Get to know Korca City
Korca is known as the "cradle of Albanian culture" and is the largest city within the region. Historical documents refrencing the city date from the early medieval period - the first half of the XVth century - when Korca province was the property of Muzakajt, one of the feudal families of that time.
The city has served as a very important trading market. Throughout the centuries Albanian caravans began their travels from here to Turkey, Greece, and Russia.
Get to know Pogradec
The city of Pogradec lies on the shores of a natural miracle, Lake Ohrid, 695 m above sea level. In 1980, Lake Ohrid was recognized by UNESCO as a “Place of Natural and Cultural Heritage of World Importance” due to its historical values and unique flora and fauna.
Pogradec is an historic city, inhabited since the Neolithic era (6000 – 2000 B.C.), then subsequently by the Illirians, Enkeledians and Desarets who founded the Illyrian State and built the Castle of Pogradec above the present city on the hilltop, at an altitude of 870m.
Customs and Traditions
In general, Albanians shake hands and hug each other when they meet. They inquire about health and family.
The most characteristic drink is raki, which guests are offered along with sweets and coffee. Usually guests bring small presents when making a visit.
Background on Korca
Administrative Territorial Division of Korca region
Today, our region is:
- One of the most important cultural and economic centers in Albania. It has inherited traces of French influence that can be seen in the architecture and urban planning of the city of Korca.
- An example of religious tolerance between Orthodox Christians, Muslims and Catholics.
- One of the country’s most important educational centers with numerous primary, secondary, and professional schools, as well as the Fan S. Noli University of Korca.
- Well-known for its Korca Serenades, Carnivals and Masked Balls. Founded in 1927, the characteristic choir “Lyra” is well known throughout Albania for its wonderfully harmonious songs, giving the city a magical timbre.
- The embodiment of medieval art and ancient culture, with the Museum of Medieval Art, Archeological Museum, churches and frescos from David, Konstandin, the Zografi Brothers, and many pre-historic explorations that testify to a rich ancient culture.
- A place of great natural beauty, featuring the renowned Ohrid and Prespa Lakes, mountains and national parks.