OUR ULTIMATE COVID BOOKING GUARANTEE. FIND OUT MORE
Vlora is the third largest city of Albania, the second largest port of the country and one of the favorite summer destinations in the Balkans. It is located about two hours by car from Tirana and offers a great option for day trips. Read our list of places to see beyond Vlora if you only have 24 hours at your disposal.
If you love natural scenery and mystic places, we strongly suggest you go to the Monastery of Zvernec, one of the highlights of the region of Vlora. It is located at the end of the Narta Lagoon, a short trip northwest of Vlora, home to a small Greek community, a place where time seems to have been stopped. Situated on an island, the monastery is a stunning example of Byzantine architecture and a peaceful place to escape from the crowded beaches of the town.
Kanina is a hilltop fortress built in the 4th century B.C. that offers spectacular views over Vlora and the sea. It is located on Shushica Mounain and covers almost 4,000 hectares. Once here, you will quickly comprehend the importance of this massive place back in ancient times.
Discovered only in the 1970s, Lepenice caves, located in the eponymous hamlet, are a must-see if you are a history fan. These caves sport historical painted representations of humans from days gone by. To reach Lepenice, you have to take the bus; it departs every morning at 9:30 a.m. near the farmers market of Vlora.