Kostar is a tiny village on the slopes of the mountain. The Monastery of Saint Mary is beautifully built at the face of a steep cliff, which makes it a very special location for a monastery. The building is literally carved out of a rock and has a spectacular view over the surrounding valley and villages.
The monastery dates all the way back to 1332 when the first parts were built. The monastery was later extended between 1690-1770. So the building is really old but very beautifully decorated with wall paintings and wooden furniture, so not surprisingly it’s considered as a pelgrimage site by many.
How To Get To Kostar
Kostar and its monastery are located just off the SH99 road between Saranda and Gjirokastra and is best reached by car. From Saranda it takes about 30 minutes to get there, but be aware that from the main road, you have to drive for about 4 kilometers over a small and steep road that is only partly paved and can be quite challenging at some points. You can drive all the way up to the monastery and park there.
If you don’t have your own transportation you can rent a car or motor cycle, or arrange a taxi to get you there. Alternatively you can take any bus from Saranda to Gjirokastra and ask to be dropped off the exit towards Kostar, which is just after the village of Mesopotam. Bring plenty of water, because you’d need to walk for about 4 kilometers uphill and all the way back as well. You won’t find any shop on the way!
No Records Found
Sorry, no records were found. Please adjust your search criteria and try again.
Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.
Analytics cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.
Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
Unclassified cookies are cookies that we are in the process of classifying, together with the providers of individual cookies.
Cookies are small text files that can be used by websites to make a user's experience more efficient. The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission. This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.