Petrelë Castle

Petrelë, Albania

The castle of Petrelë has a rich history, containing a tower which was built in the 6th century AD.

It is one of the tourist locations close to Tirana that attracts a great number of visitors. The Castle, the prominent wooden structure is a restaurant, is perched on a rocky hill, above the village with the same name. It has a triangular shape with two observation towers. Although it was first built in ancient times, the present building dates from the 15th century.

The Petrela Castle was part of the signaling and defense system of Krujë Castle. The castles signaled to each other by means of fires. During Skanderbeg’s fight against the Ottomans, the Petrela Castle used to be under the command of Mamica Kastrioti, Skanderbeg's sister. Today there is a restaurant inside the castle. The castle site has views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves, and surrounding mountains.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Albania

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Endi Shaba (11 months ago)
A beautiful place to go. Find everything you need for relaxing hours and time spend well and good foods
Zara Jay (2 years ago)
The views from the castle are amazing and it is an interesting spot to explore. The service at the restaurant was good and the food was very fresh and tasty, however the meat was too tough and it was a tad overpriced at 2200 Lek for a mixed grilled meat plate alone!
Diol (2 years ago)
Such a beautiful place to visit, awesome views from the top
Tony Gourdoukis (2 years ago)
Very nice and well preserved castle! It's worthy of visiting! Going up might be a little tiring but the view is worth it! Inside the castle there is a very nice cafe/tavern which you can sit and enjoy a drink or food. The location is majestic and the view spectacular! Restaurant allows photo everywhere, nobody will bother you!
Victoria Ivanes (2 years ago)
Castle Petrela is an interesting tourist attraction and very beautiful place to watch sunset, really! Incredible panoramic view over Tirana and green hills is smth you must see yourself and it can't be transmitted by any photo. The way to get up to the Castle from the parking is a bit difficult and requires comfortable shoes, but it takes just several minutes until the top. There is an unusual restaurant with traditional Albanian food, so I would suggest to go there for dinner or at least to enjoy some desserts and drinks. Service is quite good, waiters are always very polite, food is delicious, always fresh and everything is quite clean and tidy. I've been there actually many times over the years and each time visiting this place brings me only pleasant emotions, so I would like to share my experience with others. Please enjoy too! ?
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