Delvina (Delvinë) is a town and municipality with 7,598 inhabitants, and is located about 16 kilometers land inwards from Saranda. The town is built in a valey and on the slopes of the hills.
How To Get To Delvina
Delvina is located about 16 kilometers from Saranda and can be reached via a direct bus, which leaves from the bus terminus in the center of Saranda. By car the trip takes about 25 minutes. If coming from the direction of Gjirokastra or The Blue Eye, we strongly advise to take the SH99 and SH83 via Finiq, as the old road SH78 is in such a bad condition that the detour will be much faster and more comfortable.
If you don’t have your own transportation, you can book a tour to Delvina or rent a car, which gives you the ultimate flexibility to explore the area and visit multiple sights on your itinerary.
Delvina is a nice getaway from the major tourist trails and the busy beach towns in the Albanian Riviera. You can climb up the hill next to the town to visit the ruins of Delvina Castle, from where you’ll have an amazing view at the picturesque mountains and valleys in all directions. Close to the castle are also the remains of the King Mosque, which is thought to be the first of its type in Albania. On the outskirts of the town there is also an orthodox church and the Martyrs’ Cemetery of Delvina, honering the partizans who died in Word War II.
In the town center is a mosque, a large square with another WWII memorial and there are a few cafes and restaurants.
Just before reaching Delvina, there is the 15th century Gjin Aleksi Mosque in the village of Rusan, which is well worth a stop on the way. About 2 kilometers northeast of Delvina you can also find the 7th century Monastery of Kamena.