"Korcë, a green city" Top 5 Page for this destination Korce by JLBG

Korce Travel Guide: 47 reviews and 218 photos

Korcë is one of the 12 prefectures of Albania. It is the main city of souteastern Albania, 109 km southeast of Tiranë, 19 km from the border with Greece. It is also named Korça, Korce, Korcha, Korytsa (Greek) and Corizza (Italian). In 2009, it had a population of 58 800 and was the 6th most populated city of the country.

At an elevation of 850 m, it stands in the middle of a rich agricultural plain (corn), framed by the Morava mountains.

The region has been inhabited since the Vth century BC (Neolithic). A city named Coviza was already mentioned in documents from 1280. The Ottoman occupation began in 1440 and lasted until WWI.

In the 19th century it became a main centre of the Albanian national consciousness. In 1887 was established the first school (for boys) teaching in Albanian, and 1891 the first Albanian school for girls. During the Balkan Wars, Greece occupied Korcë (1912-1913). From 1916 to 1920, the French administered it as the autonomous republic of Korça. At that time, Korcë was the most populated city of Albania. A French Lycée was opened in 1917 and closed in 1939 when the Italians invaded the country.

  • Last visit to Korce: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Hahaha, I laughed so much when I read your first to-do tip :-) So that would be my town, given the perfect low Ca DHMO supply :-) Voskopojë looks gorgeous, the little church and in general. And Restaurant Antonetta... yummm.. I get hungry! Laughed also about the dog conference. What might they have exchanged as information? Where the get the best food? Oh and the market photos.... these cheese filled peperoni (peppers?) look very delicious!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Jean-Louis, fabulous page with outstanding photos of this south-eastern gem of Albania. Our two trips to Albania, included only places in the north-westeren regions, but we are all prepared for the rest of the country. I didn't know that the Mountain-Tea is not only famous in Macedonia but also in Albania. We really enjoyed it in Macedonia.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    The buildings are very charming and the food looks very delicious. Love the conference of the four, very adorable! Lovely page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Hello Jean-Louis, I'm glad to see that you have started making VT pages again. I was impressed by the ?salt crystal house? that looks like salt when it crystallizes. It's funny that there is also a university called Kristal in the same town.

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Always great to see your updates JL, I hope to head this way soon. Got half way through yr tips then got this msg? Service Temporarily Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Really nice page. I just got back from Albania and will be going there again later this summer.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    Interesting page, Jean-Louis!Really amazing crystal like architecture as well as a Franco-Albanian conference at ground level! Hope a Franco-Russian conference with our German shepherds will take place someday, haha!


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