An interesting - though slow - way to get to Korça from Tirana is to take the train. From Pogradec to Korce, it is a short trip by "furgon". The train leaves at 06:00 from Tiranë. Becuse the train makes a big detour via Durrës, it arrives no less than four hours later at Elbasan, about 35 km from Tiranë, so it should be possible to make a shortcut. The price is very favourable (295 lek, about € 2). The second hand German carriages are OK, though for some unclear reason all windows are damaged, apparently by bullets. The scenery is beautiful, and until October it is possible to have the window wide open.
Several miles from the Greek border, this city is Albania's cultural capital. It is full of life during the summer when you can find couples and families strolling through the city's main park, Parku Rinia. You can hike to the top of the beautiful mountain Moravia and view the city and its surrounding landscape.
National Museum of Medieval Art (Muzeu i Artit Meshetar Shqiptar), (near the Orthodox cathedral), . M-F 8:00-14:30, 17:00-19:00; Sa Su 9:00-12:00, 17:00-19:00. Fantastic collection; if the door is locked during opening hours, ring the buzzer.edit
Don't miss the Korca Brewery (famous throughout Albania) which sponsors a week long Beer Festival in the summer!
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Hotel Kocibelli, Sheshi kryesor (just north of the bus station). Used to be called Hotel Turizem in the communist days. Refurbished, quite clean. Rooms are not as modern as facade, but OK. Free internet; breakfast included. English speaking receptionists. edit
guest house Bujtina Leon, Shpresa Palla 3 (Behind the cathedral, next to the greek consulate), ☎ 00355-694366504, . Very nice little traditional hotel, ideal for relaxation. Recently renovated, offers flat screen tv to every room and breakfast in a beautiful room of wood and stone by the fireplace. The only hotel so far that offers online booking via www.Booking.com45 euros. edit