City Break in Vlora

City of Vlora is the third largest city and a municipality in Albania. It is also the second largest port city of Albania, it has a coastline on the northern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, which forms the Bay of Vlorë.

Vlorë was founded as an ancient Greek colony in the 6th century BC by the name of Aulon and continuously inhabited for about 26 centuries. It became a bishopric (twice) and remains a Latin Catholic titular see. In modern times, the city was briefly the capital of Albania. It is where the Albanian Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on November 28 in 1912. It is also one of the most cultural and economically significant cities of southwestern Albania. Vlorës is home to Albania's second largest port, the Port of Vlorë.

The modern name for the city is the Albanian form Vlorë or Vlora, both pronounced [ˈvlɔɾə], while in the Gheg dialect it is known as Vlonë, Vlona.

Things to see and do in Vlora:

1 Vlora Flag Monument:

The Flag monument is a huge monument in the middle of a square that has been built around it. The intro photo with our little dog sitting near the foot of one of the fighters gives an idea of its size. It represents various figures of the struggle for independence of Albania with on top of a rock a man holding a flag, the first Albanian flag that was ever waved on the city and on the country, on November 28th 1912 when 83 delegates from all over Albania declared independence of the country.

2 Vlora Great Man:

This statue seems at first sight to be a remnant of the Enver Hoxha era. However, at second look, it seems to be older and the clothing of the man tells that it should be linked with the struggles for independence of Albania. The strange thing is that it is unnamed.

3 Vlora, The Amasine House:

This small house stands along the avenue between Flag square and Muradi Mosqe. It design itself is amazing and can hardly be labeled of any particular style. What is even more amazing is that it front is entirely made of polished stones of various colors as can be seen on the second photo, an enlargement.

4 Vlora, Ancient House:

This ancient house was built at the end of the XIXth or at the beginning of the XXth in a very different style. It stands on Flag square and looks wealthy, in excellent condition with a golden decor. On the front, it says “SKT Banka Kombetare Tregtare”… A bank! That explains why it is in such a good condition! I hope a bank will settle in the hose on the previous tip to mend it

5 Theatre Petro Marko:

Theatre Petro Marko is a gracious red and white builòding which looks totally out of place in the city's context - and yet not only it exists, but it also has a fine reputation at home as well as abroad. The name is in honour of a great local playwriter.
Its theatre company is often invited at prestigious theatre festivals in Italy - it does not only perform modern and classic plays internationally known, but also works from Albanian authors such as Agolli, Kadare, Hysi.

Must visit Butrinti:

Butrinti was an ancient Illyrian Greek and later Roman city, but is always now as Epirus, City of Pyrros the Greate.

In modern times it is an archeological site in Vlora County, Albania some 14 kilometres south of Sarande and close to the Greek border. It was known in antiquity as Buthrotum in Latin. It is located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel and part of theButriniti National Park. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrinti was a city of the Illyrian but known to Roman as Greek tribe of the Chaonians,  later a Roman colony and a Bishopric. It entered into decline inlate Antiquity, before being abandoned during the Middle Ages after a major earthquake flooded most of the city. Also Butrinti is known as Epirus region, evidence is known from 13 century till today Albanian tribes  such as Cames, Epirotes lived on this region, Albanian speaking tribes.

Bouthroton was originally a town within the Adriatic Balkanic region of Epirus, close to (modern Corfu). According to the Roman writer Virgil its legendary founder was the seer Helenus, a son of the King Priam of Troy, who had moved West after the fall of Troy with Neoptolemus and his concubine Andromache.

The earliest archaeological evidence of settled occupation dates to between 10th and 8th centuries BC, although some claim that there is earlier evidence of habitation in the 12th century BC.

Must visit Saranda:

 City of Saranda

Saranda or Sarandë is a town and municipality in Vlorë County, southern Albania. It is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera, Butrinti is very close to City of Sarande and to Ancien city of Apollonia.

the Blue Eye, syri kalter

This natural, deep spring embodies the clear, vibrant blue color which is seen in many of Albania’s water bodies. The way in which the water bubbles up to the surface helps create the illusion of an eye, with the dark-colored center as the pupil, and the surrounding blue water appearing as the iris. The spring is reported to be about 45 meters deep, but some say it goes even further.