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Kruja Castle

Kruja Castle was built in the 5th and 6th centuries A.D.  The highest and most well-defended part of the fortress is a clock tower.

Kruja was the most important Balkan towns during the 15th century. It successfully withstood at least three major sieges by the Ottoman Empire.

The hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu had a base of operations there.

The Albanians consider him a symbol of resistance as well as a savior.


This old bazaar was restored in 2015 and now looks better than ever.

It's also one of the country's best places for souvenir shopping and has antique gems and quality traditional wares, including beautifully embroidered tablecloths, copper coffee pots, and plates, although there is a growing amount of tourist tat as well.

The bazaar stretches through a tangle of streets, but a good place to start exploring is along Pazari Vjetër.

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National Ethnographic Museum

It is located near Scanderbeg’s museum. It resides in one of the characteristic dwelling houses of Kruja, this one dating back to 1764.

Within, you can find 16 rooms, each exhibiting original historic ceramics, wood, cotton, wool, silk, stone as well as folk dresses.

Together, these give you a clear picture of the history of the district as you become acquainted with its traditions and customs.

National Park of Qafshtama

Qafshtama National Park is located 25 km northeast of Kruja. The spectacular views and high peaks of this location are truly breathtaking.

The legend goes that after the occupation of Kruja by the Turks, ninety young virgins from the town threw themselves down to the bottom of the canyon in order not to fall into the Turks’ hands.

The most important source of water is Kroi i Nënës Mbretëreshë (The source of the Queen Mother), which flows with crystal clear healthy water. 

Qafshtama is suitable for nature tourism and such activities as hiking, camping, etc.

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