Korça is the principle city in the district of Korça in Southeastern Albania.
An interesting - though slow - way to get to Korça from Tirana is to take the train. From Pogradec to Korce, it is a short trip by "furgon". The train leaves at 06:00 from Tiranë. Because the train makes a big detour via Durrës, it arrives no less than four hours later at Elbasan, about 35 km from Tiranë, so it should be possible to make a shortcut. The price is very favorable (350 lek, about € 2.5).
The second hand German carriages are OK, though for some unclear reasons, the windows are damaged. The scenery is beautiful, and until October it is possible to have the window wide open.
Another way to get to Korçë from Tirana is to take the vans or the buses. They are more expensive than the trains, about 600 lek or € 4, but it's a faster way to go to Korça. Private cars are also usually available at the intersections and bus terminals (1000 lek for the trip from Korçë to Tirana in a clean Mercedes Benz saloon car, 2-3 other passengers 9/2017).
Along your trip to Korça, you might stop in some restaurants, where you can find some of the traditional Albanian dishes. Lots of appealing farmers markets as well.
Main Orthodox Church in the town center
Old Bazaar contains a mixture of cultures; its Ottoman inheritance, the mixture of Albanian, Vlachs, Macedonians and Romani people. It also has a touch from Venice, Paris and lands overseas due to the exchanges with these places. You can find all sorts of things in the market, clothes, pans, electrical appliances, anything. In the bazaar you can find various hans, which are very traditional and the owners are very friendly. Like any other outdoor market in Albania, the bazaar closes after lunch. If you want to visit and buy things in the bazaar you should hurry before it gets closed.
Kamenica Tumuli plus Muesum (5km from Korca)
Mësonjëtorja is the first school in Albania, opened on March 7, 1887. Today the building is a museum, and you can go and visit it from inside. Inside, you can find various documents that show the development of the Albanian education. Before the school was created, education was only given by travelling teachers.
Visit Dardhe village, about 18 km from Korca. It is perfect for hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter and sightseeing all year round. Inside the village is a small quiet church on the top of the main mountain. There is also a very nice luxury hotel called Hotel Dardhe, and nice restaurants which make traditional Korca lakror.
Andon Zako Çajupi Theater, Sheshi i Teatrit 15, Korçë, Albania Nationally acclaimed and historic stage theater company hosting dramatic plays and cultural events.
- Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) is generally celebrated as the only Albanian to win a Nobel Prize, though born in Skopje in 1910 (now in Macedonia but then in the Ottoman Empire).
- Between 1950 to 1985 around 600,000 bunkers were built in Albania, they are nearly impossible to destroy so many are still in existence.
- Noding your head in Albania is a disagreement while shaking the head means “yes”, so it can get pretty confusing for tourists.
- At its closest point Albania is only 10km away from Corfu across the Ionian Sea.
- Hoxha’s official title was ‘Comrade-Chairman-Prime Minister-Foreign Minister-Minister of War-Commander in Chief of the People’s Army’ – quite a mouthful!
- Under the leadership of Enver Hoxha, Albania was declared the world’s first atheist state in 1967.
- Xhiro is the name for an evening walk in Albania. Some of the towns close roads to cars at certain times of the evening so locals can talk their daily stroll.
- Norman Wisdom was a cult figure in Albania where he was one of the few Western actors whose films were allowed in the country under Hoxha’s dictatorship
- Officially 70% of Albanians are Muslim but the number who actively practice is much lower.
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