The City of Serenades

Have you heard about Spanish or Mexican Serenades? Well, let us tell you that if you visit Albania, you will find a city known as the ‘City of Serenades’. It is called Korça. That is the city where the largest carnival in Albania is organized, taking place before Orthodox Easter. In addition, Korça is known as the “Paris of Albania.”

Korça is one of the largest and most important cultural and economic centers of Albania. It is located in the southeastern part of the country.

Typical quarters composed of low houses and villas, which are paved with cobblestone, have made the city well known. 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). Also, the renewed National Museum of Medieval Art, the Prehistoric Museum, the House-Museum of the famous landscape painter, Vangjush Mio. Don’t forget also to visit the Museum of the Oriental Art “Bratko”, Gjon Mili Photography Museum.

In the vicinity of the city, there is the cemetery of French soldiers fallen during the First World War. The Theatre Cajupi is also a place to see concerts or theatre performances depending by the season .

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. Those are perfectly combines with the good music and the traditional drink, raki.

Korca also has renovated Old Bazaar, an old market with boutique shops, a mix of traditional and modern restaurants, and little bakeries and cafes. This area has become the true heart of the city, buzzing will people and energy all day long.

Things to do in Korca

Korça is a good base for exploring many tourist points located in the nearby mountains such as Voskopoja, Dardha, Vithkuqi and Boboshtica. Tourists and visitors as commonly practice outdoor sports and activities in these villages.

The area is also famous for the Byzantine churches of Vithkuqi and Voskopoja. These buildings stand as a strong evidence of the extraordinary economic development of these centers during the Ottoman rule in the area.

Close to Korça you can visit Prespa Lake, Drenova National Park and the Illyrian tummulus of Kamenica.


Korca held every year “Beer Festival” and it is the largest festival in Albania. Thousand of people came to Korca during this festival (for five nights during the second week of August). There are music, well known DJ, beer, traditional dishes such as the Kernacka meatballs and the Lakror pie, etc. Beer Festival, which marks the tourist season in Korça, brings together albanian and foreign breweries.

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