Albania is a beautiful Mediterranean Country offering a lot to see and do for travelers. One of the most beautiful cities, offering many touristic alternatives during summer is Vlora. The city of Vlora (or Vlorë as it is known by Albanians) is an old city which was founded within the sixth century B.C.
The ancient name of the city by which it was originally known was Aulon (Aulona) and it was an Ancient Greek colony in Illyria.
Today, the seaside city of Vlora is situated in a very strategic location, within the front of the Karaburun peninsula and the Sazan Island. The city itself, is surrounded by beaches and rocky sand.
Vlora has played an important role in the Albanian history therefore still today, Vlora carries historical importance to Albania. In 1912 there was hosted the primary National Assembly. The National Assembly of 1912, declared the Albania’s independence from the Ottoman rule exactly on November 28th, 1912.
Visitors today can visit the Museum of Independence located within the city. The muesum is dedicated to the historic event of National Independence. There are other museums which include the ethnographic and historic ones.
For visitors who like history and culture, it is highly recommended to visit one of the architectural masterpices of the city, the Muradije Mosque. This unique mosque is the sole work remaining in Albania from the famous ottoman architect Sinan the Great. The Muradije Mosque was built in 1542.
On the highest of Capitol Hill overlooking the town is that the religious point of Kuzum Baba.
Albania is famous for its Riviera. The city of Vlora marks the starting point of the Albanian Riviera. This is one of the most visited destinations of Albanian “Sun and Sea” tourism.
Furthermore, if you continue exploring the region, you will find the great Orikum and Amantia archaeological parks which offer visitors some beautiful sightseeing experience. Last but not least from the importance, there is also the National Park of Llogara Park.