Korca, known as “ The City of Serenades” and the birthplace of Albania's first Albanian school and education in general is one the most interesting cities of the country. Due to its artistic tendencies and the aristocratic way of life, during the 1930’ it was often called “Paris of the Balkan peninsula “.
Korca's original architecture together with its Ottoman and French influences, wide tree-lined boulevards and ample parks provide a completely unique experience in Albania.
The Resurrection church with its high dome and colorful icons lays in the very center of the city not far away from The Museum of Education, once the first Albanian school. The Old Bazaar, with traditional regional restaurants, coffee –shops, live music pubs gives the opportunity to feel the real spirit of the city. Not far from Korca, we will visit the village of Voskopoja. Located west of Korca, Voskopoja sits 1,200 meters above sea-level and is a perfect place for hiking and walking. Rich in history, during the 1700s it has been said that over 30,000 people resided in the village, as it was an epicentre for trade, culture, education and religion. In the past, Voskopoja had over twenty Orthodox churches; however now only seven are still standing – complete with 18th frescos, both inside and out they are worth checking out.
The landscape of Voskopoja and its surroundings are stunning, and this easy going hike to the neighbouring village of Shipska is interesting and a perfect escape from Korca for the day. Early in the morning we leave the village of Voskopoja and direct to Dardha. Dardha lies 20 km from Korca at an altitude of over 1,300m above sea level. Founded centuries ago by families fleeing the occupation of central Albania, this remote mountain village is nestled between the Morava and Gramoz Mountains. The well preserved stone homes highlight a proud village that has been left largely untouched over time. The green fields, fresh summer days and cold snowy winters make Dardha a popular tourist destination throughout the year for its unparalleled natural, architectural and culinary traditions.
A hike around the Morava Mountains will allow us to discover the cultural, traditions and the architecture of this unique village, Enjoy traditional regional cuisine the birthplace of the famous lakror pie, prepared in the most traditional way.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel
Duration: 2 days.
Start/opening time: 08:00
End/closing time: 16:00
Languages: German, English, French, Italian Russian and Polish.
Inclusions: Lunch in Korca and breakfast at the hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Exclusions: Entrance fees
Minimum Pax: 15