Permet

ΠΡΕΜΕΤΗ ΤΗΣ ΑΛΒΑΝΙΑΣ

ΚΑΠΟΙΕΣ ΓΕΝΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΧΡΗΣΙΜΕΣ ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΠΕΡΜΕΤ (ΠΡΕΜΕΤΗ) ΤΗΣ ΑΛΒΑΝΙΑΣ

travel_to_Permet_in_Albania (12)Η μικρή πόλη του Περμετ βρίσκεται στη νοτιοανατολική πλευρά της Αλβανίας, πολύ κοντά στα δυο ελληνικά σύνορα (Κακαβιά και Μερτζανη), ενώ είναι μόλις 70 χιλιόμετρα από την ιστορική πόλη της Αργυροκαστρου και σε απόσταση 230 χιλιόμετρα από την πρωτεύουσα πόλη της Αλβανίας, τα Τίρανα. Το Περμετ (Πρεμετή) βρίσκεται Permet δίπλα στο ποταμί Βιόσα από το οποίο πήρε και το όνομα η περιοχή.

Το ποτάμι προσφέρει ένα πολύ όμρφο λιβάδι το οποίο επεκτείνεται από το Τσαρτσόβα μέχρι και το Τεπελένε.

Τα σημαντικότερα βουνά της Πρεμετής είναι το: Nëmërçkë 2485 μέτρα, το Dhëmbel 2080 μέτρα και η Trebeshina 1922 μέτρα.

Μια μικρή πόλη η οποία συνορεύεται με βουνά, ποτάμια και εξοχή. Υπάρχουν πολλές επιλογές για την διαμονή σας στο Πρεμετή, πολλές ταβέρνες και νυχτερινά κέντρα. Το Πρεμετη προσφέρει μια πλούσια ιστορία την οποία δεν θα πρέπει να χάσετε!

Στην πόλη του Πρεμετή, μπορείτε να βρείτε πολλές επιλογές διαμονής, καφετέριες, εστιατόρια, διεθνή μηχανήματα ATM, γραφείο Western Union, ταχυδρομείο, αστυνομικό τμήμα, μεγάλο κτήριο το οποίο στεγάζει το δημαρχείο και πολλές άλλες χρήσιμες υπηρεσίες.

Λίγο πριν περάσετε τη γέφυρα που εισέρχεται στην κύρια πόλη του Πρεμετη, θα βρείτε τον σταθμό για ταξί, τον κεντρικό σταθμό λεωφορείων και ένα μικρό περίπτερο.

Το Përmet – Πρεμετη είναι γνωστή για την κουζίνα του, ιδιαίτερως για τους πολλούς διαφορετικούς τύπους μαρμελάδας (reçel) και κομπόστες (komposto), καθώς και για την παραγωγή τοπικού κρασιού, κρέατος, γιαουρτιού και ρακής (Δείτε τις αλβανικές συνταγές).

Υπάρχουν πολλά μικρά χωριά και οικισμοί γύρω από την πόλη Permet – Πρεμετη και κοντά στον ποταμό Vjosa, οι μικροί οικισμοί και τα χωριά είναι πλούσια σε αρχαιολογικά ευρήματα, ιστορία και προσφέρουν πολλές ενδιαφέρουσες τοποθεσίες και πεζοπορίες για τους τουρίστες.

Μερικά από τα κύρια χωριά και οικισμοί που θα πρέπει να προσπαθήσετε να επισκεφθείτε είναι:

Benja: Σε απόσταση μόλις 8 χιλιόμετρα από την πόλη του Permet, διάσημη για τα θερμικά, θεραπευτικά λουτρά (δωρεάν για όλους).

Υπάρχει ένα πολύ διάσημο Spa στο Bënja, που βρίσκεται περίπου 7 χιλιόμετρα μακριά από το Permet, μπορείτε να πάρετε ταξί ή ακόμα και να περπατήσετε αν θέλετε. Ρωτήστε γύρω από τις οδηγίες, η τοποθεσία είναι νότια της πόλης του Permet.

Η θερμή πηγή βρίσκεται σε ένα γραφικό περιβάλλον. Αυτό σηματοδοτεί το τέλος του φαραγγιού Langarica μήκους 5 χλμ. Στην περιοχή Kolonje όπου μπορείτε να καγιάκ σε αυτό που θεωρείται το πιο γραφικό φαράγγι της Αλβανίας.

