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Shkodra, a treasure of 2500 years of history

Rozafa castle is possibly the visited site in Shkoder. To really visit the castle you need someone to guide you through the ruins and explain to you what you see. Rozafa CastleBringing alive the castle for your better understanding but also explaining to you the panoramic view.

Our guide will walk you through the history of Rozafa Castle and as you learn about the ancient times of the citadel, you will go back in time to the IV-V century BC where shadowed mythology merge with history to create the identity of the ancestors of the modern Albanians, the illyrian people. Rozafa castle shkoder lead mosqueThe Rozafa legend for sure is one of the most known tales of the castle. Then later one when this town became the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom under Gentius and the Roman-Illyrian wars.

You’ll be able to crawl down into the Castle’s musty depths and climb up to it’s highest points to experience some of the most spectacular views of the countryside around Shkoder.

There is no surprise that this location was chosen thousands of years ago to build a castle then a town. The strategic location gave Shkodra a chance to be an important player in the history of the balkan peninsula. We will talk about the fortifications built during the XV century then the siege of Shkoder by the Ottomans under Mehmed the Conqueror then later the fall in Ottoman hands after a very long and brutal siege. 

How Shkodra found an important role as capital of a province during four centuries of Ottoman occupation and the marks that were left in Shkoder of that period. 

We will also talk about the 18th century Lead Mosque (unique in style for mosques) commissioned by Mehmed Bushati, ruler of Shkoder which is paradoxically a symbol of centuries of Turkish and Islamic influence as well as a signpost of the more modern communist presence. The Lead Mosque was one of the few religious buildings to escape the destruction of the communist regime during the period in which they strictly enforced an atheist state.

This short yet jam-packed activity starts with transportation to Rozafa Castle from the center of Shkoder. The price includes transportation, entrance ticket, and a local guide. We will explore the castle together for about an hour and a half. If time allows we’ll move down the hill shortly to visit the Lead Mosque before returning to the city center. The tour is very much suitable for kids we had many kids join our tour every year.

Rozafa castle Itinerary

The starting time normally changes due to the sunset calculations. Generally the tour will start around 18:00 but could be 17:30 or 18:30. We will let you know in advance about the starting time. 

  • Depart from meeting point ( to be decided by email): 15 minutes to the Castle
  • Explore the Castle: 2 hours
  • Return to city center: 15 minutes

Total time for the activity is around 2 ½ hours. The tour will be offered by car or by bike depending on your request. 

16 euro per person: Include

  • Guiding
  • Transportation by car
  • Castle entrance ticket

Important

  • Minimum 2 people required
  • Book in advance
  • The price is 12€ per person if you prefer to go by bike

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes

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1 Comment

  • Koen B
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    We did 3 tours with this company, the free walking tour shkoder, cycling around the lake, and Rozafa castle tour. We contacted them a few days in advance and they were very responsive and flexible to arrange our tours. All tours were great with some very knowledgeable guides and good information on Albanian history and culture. The same people also own a juice bar where it’s nice to sit down and order some fresh juice (difficult to get in Albania).

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