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Voskopoje Village

Voskopoje was one of the most developed and prosperous cities in the European part of the Ottoman Empire between the 17 and 18th century. Although located in a rather isolated place in the mountains of southern Albania, the city rose to become the most important center of the Aromanians. In its glory days (1760s), it is said that it had a population surpassing 60,000 and was the second most important city of the Balkans in regard to population and prosperity.

At the second half of the 18th century, Voskopoja was ruined and turned again into a village as it had been originally. The pillaging of the town, especially of its treasures, of the records and manuscripts of its churches continued even during the World War I and II. Voskopoja remains to this day as an abundant storehouse of art works.

National Museum of Medival Art

The National Museum of Medieval Art exhibits historical, cultural and artistic artifacts from the medieval period in Albania including many religious icons, stone objects, jewelry and precious metals, carved wood, textiles and papers that are a priceless part of Albania’s cultural heritage. The museum has a permanent exhibition hall of 200 art objects. The permanent exhibit presents some of the best works from the medieval period in the region. Among these works are distinguished icons 13-14th Centuries, as well as masterpieces by the famous icon masters Onagri and Nikola, the Zografi brothers and their sons, the teacher Constantine, Onufër Qiprioti, Simon of Adrenicës, and other works of artist that have worked in present day Albania and the surrounding region.

Old Bazaar of Korce

The Old Bazaar district is the best place in town to get an idea of how the bustling trade town of Korça must have been in Ottoman times, when merchants from as far away as Russia, Turkey, Greece and Italy came here to buy and sell at the 1,000 shops. The street stalls are piled high with all kinds of goods, from shoes and clothes to car parts and watches, and there is no better area in town to find a cheap traditional snack of byrek or grilled meat. The area burnt down many times over the years, but it was always restored. The remaining shop houses are a very quaint backdrop for all the bustle, but many seem like they could collapse any minute. Come in the morning or early afternoon for the liveliest scenes.

Korca Brewery

The brewery was established in 1928 and It was founded by an Italian investor Umberto Umberti and Selim Mboria a local investor. It produced Blonde Ale Beer, Dark ale, bottled water “Kristal” and ice. After the end of World War II and establishment of the communist regime, the brewery became property of the Albanian State. Several reconstructions and renovations were done in the years 1955, 1957 and 1965 and the production was gradually increased. Today, the best and oldest beer is considered to be made in Korca Brewery. What’s more you can go on a tour of the brewery by giving them a call a day or two in advance to arrange a visit and tasting!

Prespa National Park

Prespa National Park is known for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and cultural heritage. The number of visitors is higher during the summer season when they go and explore Maligradi Island also known as the island of snakes. Saint Mary church that dates back to the 14th century is found inside the rocks and it is one of the biggest attraction in the entire area. Two important frescos, Saint Mary and the Kiss of Judas are painted on the walls of the church.

Dardha Village

Dardhe Village is a year-round destination due to the favorable climate, but the number of visitors increases during the snow season. Several ski resorts operate in the area and welcome the winter sports enthusiasts. The slopes of Bigell in Dardha and Voskopoja are the best for skiing in Albania and highly affordable. It is also famous for its traditional delicious meals. It is known for two-layered pie, the lakror, cooked on the baking dome. Dardha characteristic dishes include the petanik filled with white beans, risen përvëlak, the lakror prepared by sprinkling milk over the layers, and the rolled meat patties, processed snails, bio food like pickles, salt-cured meat or pasterma and plum grape.