Korca, Full Day Trip From Tirana

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Stop At: Korca Old Bazaar, Rrugica Piro Lena, Korce 7001 Albania

The bazaar of Korca was one of the most reputed of the ottoman times in Albania. Indeed the relevance of korca as market and traders place started only after the decadence of the neighbor city of Voskopoje, but the bazaar became well known, mainly for quality of clothes, the variety of spices and the animals...
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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Korca Old Bazaar, Rrugica Piro Lena, Korce 7001 Albania

The bazaar of Korca was one of the most reputed of the ottoman times in Albania. Indeed the relevance of korca as market and traders place started only after the decadence of the neighbor city of Voskopoje, but the bazaar became well known, mainly for quality of clothes, the variety of spices and the animals sold there (goats mainly). apparently it was a noisy busy place and very soon took the nickname of bazaar of serenates. Today it is a big market which keeps -around a big square-also some old streets fulled with small shops pretty much similar to eastern bazaars. In a parallel alley there is also a large food market occupying a long street and two big covered naves. all the area is bustling and colorfull.

Walking in the part of food supplies it is surprising the richness of spices: chillies, salep, chamomile, herbal teas. There are on sale several kinds of mountain honey. Also the reputed fasule, very big beans traditional from the region.

One of the sweetest corners in the bazaar are the two remaining caravansary. They are called han in Albanian, and keep all the atmosphere of very old times. The one is called Han Manastir. It has an small garden in the middle of the courtyard, with some old funerary steles and the remaining of an old gates. The upper side is used as stores for shops. In the down some shops of clothes and cleaning products and a beautiful coffee shop. By passing by the coffee some people called me. they were sitting

The other caravansary is the Han Elbasan. It has a pit in the middle and was reconstructed during communist time. is a busy place perfectly integrated in the market and people enters continuously looking for clothes or shoes in the small shops of the down part. As if centuries pass slower in this area.

Korca was always a crossroad. It must be so taken into consideration where is the city, and its history which passes over the current borders. A cosmopolitan air makes more fascinating the city and the market. In the entire bazaar it is easy to see posters and writes in Greek and to listen people speaking in Macedonian language.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: National Museum of Medieval Art, Rr. Sotir Peci No.2, Korce Albania

The National Museum of Medieval Art in Korça is one of those places where the modern and the old blend seamlessly together, creating an otherworldly, timeless space. It is an ultra-modern venue, though one which restores life to the Byzantine era. Originally built in 1980 and reconstructed in 2016, it is located on the main “Fan Noli” boulevard in the city. This, the newest museum in the country, preserves some artworks which have miraculously survived countless obstacles of the communist regime, to help them be where they are today.

The word that best describes this museum is harmony. Its exterior is harmonious with the surrounding environment and the traditional constructions of the southeastern city. Its interior is separated into halls of varying colours, which serve as stunning backdrops to the hundreds-of-centuries-old objects adorning its walls. The play of colours in this museum is so masterful that it cannot be fully expressed in words! Suffice to say that the eyes greatly benefit from its beauty and harmony. Ingeniously designed by the German architectural firm Bolles + Wilson, the museum offers “different experiences” at every turn, all resulting in a journey chock-full of beautifully intense encounters.

Within the museum, there are more than 7,000 works of art and cultural objects, mostly icons, as well as wood, stone, metal, and textile works that depict an entire history of Albanian iconography. The Golden Wall, which covers two floors with its 9.5 metre height, exhibits the impressive 16th-century collections whose sheer volume is astounding. This is followed by the White Balcony, where the oldest icons of the Museum, those of the 14th century, are exhibited. Here, you will find one very rare and symbolically significant icon from the Church of Saint Mary, which features St. Michael (Shën Mëhill), who in one hand holds the globe with Christ’s initials engraved in it and, in the other hand, a sword.

The Black Labyrinth Pavilion exhibits the works of the famed Albanian artist Onufri, whose signature bright, fiery red is especially radiant against the ominous background. This labyrinth is a corridor that particularly facilitates the special attention required of the twenty icons of the 16th and 18th centuries displayed here. The Red Room, in the centre of which is located the 18th century iconostasis with carvings of apocalyptic motifs, is one of the most exhilarating and warm environments of the Museum. It is, quite literally, the red hot centre of it all.

The conclusion of the journey occurs, fittingly, in the Parade Room, a divine setting that holds two masterpieces by the Zografë brothers. As the great Constantine emerges, along with his soldiers, on his long journey towards Christ’s crucifixion, you find that your beautiful journey through the mysterious world of medieval art has, mysteriously, come to its end.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ngjallja e Krishtit Cathedral, Blv. Republika, Korce Albania

The Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral of Korçë is the main Albanian Orthodox church in Korçë, Albania. It is painted in pink, blue and brown. The cathedral was built by Albanians in 1995. A previous cathedral in Korçë named after St. Geroge was destroyed by the Communist authorities in 1968.

Inside, the modest white interior is dominated by a huge carved wooden iconostasis.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Korca Brewery, Bulevardi Fan Noli, Korce Albania

Birra Korça is the first beer brewed in Albania. The brewery was established in the town of Korçë, Albania, in 1928. It was founded by an Italian investor Umberto Umberti and Selim Mboria a local investor. The initial capital for the company was 950,000 francs. The initial production capacity was 20,000 Hl per year. It produced Blonde Ale Beer, Dark ale, bottled water “Kristal” and ice.



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Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Korca Brewery
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Medieval Art
  • Tour Guide
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up all travelers at the hotel or airport

11:30 PM
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  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
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