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10 Fairy-Tale Towns You’ve Never Heard of in a Country You Rarely Think Of

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Krujë Town: The Medieval Capital of Skanderbeg

WHERE: Krujë, Albania

A very small town not far from Tirana, Krujë was the birthplace of the national hero Skanderbeg 500 years ago. The colorful stalls of the Old Bazaar (called Derexhiku) are packed with antiques and traditional handmade crafts that line the road leading up to the castle gates. In the old part of the town, the houses stand in the lap of a mountain dominated by the romantic ruins of an ancient castle overlooking the valley.

Merlika is one of the well-preserved old houses in Krujë and it features fascinating Ottoman-style interiors. Here you can stay overnight in apartments with luxurious epoch décor, serve dinner watching a wood fire in a medieval stove or admire an unforgettable sunset on the outdoor terrace.

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