"Vlora, a strategically situated city" Top 5 Page for this destination Vlore by JLBG

Vlore Travel Guide: 56 reviews and 147 photos

Vlora is 150 km south to Tirana and 130 km north to Saranda. It is only 75 km from Brindisi, in southern Italy; The Vlora bay is an excellent shelter. The harbor is already important and the second of the country after Durrës. It should develop as it is the only on the Adriatic coast between Trieste in Italy and Patra in Greece that can stand very large tankers that need a deep harbor.

Vlora has played a main part in the process of independence of the country. Ismaïl Qemal Beg was the leader of a group of 83 delegates from all over Albania (including Kosovo and Çameria) that landed in Vlora and declared independence of the country on November 28th 1912. A huge monument celebrates the story.

The period between 1996 and 2002 was very sad for the whole country but even more for Vlora. Given that Italy (Brindisi) was so close, people from all over the country gathered in Vlora to get out of the country. After that turmoil, for several years, the city was a nest for a great many traffics. This period is over and the situation in Vlora is returned to normal. Anyone can visit without any fear. When coming from Tirana, Vlora is the access to the Llogara pass and the Albanian Riviera.

I had built a Vlora page from my 1988 travel in Albania. Instead of mixing 1988, 2007 and 2009, I have preferred to build a new page from my two most recent travels. I have transferred my 1988 page to Rrethi i Vlores (District or Province of Vlora).

  • Last visit to Vlore: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Some very interesting info and amazing pictures. I spent only very short time in Vlore.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    Oh wow, this seafood looks delicious!! No wonder that you walked and searched for the restaurant so long :-)) I love the houses and also feel sorry for this beautiful old one in decay.

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Enjoyed your Vlora tips, especially to see all these wierd and wonderful suprises like 3 chickens and an unamed statue of some hero. Also Your dog picture ....more pics of our pets on VT who make our travels more challenging and fun.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2008 at 3:15 AM

    Certainly an impressive monument and some interesting architecture. Shame when some is left to decay.

  • Jun 23, 2008 at 5:08 AM

    Another great page of you!

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2008 at 4:50 AM

    An interesting page with nice photos. I love the intro photo with your cute doggie.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Glad to know you are traveling with your pet! What a beautiful intro photo! Isa Boletini would be proud to be photographed in such a company... Thanks Jean-Louis for sharing.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2007 at 3:46 AM

    Interesting page on the town of Vlore esp. the brick and stone Muradi Mosque. Also thanks for checking out my Fira and Ios pages. Have a good weekend!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    So glad they got rid of the old grey concrete blocks - nice architecture here = banking maybe the way to go to restore the old house!!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2007 at 3:43 PM

    Nice page!


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