Himara Castle, Vlora. Photo by: IntoAlbania
The Fortified City by the Ionian
Though the picturesque village on the Ionian Coast is best known as a beach destination, it hides within it the old town of Himara, a beautiful medieval fortress built on a hill.
Nestled between the spectacular Ionian in the west and a mountain range on the eastern side, the old town of Himara resembles an amphitheater. Himara, one of the top summer destinations in the country, is also home to a significant part of Albanian cultural heritage. The medieval fortress contains ruins which testify to an uninterrupted presence of local Illyrian-Albanian residents for more than 3500 years.