The City of Serenata
Korça is the city where the largest carnival in Albania is organized, taking place before Orthodox Easter.
Korça is one of the largest and most important cultural and economic centers of Albania, located in the southeastern part of the country.
The city is known for its typical quarters, composed of low houses and villas, which are paved with cobblestone. The city of Korça has a range of museums such as the Education Museum (located in the building where the first Albanian school opened in 1887), the National Museum of Medieval Art, the Prehistoric Museum, the house-museum of the famous landscape painter, Vangjush Mio, the museum of the Oriental Art “Bratko”, etc. In the vicinity of the city is the cemetery of French soldiers killed during the First World War.
Apart from the museums and monuments, Korça is the city where the largest carnival in Albania is organized, taking place before Orthodox Easter. Musically, the city is known for the local songs, called serenata. In the city you will find many taverns with tasteful traditional cooking such as various types of pie which perfectly combines with the good music and the traditional drink, raki.
Korça is a very good base for exploring many tourist points located in the nearby mountains such as Voskopoja, Dardha, Vithkuqi and Boboshtica. These villages are well known for offering the possibility to practice many outdoor sports and activities. The area is also famous for the Byzantine churches of Vithkuqi and Voskpoja, whose walls were painted by famous medieval Albanian painters. Close to Korça you can visit Prespa Lake (which is the country’s largest National Park), Drenova National Park, the Neolithic tombs of Kamenica, etc.
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