Posted: October 11 2019
Backpacking in Shkodra, Albania visiting the Rozafa Fortress and Xhamia e Plumbit Mosque
From Tirana, I headed north. Shkodra/Shkodër. 4th largest city in Albania.
* Tirana has a new bus terminal. See my 2020 Backpacking in Tirana post
The journey takes about 2 hours. Arrival point in Shkodra is the Sheshi Demokracia round-a-bout.
I stayed at the Home Hostel which is about 5 minutes walk from Sheshi Demokracia.
Highlight of the trip to Shkodra is the Rozafa Fortress which is about a 45 minute walk, South West from the center.
On the way, I went to the Xhamia e Plumbit mosque. In English it's known as the Lead Mosque as the dome roof was made of lead. It dates from 1773.
Inscription above the door of the Xhamia e Plumbit Mosque in Shkodra
Birdseye view of the Xhamia e Plumbit Mosque in Shkodra on the walk up to the Rozafa Fortress.
Entrance to the Rozafa Fortress is 200LEK. It wasn't 'til later that I discovered that I had been given a student ticket (60LEK a tidy sum pocketed no doubt by the badly paid guy manning the ticket office).
Shkodra is also the jumping off point for the Valbona to Theth hike which I did in 2020.
I wrote about getting from Shkodra to Kotor on my Backpacking in Kotor | Montenegro post.
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