Lekuresi Castle
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Inna
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany9 contributions
Jul 2021
Nice place. The views are worth a walk.
We had a crazy idea to reach it by foot around 6 pm when it was still super hot and it is not the best time to exercise by climbing uphill ;). Probably the most convenient way is to take a taxi, it is still very hot at this time in July.
There are several cafes/restaurants for drinks and food. There was live music in a restaurant and they have prepared traditional Albanian dance performance, which we sadly didn't have time to see. I recommend to visit this place around sunset time (maybe it is a nice idea to grab a jacket since it can get windy at the evening).
Written July 19, 2021
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Jim Miller
Lillian, AL43 contributions
Jul 2022
The nice lady at the SIBI travel told us the ONE place you had to visit in Sarande was the Lekuresi Castle. We drove the rental car up the side of the mountain (switchback). Quite a drive. Parked. The view from the castle on top of the mountain was spectacular. Enjoyed the view. Ordered pizza and cokes (better view with the cheap food, really- they had full service restaurant also). Took pictures, watched people. Later went and listed to music at the outdoor amphitheater type area. Excellent. A highlight!
Written August 22, 2022
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jrapeter
Bude, UK791 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This was once a castle. What’s left of the walls now house a huge restaurant. We didn’t try it so can’t comment.

Don’t expect Berat or Gjirokaster sized castles, it’s a 15 minute stay for castle and views if you don’t use the restaurant.

The views are indeed panoramic.

It’s a good 45minute uphill walk from the end of the port up to the castle and 30/35 down again.
Written September 17, 2022
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Danish K
6 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Here is the scam! Usually this castle is just for paranomic view and picture. Mostly locals recommend not to eat there, and entrance is free of cost. Today I have booked taxi and visit this castle there was a concert inside. At the entrance people were charging 500lek (5euros) just because of there was concerts. So everyone who visits castle was forced to pay for concern weather you see concerts or not. I requested them sir I don’t want to see concert I want to see castle I will take 5 minutes to see view and come back. There were bouncers and they misbehaved and very unprofessional approach. I requested three times as I paid one day hotel and taxi to see castle but I was absolutely unwilling to pay for concert. But they nonsense and uncivilised people forced to pay for concert. It was horrible experience. This happened to so many tourists and they all were super angry like me😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡
Written June 24, 2022
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sinclairlaing
Carrbridge, UK11 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
A great venue with stunning sunset views over Sarandë. Enjoyed that with a glass of wine. Booked in for dinner. Very busy and lively place enjoyed by couples and families. But, the food wasn't great. Some sides came out with starters and some starters with mains. Weird. Ordered fish and steak for mains. The steak was big and expensive and sadly both mains were overdone and dry. When paying, turns out they only take local cash. Which they didn't warn us about and we didn't have enough of. No reason in this day not to have a card reader - especially in such a big, busy and prime location. Had to get an overpriced taxi to take us to get cash to pay. Very annoying and inconvenient. They had live Albanian music at the venue and that was really good and great fun. Overall some good, more bad and wouldn't recommend the restaurant!!!
Written August 29, 2022
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LZR
5 contributions
May 2021
The views here are absolutely stunning! There is a lot of history about the castle, and the venue could not be more beautiful. However, the service is terrible. We had a wedding planned there, and it happened to rain. The owners made very little effort to accommodate inside, even though it was previously agreed on. The food is not good, and the service lacks in many areas. The castle inside is worn out, and with all the tourists they get, they need to make a descent effort to update it.
Written September 20, 2021
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Filip T
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Beautifull castle on a hill. They modified it into restaurant. Didn't like the fact that they are having little monkey trapped in a cage. Not to mention that there was no water (for monkey) on 35 degrees night.

Only a view to Saranda for this place. Waiter was really good, but he had funny approach telling us that is forbidden to sit and drink without food, which we planned to order, but let us thing and see the menu please :)

Better solution is just to go and see the view, then go to a real restaurant.
Written August 2, 2021
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amandamonte
Starnberg, Germany57 contributions
Sep 2021
The sunset and nice view is worth the visit, but be aware that it can be quite windy and chill. It is an old castle, so it may have some history, but, sadly, there is no single sign with information about the place. Instead, they have a monkey in a tinny cage being bothered by visitors and many trash laying around.
Written September 15, 2021
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Andi D
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
I brought my parents and entire family to this restaurant to spend an evening overlooking the city. It took over 45 min for the waiter to come to our table to take our order. He brought different menu items from what we asked and informed us that it was due to kitchen being busy. There were extra things on the bill that never even got brought. The lamb was the toughest I’ve ever had in my life.

Bad food, terrible service, music was so loud we couldn’t hear each other. Sad because it’s such a beautiful spot. Next time I’ll simply go up there to just enjoy the view and not waste 2-3 hours to have a terrible dinner and experience! I do not recommend eating at the restaurant!
Written July 22, 2021
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Steve Buckley
London, UK5,548 contributions
Jun 2022
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Corfu and earlier today we went on an ‘Albanian Adventure’ centred on the impressive town of Saranda.

Part of our tour involved a visit to Lekuresi Castle which towers over the town and - as such - gives panoramic views of both Saranda and the surrounding area. Well worth a visit to learn something of the history of the country and how it is now fighting hard to get rid of the long imposed shackles of communism!
Written June 5, 2022
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