impact. Then, treasure-seekers’ efforts, made between 1997 and 1999, deteriorated it further on. This was good enough reason for the Archaeology Rescue Group under the GSHASH to join efforts with the Archaeological Institute in Tirana, the Archaeological Museum in Korça, and with a number of international scientific-research institutes, funded by the Packard Institute of Human Sciences, with the aim of undertaking the multi-disciplinary projects. The latter started in 2000 and ended in autumn 2002. Many undergraduates and graduates of archaeology, experienced archaeologists, a group of anthropologists from the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University, conservation experts, painters and draftsmen, both local and foreign, took part in these long-term excavation campaigns.
Once the excavation was completed , it was confirmed that the Kamenica Tumulus represents the largest monument of its kind, compared to the other two hundred tumuli unearthed in Albania, the other neighbouring Balkan areas, and at large.
The central tomb, which marked the start of the construction of this Tumulus, dates back to the Late Bronze Age, 13th century B.C. A man in his forties was buried there. No inventory was associated with this tomb. However, a hole was found beneath it, which carried burned animal bones (sheep or goats), which is indicative of funeral ceremony. Unlike the other tumuli of this kind excavated in Albania: Barç (Korça), Rehova (Kolonja), Piskova (Përmet), Vodhina (Gjirokastra), Vajza (Vlora), Pazhok (Elbasan), Cinamaka (Kukës), and Shtoj (Shkodra), which developed around a central tomb, the central tomb in the Kamenica Tumulus is surrounded by two co-central circles, 13 m in diameter, and constructed with stones of average size. During the Late Bronze Age (1200–1050 B.C.),other forty tombs were added to the area within the two circles.
In a second period of its use, during the Early Iron Age (1050–750 B.C.), other two hundred tombs covered with earth added to its height, until it took on a semi-circular shape, 50 m in diameter and around 3 m high. In a third period of its use, which coincides with the second half of the 7th century B.C., a number of monumental and circular or semi-circular structures, wherein blood-related individuals were buried, went up on the outskirts of the north and north-east extremes of the Tumulus. Over a very brief period of time (625–540 B.C.), the Kamenica Tumulus was expanded, mainly eastwards, with stone tombs being added in an intensive way, until it formed into an eclipse-shaped structure sized 70 m x 50 m. At the completion of the 3-year long excavation campaign, 400 tombs were unearthed. They carried 440 skeletons, and over 3,500 archaeological objects, including ceramics, weapons and different bronze, iron, silver, golden, ivory and bone decorations. All the structures of the monumental tombs in this Tumulus were removed and put on display in an open-air exhibit definitely worth visiting.
In order to reach Boboshtica, drive along the Korça-Erseka main road south-east direction. For four kilometres then turn left. Signs are in place to indicate direction. Having taken the turn, you will drive for another three kilometres. When you see a grove of old mulberry-trees, you will know that you are close to the very attractive village of Boboshtica. Once it used to be a large and flourishing village. Now, a very small number of households have remained from the old local population and men are of Walachia origin. The village is famous for its mulberry-trees of which the local population produces the well-known yellow to green mulberry rakia. Boboshtica is still home to old houses wherein the traditional way is still employed to make carpets with a weaving machine. In addition, the women from the village will tell you how the mulberry rakia is produced, and how the famous local lakror and other specialties are cooked.
On the outskirts of the village, the St. Nicholas Monastery is situated on the not very high eastern hill slope. A very beautiful view of both the village and the entire Korça Plain is obtained from this hill. On route to the Monastery, the locals will surely tell you with obvious pride: “Well, this is where the house of Viktor Eftimi (1889-1972) used to be”. He was a renowned writer of comedies and dramaturge in Romania. His family immigrated to Bucharest in early 20th century. His works are successfully being staged both in Tirana and Bucharest.
Constructed in the 12th century and reconstructed in the 15th century, the St. John Church is located further down, to the north-west, besides the grove of mulberry-trees. It is rather isolated from the village, and is nearly in the middle of the plain. The church has been renovated, and can be visited. If you feel like entering the church, you will first have to look for the church guardian. You will be impressed by a walled door on its southern side. The legend has it that a Bulgarian prince married precisely in this church, and according to custom, no one could ever enter the church through the same doorway through which a married prince had left it. Hence, a second door was opened on the western side of the church.
The St. Demetrius Church is situated closer to the mulberry-trees. The bell tower constructed in early 20th century, with contributions from many immigrants, is on top of the entrance to it.
