Lezha

The city of Skanderbeg League

The city of Lezha is located 47 km south of Shkodra. It is one of  Albania’s ancient cities, and in the historical documents it is mostly referred by the name Lissus. In 1398, after the construction of its castle, the city was under direct control of the feudal family of Lekë Dukagjini, but was eventually conquered by Venice. One of the most important historical events for Lezha, and indeed for all of Albania, was the famed “the League of Lezha” on March 2nd, 1444, where under the leadership of national hero Skanderbeg, the Albanian princedoms united against the Ottomans. The Memorial Grave of Skanderbeg is here, at the ex-Cathedral of Shën Kolli, where he was buried in 1468.

Ishull Lezha

It is a hamlet in south of Lezha  – Located in a very natural attractive area close to the Adriatic coastline  and surrounded  with wetlands and forests ishull Lezhe is a tourist spot. During the Middle Ages has been called “ the island of Meda “ .It was there in 1501 when the  nephew of Gjergj Kastrioti   Scanderbeg  , known as a “ young Scanderbeg “ came from Italy  and raised the camp to organize the resistance against the ottomans  . There area is known for fish restaurants and in particular for the “ Hunting Lodge .” This has been built with a special style from the former foreing minister of Italy , Cont Ciano during the Second World War. Ther area is suitable for hunting, bird watching, excursions and just to relax in the nature   

The lagoon system of Kune – Vain

This rich coastal system is located in the outlet of river Drin , in south of Shengjin beach. It represents one of the most important coastal eco – systems in all Albanian coastlines. This in terms of flora and fauna , and in particular for the rich presence of water fowls . There are two lagoons, Ceka with an area of 235 ha and Merxhan  with an area of 77 ha .

At the right direction from the outlet of Drin delta there is the alluvial island  of Kune with 125 ha . It has a very rich hygrophyte vegetation . There are recorded 227 kind of vegetation’s.

In this system there are 70 kinds of birds, 22 kind of reptiles 6 kind of amphibious   . The area is suitable for eco – tourism and  bird watching  

The memorial tomb of National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg .

It is one of the most tourist landmarks in the town of Lezha. It has been inaugurated in the year 1981 over the ruins of a Saint Nicholas cathedral . It is supposed as the place where our national hero has been buried in 1468 . In the walls of the memorial tomb there are exposed 25 shields , which symbolize the main battles leaded by Scanderbeg . There is also a copy of his sword and helmet . The enrance coast 100 Lek and only 50 Lek for students and children. It is open form 08.00 A.M. to 17.00 P.M.    

Lezha Castle . Is perched on the top of the hill 186 meters high overlooking the town. Because of the strategic location from here the visitor can see the outlet of Drin river, the Adriatic coast and even the mount Tomorr and Sazan island in south . The castle dates since the Illyrian times bit it has been reconstructed by venetians in the year 1440 .After , the ottomans did another reconstruction in the year 1552 . The visitor can see the ruins from the Illyrian, Romans, Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman  periods.

Shengjin beach

It is located 8 km far away from the town of Lezha .Shengjin is well known for its high quality of sand beaches . In this place there are  200 to  300 days with the sun during the year. Only 2,5 km north of Shen Gjin in the foot of the hills there is the famous beach “ of Powdered sand “ ( Rana e Hedhun) This quite beach is well protected from the winds . In Shen Gjin there are plenty of tourist facilities for visitors , including hotels, bars restaurant, playground for kids, resorts etc.

It is highly frequented with the tourist coming from Kosovo, northern part of Albania and foreign travellers. Sunbathing,  swimming, sailing and fishing are the main activities

For more info please visit :

http://www.lezha.gov.al/