Natural Landscapes

Kanine Castle

This castle was built in the village with the same name which is about 6 kilometres (4 mi) from Vlorë. The castle rises on the side of the Shushica Mountain, about 380 metres (1,250 ft) above sea level. The castle was built on the site of an ancient settlement, one of the oldest in the Vlora region. The castle is believed to have been erected in the 3rd century B.C. In the 4th century B.C. the castle was transformed into a fortress town. In the 6th century A.D. the castle was reconstructed by Justinian I. The castle was the center of the Principality of Valona in the 14th century.

Kuzum Baba

Kuzum Baba is a natural terrace carved out by the sea, located on a hill above the city of Vlore. It takes its name from Sejjid Ali Sulltan, known as Father Kuzum (Quzum Baba), a Bektashi spiritual leader, who according to local tradition, is buried here.

Being the highest point of the city, somewhere at 30 m from the sea level, Kuzum Baba offers visitors the chance to enjoy the fresh air and to admire beautiful city landscapes. The 300 meters long terrace represents, despite its geological importance, a religious center for the Bekatashi sect. There is a Bektashi temple atop of the hill (Tempulli i Bektashinjve), built around 1600. The sect was influential in the 17th century, but its stopped its activity temporarily around 1826, because of local persecutions. Today however, the Tekke of Kuzum Dad (Teqeja e Kuzum Babait)  is one of the most important Bekatashi centers in all Albania.

Zvernec Monastery

The St. Mary’s Monastery, also known as the Monastery of Dormition of Theotokos Mary, is a medieval Byzantine church in Zvërnec Island inside the Narta Lagoon northwest of the city of Vlorë of Southern Albania.