If you’re visiting the city of Tirana, a day trip must be made to the unique Cape of Rodon. Only a 1-and-a-half-hour drive from the bustling capital of Albania you can visit the serenity that is the largest cape in Albania. Not only is the nature stunning but you will be delighted with a 14th-century castle and an old church. It’s one of the best things to do in Durres!
The castle of Skanderbeg used to be surrounded by 4 defence towers and it has been noted in history that this place was used as a piracy port or a transportation place for grain to nearby Ishmi. These days the castle is in ruins, but you can still see the arches and walls which remain and are preserved. It has been proved that there once was an ancient Illyrian settlement here too.
The Monastery of St Anthony
This monastery was built at the same period of the castle and is very well preserved. In fact, inside the church, you can still see a painting of a two-pronged eagle and a man on a horse. Because of that, this is one of the most popular churches to visit in Albania, not only for history but because of where its placed as it has a magnificent view! Today the church and the surrounding area is still considered sacred and every year locals and tourists join for festivities and pilgrimage. This is done on the 13th of June every year.
Soak up the Nature
Not only are you surrounded by incredible history but the nature here is something else. White sand beaches, pristine water and a place to camp if you do want to stay in this beautiful part of Albania to soak it up, I know I would! It’s a unique part of the country as many beaches in Albania are stone, so having a sandy beach is luxury in my eyes!
How to get there
It’s only a 1 hour and a half drive from Tirana or just over 1 hour from Durres. The road is in pretty good condition, a few potholes here and there but that’s Albanian roads for you. You will go through some beautiful villages and be blessed with some lovely views along the way.
You can easily drive, hitchhike or join a tour group. If you drive there is plenty of space for parking. It’s safe to leave your car there and walk to the cape from there. You can’t drive right up to the cape. You have to walk for around 500 meters to reach the castle and cape. The walk is easy enough. Along the way, you will also see bunkers built into the hill from the time of communism. They are slowly been taken over by nature and you might not even notice them!
As I said previously, you are welcome to freedom camp here or stay in one of the accommodation sites in Durres (check here for availability and prices). If you do freedom camp or just have a nice fire on the beach you MUST take all rubbish with you. Dumping your rubbish it unacceptable and disrespectful to the land. Cape of Rodon has ongoing issues with people dumping their plastic etc on the cape. So, if you see anyone do this, I would recommend educating them about why they shouldn’t do so.
There’s your guide on visiting Cape of Rodon in Durres. Let me know if you have added this beautiful destination to your Albania bucket list!
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