ΕΠΙΛΟΓΕΣ ΔΙΑΜΟΝΗΣ ΣΤΟ ΠΡΕΜΕΤΗ (PERMET) ΤΗΣ ΑΛΒΑΝΙΑΣ 

Συνήθως είναι πολύ εύκολο να βρείτε καταλύματα στις περισσότερες περιοχές της Αλβανίας, αυτό που προσπαθήσαμε να κάνουμε είναι να σας δώσουμε τις περισσότερες επιλογές αλλά και να δώσουμε προσωπικές συμβουλές για τα καλά και τα κακά καθώς και την ακριβή τοποθεσία και τις εγκαταστάσεις από κάθε επιλογή διαμονής. Θα εκτιμούσαμε αν θα κλείνατε την διαμονή σας μέσω αυτής της ιστοσελίδας και θα είμαστε εκεί είτε αυτοπροσώπως είτε με έναν εκπρόσωπό μας για να σας βοηθήσουμε προσωπικά τον καιρό που θα κάνετε τις διακοπές σας στην Αλβανία.

Ξενοδοχείο Permeti

Ξενοδοχείο Alvero

vacations in Permet of Albania

vacations in Permet of Albania

Ξενοδοχείο Funky στο κέντρο του Πρεμετη:

Ένα καινούργιο ξενοδοχείο στο κέντρο του Πρεμετη (Permet) άνοιξε και σας περιμένει να το επισκεφθείτε!

Το ξενοδοχείο Funky βρίσκεται στο κέντρο της πόλης του Permet και προσφέρει συνολικά 8 μεγάλα, άνετα δωμάτια. υπάρχουν 5 δίκλινα δωμάτια, τρία τρίκλινα δωμάτια και μία μεγάλη οικογενειακή σουίτα που μπορεί να φιλοξενήσει μέχρι 5 άτομα.

Όλα τα δωμάτια διαθέτουν κλιματισμό, ιδιωτικό μπάνιο, τηλεόραση και ντους. Η θέα βλέπει στην κεντρική πλατεία της πόλης του Permet και αυτή η επιλογή διαμονής είναι κοντά σε όλα!

hotel Ana in Permet of Albania

hotel Ana in Permet of Albania

Ana ξενοδοχείο: This is a good accommodation choice as the hotel is located in the town of Permet but in a location that gets you away from the noise of the traffic etc.

Located less than 500 meters away from the main square of Permet, 250 meters away from a super market and other shops. Hotel Ana is guaranteed to offer an unforgettable stay in the town of Permet.

Ana Hotel in Permet has a total of 12 rooms, 6 of which are single rooms, 4 double rooms and 2 suites. The suites are furnished to modern standards which combine beauty and luxury decoration. All of the rooms have a private bathroom, TV, air conditioning, balcony, shower.

Prices are very reasonable and negotiable! If you are interested in the Hotel Ana in Permet, then please contact us!

Aroma hotel with swimming pool in Permet of Albania

Aroma hotel with swimming pool in Permet of Albania

Aroma hotel in Permet of AlbaniaThe Aroma hotel is located just 2 kilometers outside the picturesque town of Permet of Albania. It is on the road that leads from Permet to Kelcyre, then to Tepelene. The hotel offers 10 beautiful, well maintained rooms. There are single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and family rooms. On the top floor of the building, there is a restaurant – cafe that offers delicious food and refreshing beverages. The rooms are all air conditioned which makes them very warm in the cold winter months and cool in the hot summer months. They are clean and well cared for. Each room has a flat screen television and a private bathroom with a shower. The rooms all look out into the garden, where there is a nice sized swimming pool and tables and chairs for drinks or meals.

Prices are very reasonable and negotiable, depending on the season and the duration of your stay! If you are interested in the Hotel Aroma in Permet, then please contact us!

 

accommodation in Permet town of Albania

accommodation in Permet town of Albania

Two bedroom holiday house in Permet of Albania: This comfortable holiday house offers two bedrooms, one bathroom with a shower, a comfortable living room, a fully equipped kitchen and a furnished veranda. The house is less than a 5 minute walk from the center of Permet, the banks, the ATM machine, the tourist information office, restaurants and cafes. If you drive for just 20 minutes, you can visit the famous hot, therapeutic water springs of Benja. The facilities of the house offer a washing machine, a fully equipped kitchen, a parking area, heating, wardrobes with hangers, a furnished veranda and loads of travel information and general information about the small town of Permet in Albania.


 

 

REAL ESTATE IN PERMET – SOUTHERN ALBANIA

Investing in Albania is a good and clever choice at the moment, as Albania is a country that is growing every day! Albania is expected to be included into Europe in the next couple of years and this is another reason why now is the best time to invest in Albania.

Take a look at some of our real estate options in Permet and the surrounding villages.

real estate in Permet of Albania

A piece of agricultural land for sale in Permet of Albania

Real estate option 1:

This is a plot of land that is located just 3 kilometers away from the center of Permet on the road that leads to the small village of Piskove. The land is 5000 m2 and there are 3 old stables on the land that were built but never used for a cow farm or a dairy farm.  There is a lake nearby and so the owner will not have to pay for water, even though the town water and power can be easily connected. All of the documents and topographic diagrams have been checked and everything is legal and in order!

