Shkodra is the fourth largest city in Albania.
Queen Teuta' Illryan kingdom was based here in the 3rd century BC. The Ottamans seiged it in 1473 and 1479, and lost 14,000 and 30,000 men in these raids, respectively. Shkodra changed hands with Montenegro numerous times during World War I. Shkodra was badly damaged in a 1979 earthquake.
Buses between Shkodra and Tirana leave approximately every hour. The 2 hour, 116km journey costs 300 leke.
Shkodra is the bike capital of Albania, because its flat. This is a heritage from the Hoxha-era.
- Kalaja/Rozafa Fortress 2km southwest of Shkodra, near the southern end of Lake Shkodra 200 lekFounded by the Ilryans, rebuilt by the Venitians and the Ottomans. Rozafa is a woman buried in the ramparts, who supports the structure. Bring a torch and go exploring. There are amazing views from the highest point.
- Monumenti 5 Heronjtë e Vigut/Statue to 5 Heroes In the Center of Shkodra Homoerotic statue of 5 men holding hands gazing down the 5 streets that intersect in the square.
- Fototeke Marubi Muhamet Gollesha 130 lekFirst ever photograph taken in [[Albania]] (1858) is here.
- Lake Shkodra The largest lake in the Balkans.
- Camping in the Mountains - [[Razma]], Boga, [[Thethi]]
Shkodra is famous for its numerous patisseries where you can eat delicious sweets.
- Hotel Colosseo http://www.colosseohotel.com/ Single: €50; Double: €60; Suite: €7014 rooms.
- Hotel Rozafa Rruga Marin Barleti close to the Five Heroes From €15Old communist style hotel. 91 rooms. 8 stories.
- Grand Hotel Europa Sheshi 2 Prilli +355 222 4 12 11 From €123Prestigious luxury hotel. 50 rooms.
- Hotel Argenti + 355 224 39 09 new and modern hotel in Velipoja area where you can find commode ambient and a quality service. Hotel “Argenti” has comfortable rooms furnished with air conditioned, TV, bathroom and showers. At the restaurant of the hotel you will taste the delicious traditional Albanian and European cuisine.
- Hotel Tradita Tradita G&T Skanderbeg Street 4 +355 42 227 121 http://www.hotel-tradita-shkoder.com/ 2PM noon € 50 Hotel Tradita is as close as it gets to being invited to the dining hall, the kitchen and courtyard of the local Ottoman Pasha.
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