Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster

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Discover the relics of Albania's history and culture through the centuries at . Overlooking an important traveling route along the river, the fortress has taken a prominent position in the city's history since the 12th century. The buildings inside date from different time periods and have various functions, such as churches and storage spaces. Take your time walking around, noting the clock tower, cistern, towers, houses, Gjirokastër Museum, and an open courtyard that hosts an annual folk culture festival. Ask for an audio guide to lead you through the castle and give you insight into its past. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gjirokaster and many more Gjirokaster attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Gjirokaster tour planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The castle is beautiful, but for the entry I expect then that the waste will be disposed of. By this, I mean not the trash can that virtually does not exist but the rubbish lying around here.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Gjirokastra castle has been a UNESCO protected site for well over a decade, and the preservative efforts are starting to show. The grounds are rustic and open, but with the occasional plaque bearing s...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    200 lek per person entry. This is a visit worth visiting to admire the view and walk inside. Beware there is a Museum and more on the weapons of yesterday and today. The entry is extra. We don't not entered. Not our thing arms...
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  • May 3, 2017
    The castle of Gjirokaster is a place every heritage lover should visit. Not only it is well preserved, but also it has a very well organized museum. And the view... it's amazing!
  • July 3, 2017
    Just great. Hard to get up nur a must seen
  • June 14, 2017
    Interesting museun inside and great views outside!
  • May 29, 2017
    Rude employees,i was with my baby and the lady at the ticket station was screaming to me. No respect at all. If i am the customer and i am telling to you that you don't need to scream it's unforgivable from your side to scream like that. Somebody have to control that nasty lady.
  • October 11, 2016
    You'd love it here. A great view of the city form the castle and of the valley beneath. The castle is well preserved and has a lot to show. I'm not telling you more, because you have to visit and enjoy for yourself.

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Where to stay in Gjirokaster

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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