Hotels, motels and where to sleep
Restaurant, taverns and where to eat
Cultural (and not so cultural) events
Interesting information and useful tips
Vlorë or Vlora is situated on the Albanian coast of the beautiful
Adriatic sea. The city officially was found in the 6th century
BC by the Greek colonists. Geographically, it has a coastline on
the northern shore of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic and Ionian
seas, which forms the bay of Vlorë. Officially, the city would have
been built in the 6th century before the birth of Christ by
immigrants from Greece who founded their colony here. However, the
first human settlement existed here for 26 centuries almost
non-stop. The city played an important role in the history of the
country. Today it is the second largest city in Albania and for some
time Vlorë was the capital. It was here that Albania proclaimed its
independence from the Turkish Ottoman Empire on November 28, 1912.
Vlorë was established in antiquity as a Greek colony in Illyria.
His name was Aulon (Greek Αυλών), which means "channel" and,
perhaps, is a translation of another local name. The medieval and
modern Greek name is Avlonas (Αυλώνας) and is the source of the
Latin Aulona, the Italian name Valona (also used in other
languages). At the time of the Ottoman Empire, the city of Vlorë was
known in Turkish as Avlonya.
The Muradiye Mosque (Xhamia e Muradies) was built at the end of
the 16th century by the project of the famous Albanian architect
Mimar Sinan. He was one of the most famous architects of the Ottoman
Empire. Under his leadership, many mosques were built throughout the
country, including the Great Mosque in Istanbul. Today, the Muradiye
Mosque is a cultural monument of Albania. Muradiye Mosque is located
in the center of Vlora on the central square, surrounded on all
sides by roads. It is located to the west of Zadi Sadiq, to the
south of LEF Sallaty and to the east of Papa Christo Negovani roads.
The building consists of a main temple and a minaret. The temple
covers an area of 11 square meters, and the minaret reaches 18
Address: L. Pavaresiya, st. Garden Zotay, Vlora
Open: 8-12 and 16-18 Tuesday-Sunday
an important role in Albanian history. Here Albania declared
independence from the Ottoman Empire. The Museum of Independence
(Muzeu Kombëtar i Pavarësisë) marks this significant event in the
history of the country. This is the first museum in Albania. The
National Museum of Independence was founded in 1936 in the building
where the first government of Albania first met in 1913. When it
first opened, a collection of important items from Vlorë and
surrounding areas was presented at the museum. 50 years later, the
Museum of Independence was declared a national museum displaying
original documents from the Albanian Renaissance and various works
reflecting this period.
As a symbol of the independence of
Albania, the museum houses its collection in 2 rooms and 2 halls.
All beautifully designed in the style of the 19th century, with
original furniture, authentic documents, works of art, relics,
proclamation of independence, which was signed in this building, and
other valuable items of national interest. Among the most notable
items in the museum are the office of the first prime minister of
Albania (Ismail Kemali) and the meeting room of the Provisional
Government. The Museum of Independence is located in the south of Vlorë,
near the port. It can be visited every day except Monday.
Kanin Fortress or Kanin Castle is located outside the city of
Vlora, 6 km to the South-East. He occupies a strategic position on
Mount Shushitsa and reaches a height of 380 meters above sea level.
The first human settlements here are dated by the Neolithic. The
first military structure was built in the 4th century BC. Gradually
the village grew and in the 6th century the Byzantine emperor
Justinian I the Great built it here. This castle became an important
starting point for the beginning of the seizure of the Apenninsky
Peninsula and its liberation from the barbarian tribes. In the
Middle Ages, the Kanin fortress was rebuilt and for some time served
as the residence of Georgy Arianity, Prince Kanin. However, after
the invasion of the Turks, the castle was destroyed, and its
inhabitants were taken away by the local residents for their
buildings. No large archaeological excavations were carried out
here, so people still find coins and household items of those times.
Bus stop (Drop off point) (In the city
"centre" near the Muradie Mosque, or a couple of blocks west.).
As of September 2014, mini-buses left from Saranda to Vlore at the
following time: 05:30, 11:30, 16:30, 18:00.
Bus from Tirana -
the journey can be very slow! - furgons from Saranda or Fier), can
be faster than bus.
Daily two buses from Athens (over night
bus and day long bus, both €30).
Buses to Ohrid, North
Macedonia depart at 14:00.
