So you've come to Vlore, Albania and you've seen all the popular tourist attractions. But you're still craving a more authentic experience. Well, we're here to share some of our best-kept secrets - the hidden gems of Vlore that only the locals know about. Consider this your exclusive invitation to the cool kids' club.
The Ethnographic Museum of Vlore: Okay, we know what you're thinking. "A museum? How exciting." But trust us, the Ethnographic Museum is way cooler than it sounds. You'll get an inside look at the traditional way of life of Albanians in Vlore, with displays of costumes, tools, and everyday objects. Plus, it's air-conditioned, so it's the perfect spot to escape the summer heat.
Bovilla Lake: If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, hop in a car and head to Bovilla Lake. It's a picturesque spot surrounded by mountains, with crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, kayaking, or just floating around on a giant inflatable flamingo.
Pashaliman Beach: You want a beach that's not too crowded, has crystal-clear waters and is great for swimming? Pashaliman Beach is where it's at! You can even take a boat ride to a nearby island for a secluded and romantic picnic.
Lokanda Peshkut: If you're a seafood lover, you need to check out Lokanda Peshkut. It's tucked away in a residential area of Vlore, so it feels like a secret club. The fish is always fresh, the wine is always flowing, and the locals are always friendly.
Llogara Pass: You like scenic drives? You like breathtaking views? Then you need to take a drive through the Llogara National Park and go up the Llogara Pass. You'll see the Albanian Riviera and the Ionian Sea like you've never seen them before.
Kuzum Baba: Yes, it's a monument. Yes, it's on a hill. But it's also so much more than that. Kuzum Baba has a mosque, a chapel, a cave, and a fascinating history. You can climb up the stairs for panoramic views of the city and the sea. And don't forget to take a selfie with the statue of the bearded guy (that's Kuzum Baba himself).
By checking out these hidden gems of Vlore, you'll get an insider look at the local culture and see some of the most beautiful and peaceful spots in the area. And you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're now part of the cool kids' club.