Explore the city of Kruja which is a birthplace of the national Albanian hero Skanderbeg whose troops successfully defended Albania against the Ottoman army that only after the death of Skanderbeg captured the country and reigned in Albanian land for over 500 years. Today Kruja is a center of tourism in Albania, and a source of inspiration to Albanians. The main city attraction is the castle of Kruja nestled in the craggy rocks which is a home to the National Museum of Skanderbeg that chronologically displays the history of Albania from the antiquity up to the present day, and the Ethnographic Museum built in a traditional Ottoman house where one can feel the atmosphere of the medieval times by the diversity of the traditional wedding costumes and interior house elements presented. The castle features an arched tunnel as its entrance and once inside you can find castle remnants, the watch tower, restaurants, and old traditional houses that are still occupied to this day.
In Kruja you will never pass by the Old Bazaar built in the 18th century as a traditional Ottoman sight of the city. Today it is a bunch of souvenir shops and artisan workshops where you can find lots of traditional Albanian handmade items (oriental rugs, woolen slippers, filigran silver jewellry, embroidered tablecloth, etc.)
The town of Kruja was the northernmost stronghold of Bektashi Order faith. Apart from the lovely tekke within the castle, there is the tekke of Sufi saint Sari Salltëk located in the mountains above the town..
Kruja has a long list of nearby attractions to offer: stunning views, the national park of Qafeshtama, sacred temples, natural springs, the ancient city ruins of Albanopolis.
Due to the surrounding mountain range and the beautiful green hills Kruja is the place to enjoy the magnificent beauty of the Albanian nature just a few km away from the Adriatic sea.