Lushnje travel guide, Albania

Posted by on July 4, 2012

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Found in the central western area of Albania, Lushnje is a city that is still unknown to the world. It is part of the Fier province and is inhabited by a little over 300 thousand people. The town was discovered in the late medieval period by Salushe, a widow from Turkey. She constructed a passage point from Durres to Berat. This is how the town was born. Elder people of the town still call it Salushe. During the 20’s, the town was declared a provisional capital of the country. Unfortunately chieftains eventually agreed to make Tirana the capital of Albania.

Lushnje, Albania

Lushnje, Albania

Sculpture in Lushnje

Sculpture in Lushnje

This small city is known for its agricultural products. It is actually the provider of the country and nearby region. The Shkumbini River passes through the district. One of its towns is Divjake which is situated near a coast of the Adriatic sea. There is a forest in the area but it is not protected very well. It is said that this town is the bridge that connects both the north and south of the country. There is nothing much to see in the town but it is a great stop if you want to rest during your travel when visiting Albania.

Road to Lushnje next to Shkumbini river

Road to Lushnje next to Shkumbini river

Forest of Divjake

Forest of Divjake

You can take a bus or taxi to travel from nearby cities going to Lushnje. There are small shops and cafes where you can taste dishes of the local cuisines. Lushnje is a town that has a lot of small accommodations perfect for those people who are just passing through. Although there are no major hotels, you can find inns that are affordable and offer great service.  For first time travelers to the area, there are several things that you want to know. Just like other Albanian cities, it is expected for people to give a tip especially if you receive outstanding service.

Sculpture at the centre of Lushnje

Sculpture at the centre of Lushnje

Orthodox church in Lushnje

Orthodox church in Lushnje

If you decide to hire a taxi cab, tipping the driver is not common but appreciated. They will often help you carry luggage and they will provide you with information necessary if you want to go from one place to another. This is also true if you stay in a hotel. You can tip the maid especially if your stay is very comfortable. It is ideal if you carry Lek which is the official currency in Albania. It is hard to find a currency exchange in Lushnje. Before going to the town, be sure to have ample money.

Bashtove Fortress

Bashtove Fortress

Ardenice, the most ancient monastery

Ardenice, the most ancient monastery

Lushnje photo 1,2,3: Marie Hacia ne Cingal, Lushnje photo 4: Kaltersia Shqiptare, Lushnje photo 5: Soaringblue25, Lushnje photo 6: Amish Menno, Lushnje photo 7: Miss Kim, Lushnje photo 8: Kalaja wm,

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