Tepelene is in Southeastern Albania. This district has two cities: Tepelene and Memaliaj, and a lot of villages. This district includes "Kurvelesh", a region famous for its bravery and polyphonic characteristic songs.
From Tirana, you can get to Tepelene following the itinerary Tirana-Durres-Rrogozhine-Lushnje-Fier-Levan-Tepelene (3h-3h30min). The roadway is new and has good quality. From Greece, you can go through Kakavije-Gjirokaster-Tepelene (1h-1h20min). From Kosovo, you follow: Morine-Kalimash-Rreshen-Milot-Fushe Kruje-Durres-Rrogozhine-Lushnje- (from Milot, around 5h-6h) From Macedonia, you follow Qafe Thane-Librazhd-Elbasan-Rrogozhine-Lushnje-Fier-Tepelene (3h-3h30min from Qafe Thane). From Montenegro, you can follow Muriqan-Shkodra-Lezhe-Fushe Kruje-Milot-Durres-Lushnje-Fier-Levan-Tepelene (around 5h-5h30min from Muriqan).
You can come also through Rinas Airport (in Tirana) If you come with a plane, you can (i) rent a car (this is the most preferred and the prices are lower than in other parts of Europe);
Take the bus in Tirana at the crossroad between Kavaja Street with Unaza e Re. It costs around 700 leks, or 5 euros. Ask the driver to leave you in Tepelene. With a taxi: Find a taxi with a good car in Tirana, and ask the driver if he speaks a foreign language. If you can't find a driver that speaks a language you know, kindly someone that is walking near you at that moment to translate (find a young boy or girl, as they speak foreign languages better). Through your translator, tell the taxier to send you to Tepelene, and negotiate the price beforehand.
Take the boat to Vlora or Durres, then go to Tepelene (through Vlore-Kuc-Tepelene or Durres-Rrogozhine-Lushnje-Fier-Levan-Tepelene)
There are a lot of things to be seen in Tepelene. Castles, and caves, and waterfalls, and everything. "Kurvelesh" is a region in Albania, famous for the bravery, songs and pride. This region has 15 villages, which are: Gusmari, Vërmiku, Nivica, Rexhini, Progonati, Lekdushi, Golemi, Kaparieli, Picari, Kolonja, Kuç, Bolenë, Kallarat, Fterrë and Çorraj.
Walk around Kurveleshi. Ask for a guesthouse to the local tourist information office and enjoy the well-known hospitality. See the waterfall in Progonat; "Uji i Ftohte" (another waterfall); the cave of Lek Peta in Progonat; "Dragoti Cave"; "Water's Mom Cave"; "Zemren e Shendelis"; "Lekdushi Springs" etc.
One of the most interesting things to visit in this region is "Pusi i Hasmerive" or "The Hole of Feuds". The legend says that in ancient times, the people killed for "feuds" (see Blood Feud in Albania) were burried there. "Nivica Canyons" or Canyons of Nivica are breathtaking and memorable.
Don't forget to enjoy the traditional food.
There are a few hotels in Tepelene, but its the best to enjoy the experience in a guesthouse.