City Break in Lezha

About Lezha

The city of Lezha is located 47 km south of Shkodra. It is one of  Albania’s ancient cities, and in the historical documents it is mostly referred by the name Lissus. In 1398, after the construction of its castle, the city was under direct control of the feudal family of Lekë Dukagjini, but was eventually conquered by Venice. One of the most important historical events for Lezha, and indeed for all of Albania, was the famed “the League of Lezha” on March 2nd, 1444, where under the leadership of national hero Skanderbeg, the Albanian princedoms united against the Ottomans. 

1 The Memorial of Skanderbeg.

Memorial of Gjergj kastrioti was inaugurated in 1981 CE in honor of Albania’s national hero, Gjergj Kastrioti. It was built at his burial place, over the ruins of the Church of San Nikolas in the town of Lezha. After the Ottomans invaded Lezha, they destroyed the church and the tomb of Skanderbeg. The church was later reconstructed in the beginning of the 20th century. Inside the memorial, there are displayed a copy of Skanderbeg’s sword and helmet, along with emblems of the Albanian feudal families during the period.

In the district of Lezha there are several old churches in the villages of Balldren , Blinisht, Kallmet etc. House of the poet Gjergj Fishta It is located in Zadrima Fishtë village, in the national  road Lezhë-Shkodër, km 10.

2 The Church of Rubi.

Church of Rubi is located on the top of a rocky hill overlooking the small town of Rubik. The church represents one of the most important religious monuments of the 12th - 13th centuries CE. Its construction was completed in 1272 CE and has served as a Benedictine abbey and as a Franciscan monastery. Of particular value and importance are the Byzantine style wall frescoes that adorn the church’s interior.

3 Lezha Castle.

Lezha Castle, originating from Illyrian times, is located at the top of a 186 meter high hill to the east of the town of Lezha. In 1440 CE it was reconstructed by the Venetians, and then again in 1522 CE after the Ottoman conquest. The castle bears traces of Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Interesting places to visit include the ruins of the Ottoman buildings inside the castle, the tower at the southeastern wall with its Roman arch, the mosque and the Illyrian tower on the southern wall. In addition to being a cultural monument, the castle offers a beautiful view of the fields of Lezha and the Adriatic Sea. 

4 Shengjin Beach.

 Only 7 km from Lezha, Shengjin is a great stop to make on your travels as well.  Shengjin is right on the Adriatic and has a great beach.  During the summer get there early or there won't be any chairs left!  While in Shengjin, take a stroll along the sandy beach, stop for a seafood lunch or relax on one of the numerous sea side cafes.  From Lezha, you can take a minivan for 50 leke per person.