Hotels, motels and where to sleep
Restaurant, taverns and where to eat
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Interesting information and useful tips
Description of Elbasan Castle
Built: 15th century
Elbasan Castle is a Turkish citadel
constructed by the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century. It controls
Ancient Roman road Via Egnatia that was in use centuries after its
construction. In addition, the Roman ruins of ancient Roman
buildings were used to build a medieval citadel. Elbasan Castle was
defended by 26 towers and walls 9 meters high. Today this landmark
is open to the public. Here you will find the remains of the Sinan
baths built in the 19th century, and of course a small restaurant
near the old walls. It is a well-preserved attraction built in the
early 19th century.
About 45 minute ride from Tirana with the bus through
the semi-finished new motorway that is still being built as in 2018.
The new motorway was opened in 2012 and now you can go from Tirana
to Elbasan much faster. Beside the new motorway you can see the
Walking or taxi. Taxis
are located close to the furgons (vans) at the center of the city.
There are Imperial Hotel and Skampa Hotel in the city. You can
sleep at a Couchsurfer's house for free. Albanians are very generous
and really good hosts.
Bugaçe, a traditional Elbasan breakfast roll found nowhere else
in Albania. Smothered in butter and with a dash of salt, this roll
is delicious but not the those watching their cholesterol.
Bollokume, another Elbasan specialty rarely found elsewhere in
Albania. It is essentially a large sugar cookie. While sold in
stores all over the city, the best are always the freshly baked warm
Try the traditional Tavë Elbasani and other yummy
Trilece at the restaurant across from the clock
tower is especially good.
The tallest building in Elbasan, one
block from the center and easily identifiable, has a rotating
restaurant/bar on the top floor. If for nothing else, go for the
Cokollate e zeze (black chocolate). It's like
hot chocolate, but almost as thick as pudding and eaten with a
Traditional costumes, postcards of the