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Lezhë is a small city in Albania and part of the historic Mirdita region. Development has brought seaside hotels and countryside guesthouses.

Get in[edit]

Map of Lezhë

Lezhë is about 8 km from the excellent beach of Shëngjin (St. John), about 30 km south of Shkodra, and 50 km north of Tirana. With the newer construction of the SH1 motorway that goes aside this city, it is nicely connected with major cities.

By bus[edit]

  • 1 Lezhë bus station (just across the bridge to the centre, on the main north-south road). Most buses and vans (furgons) arrive and depart from this little square. There are signs indicating where to wait for which destination. Furgons to Rrëshen and Laç leave from the center of town.
  • From Tirana one can catch a bus from the National Bus Station (Northern and Southern Bus Terminal.) It departs every hour on the hour during the day and costs 250 lek.
  • From Durrës, there are two direct buses per day to Lezhë from the main bus station.
  • From Shkodra, it's easiest to take a furgon from Sheshi Demokracia headed for Tirana.
  • From cities in the south either change in Tirana or catch a bus/furgon to Shkodra and ask the driver if he can stop in Lezhë.
  • If you are coming from the Northeast, you may have to get off in Milot and transfer to another vehicle.

By train[edit]

  • 2 Lezhë train station, Rruga e Stacionit (from the centre cross the bridge and main road and walk past the bus station).

There is one daily train that runs from Shkodra to Durrës and back that stops here, however the timetable is unknown, and service is intermittent because of the national rail company's continuous financial trouble.

Get around[edit]

The entire city of Lezhë is quite walkable.

To get to villages or to the beach at Shëngin, take a group van from the parking lot just past the bridge in the center of town.

See[edit]

Lezhe Castle
  • 1 Kalaja e Lezhës (Lezhë Castle) (from the Skanderbeg Memorial, look for a building with a big sign 'Mirdita'. Take the stairs next to it, then keep walking up the road for about 20 minutes). Daily 10:00-16:00. Age-old castle used by many civilisations. Beautiful 360˚ view of Lezhë, the Adriatic sea and the mountains. There are a few information panels in and around the castle in English. 100 lek. Lezhë Castle (Q60529) on Wikidata Lezhë_Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Skanderbeg Memorial. Mausoleum of Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania, who died in Lezhë in 1468. The place was both a church and a mosque at different points in history. As of December 2016, it was not possible to go inside the mausoleum, but one can take a peek through the doors and walk all around. Skanderbeg Memorial (Q13042604) on Wikidata
  • 3 Ruins of Lissos. Remains of the old city of Lissus which has been ruled by many empires. There are a couple information panels in English around. As elsewhere in Albania, not much effort is put into preservation, and as such you can walk around the site freely unhindered by fences, or rules. Free.
  • House of At Gjergj Fishta (1871-1940) - cultural monument of first category. he is a famous poet in Albania.
  • Kisha Zoja Nunciata: 800-year-old Franciscan Church on the hill overlooking town.
  • Katedralja e Shën Nikollit : Newly built modern cathedral in the town's center.
  • Shëngjin Beach and surrounding wetlands reserve and birdwatching area of Kune-Vain-Tale
  • The famous hunting lodge in Ishull Lezhë.
Skenderbeg Memorial Place
  • 4 Tale (You can travel to Tale by taking the bus from Lezha. The road is about 10 km.). Tale is located in Lezha disctrict. Most of the beautiful beach is public. The sea waters are clean and there are numerous bars and restaurants with favorable prices and fresh food. The coastline is about 7 km with untouched areas. It is an ideal place for family gatherings. In Tale, you can also see big bunkers that were constructed during the communist time in Albania. Runners can enjoy the view while running on the paved roads or along the coastline.

Do[edit]

  • Take part in the annual Emigrant Day in mid-August in Lezhë!
  • Kayak along the Fan River
  • Visit Kthelle Regional Nature Park off the A1 Motorway
  • Visit the Gurra Domgjon natural water source
  • Refresh yourself with the cold and pure water of the Mirdita highlands

Buy[edit]

  • Zadrimore textiles weaved with looms
  • Ceramic pottery
Lezha Castle and Memorial

Eat[edit]

  • Restaurant Rapsodia, Lagjja Sake, Shëngjin (Follow the road maps to get to Lezha. Then take the road to Shëngjin. Passed 4 km you’ll find the Hotel Restaurant Rapsodia), +355 68 294 7771. Italian-Albanian fusion.
  • Mrizi i Zanave, Fishtë Village (Lezhe-Vau Dejes Road), +355 69 210 8032. Named after the title of an Albanian writer and priest's book, this restaurant features all organic specialties of the Kallmet and Zadrime area.
  • Fresh seafood in the seaside village of Shëngjin.
  • Trëndafili Mistik (Te Diella), Vaini Lagoon, Ishull Lezhë, +355 68 226 7107. Traditional local cuisine
  • Traditional restaurants in the hamlet of Katund i Vjetër, Rubik

Drink[edit]

  • Try local wines from the Kallmet region.
  • 1 Bar Amerika, Bregu i Drinit, Rruga Luigj Gurakuqi, Lezhe Albania.
  • 2 Giardino Della Pace.
Lezha City from Mountains

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Rambuje Resort, Ishull-Lezhë, Lezhë, Albania. Situated in Ishull-Lezhë, 1.5 km from Kune Beach, in Rambuje Resort everyone has the possibility to find everything he needs in one place: bar, restaurant, music activities, play garden, sports environment, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking.
  • 2 Camping Albania B&B Restaurant, Barbullush village, Bushat, +355 67 380 7207, . Check-in: 10:00, check-out: 12:00. This campsite is run by an Albanian-Dutch family and welcomes all types of campers. It is in Barbullush village in the Bushat municipality, 10 km north of Lezhë. The environment is beautiful, countryside with views over the beautiful mountains. The camping is basic and clean according to western standards. They have a good buffet restaurant and small swimming pool. Free wifi all over the campsite. From €5 p.p. B&B €40 double/€30 single.
  • 3 Hotel Marub, Katund i Vjetër, Rubik, +355 68 207 7424. Enjoying a quiet location in a forested valley surrounded by mountains, Hotel Marub provides eco-friendly accommodation in the district of Mirdita. This family-run hotel, offers rooms with wooden furnishings and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a balcony with mountain views, a seating area, and a private bathroom. Amenities include a minibar and a flat-screen satellite TV. The Hotel Marub’s restaurant features a summer terrace and serves organic food, locally sourced herbs and cheeses. A selection of hot and cold drinks is available, as well as water from mountain springs. Hotel Marub values environmental protection, careful use of water and recycling. Solar panels on the roof and energy-saving insulation are featured. Walking, hiking and trekking opportunities can be found in the vicinity. Front desk can help arrange excursions to various destinations in Northern Albania. The hotel is about 2 km from State Road SH30. The Adriatic Sea and the town of Lezhë are within 30 km from Marub Hotel. Tirana can be reached within 70 km. Free private parking is possible on site.

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