Shengjin Beach only 7 km from Lezha, Shengjin is the beauty of the Adriatik coast, 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.
There is so much to do in Shengjin, not just sea and sand, here are some tips for you traveling through the city of Lezha, very close from the beach.
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 It is one of Albania’s ancient cities, and in the historical documents it is mostly referred by the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
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. 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:
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.