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Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster

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4.2/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • it is a long uphill walk to the castle - bu the good news is you can get a taxi! And ,wow, is it worth it. Yes. The castle entrance is a museum which is really interesting about local history, old and...  read more »
  • My second trip to this castle and this time was just a perfect day trip. The view, the view! I love the clock tower and the old spy? Plane. For 2 bucks...just can't beat that for a bargain place for a...  read more »
  • Try not to take quite good price if not higher pricing for Japanese 200 Lek, but locals often walks have only dead ends, where. Direction do not wish the Socceroos as ropes but nothing else, so I just got, was a series of short, that. Disappointed no brochures that motivated manner.
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  • Interesting place. Long slippery walk up from town, but worth it to look back down and visit then castle. There is even a US fighter jet up there, shame it was covered with a tarpaulin when we were there. How it got there is part of the charm of the castle.
  • Beautiful from outside and admiring but inside is total mismanaged and need to reconstruct some parts and remove some unrelated things which are on display in Castle. Coming down to city, I'm in love with this city, perfect blend of past and present, nature got its upper hand and you can enjoy a peaceful city. Only thing anyone might point out in city is that it could be more clean. The nearby villages are Lazarat and Mushkalore and visiting it may make you feel like you're visiting an modified 18th century village. Sceneries and views of and from any where here are totally pleasure to eyes. It's the right place for the people who want a get away from the tasteless life of super fast modern world of chaos and displeasure, come here into the arms of peace, soul pleasuring nature and healthy hospitality of Gjirokaster.
  • very nice greek architecture to the castle and to the all north epirus .amazing view
  • My wife and I have been living in Tirana, Albania while she works under contract via the Swedish government. Our opinion so far, and being no fault of the Albanian people, is that Albania is somewhat of a cultural void. The long period of Stalinist Communism made sure that anything worth remembering was destroyed. The Gjirokaster Castle, in our opinion was an utter disappointment. Although vast as a structure, it is poorly maintained and contains very little information inside and contains non-period specific items like a U.S. Jet, an ugly metal dome like structure for a festival, and Military weapons. The inside is littered with garbage and is overgrown with various plants and trees. There is nothing keeping people from walking all over, what could be various 6 or 7 hundred year old structures and the destruction shows. After paying a fee for entrance, my wife was accosted by a strange woman demanding money for use of the toilets? Who is she and what is her business demanding money from tourists for using the toilets after paying an entrance fee? After visiting Butrinti south of Sarande (the most impressive archaeological ruin of a city we have seen) we were very disappointed with the castle. I would recommend admiring the castle from afar and imagine the period in which it was used. Stay in the Gjirokaster Hotel and admire the complete reconstruction of a traditional home. Spend a day wandering the old town with its lovely architecture and winding streets. Let the Gjirokaster Hotels manager's mother prepare a 3 course meal for you...amazing. Skip the interior visit of the castle.
  • Great place Great city I have been fashinated by all in that place For sure I want to come back one day
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