Guide Tour /Adventures in Albania
Shkodra and Lezha are rich in history, culture, and breathtaking scenery. The principal attractions in the cities are Rozafa Castle, Shkodra Lake, and the Scanderbeg Tomb.
Explore the breathtaking attractions of Shkodra and Lezha, two of Albania's most historic cities, on a memorable day excursion. Before your tour, you'll gather at your Tirana hotel at 9:00 a.m. sharp.
The city of Lezha will be your first stop. You will see the city before going to the tomb of Albania's national hero, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg.
The excursion continues to the historic Rozafa Castle, also known as the Fortress of Shkodra, just 3 km south of the city centre. This large defensive fortification, which lies atop a rocky hill overlooking the town, has an intriguing history dating back to the early Bronze Age. Archaeological digs have unearthed an extraordinary collection of
artefacts, shedding light on the castle's long and rich history.
You'll find a treasure trove of architectural masterpieces within the castle's gates, including the Church of St. Stephen, various Venetian administrative buildings, and some mediaeval chambers. The castle's ramparts provide beautiful views of the surrounding area, especially the adjacent Buna and Drin Rivers.
You will then travel to Shkodra Lake, located on the border of Montenegro and Albania. This large expanse of water was formerly an Adriatic Sea bay, but it was sealed off as sea levels fell thousands of years ago. It is now the largest lake in the Balkans, stretching over 41 kilometres long and covering an area of 370-530 km2.
Shkodra Lake, one of Europe's largest bird reserves, is a birdwatcher's delight, with over 240 species of birds nesting on its shores. The last remaining pelicans in Europe, with their gigantic wingspans skimming elegantly over the water, are among the most impressive.
The Catholic Cathedral, one of the largest in the Balkans and dedicated to St. Stephen, will be your next stop. Mother Theresa inaugurated the cathedral when it was rebuilt in 1991, and Pope John Paul II visited it two years later. Inside the cathedral is a replica of the Shroud of Turin, which depicts a negative picture of a man who some think is Jesus of Nazareth.
Finally, you will stroll through Shkodra's bustling main avenue, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and enjoying the city's unique blend of history, culture, and modernity. Please don't pass up the chance to try some of the local cuisine known for its delectable flavours and fresh ingredients.
This day excursion is a must-do for anybody visiting Albania, so take advantage of the opportunity to discover the wonders of Shkodra and Lezha!