Once at the centre of the village of Boboshtica, take the bound road. This road leads to the village of Dardha. Be careful because the road is not completely paved, and despite the local inhabitants’ efforts, it deteriorates in wintertime. You may drive the road in all types of cars however, 4 x 4 car is recommended. In the beginning, you will be driving through a barren landscape, which gives place to a forest in a matter of minutes. It is here that the most beautiful part of the trip starts.
The centre of the village should be your first stop at Dardha. You may ask for more information at a hotel and a number of bars and restaurants located there. In summertime, in particular, the village is populated by the numerous inhabitants, who are originally from the village and have turned their old houses into summer homes. Several metres down the centre of the village you will come across a large stone building, which has been silent for a long time now. This is the former school of the village. Nowadays, it is closed because the village does not have a sufficient number of children to use the school. Like in Boboshtica, many buildings here have been constructed with contributions from the inhabitants who had immigrated particularly to the USA. The school building is a memory of past times. Dardha offers an ideal place for skiing. If you happen to go there in wintertime, you will eye-witness to the large number of ski present there. Unlike Boboshtica, though, Dardha is well-known for the plum rakia. This drink is produced out of a small, yellow, semi-wild plum, and has quite a particular taste. People in the area do not produce grape rakia, because grape do not grow in these parts.
If you are fond of long trips, then you could continue east. It takes an hour and a half walk to reach the very attractive village of Senica. However, on this trip you will need to take along a local guide from the village. The road linking the two villages still runs through virgin forests. Once a large and prosperous village, Senica is almost abandoned nowadays. The St. Mary Church is situated atop a hill at the centre of the village.
Until the late 18th century, Voskopoja used to be a very important urban settlement. In order to get there, you will first have to drive along the city’s ring westwards, and then, take a turn past the thermal-power station in the west. A distance of around 20 kilometres lies between Voskopoja and Korça. Be careful while driving, because the road between the village of Voskop, the last village located in the plain area, and Voskopoja, is not paved. You will be driving along a pleasant road winding next to a stream. A village registering around one thousand inhabitants, sits 1,200 metres above sea-level. Bear this in mind when you decide what to wear. Summer is cool, and winter is often cold, though not unbearable. The village is known as an early settlement of the Wallachian population, which, at home, still speak an old dialect of Romanian. Many Albanian households have also settled in the village. They are mostly orthodox.
Churches at Voskopoja
From the 22 former churches, five churches and one monastery, not very far from the current village, have survived in Voskopoja. The churches, all of them the basilica type, suffered damaged through plundering and vandalism, and from the two World Wars, when they were turned into ammunition depots. A powerful earthquake, which struck the area in 1960, added further damage. In recent years, the churches and the monastery at Voskopoja were renovated. Your journey here may start from the centre of the village, where you will see its first churches. To enter the church, you will have to look for their guardian, who is living somewhere near the centre of the village, or, better, for the village priest. Overall, the local inhabitants are hospitable and cheerful, happy to assist with anything. In Voskopoja you could drive around in a car. However, you will probably like it more if you walk up to the churches. You will have a chance to listen to old ecclesiastical stories, and admire real life and nature at Voskopoja. The surviving churches in Voskopoja include:
St. Nicholas Church
It is situated at the centre of the village. It was constructed between 1721 and 1722. Frescoes showing around 1000 biblical figures are preserved in the church. Inside walls of the church were painted by one of the most well-known artists of that time, David Selenica. In 1750, the porch to the church was painted by two outstanding painters, who lived in the same century. They were Constantine and Athanas Zografi, two brothers from Korça. These artists contributed to painting the most important churches of the time, including Mount Athos, the holy place of Orthodoxy. They have also left their imprints on other churches in the neighbouring villages.
St. Mary Church
This church is also located at the centre of the village. It is considered the cathedral of the old town. It was constructed in 1712. The bell tower standing over the entrance was built in 1887, with contributions from the local community. The World Wars, and in particular, the 1960 earthquake, brought damage to the church. However, it has been subject to important renovation work.
St. Thanas Church
It is situated west of the village, in the vicinity of the cemetery. It has also been renovated. It was constructed in 1724, and painted by the famous Zografi brothers in 1751.
Church of Prophet Ilias
It is a small church located south-east of the town. It was constructed in 1751.
To reach the church, from the centre of the village take the road leading to the Monastery, northeast. For your convenience, do ask the locals one more time before you starting the journey. Only 500 metres down the road, you will reach the pleasant church. This is the Trinity Church, which was constructed after the town developed into a flourishing place. A very beautiful two-storey bell tower is found in front of it. The church is under renovation.
