Ermak Travel Guide

 

 

Elbasan Castle

Elbasan Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

Interesting information and useful tips

 

Description of Elbasan Castle

Elbasan Castle

Location: Elbasan
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 Pasha's Turkish 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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Transportation

Get in
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 beautiful landscapes.

Get around
Walking or taxi. Taxis are located close to the furgons (vans) at the center of the city.

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

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.

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

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 cookies.
Try the traditional Tavë Elbasani and other yummy specialties.
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 view.

Drink
Cokollate e zeze (black chocolate). It's like hot chocolate, but almost as thick as pudding and eaten with a spoon.

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips

Buy
Traditional costumes, postcards of the city.