This castle was built in the village with the same name which is about 6 km from Vlorë. The castle rises on the side of the Shushica Mountain, about 380 meters above the sea level. The castle was built on the site of an ancient settlement, one of the oldest in the Vlora region. The castle is believed to have been erected in the 3rd century B.C. In the 4th century B.C. the castle was transformed into a fortress town. In the 6th century A.D. the castle was reconstructed by Justinian I. The castle was the center of the Principality of Valona in the 14th century.
National Museum of Independence in Vlora constitutes a complex with authentic values for local and foreign visitors. There are seven wards and two halls in which are preserved and exhibited very valuable items and documents from a special historical period in the early Renaissance to the First World War.
Porto Palermo Castle, is located in the Vlora region, in the coast of Himara. This caste is built in a small tectonic bay , by Ali Pasha Tepelena in the late 18th century CE. It has a rectangular shape with four bastions in its corners. Along the terrace’s parapet is a positioned loophole for canons. The inner space is made of halls, stores and other areas. Stone stairs leading to the terrace are located in the central part. Walls protect the entire area with gun loopholes at the front and at the side.
Gjipea beach has a beautiful form. After the beach, there is a stream that has made a canyon with 70 m high walls. Located near the beach of Dhërmiu is the Cave of Pirates, which tourists can access by ferry. There are also some hotels, restaurants, and summer discos located here. Throughout this entire area, “familiarity tourism” has been developed, where tourists can choose to rent a house as their accommodation instead of staying in a hotel.
In the southern part of Vlora’s bay is Orikumi, where a harbor for yachts was recently built. Orikum’s beach is about 2 km long. In this area are the Pana and Rrapi sea caves. This area is of great interest for divers because of the archeological remains and sunken ships. One of these is the Italian ship “PO,” sunken in 1941 during World War II. It is also said that Julius Caesar sank the ships of Pompeii’s troops here.
In south of embouchure of Vjosa there is Lagoon of Narta, which has an area of 4180 ha, the second biggest lagoon in Albania. Narta Lagoon is another natural ecosystem with possibilities for development of eco-tourism, poultries observation, fishing etc. It represents the second campus in Albania for seabirds. In Narta there are 195 kinds of poultries. During the winter there nest about 48.700 seabirds, 23% of wintrily poultries that come in Albania. There you can see thousands of different types of ducks.