St. John the Baptist Monastery
Once past the Trinity Church, keep heading northwards. Now, you will certainly have a wonderful journey. The road to the Monastery may also be suitable for low cars. However, our advice is to walk all the way up there. You will only have to walk for two kilometres. Initially, it winds among mountainous meadows, and then protrudes into the Voskopoja forest, which is an easy climb. The Monastery is the oldest ecclesiastical building at Voskopoja. The church was constructed in 1632, and was painted in 1659. All the land and forests down the road from the Monastery used to be its property. It also had thousands of cows. The Monastery was damaged following religious ban in the country in 1967. Its buildings were transformed into a military detachment, with deterioration setting in gradually. Recent years have seen renovation work intended to recover its initial appearance. A large-scale fair is hosted there annually on 24 June. Be careful: almond pears, the fruit once soft and sweet, are one of the yummiest things in the forest. These are wild small fruits, which have a strong aroma and are very delicious. Like with all wild things, care should be taken to avoid eating them while not ripened. If you mistakenly happen to eat them, then, for nearly half an hour, you will have a numb mouth, affecting your way of speaking. Many have gone through this.
The village forest is one of the most frequently visited areas across Korça. Skiing events are hosted here in wintertime. Many of the local houses at Voskopoja have been turned into very pleasant guest houses, offering all the amenities. Usually, the guests make their order for the host to prepare the food. This is a great chance to taste the delicious traditional cooking of the area. Do try and taste a spitted lamb. In these areas, livestock roam freely which adds a very special taste to the meat. Sharing a village house for several days will make your stay in the country even more pleasant. A very attractive hotel has been built in the middle of the forest.
Those keen on studying foreign languages will find the visit to Voskopoja a very interesting experience. All the inhabitants speak Albanian. However, in everyday life many of them use Wallachian, a very old language, a dialect of current Romanian. Many youth have worked in Greece, therefore Greek could be of use there.
Vithkuq is one of the three oldest and most important villages in the Korça area. The history of Vithkuq is similar to that of Voskopoja, though marked by events of different proportions.
To reach Vithkuq, you will again take the road linking Korça with Erseka. Past the city’s ring, you will head south. After half an hour drive, you will take right. A sign post will indicate precisely where you must turn. Initially, you will be driving along a road in good shape, winding through lovely hills. You will first run across a pleasant lake that serves as an artificial water-collector, called the Gjanç Water-collector. Its waters are used to irrigate a good part of the fertile Korça Plain and for a hydro-power plant supplying water to the city.
After Gjanç, an ascending road winds up the greenery. You will eye several houses on the banks of a stream. They are nestled against trees, and are surrounded by small, very prosperous gardens. These houses are situated at Leshnja. In the past, they were occupied by the farm employees of the St. Peter Monastery. On the way out of the village, you will see a simple workshop. It is a village brewery. Utilizing the water from the nearby sources, it produces beer in sufficient amounts for wedding-parties and other celebrations. Do not miss out on a visit to this humble brewery. You can hardly find a similar one elsewhere. A pint of freshly made beer costs very little, but it may be the thing you will enjoy most during this trip. After a few hundred metres, you will be arriving at the first historic site of Vithkuq, the bridge. The local people call it the Zoto’s Bridge, or the Large Bridge. One of the local inhabitants built it in the early 20th century. At one end of the bridge, the benefactor constructed a small chapel, where the numerous travellers in the area could pray and light a candle. The source of one of the most important rivers in Albania, Osum, which divides the well-known town of Berat into two parts, originates precisely under the Zoto’s Bridge.
Past the Bridge, you may walk around the village, and head for the St. Peter Monastery. You will again hear of two names heard from Voskopoja, the brothers Constantine and Athanas Zografi, who painted the Monastery church in 1764. A very pleasant meadow where, every summer, the Head of the Orthodox metropolitan in Korça comes camping.
Go back again to the main road, and climb up the village. You may take a short break at its centre. Many bars and restaurants are there to serve you and the local population knows how to treat their guests. As well as tasting the good plum rakia, which you are advised not to drink in the morning or if it is too hot, you may eat some local food. The meat and cheese from this area are famous across the Korça area.
If you happen to meet some elderly people at the centre of the village, do not hesitate to ask them questions. The village of Vithkuq has a rich history. Like Voskopoja, it used to be at the junction between West and East. As early as the 18th century, it saw a considerable development. When it used to be a thriving place, it had 24 neighbourhoods, of which only three and 18 churches have survived. Intensive cultural and educational activity took place in the Monastery. However, Vithkuq had the same tragic fate as Voskopoja, its more famous “sister”. It was plundered, burned down and ruined by the thieving gangs. Ever since, the village derived their livelihood from agriculture and livestock raising, with a good part of the households living on remittances from immigrants. The founding of the 1st Partisan Brigade, led by Mehmet Shehu (1913-1981) was a major event for Vithkuq. Shehu was later Prime Minister and number two figure during the communist regime in Albania, who met tragic end. During the years of Second World War, the Anglo-American missionaries operated for a long time in the area in between Voskopoja and Vithkuq. The elderly still have memories of stories from that time.