Vlore Port. From
Brindisi with two overnight ferries, arriving in Vlore early in the
Vlora train station. A train arriving
after 12:00 on the once a day service from Rrogozhinë which connects
off again a daily train from Tiranë to Librazhd. The same loco
formed the 05:00 Vlorë to Rrogozhinë the next day.(2013)
If you are in Tirana, follow the way:
Tirana-Durres-Kavaje-Rrogozhine-Lushnje-Fier-Vlore. The roadway is
pretty good. From North Macedonia, you can follow: Qafe
Greece, you can take three ways: (i)
Kakavi-Gjirokaster-Tepelene-Vlore; or (ii) Kakavi-Gjirokaster-Qafe e
Muzines-Sarande-Vlore; or (iii) Qafe Bote-Sarande-Dhermi-Vlore. The
last itinerary is the shortest
There are three
areas you might visit in Vlore - the beaches, the port, and the town
the beaches stretch several Km to the south/east of
the port, and there are numerous hotels and apartments in this
stretch. There are also good beaches north/west of the port, but
these are less easily accessible.
the port area - numerous hotels
and restaurants in this area, though the town beach and the sea here
are rather dirty
the town centre lies inland, about 2 km north of
the port. A long boulevard lined with palm trees joins the two.
There are many bars, shops and restaurants along this boulevard, but
it is spoiled by fast traffic with no controlled pedestrian
crossings. The town centre itself (around Flag Square) has a few
'tourist attractions', though unless you are in Vlore for the
beaches there is not much to detain you more than half a day. The
main reason for staying in this area is its convenience as a
bus/furgon 'hub' serving nearby towns.
There is a small tourist
information kiosk in Flag Square, next to the Independence Monument.
Accommodation on offer ranges from luxurious to basic with a good
choice of hotels in between. Friendly service and good hospitality
is usually encountered. Also available are private apartments and
homes for longer stays of 10-15 days, B&Bs and hostels. You can camp
in some areas.
Town centre area -
Vlore Hotel, Rruga
Justin Godar (Near to Flag Square). €30 for a double room with
breakfast [Sept 2011].
Vlora Backpackers Hostel, 24 haki isufi
kushtrimi vlore (rruga gjergj kastrioti north all way till the end
turn left on rruga e paqes and one more left in few buildings and is
rruga haki isufi), ☎ +355 696135752, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Vlora
backpackers in a old villa located in a city center close to flew
market grocery market and many historical museums best for stop by
travelers. Bus station is outside of Vlora the port to Italy is 2 km
easy with city bus. €10 per bed in dorm room.
Vlore's sea products are some of the best in Albania. The
Paradisa Beach Restaurant offers great seafood and is 5-10 minutes
(depending on traffic) with a car from the center of Vlore. Ask for
the right direction. Another great restaurant is "Makareshi", which
is less than 5 minutes from the center of the city (with a car). But
the most important thing to eat there is the Vlore traditiional
food. Vlore (together with Kurvelesh) is the center of Laberia - the
most famous and patriotic region of Albania. "Lab" people tend to be
very proud of themselves, but also of their food. Try kukurec,
qumeshtor and harapash. "Mish ne hell", which is rotisserie lamb, is
well-known. Try this around Karaburuni.
Vlore area cuisine is
typical of coastal and mountainous areas. The products are taken
from dairy animals which are raised in the mountains by the sea.
Here are some examples of traditional Albanian dishes:
is a flaky pastry that is preferred by the people of Vlore to be
filled with either field greens or just as a milky pie. The most
important ingredients are fresh milk, flour, and field greens.
Grilled meat is characteristic of Vlore, and is found in every
restaurant. The nearness of the sea and the quality of pastures give
the meat in this area an incomparable taste. Lamb from Karaburun
cooked over an open fire is particularly delicious.
Vlore is produced traditionally and is different than the yogurt
produced in most of Europe.
Harapash is similar to porridge and
is cooked with corn flour, the intestines of lamb, cheese and
Raki is the traditional alcoholic drink of Albania. The
drink is typically grape-based, but you can also find raki made from
blackberries and plums.
Another typical dish for Vlore cuisine
are plates with seafood, fish, mussels, shrimp, and lobster.
By the main beach where the Adriatic meets the Ionian
sea, there is a natural mineral water spring that leads into the
ocean. Locals fill up empty bottles to take with them to the beach,
and larger containers to take home. You can have an aperitif always
near the seaside or in the mountain of Llogora, a natural park