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Gjirokaster

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture. Located in Southern Albania, down in the Drinos River valley, this town boasts hundreds of 17th-century homes, which represent a mix of local and Ottoman styles. They city also hosts several 18th-century religious sites. Tourists are also drawn to this town, which is over 2,000 years old, for its castle, bazaar, and limestone and shale roads. Nature lovers soak up views of the valley and the more literary-inclined travelers love exploring the birthplace of author Ismail Kadare. With our international travel planner, Albania vacations can be built around trips to Gjirokaster and other destinations in Albania.
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As a World Heritage Site, Gjirokaster attracts a fair number of tourists. However, there are a limited number of hotels, and even fewer hostels. The town is divided into two sections: the atmospheric old town is up on a hill, and the newer part is down below in the valley. Most of the historical attractions lie in the old town; staying here puts you within easy reach and saves you a daily walk or taxi ride up and down the hill.
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