At Vithkuq, you may take your time and wander through the picturesque alleys of the village. The gardens are full of fruit-trees, and flowers. If you happen to be in the village in the afternoon, you will also witness a daily custom– the return of livestock from pastures. Like other villages of Korça, at Vithkuq, livestock is kept in shelters outside of the village. Each one of the locals has a reserved place in the shelter for his livestock.
A Monument of Culture, is situated just east of the village, near the old cemetery. It is the St. Michael Church, which was constructed in the 18th century. This is one of the few churches that were spared from plunder and ruin. The Church is declared a Monument of Culture, and is under the protection of the Albanian State. Be careful: as everywhere else, you will first have to get hold of the church guardian.
Prespa e Madhe
Prespa is a relatively big lake. To reach there, you need to leave Korça driving north. Then, take a right onto the highway leading to Bilisht, and then, to Kapshtica, on the border with Greece. However, you will not need to drive for long. Around 15 kilometres from Korça, near the village of Plasa, take a left, and drive along a narrow, asphalted road. After three kilometres, you will drive through the Zvezda Pass, a passageway between the Dry Mountain in the west, and the Ivan Mountain in the east. You are gradually entering the Prespa natural park territory.
Prespa e Madhe is shared by three countries of which one sixth belongs to Albania. It has a very interesting landscape and water. The Dry Mountain separates its waters from Lake Ohrid. It is has been confirmed fact that the Prespa waters penetrate through the Dry Mountain calcareous rocks, and then, flow into Lake Ohrid, reducing the initial level of the Lake by many metres. The shores of Prespa e Madhe are inhabited by a Slav population. Nearly all of them are Orthodox Christians. You may usually communicate with the adults through an Albanian, however, you may find it difficult to communicate with children and the elderly, the majority of whom do not speak Albanian.
In these restaurants, you can taste the wonderful fresh fish caught by the fishermen. If you happen to be there in wintertime, do not forget to order the dried smoked bleak. This is a favourite dish for the local population, as well as in the city of Korça. Bleak is a small fish similar in appearance, but not in taste, to sea sardines. Fishermen’s wives hang the bleak on hooks affixed to the ceiling, and let it dry over the smoke of a specific herb. Cooked then on top of ambers, the dried fish acquire a very special taste. The bleak is normally accompanied by rakia, unlike the fresh fish which is accompanied by wine. The local wine is of a very good quality
West of Liqenas, you will notice a small island. The local population call it Maligrad (small town). You may reach it by hiring the services of some local fisherman for very little money. A guardian of the Monuments of Culture (inquire about the Damo Family) will help you set there. The Island is not populated. A wild sour cherry-tree is the only tree flattened by the Lake winds. It is no surprise that a number of rabbits, taken there by the local population, have survived. The Island is a favourite site for the European swamp turtles and water snakes. Do not be afraid, they are harmless. The southern side of the rock Island is home to a reportedly 18th-century church. The church is also a place of pilgrimage for people in need. Do not be astonished to find brand new clothes inside. According to the local custom, people need to leave one of their garments, or their children’s garments, so that they may have prosperity during the year.
Local Cuisine – Restaurants
Cooking and Drinks
Korça is famous for its traditional delicious meals. It is known for two-layered pie, the lakror, cooked on the baking dome, the Lake Prespa carp-based dishes, the famous bleak-based dishes, and the wild animal and bird-based dishes. The Korça characteristic dishes include the petanik¤ filled with white beans, the lakror, risen përvëlak¤¤, the lakror prepared by sprinkling milk over the layers, and the rolled meat patties. Vithkuq is famous for its nuts, tea, and roasted meat and diary products. You should not leave Dardha unless you have tasted the famous two-layered lakror cooked on the baking dome. You will find the Dardha processed snails, mushrooms or corn flour lakror quite delicious.
In Boboshtica, you can enjoy Albanian traditional cooking, with its specialties including roasted meat and lakror cooked on the baking dome, as well as Korça traditional cooking with Greek cooking. At Zarroshka, Prespa, restaurants offer both the Albanian traditional cooking, and special fish-based dishes, including fish cooked in a roasting pan, carp, white chub, and the famous bleak fried either fresh or dried. Besides the fish dishes, the Prespa area is well-known for the paprika filled with curd, garlic or cabbage, the pie and meat dishes. Worth-mentioning is also the mulberry rakia produced at Boboshtica, or the Dardha rakia produced in the village with the same name. You cannot leave without having first tasted the famous Korça beer, the top beer in Albania.
