Traditional Albania

  • Port

    Sarande, Albania

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

A scenic drive brings you to Lekuresi Castle. The castle, built in 1537 by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, is located on a strategic hill overlooking the town of Saranda. Great views of Corfu and Ksamil islands dominate the landscape.

You will stop at the Mesopotamian Monastery, currently under restoration but nonetheless a fascinating attraction. View the exterior and take photos of this fine example of a fortified Byzantine 12th-century monastery.

Relax over a snack at Foenike restaurant, along with a demonstration of traditional Albanian folklore.

Heading back to Saranda, you will visit the archaeological site of the ancient Illyrian city of Onchesmos -- an important port in the 1st century BC. In the 4th century AD, the town was fortified and today the excavated remains of dwellings, water cisterns and an early Christian basilica (complete with beautiful multicolored floor mosaic) are evident. Also of interest are the ruins of an early Christian Monastery dedicated to the Forty Saints, from which the modern name of Saranda is derived.

Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes.