Balsha I: The Founder of the Medieval Principality of the Balshas

Balsha I (thrived and ruled circa 1331-1362) was the earliest attested noble of the notable medieval Balsha family. He was the founder of the Balsha principality, an independent state with territories corresponding to current Montenegro and northern Albania. At times, Balsha state stretched into the southern tip of Bosnia and Croatia, across south Albania and Kosova. Life in the region […]

Elbasan Arena: An Essential Sports Infrastructure

Elbasan Arena is a stadium located in the city of Elbasan. It commonly hosts football matches of the Albanian national football team and KF Elbasani (football club). A Short Story of the Venue Elbasan Arena, constructed in 1967, was a small, modest stadium. It was then called Ruzhdi Bizhuta in honor of one of the most notable players of KF […]

Lorik Cana: Albania’s Best Football Defender & Captain

Lorik Cana remains one of the most accomplished players to wear Albania’s national jersey. Coming from Prishtinë in Kosovo, Cana was one of the first Albanians from Kosova to star for the Albanian national team. He was a member of a family noted in sports. His father, Agim Cana, had been a notable football player. Cana’s Early Career At a […]

Baks-Rrjoll: A Small Town Gifted With Great Natural Wonders

The village of Baks-Rrjoll is in the southeastern part of Velipoja town, 30 km (19 miles) away from Shkodra. It occupies a versatile coastal habitat filled with natural dunes, alluvial forests, temporary ponds, wetlands, agricultural lands, and a sandy beach.  The main natural highlights in the Baks-Rrjoll area are the lofty and low mountain of Rrenci and the Lagoon of […]

Dardhë: An Inspiring Village That Defines Regional History

The village of Dardhë (or Dardha) sits at an impressive altitude of 1,344 meters above sea level (4,409 feet). This town stands in-between mountains filled with forests, paths, and creeks. Thus, Dardha represents an ideal winter destination. Only 19 kilometers (12 miles) from the southeastern city of Korça, Dardhë has its uncontested place in all local tourist guides.  Dardhë Inspired […]

Theth: The Iconic Town Of The Albanian Alps

Theth village is a small and attractive community in the Albanian Alps. Visitors consider the town as having an immense beauty of unmatched stature in the Albanian nation. The northern village of Theth holds the key to the legendary Albanian Alps and is the core of the Theth National Park.  A Short Story Of Theth The village of Theth appeared […]

Voskopoja: A Living Testimony of a Great Civilization

Voskopoja is a village in southeast Albania that stands at an altitude of 1,160 meters above sea level (3,806 feet). This village, 21 kilometers (13 miles) from the city of Korça, was once the most splendid civilization of the Balkans. This community reached its splendor in 1764 when it had about 30,000 people; the first post-Byzantine orphanage; the second printing […]