Kuzum Baba

The highest point of the city, rising 70 meters above the national road. To see Kuzum Baba, you’ll have to climb 240 stairs of a winding staircase. Once you get to the large terrace overlooking the city and its coastline, we promise you won’t regret the slight physical exertion.

Monument of Independence

Dedicated to the Albanian Declaration of Independence. It stands in the Flag’s Plaza, near the building where the first Albanian government worked in 1913. In the center of the monument is the sculpture of Ismail Qemali, the leader of the Albanian national movement and founder of Independent Albania

Museums in Vlore

  • The Museum of Independence

strategically positioned in a location that testifies to its significance, near the port, with a beautiful view of the sea. This modest, two-story house is filled with the weight of history, it was in the famous balcony of this bright yellow, traditional house that Ismail Qemali raised the Albanian flag in 1912. Founded in 1936, this museum is considered to be the first one in Albania before the ’90s.

Bronze busts of the ministers who formed the first government stand visibly in the front yard.

 Some of the most historically significant objects on display are personal objects belonging to the ministers, several furniture pieces from the office of the Prime Minister, Ismail Qemali, such as his chair and book shelves, the original flags used in battles leading to the declaration of independence, the actual declaration including all the participants’ signatures.

  • Ethnographic Museum of Vlore

Part of a greater, three-museum complex, Vlore’s Ethnographic Museum is located right by the city’s Museum of History. Due to its architectural and cultural value, the beautiful structure that hosts the museum was declared a monument of culture in 1963. Two decades later, in 1982, the museum was established there. Nearly 4 decades old, nowadays the museum contains all that you need to know about the livelihood and lifestyle of the people of Vlore. Ethnographic products used by locals at different points in time, valuable traditional clothing items and daily tools illustrate the evolution of the lifestyle by the Ionian coast.

Gjipe Beach

The Gulf of Gipa, or known as “Gjipe Beach”, confined in Vuno and Ilias, two small villages not far from the famous Dhermi beach. This place is a value for those who love the sea and the natural beauty. The bay is formed by solid torrents of the stream of the same name and has a startling beauty because several hundred meters inside it lies the majestic canyon of Gjipea. Their nature offers you: white stone rocks, blue water, white clouds, and comfortable shady caves, making it one of the cleanest beaches in the country.

Gjipe Beach looks like a lonely fairy tale island where peace dominates.

The Karaburun Peninsula

The only maritime park in Albania, is a must-visit, especially in the hot summer months. Stretching across Vlora Bay, the peninsula is shaped like a finger which points to the breathtaking landscape surrounded by turquoise waters. A spectacular natural reserve, this entire area is now internationally famous for the intimate, pristine bays scattered throughout and its thriving nature.

Also caves with lakes inside, the largest of them is the Hajj Ali cave, as well as the Grama cave, where inscriptions dating back to the periods of the pirates who hid inside.

Sazan Island

An Albanian uninhabited island in the Mediterranean Sea. The largest of Albania’s islands, it is a designated military exclusion zone; it lies in a strategically important location between the Strait of Otranto and the mouth of the Bay of Vlorë, marking the border between the Adriatic and Ionian seas.

In 2010, (6,725.9 acres) of the island’s surrounding marine area was designated as the Karaburun-Sazan Marine Park.In clear weather, Sazan is sometimes visible from the coast of Salento, Italy, to its west.

Narta lagoon & St. Mary’s Monastery

A must-see! The Narta Lagoon, located close to Vlora, is considered the second largest lagoon in the country. Only 20 minutes from the city, this park is famous for the richness and diversity of its flora and fauna. Many visitors from all around the world visit the lagoon in order to see the flamingos and the sea dunes of Narta.

 The monastery, is a medieval Byzantine church in Zvërnec Island inside the Narta Lagoon

Amantia archaeological park

The Illyrian city of Amantia was an ancient city and the main settlement of the Amantes, located in southern Illyria in classical antiquity. Nowadays is one of the largest archaeological parks in the country and a testimony to the rich ancient history of the Ionian coast. What makes this particular park unique is its semblance of being not entirely discovered. 

Amantia occupied an important defensive position above the Aoos/Vjosë river valley to the east, and on the road to the coast and the Bay of Aulon. At the archaeological site of Ploçë, a temple dedicated to Aphrodite, a theater, and a stadium have also been found

Surrounded by hills and far removed from contemporary architecture or billboards, takes you back in time to the ancient ages.

Ancient City of Orik

The city lies along Vlora’s southwestern coast, very near the Karaburun peninsula. Archaeological remnants reveal the province as one of the most important among the highly developed southern settlements! It was actually in ancient Orik that Ceasar prepared his attacks against those who did not obey the southern Italian cities. Unfortunately, during the communist period in Albania, archeological excavations in Orikum were limited. At the time, the area functioned solely as a military base. Indeed, the establishment of the Archaeological Park of Orikum, within the military base of Pashaliman, happened only a few years ago. The park is open every day of the week, from 9 am to 6 pm. Among many other ruins, the park includes especially beautiful traces of an ancient Roman-style theater.

You can enjoy the crystal water in the famous orikum beach.