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Lekuresi Castle

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Lekuresi Castle

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Bënja Thermal Baths (Përmet) & Gjirokastër Fortress Tour

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We shall drive over the mountains to the scenic Drinos valley to see Gjirokastra, the austere stone city perched on the Wide Mountain. One of the most famous mediaeval towns of the region the city dates back to the 3rd century BC. We shall visit the mighty fortress, the old Bazaar and the 300 years old Skenduli house as one of the best representatives of the original architecture of Gjirokastra. We shall visit Benja thermal baths..A stone bridge arcs over a winding stretch of brilliantly blue-green water. Built-in the Middle Ages, it has been letting people cross the sulfur-rich river since the days of the Ottoman Empire. Warm water rushes beneath it, providing a relaxing treat for those who visit. Near the bridge, you’ll find the the Benja Thermal Baths, born from the geothermal waters near Përmet, Albania. The heated water flows down the river unless it gets diverted into one of the several human-made pools. They’re a splendid spot for a hot soak on a crisp, cool day.
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bb9000cde wrote a review Oct 2020
Castle Rock, Colorado580 contributions77 helpful votes
Really enjoyed the view from the castle and great education. Amazing to see the three islands and all around the castle. Amazing history and kids had fun. Would recommend if In Serande.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Delvina E wrote a review Sep 2020
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The view was very beautiful.the food it was very delicious.The service it was good.The air was fresh
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Date of experience: September 2020
Judobas951 wrote a review Sep 2020
Krakow, Poland83 contributions28 helpful votes
Only given a two rating because of the view, otherwise would have been a one. Staff rude, lots of bugs and insects, not very clean and didn’t like the monkey trapped in cage, go there take a picture and head out
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Date of experience: September 2020
B1714D wrote a review Sep 2020
Belgrade, Serbia8,674 contributions2,531 helpful votes
Visiting the Lekuresi Castle is absolutely the best thing you can do in Saranda. You can reach it by car, there's a big parking lot in front. Just to explain - you don't come here for the castle, but for the views from it. The castle itself is quite ordinary and there are far better throughout Albania (Gjirokaster for example which is less than an hour drive). However, the views are unbeatable - you see the entire Saranda bay, the curved Ksamil coastline and the Greek Corfu island across - simply stunning, and I suggest coming before sunset when there's no heat haze. Only reason I give 4 stars is limited drink menu with only beer or wine and soft drinks - no spirits, no cocktails.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Martin S wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom27 contributions5 helpful votes
Historic castle with a fantastic view. We came in September so was out of season and we didn't sample the restaurant. The castle itself is pretty small, with not a great deal of info or exhibits. A few old artillery pieces outside and a poor monkey kept in a tiny cage (which was clearly insane through cruelty of captivity). The views are superb but the surrounding area of the abandoned village is absolutely filthy with refuse, particularly condoms, baby wipes and human faeces. So many other places in Albania are also blighted by this terrible human practice of littering, but here it reaches a new low. Worth a quick visit for the scenery but I wouldn't stay longer than 30 minutes.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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