Gjirokaster – Orikum

After waking up at Hotel Kalemi, a traditional building with wooden carved ceilings and fire places made of stone, we get the first taste of the albanian breakfast. Breakfast here consists almost always of bread, honey, eggs and a kind of cheese that resembles the greek feta.

Gjirokaster, Albania

Kalemi Hotel

Gjirokaster, Albania

Kalemi Hotel

We visit the castle of Gjirokaster (Argyrokastro), which was firstly build before the 12 century but took its form in around 1860 under Ali Pasha. It even served as a prison and housed political prisoners during the Communist regime. Now it is mostly a museum and also stages Albania’s National Folk Festival. The view of the town from the castle is spectacular.
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