Fier, one of the largest urban centers in Albania, is located in a favorable geographical position, with a rich historical heritage, including old civilization remains such as: Apollonia, Bylis, and Ardenica.
Located in Albania’s southwestern plain, Fier is located only 18 km away from the Adriatic sea and some of the most picturesque beaches in Albania such as Seman, Hidrovor, Darezeze, and Divjake. The area also offers some of the richest lagoons in the country. These lagoons host diversified flora as well as regional and migratory birds including some rare species.
The city is crossed by three rivers, Gjanica, Seman, and Vjosa, which offer great potential for hunting and other sport activities. The waters of these rivers are exploited for irrigation and are one of the major factors for the abundance of agricultural production in Fieri district.
Proximity to the coast and to the three rivers influence its favorable climate. A rich and long tradition paired with modern values and technology makes Fier the largest producer of natural and organic agricultural products in Albania.
Visit the antique city of Apollonia, founded by colonists coming from Corcyra in the VIth century B.C. was the metropolis of the history of Fier, and it is located only 10 km away from the city
Visit the Monastery of Ardenica. Often referred to as “The Castle of Myzeqe,” it is an orthodox site, and the only inhabited monastery in Albania. The central church of the Monastery, the Church of St. Mary, was built in 1743, and it is believed that Gjergj Kastriot Skenderbeg, the Albanian National Hero was married at the St. Triadha Church, in May of 1451
Visit Byllis, an ancient city, with fascinating ruins amid breathtaking views, is about 1 hour drive from the city of Fier
Visit Karavasta lagoon, the largest offshore wetland in Albania. Definitely the most beautiful lagoon on the Adriatic coast, it is located about 1 hour drive from Fier
Things to see and do in the city of Fier:
The Historical Museum showcases history from the middle of the Neolithic period until today and is an important stop for everyone visiting Fier.
The Fier Art Gallery to see photographs, paintings, and sculptures by many well known Albanian artists. The Gallery was created in 1980 in order to preserve and exhibit various artwork of the last 30 years
Explore the Churches and Mosque to get a taste of Fier’s religious culture
The Bylis theatre, built in 1971, is the main theater in Fier and is a very important center for both art and culture.
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Typical dishes of this region include: turkey with dressing, duck (or chicken) with rice, barbecued chicken, chicken with rosnica, stuffed veal, veal and rice casserole, veal and potatoes casserole, duck with potatoes, stuffed peppers (or tomatoes) with rice, skewered lamb, barbecue meats, “meze” salad, and japrak.
Fish is very popular as Fier is located close to the seaside. Several popular types served at restaurants include Barbun, Sepie, Koce, Qefull, and Shrimp. Some famous desserts include baklava, sultiaç, and revani.
The closest airport to Fier is located 96 km north in the capital, Tirana. It is the Mother Theresa International Airport. The airport has 13 airlines flying to more than 32 locations, so it can be easily reached from anywhere in the world. From the airport, you can go either direct to Fier or to Fier via Tirana.
There are international ferry services to three Albanian ports, but Durres and Vlora have regular services from Italy and are closest to Fier.
Durres Port has connections to:
Bari (Italy), and the travel time is either 3 or 9 hours depending on the ferry
Ancona (Italy), and the travel time is 18 hours
Trieste (Italy), and the travel time is 24 hours
Some of the companies which provide ferries to the port of Durres are: Cemar Agency Network (website www.cemar.it/dest/traghetti_albania.htm and Venezia lines (website www.venezialines.com ), Adria Ferries, Ilion Lines, Azzurra Lines etc.
Vlora Port has connections to:
Brindisi (Italy), and the travel time is in the range of 5-8 depending on the ferry and the direction of the trip.
Some of the companies which provide ferries to the port of Vlora include: Agoudimos Lines, Skenderbeg Lines, Red Star Ferries etc.
The main border crossings into Albania are from Montenegro, Kosova, Macedonia, and Greece. Following are the international bus routes:
From Ulqin, Montenegro to Tirana via Shkoder
From Prishtina, Kosove to Tirane via Prizreni, Kosove
From Tetove, Macedonia to Tirane via Debar, Macedonia
From Thessalonica, Greece to Tirane via Korce, Albania
From Ioannina and Athens, Greece to Tirane, via Kakavia, Greece.
Route 5 allows a direct route to Fier as the bus travels through Fier on its way to Tirana. You will need to change buses in Tirana if you come via Routes 1-4.