Lezhë: The Complete Guide

Lezhë is a municipality and a town in northwestern Albania.

The city is near to the region’s most majestic lagoons, those of Kune-Vain and Patok, and some of the most unique, rocky beaches in Lezha surround the ancient area.

Lezhë is home to the mausoleum of Skanderbeg,or Gjergj Kastrioti  a national hero whose strategic skill held the Ottoman Empire at bay in the 1400s. When he died of malaria in 1468 he was buried in Lezhë’s cathedral.

Growth in the Albanian gastronomic culture began here in the last decade, with several world-famous farm-to-table and fine dining restaurants serving the most up-to-date traditional cuisine in the country.

Visiting Lezhë for the first time and wondering what are the top places to see in the city? In this complete guide, I share the best things to do in Lezhë on the first visit. Top help you plan your trip, I have also included an interactive map and practical tips for visiting!

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History of Lezhë

The town dates back to at least 8th century BC when Dionysius I of Syracuse established a Greek settlement by the name of Lissos in around 385 BC.

The walls of the city date back to the late 4th century BC and to be of native Illyrian construction. The city was later alternatively under Macedonian and Roman and Ottoman rule.

During the Roman civil war Mark Anthony landed at nearby Shëngjin, which was called Nymphaeum, during his campaign against Pompey.

3 Best places to See in Lezhë

This complete guide to Lezhë not only tells you about the very best sights and tourist attractions for first-time visitors to the city but also provide insights into a few of our personal favorite things to do.

This is a practical guide to visiting the best places to see in Lezhë and is filled with tips and info that should answer all your questions!

Lezhë Castle

Lezhë Castle 4
Public Domain / Belgian man
There are Illyrian fortifications on the hill above the city. It was rebuild by the Venetians in 1440, by the Ottoman in 1522. The architecture of the castle bears comes from a mix of Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman designs. There are Ottoman buildings and a mosque to see in the castle and a Roman […]
Location: Rruga Varosh Lezhë District 4501 Albania | Distance: 0.60km
Visiting Lezhë Castle

Skanderbeg memorial

Skanderbeg Grave And Lezhë Castle
Public Domain / Belgian man
Skanderbeg (Gjergj Kastrioti), was an Albanian nobleman and military commander who led a rebellion and successfully resisted the Ottoman Empire for 24 years. As the resistance brought Albanians from different regions together with a common cause it is argued that he helping define an Albanians identity. When he died of malaria in 1468 he was […]
Location: Rruga Frang Bardhi Lezhë District 4501 Albania | Hours: April - September, Every Day 8:00-20:00 October - March, Every Day 8:00-17:00 | Price: 100 lek | Distance: 1.10km
Visiting Skanderbeg memorial


Rubik Albania
CC BY-SA 4.0 / ShkelzenRexha
Rubrik is a pleasant small town on the road E851 from Lexhe to Kukes. As you approach the town along the Fan River. you will see the beautiful 13 century church and the 19th century monastery that sits above the town on the hill. Both buildings were damaged in World War II, although the church […]
Visiting Rubik

Tours and Activities from Lezhë