The city of Gjirokastër (Gjirokastra) recorded an increase in 20% as regards the number of visitors compared to last year.
Investments in family hotels and guest houses have increased the number of beds in hotels at 670, while almost other 300 beds are offered by family-run guest houses (with one or two rooms) that have not yet been registered in the tax system.
Tourists from all over Europe, especially from Poland, testify to having found good services a Gjirokastër after stopping one or more days:
"We are coming to Albania for the first time, we have planned a trip of a few weeks here. Gjirokastër was a fantastic discovery: it is beautiful, and offers good services in restaurants and hotels. Prices are also accessible, at least for tourists from our country. ”- said Anja Sielova, a Polish tourist.
Dragani, Serbian visitor arrived at Gjirokastër with a group of bikers, he claims to have been surprised by the wonderful place:
"Albania is mostly beautiful and welcoming, but here in particular we found many possibilities to visit monuments and museums. We didn't have the time to taste everything but we stopped in a small restaurant and we loved the kitchen. "
Il mayor of Gjirokastër he pointed out that the biggest complaint of tourists arriving in the summer was that concerning the traffic in the historic center that very soon turned into a pedestrian area. He also said that the city is setting up a multi-service guide to keep visitors coming to Gjirokastër longer.
Gentiana Lili, responsible for the tourism sector in the municipality of Gjirokastër - says that more than 42.000 visitors have spent at least one night in the city this year, increasing Gjirokastër's revenues.
This situation would seem to have pulled the city of southern Albania out of its historic status as a transit city.
Although much still needs to be improved, like the efficiency of public transport. The 70% of foreign tourists who arrived in the last six months were foreigners.
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Gjirokastër, in Italian Argirocastro is one of the oldest Albanian cities, and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site https: //www.turismo.al/2018/05/argirocastro/
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