¤Pasty made with flat layers of dough alternating with fillers such as meat, rice, or beans.
¤¤Thin corn bread prepared in boiling water.
Korça Cooking Receipts
Lakror sprinkled with milk
Prepare the dough for the pie. Cover it with a cloth, and leave it for 10-15 minutes to rise. In the meantime, bring the milk to boil. Scramble the eggs and mix them up with sugar, sieved maize flour, and some water. Pour the boiled milk on to the mix. Put the mass to cook until thickened, and remove from oven. Cover it so to avoid crust-forming and leave it to cool for a while. Roll out the dough to form thin layers as those intended for the pie, oil the baking pan, lay down the layers letting them to fall over the baking pan edge, sprinkling them with butter. Pour the mix (mash), sprinkle it with butter, roll up the layers forming wrinkles, and leave the middle part empty. Sprinkle it with butter and put it into oven to cook.For one portion:
flour, 2 glasses of water
For the cream:
4 glasses of milk
4 spoonfuls of maize flour
5-6 spoonfuls of sugar
3-4 spoonfuls of butter
Petanik with white beans
Start preparing the white beans. Put them in a pot. Add finely sliced onion, olive oil and salt, and leave it to boil on the oven. Prepare the dough for the pie: roll out fine layers, leave 3-4 of them aside, and bake the rest. Lay down two baked layers, put a layer of white beans, and then, again two baked layers. Lay down 1-2 unbaked layers on top. Sprinkle with fat, and put it into the oven to cook.
For one baking pan:
3-4 water glasses of flour
half a water glass of oil
1 tea cup of white beans
1 average onion
3 spoonfuls of olive oil
half a tea cup of starch
Rolled meat patties (Korça meat balls)
Mix up mutton and veal in a pot, and add spicy red pepper, oregano, and eggs until thickened. Give them the shape you wish, and roast them in hot oil in a frying pan. The rolled meat patties are served warm, accompanied with sliced onion.
Restaurants – Taverns
|Restaurants - Taverns||Address||Phone Number e-mail|
|FindFour||Bulevard “Republika”, Nr.30||+355822 54444|
|Taverna Vasili||Rr. Kostadina Gaçe||+355 82 24 66 10/+35569 214 85 83|
|Vila Kofiel||Rr."Avni Rustemi", Nr.39 prane gjykates se re||+355 695569856/+355 82 247505|
|Shtëpia Voskopojare||Rr. Gaqo Koroveshi||+355 82 24 2784/+355 68 205 44 88|
|Piceri Antik||Bulevard Republika||+355 82 24 31 47|
|Taverna ABC||Bulevard “Shen Gjergji”||+355 692645261|
|Restorant Alfa||Bulevard “Shën Gjergji”|
|Le Blanc||Bulevard Republika||+355 696041414|
|Romea||Λεωφόρος (Bulevard) Republika||+355 82 243383|
|Theozoi||Bulevard Republika||+355 82 25 25 95|
|Grill House||Bulevard Republika||+355 697371771|
|Princ Park||Rruga Korçë-Pogradec||+355 682078381|
Accommodation Services - Hotels & Guesthouses
|Hotels||Address||Website||Phone Number, e-mail|
|Hotel Grand||Bulevard Gjergj Kastrioti||www.grandhotelpalacekorca.com||
|Hotel Han Elbasan||Rr. Naum Kristo Vokopoja||www.korca-hotels.com||
|Hotel Koçibelli||Bulevard Gjergj Kastrioti||
General Information – Useful numbers
Tour Operators - Traveling Agencies
|Tour Operators – Travelling Agencies|
|Go Albania Travel & Tours, Rr. “Jani Dudo”,||
|Andeisa||+355 8224 6919/0684021907/8|
|ATT (Albania Travel and Tours)||+355 8224 3862/ 43148|
|La Travel & Tours||+355 82257110|
|Helios Travel||+355 8224 2925|
|Al Travel||+355 8224511|
|Egnatia/ Skenderbeu||+355 8224 2847|
|Euro Express||+355 8225 2825/+355 692094273|
|Irakli Tours||+ 355 8225 4343/+ 355 692287435|
|Police||129 ή 425-00|
|Fire department||128 ή 420-18|
|Post-office||124 ή 425-83|