After the relentless dusty hairdryer heat of Tirana, we were delighted to be heading back to the coast today. We hired a bus from Tirana to Saranda, Albania, with the route taking us via Eastern Albania and into the Unesco World Heritage–listed town of Gjirokastra.
We stopped in the city of Gjirokastra for lunch - a hillside town with chunky limestone roads and imposing slate-roofed houses, offering views out over the Drina Valley and the hometown of the former dictator Enver Hoxha.
A fortress has been here since the 12th century but most of whats left is from the 19th century. We had great views over the Drina Valley and rooftops from the top.
|Looks like nothing special from the side...|
|But from above you can see the water being pushed up, like a single (massive!) jacuzzi pump|
|Corfu, Greece ahead...|
|Saranda, Albania below...|
|View from our balcony|
For dinner we had kiln-baked calamari and chips…
|I'll eat anything...|