ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: APOLLONIA
In the unique location where the Adriatic and the Ionian seas meet, lies the sunny city of Vlorë, one of the top tourist destinations in Albania. Vlora offers not only an amazing seaside vacation, but also rich cultural and natural heritage including the spectacular archaeological site of Apollonia in the nearby city of Fier, and the incredible Vjosa Narta Lagoon.
The city of Vlora is a famous port, trade center and increasingly popular tourist destination located 135 km from Tirana and 72 km by sea from Italy. The city is one of the main tourism destinations in Albania and an entry point to the Albanian Riviera.
One of the most attractive places in the city is the Kuzum Babe hill, from which the most beautiful views extend, including the view of the famous Karaburun peninsula and Sazan island. Visitors can observe the meeting point of the Ionian See, with its aquamarine color, and the lighter blue of the Adriatic Sea.
Visit the Independence Square, the main citiy square and the nearby Muradie Mosque, whose chief architect, Mimar Sinar, also designed the famous Sulejman Mosque in Istanbul. Take a walk along the Lungomare promenade or rest and enjoy the sea view and the sunrise from the city’s beaches.
An important highlight is the monastery dedicated to Saint Mary in Zvërnec, a small island in the “Vjosa- Narta”, in which is a protected landscape and the second largest wetland in Albania, characterised by its large number of species, especially wintering birds.
About 30 kilometers from Vlore is Apollonia, one of the most important archeological sites from the Roman period in Albania.
Where to sleep and eat
Hotel Regina City ****
For those who appreciate high quality accommodation, we recommend the Hotel Regina City, which is located near the main pedestrian zone and the city beach and 20 minutes walk from the city center. The Regina City is beautifully decorated and well-appointed with 10 suites, 34 double rooms, 4 family rooms and 18 triple rooms at the disposal of both tourist and business guests. During your stay at the hotel you can enjoy the swimming pool and pool bar. There is also a restaurant with a beautiful view of the city and the sea located on the top floor, together with a swimming pool. The chefs prepare a range of delicious food, with specialties of fresh fish, salads and seafood soup.
If you prefer the convenience of everything you need in one place, then we suggest you stay at the Bojo resort. This resort with apartments is an ideal place for all types of guests, especially for families with children. The main attraction of the resort is a large beach with 400 parasols divided into several zones. In addition to the beautiful beach, there is also a area for games and sports. The size of the resort offers you the opportunity for peace and quiet and an attractive atmosphere. For lovers of fresh, locally caught fish and lobster, there is a seafood restaurant divided into an indoor and outdoor space with a beautiful view of the beach and the sea. There is also a classic restaurant with meat specialties, as well as a pizzeria.
HOW TO REACH FIER
Terminali Autobusave Fier, Rruga Shenjt Leonardo Murialdo 7/A (+355 69 380 0882)
The SH4 is a state road that takes you from Durres to Fier. SH8 is also a state road that will take you from Fier to Vlore.
Tel: +385 52 219 197
Address: Forum 3, 52100 Pula