Tepelena Castle is located in Tepelena, about 28 kilometers north of Gjirokastra and about 81 kilometers from Saranda. The castle was built under the ruling of Ali Pasha of Tepelena, who used it as a second residence until 1820. The castle doesn’t have a typical geometric layout as the walls follow the natural shape of the hill on which it was built to protect the city. The fortification spans over an area of around 5.5 hectares and has three entrances and three polygonal towers.
The area inside the castle is now a residential area with houses and can be visited for free.The castle is an eye-catching landmark in the area and looks out over the Vjosa River valley with a dramatic background of mountain ranges.
How To Get To Tepelena Castle
Tepelena Castle is located right next to the main road SH4 between Gjirokastra and Tirana, so you can take any bus between those cities. To be more flexible you can also rent a car so you can visit more places on your trip.