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Apollonia Archaeological Park

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Apollonia Archaeological Park

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OxfordStrasser wrote a review Jan. 2
Oxford128 contributions59 helpful votes
Absolute gem of a site. Extensive with some reconstructed parts looking out to sea. Deserted the day we went. Nice Romanesque monastery and good museum with a lovely reconstructed shield. The cafe up the hill within the site is superb - much better than you could have any right to expect given the location and the pretty sparse custom. We had a lovely Greek salad and grilled meat. It was beautiful day in September and the views out to sea were memorable.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Martin S wrote a review Sep. 2020
London, United Kingdom27 contributions5 helpful votes
Beautiful archaeological ruins set on a stunning hilltop vista. The new road junction makes it easier (and quicker) to reach than suggested by Google (we drove from Durrës on the way to Orikum and noticed Google Maps suggested following the road round Fier and back on itself, you do not need to do this anymore as a junction takes you almost straight there now from the SH4). Entrance fee is reasonable. We parked in the shade under the olive trees and walked up through the turnstile. Visiting in late Sept meant we had the entire place almost to ourselves, which was amazing. The museum and church are very interesting with some incredible Roman statues. The church interior is absolutely stunning, with a beautiful Frieze. I would suggest allowing around 1-2 hours to explore the full site as some parts are separated by little tracks (especially the Acropolis which is right at the top, near a huge abandoned cold war bunker system). The restaurant was open and although the gent serving initially told us he had no food, he came back minutes later and offered us some pork. When this arrived it was actually very delicious and we were extremely grateful to him. Reasonably priced too (like most food in Albania). Some of the boards are harder to understand (if you don't speak Albanian) but the guide leaflet does enough. The theatre is harder to find as it is down a little track, not far from the car park. It's still a superb site with some interesting ruins and fantastic views of the area.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Heidi wrote a review Sep. 2020
3 contributions6 helpful votes
It is a beautiful and interesting archaeological site and a trip there is highly recommended. Descriptions are provided at the larger monuments, but the info is limited to those specific ruins. A history of the entire complex would be valuable, along with info of the ruins to which descriptions are not provided. I would have benefited a lot from a guided tour here, as there must be much more interesting knowledge. I think requests for a guide shall be made to the park in advance. We were not given a brochure/mapguide when we entered (something I read was provided in another review), but I found it online subsequently. This brochure would have made our visit more complete as it provides a brief history of the whole complex and short descriptions of most of the ruins along with suggested walking paths. Also, be aware of "kind" offers from the park rangers for you to visit the clock tower or so. Normally it is not allowed for tourists to enter, but he took us. On the way out he blocked the exit and wanted 200 leke pr. person. This corresponds to half the ticket price to the entire park!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Bob B wrote a review Feb. 2020
Erie, Pennsylvania310 contributions123 helpful votes
We went on a tour of this site today. Our tour guide was the site's archaeologist, and he was a wealth of information about the site and its history. It's an amazing blend of Greek, Roman, and other cultures and civilizations. The museum is magnificent. This is really a "not to be missed" attraction.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Gordon W wrote a review Jan. 2020
Broken Hill, Australia1,573 contributions176 helpful votes
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We visited Apollonia on 4 July 2019 (sorry, we are still in catch up mode for reviews) and thought both the archaeological site and museum were excellent. Amazingly, at that time, we were the only visitors and did a self-guided tour. An English-language brochure is provided on entry and there are information boards at all the major sites. As we left our driver outside the site, we spent only one and a half hours here, but could easily have spent much longer. In that time, we took over 130 photos. Apart from lots of beautiful artefacts in the museum, we were thrilled to find lots of Hermann's tortoises in the park. Visiting in July, we found sensible shoes, hats, sunglasses and water all useful.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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