Shkodra In Your Pocket

A diamond-shaped city wedged between the Rozafa Citadel, the magnificent Albanian Alps, deep blue Lake Shkodra, a 30-kilometre sand beach and the serene Buna river delta reservation - Shkodra is a diamond in the rough with plenty of potential.

While many visitors quickly breeze though the city, Shkodra’s turbulent 2400-year history has left plenty of interesting relics that make a stay in Albania’s cultural capital worthwhile.

Hundreds of years of no-nonsense religious and ethnic tolerance resulted in booming trade, witnessed by Shkodra’s grand merchants’ homes, and dozens of mosques and Catholic and Orthodox churches standing in close proximity to each other. With travel to Albania now easier than ever before, and the number of visitors to Shkodra increasing, facilities for travellers are improving rapidly, with good hotels and several excellent restaurants now established.

The Shkodra In Your Pocket online and print city guide is the first of its kind, enabling foreign visitors to get the most out of Shkodra. The guide is published by Tirana In Your Pocket in association with the Municipality of Shkodra, under the programme Local selfgovernance, driving force for development, and in partnership with UCODEP (Unity and Cooperation for Development of People) and with the financial contribution of the Italian government, Tuscany Region and GTZ.

You can view, download and print the 2006 Shkodra In Your Pocket PDF guide here for free.

We welcome all comments about the guide; please write in to with your praise, tips, corrections and complaints. Now, as the Shkodran poet Filip Shiroka wrote, “be off to Albania on your flight, off to Shkodra, my native town!”

Enjoy Shkodra.

Note to readers: Shkodra municipality has recently renamed most streets in the city. We'll update these in our guide shortly. The landmarks remain the same, so ask the locals for hotels and sights, rather than transient things like street names, when orientating.

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