Shkodra

Located in northern Albania, at the southern terminus of the gorgeous Shkodra Lake, it’s often referred to as the cultural capital of the region. 

During the peak time of the Venetian Empire’s dominance of global trade (between the 13th and 15th centuries), Shkodra became a devoted trading partner with Venice. 

It’s very easy to get from Tirana to Shkodra, just two hours drive.

Rozafa Castle

Built around the 4th century BC by the Illyrians, Rozafa Castle contains much history and offers stunning views of Shkodra lake and countryside.

This castle played a major role during the Medieval ages and period of Skanderbeg.

The fortress takes its name from a woman who was allegedly walled into the ramparts as an offering to God so that the construction would stand. The story goes that Rozafa asked that two holes be left in the stonework so that she could continue to breastfeed her baby. There's a spectacular wall sculpture of her near the entrance to the castle's museum.

The Promenade

"Pedonalja" of Shkodra is paved entirely with beautifully-decorated cobblestones. Recently renovated, this promenade recalls the Venetian architecture.

Connects the city center with the Museum of History. This road is filled to the brim with street artists, alongside a huge variety of art and photography shops and studios. Among them, you’ll see the Marubi National Museum of Photography, a beautiful symbol of modern architecture that contains the oldest, most extensive collection of Albanian photography in the country.

Shkodra Lake

''Liqeni i Shkodrës'', the largest in the Balkan Peninsula, and one of the many natural wonders of this part of the country. 

The best way to experience the beauty of Shkodra Lake is by traveling along the road to Shiroka, where you’ll traverse the gorgeous Buna River delta. While you can drive along this road, many adventurers choose to cycle or join a bike tour in order to fully immerse themselves in its idyllic natural beauty.

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