Founded in the 6th century B.C.E. and known in Antiquity as Aulona, Vlorë was built in one of the most beautiful spots in southern Albania. Its shores present a unique mixture of rocky and sand beaches, and the gorgeous vistas of the Karaburun Peninsula and Sazan Islands stretch in front of the city.
Vlorë is the starting point of the Albanian Riviera, and its shores are bathed by both the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourism in Albania, thanks also to the proximity of the Orikum and Amantia archaeological parks and Llogara National Park.
Beyond its heavenly beaches and natural wonders, the city is of historical importance for Albania, having hosted its First National Assembly, where Albania declared independence from the Ottoman Empire on November 28, 1912. Visitors interested in learning more about this event can easily visit the Museum of Independence which was dedicated to it. In fact, Vlorë boasts several museums that testify to its past, and Albania’s rich history at large, including an ethnographic museum.
We highly recommend a visit to the Muradije Mosque, constructed by famous architect Sinan the Great in 1542. It is the only remaining work by the architect in Albania. The natural terrace of Kuzum Baba, located on top of a hill that overlooks the city, was named after a Bektashi spiritual leader.