The folklore of the historic capital
Kruja was the first historical capital of Albania, where Skanderbeg started his resistance movement against the Ottoman Turks (who occupied these areas), and began creating a united Albanian state. We will leave for Kruja in the afternoon. The tour begins with a guided walk around Skanderbeg Castle. We will learn the secrets and customs of the region, along with the history of the founding of Albania. We will climb to the highest point next to the medieval tower – the only original preserved part of the castle – and enjoy a beautiful view. Around this time, the sun will be leaning towards the west, beautifully illuminating the fortress. After the walk, you will have time to buy the best local souvenirs at the Old Bazaar in peace. Woolen socks, fancy dishes made of olive wood, and colorful kilims decorate the entire shopping street. It is also worth paying attention to the filigree – intricately made silver jewelry.
Culture and traditions are best learned by becoming part of it. During a spectacular sunset, we will invite you to an Albanian feast in the garden of a medieval castle where you will try traditional dishes from this region. We will be served byrek, qofta, stuffed eggplants, fried cornbread in homemade yogurt, pickled peppers (“speca me ajke”), Albanian pickled turshi, tave dheu (veal baked in special dishes with yogurt “kos”), and the highlight of the program, lamb in a clay oven-baked form. We will start the feast with a common rakia toast. Wine from a regional vineyard will be served with dinner. Dinner will be accompanied by a performance by a local folklore group. They will present traditional songs and dances and invite us to have fun together. Folklore in Albania is still alive: it is traditionally danced at weddings, festivals, family parties, cruises – wherever music is heard! This evening we will party and eat like Albanians!
ATTENTION! Please wear comfortable sports shoes – this is a mountainous area and the streets of the old town are cobbled.