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TOP 10 Things to do in Lezhe, Albania [Jun 2024]

Experience the authentic Albania

Bunkers in Tale,Lezhe by Xiao Yang
Bunkers in Tale,Lezhe by Xiao Yang

Lezhe can offer it all.
The place where the coast combines with history, nature and rich cuisine, making Lezha an all year destination for many visitors. From its rich historical heritage to its stunning natural beauty, Lezhe offers an array of experiences that will captivate every traveler.

In this blog, you can discover The TOP 10 things to do in Lezhe, Albania:

1. Visit Lezhe Castle

Begin your adventure by visiting the iconic Lezhe Castle. Perched on a hilltop, this medieval fortress offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscapes. Explore the ruins, walk along the ancient walls, and immerse yourself in the history of Lezhe.

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2. Discover Shengjin Beach

For a dose of sun, sand, and sea, head to Shengjin Beach. With its pristine waters and golden sandy shores, this coastal paradise is perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, soak up the sun, or indulge in water sports activities.

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3. Go to Rana e Hedhun

Rana e Hedhun is perhaps one of the most fascinating destinations in Lezha. Named in the Gheg dialect of Albanian, in English, its name literally translates as “poured” or “thrown sand”, referring to the untouched sand dunes and formations along its coastline. Located only 3-4 kilometres from Shëngjin, this beach remains relatively unexplored by the larger population of tourists, revealing a rare and perhaps forgotten Mediterranean landscape. The pine trees surrounding the area make it an ideal spot for camping or picnics, and also for intermittently enjoying the rays of the glorious Albanian summer sun.

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4. Spend a day at Patok Lagoon

The Patok lagoon is located by the Mat river and composed of a sandy and partly marshy coast. The simultaneous presence of the marine and terrestrial environment – mostly woods, grassy areas, sandy barriers and cultivated land – makes it an area with a high level of biodiversity: numerous fish and crustaceans live here which attract a large number of migratory and non-migratory birds .

Patok Lagoon by Letters from the Balkan
Patok Lagoon by Letters from the Balkan

5. Explore Zogu I Boulevard

Stroll along Zogu I Boulevard, the vibrant heart of Lezhe. Lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, this bustling street is ideal for shopping, people-watching, and savoring delicious local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and experience the local culture.

6. Experience Kune-Vain-Tale Nature Reserve

Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to explore the Kune-Vain-Tale Nature Reserve. This protected area is home to a diverse ecosystem, including rare bird species, wetlands, and lush forests. Embark on a hike, enjoy birdwatching, or simply take in the serene beauty of the surroundings.

Kune-vain Lagoon, Lezhe
Kune-vain Lagoon, Lezhe

7. Attend the Folk Festival

If you happen to visit Lezhe in November, make sure to attend the Folk Festival. This event usually takes place in the premises of the medieval Cathedral of St. Nicholas/Gjergj Kastriot-Skënderbeu’s burial place memorial. Enjoy traditional music, dance performances, and a lively atmosphere as the city comes alive with festivities.

8. Explore the Underground Bunkers

Take a fascinating journey into Albania’s Cold War past by exploring the underground bunkers scattered throughout Lezhe. These bunkers were built during the communist era and offer a unique insight into Albania’s

Bunkers in Tale,Lezhe by Xiao Yang
Bunkers in Tale,Lezhe by Xiao Yang

9. Go kayaking at the Drin River

Lezha is one of the few cities with a river running through it. You can take a kayak and go along the river, for it is safe during most of the year. There are also speedboats if you want to have a faster experience.
After exploring the river, you can enjoy a coffee at the riverside pubs, you can try artisanal fishing and watch the many birds flying above the river as it flows into the sea.

Kayaking in Drin River , Lezhe
Kayaking in Drin River , Lezhe

10. Try the best food at an agri-tourism

Lezhe and its surrounding villages are well known for many agri-tourisms, restaurants and hotels when you can taste the best food, accommodation and nature. We suggest you: Hoteli i Gjuetise, Hylli i Drites, Restaurant Rapsodia and Mrizi I Zanave.

Rapsodia Restaurant, Lezhe
Rapsodia Restaurant, Lezhe

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