The Castle of Himara
The Castle of Himara
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Melanie
Cairns, Australia26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Walked to castle from.Himare beach area...approx 45min uphill (take water if hot as uphill with no shade).
Was planning to just walk around old town but when arrived old town/castle is same & 300lek each entry fee. Nice views... castle ok but not best compared to others in albania (this was about 7th on holiday). Worth it for quick visit if in area but wouldn't go out of way (or walk ) for it
Written June 13, 2024
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AshSB67
Sheffield, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We wanted somewhere to stop on the drive from Dhermi to Himare and so pulled in at the castle car park in Old Town Himare. We paid 200 Lek for the car park and started the walk up the cobbled pathways to the top. On the way, we saw a sign that said cafe. It looked like it pointed to someone's house, but we risked it, and we were fully rewarded with a delightful little cafe serving drinks and delicious homemade cakes, with a wonderful view of the coast. This was a little gem that, I'm sure we will think of as a highlight of our stay. After refreshments (2000 lek for four of us) we continued up the pathways and reached the top. First on the left was an old church with hand painted frescos and then a series of crumbling buildings. You could walk around wherever you wanted, even to the point of standing at a precipice. Even though it was now 7:30pm (and 30 mins before sunset), a man appeared and charged us 300 Lek each. We took loads of great pictures and wandered back down, where I bought some dried oregano from a villager. A lovely and memorable little trip
Written July 30, 2023
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Cruisinbob
Atlanta, GA873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A long walk uphill, no signs anywhere, lots of ruins but great views. A tad tough to find and be aware the stones are slippery.
Written June 20, 2023
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70ava
Beijing, China1,002 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The road walking up from the car park is half of the fun. Deserted and inhabited houses, old olive tress, cobblestone walkways - it looks as if it did not change in the last 100 years or more. The views are amazing from the top and it is recommended to go in the morning rather than the afternoon. We loved the fact that it was not renovated and was left the way it is. Really beautiful place.
Written October 26, 2022
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sleepybexhill
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK1,495 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
This ruined old town is an interesting place to wander and soak up the atmosphere and views. Note - many of the photos showing a castle in good condition near the sea are not from here. They are of the Ali Pasha fortress at Porto Palermo.
Written September 30, 2021
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Attenzione Attrazione
Florence, Italy160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
When you drive to the beach and along side of the road it is very easy to miss this Himara Castle. So when you enter Himara area drive slowly and you will find it.
Parking is free, but the price is 3 EUR per person.
Wear comfortable shoes, it is very slippery and in ruins.
Written July 2, 2021
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KarenBonavita
U.S.214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We really liked walking around the Old Town and Castle ruins and recommend it. We walked from town (about 45-min) and though uphill a lot, it’s beautiful and interesting to see life along the way. We liked the exercise. Always do.
The Old Town w cobblestone streets is authentic, not touristy, peaceful and the views from the top - all of Himare and several beaches - gorgeous. Think it was called the Butterly cafe toward the top, we had a delicious lemon drink made by the owner and from his lemon tree, and he gave us a treat of orange rind preserves w it. He also showed us, proudly, the inside of his home which included an ancient water collection cistern that is fully functioning. When visiting Old Town, you must stop here for a fresh lemon drink or so. And for the views - It’s charming, delightful. Another very senior woman invited us into her home and proudly gave us a tour.
We definitely recommend visiting the Himare Old Town/Castle ruins.
Written May 29, 2021
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Bland Ashiku
Tirana, Albania281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
It’s always such a lovely hike up there in the Old Himara, exercise and leisure all in one. Don’t forget to wear some good hiking shoes, suitable for slippery terrain. The cobble stones of the whole place are sharp and slippery. You can leave your car next to the small chapel down at the base by the national road and start your hike from there. Once you have seen all the pretty ruins, the church, and castle and all, try to find the recently opened organic juice and tea café almost t the top of the Old Town Castle area. I think it’s called Flutura ( Butterfly ) and it opened last year. Very hospitable people and a mesmerizing view of Himara and Livadhi. Almost in any weather you can see Corfu and the other islands.
Written January 12, 2021
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Kyrsten J
Mission Viejo, California, United States15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A great stop when doing the coastal scenic route of Albania. There was next to no one there when we went in November, and it was cool to wander the cobblestone streets and soak in the history. People live there today, so it's interesting to see the homes blending into the old castle walls.
Written January 4, 2021
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Perpetual Motion
Florida506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Perched on a hilltop with great views this castle requires a bit of stamina. Rocky roads without signs will eventually get you to the ruins. Most of the building are in poor condition without any attempt to give you an idea of its once grandeur. The is a cool church with wall frescos but you really need to search for it. Good views. Not worth a trip on its own but worth a stop if you are fit and in the area.
Written November 9, 2019
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