Gjirokastra the stone City
Described as a rare example of well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate, Gjirokastërs old town is World Heritage Site and will be the destination of this pleasant day o the ship. Located at 62 Km north of Saranda, you will reach the town after a 1-5-hour coach drive with a stop en route. Upon your arrival, you will be enchanted by this lovely city with paved streets with chunky limestone and shale, slate roofed houses and views over the Drina Valley. The city appears in historical records in 1336 as part of the Byzantine Empire before falling under Ottoman domination for 5 years in a row. After a short period as the capital of the short-lived Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus, Gjirokastër was nally part of Albania in 1921. You will visit Gjirokastër Fortress which you will reach after boarding some minivans. Located at a height of 336 metres, the fortress dominates the town and had a strategical position along the river valley. The site includes ve towers and houses, a clock tower, a church, a prison, the cistern and the Museum. Enjoy a visit to the Museum housing captured artillery and memorabilia of the Communist resistance against German occupation as well as a captured US Air Force plane. Enjoy a guided visit of the town before boarding the coach and return to the port. On our way back we shall make a small stop at the Lekuresi Castle. The Castle of Lekuresi is located 1,800 feet above the city of Saranda and was built at the beginning of the 16th century. It boasts amazing views of the Lake Butrint and the mountainous region beyond, including the Ionian and Adriatic Seas and the coastline of Corfu. Please note: the visit to the Fortress includes walking on uphill / downhill paths with some stairs and is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or with walking diculties.