Tepelenë: The Complete Guide

Tepelenë is a small town located on the left side of the Vjosa River on a plateau above the river in southern Albania. The castle / town walls overlook the river.

The warlord and ruler of Southern Albania, Ali Pasha of Tepelenë was born at the nearby village of Beçisht and there is a statue of him in Tepelenë. He lived in Tepelenë castle here for a period and met Lord Byron there.

This area has two towns, Tepelene and Memaliaj, 15 villages and castles, and caves, and waterfalls to see. “Kurvelesh” is a region in Albania, famous for the bravery, songs and pride.

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4 Best things to See in Tepelenë

Lord Byron Square

Lord Byron Square, Tepelene, Albania
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Ali Pasha Tepelena was the Governor of Southern Albania from 1788 - 1822, was an Albanian warlord who is now celebrated for fighting the Turks.

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Address: Sheshi Lord Bajron, Tepelenë, Albania | Hours: 24 Hours | Price: Free

Castle of Tepelenë

Tepelenës Castle, Albania 2
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The Castle of Tepelenë is situated on the North side of the city of Tepelene and houses a number of residential buildings inside it.

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Benca Aqueduct

Ali Pasha Aqueduct Bence Tepelene
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The Aqueduct of Benca is situated by the Benca river, 2 km in north of the village with the same name.

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Progonati Waterfall

Progonati Waterfall Tepelena Gjirokastra
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Progonati Waterfall is a largely undiscovered waterfall with crystal-clean water plunges which plunges down 40m into a turquoise colored pool, then flows through a horizontal hole, to drops another 40 m into a second pool. The water then continues to cascade down a series of additional falls for several hundred meters until it reaches the end of the canyon.

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Tours and Activities from Tepelenë