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. Because 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 favorable (350 lek, about € 2.5). The second hand German carriages are OK, though for some unclear reasons, the windows are damaged. The scenery is beautiful, and until October it is possible to have the window wide open.
Another way to get to Korça from Tirana is to take the vans or the buses. They are more expensive than the trains, about 600 lek or € 4, but it's a faster way to go to Korça. Along your trip to Korça, you might stop in some small, traditional restaurants, where you can find some of the traditional Albanian dishes.
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!
Main Orthodox Church in the town center
Old Bazaar contains a mixture of cultures; its Ottoman inheritance, the mixture of Albanian, Vlachs, Macedonians and Romani people. It also has a touch from Venice, Paris and lands overseas due to the exchanges with these places. You can find all sorts of things in the market, clothes, pans, electrical appliances, anything. In the bazaar you can find various hans, which are very traditional and the owners are very friendly. Like any other outdoor market in Albania, the bazaar closes after lunch. If you want to visit and buy things in the bazaar you should hurry before it gets closed.
Kamenica Tumuli plus Muesum (5km from Korca)
Mësonjëtorja is the first school in Albania, opened on March 7, 1887. Today the building is a museum, and you can go and visit it from inside. Inside, you can find various documents that show the development of the Albanian education. Before the school was created, education was only given by travelling teachers.
Sweets in "Bonboneria". It's the best and the oldest bakery in Korça. It is very close to the center of the city, near the Orthodox Church. It's a very famous and popular bakery, and a point of orientation. If you want to buy some good quality traditional sweets, you should visit the "Bonboneria".
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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