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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“Gjirokaster which is an old city about 1 hour away from Sarande it has a beautiful castle and the city belongs to Unesco world heritage list. In Gjirokaster you can visit the castle and the museum of the castle and also in the information point you can ask for the tour where a guide takes you to the most interesting houses of the old town and tells you about their history. If you like architecture it's, in my opinion, really interesting. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent food and atmosphere here at Taverna Kuka! The food is very reasonably priced and the place has become quite popular with a local crowd.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“The former home of Albania's Dictator, Enver Hoxha (he was born in Gjirokaster and his family is from here). The Ethnographic Museum shows traditional dress, & typical daily life. Entrance: 200 Leke.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Le lac de Virua est tout simplement splendide. Il se trouve à une dizaine de minutes en voiture du centre. Vous pourrez boire et/ou manger au milieu de l'eau (on ne vous en dit pas plus, allez donc découvrir...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Zekate family still takes care of this traditional family home, which is a traditional Kullë (tower house) style of defensive house unique to Gjirokaster. Admission is 200 Leke”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“This is my favorite house in Gjirokaster! It is a well preserved tower house from the Ottoman period, which exemplifies the UNESCO World Heritage of Gjirokaster. 200 Leke entrance.”
  • 1 local recommends
Mosque
“The only mosque in Gjirokaster to survive the 1967 ban on religion. It was used as a circus for a local troop of acrobats and performers in the 70's. Today it is the center of our Muslim community.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Restaurant
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“Les Kefta y sont merveilleux, et aussi parce que ce bar-restaurant de quartier était le QG de mon grand-père paternel...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Hotel
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
“Gjirokaster is a bit more than one hour away from Saranda with the bus. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there you can enjoy the castle (the largest mountaintop castle in the Balkans), its Ottoman era bazaar, its traditional houses, eat traditional delicacies, visit the former dictator's Enver Hoxha house or that of Ismail Kadare the most renowned Albanian author.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Excellent food and atmosphere here at Taverna Kuka! The food is very reasonably priced and the place has become quite popular with a local crowd.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Les Kefta y sont merveilleux, et aussi parce que ce bar-restaurant de quartier était le QG de mon grand-père paternel...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Excellent traditional food at very reasonable prices! Kujtim and his wife Sylvana have run this restaurant since the early 90's. Service is slow, but everything on the menu is excellent.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Nick's Pizzeria (Kreshnik, the owner's full name, was a "Giant" of a man in Albanian mythology). He makes really good pizzas, including a vegetarian one for a very good price. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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