The price is at 50.000 Euros but is negotiable.

For more information on the real estate option number 1, please contact us via e-mail at info@2-albania.com – by telephone (or Whatsapp) at: +355 684340626 or you can call us via skype: papibi99

Real estate in Permet of Albania

Real estate opportunities in Albania

Real estate option number 2:

A large building that is in ruins in the middle of the town! There are more than 18 blocks of flats around this property. The building is 880 m2 and three floors can legally be built upon it. It could be a brilliant opportunity for a large super market (which does not already exist in Permet), a shopping center or even a huge restaurant – cafe with apartments on the top floor.  All of the documents and topographic diagrams have been checked and everything is legal and in order!

The price for this property is 45000 Euros.

For more information on the real estate option number 2, please contact us via e-mail at info@2-albania.com – by telephone (or Whatsapp) at: +355 684340626 or you can call us via skype: papibi99

 

 

ACTIVITIES IN PERMET

Hiking in Permet town in Albania

Hiking in Permet  of Albania

Hiking and trekking in Permet:  

Albania is a home as well as a small paradise for hikers! From the alps in the North to the Southern tip, Albania has places few travelers have ever set foot. Each part of Albania has a place to rock climb, hike, trek, tent safely, or merely rent a car to see an amazing, untouched landscape. Preparation of good shoes for light hiking or mountain boots for trekking across alps are a must. Albanian Tourist also recommends for any serious hikers or trekkers to bring the usual 1 liter water bottle, proper nutritious for strenuous exercise, and possibly an extra food bar just in case a missed ride or planned bus departure is missed. There are many areas around the small town of Permet that hikers would adore!

For more information about the various activities in Permet, please contact us via e-mail: info@2-albania.com or via telephone or whatsapp: +355 684340626

Disco and dancing: Permet also offers some good night clubs and dancing is an Albanian sport! Albanians are disco or club happy people. Although traditional ring dancing is still popular among most Albanians, clubbing or organized dance parties are common for the younger generation. Most of these youths dress in fashion usual seen in Greece or Italy and always enjoy seeing a foreigner along side them. Also be aware that the entertainment might be from your country now as Albania is the new international tourist attraction!

Rafting down the Vjosa river in Permet, Albania

Activities in Permet of Albania

Rafting along the river: A new activity that offers fun and relaxation at the same time is rafting along the Vjosa river.

The Albania Rafting Group is the first touristic, sport organization in Albania and is also the founder of the Albanian Rafting Federation, a complete member with all of the full rights in the International Federation of rafting. Our passion for nature and sports turned into our mission. The mission is to promote the development of tourism in Albania through developing the rafting activities, according to the international standards, in full compliance with respect for nature and environmental protection. Through its activities, Albania rafting group has helped in developing sustainable outdoor tourism, attracting an increasing number of tourists to extend their stay in the virgin, remote areas of Albania.

Explore the canyon: The Canyon exploration tour is carried out on foot using all the required equipment and by trained professional guides. This hike will give you the chance to experience the natural beauties of the canyons such as the waterfalls, natural pools and trails.

Period: July-September

Prices: Prices range from 25 Euros to 75 Euros per person depending on the package that you choose.

rafting in Albania

Rafting in the rivers of Albania

Rafting in the canyons of Osumi in Skrapar: Arrival in the morning – Departure towards Skrapari canyons. – River rafting through the canyons. While in the canyons, we’ll have a lunch break (sandwich). The adventure lasts 3-4 hours depending on the water flow. – End of the adventure and return to Berat.

Period: February-June

Prices: Prices range from 40 Euros to 85 Euros per person depending on the package that you choose.

Rafting in the river Vjose in Permet: Departure from the town of Permet – Training and river rafting (2-4 hours) – Lunch break (sandwich) – Return to Permet.

Period: All year round

Prices: Prices range from 45 Euros to 85 Euros per person depending on the package that you choose.

For more information about the various activities in Permet, please contact us via e-mail: info@2-albania.com or via telephone or whatsapp: +355 684340626

Organized tour of the town of Permet: You now have the ability to discover all of the sites and monuments of the town of Permet along with your own personal guide! This tour has a duration of 6 hours and you will visit the large city stone, the castle of Bolenga (Kalaja e Bolenges), the church of Saint Friday (Kisha e Shen Premtes), the church of Saint Nikolas (Kisha e Shen Koll), the Detail of teqe Alipostivan (Detaj i teqes së Ali Postivanit), the bridge in Benje (Ura e Benjes), the thermal waters of Benje and the small village of Petran.

For more information about the various activities in Permet, please contact us via e-mail: info@2-albania.com or via telephone or whatsapp: +355 684340626

 

 

SIGHTSEEING IN PERMET OF ALBANIA
travel to PermetiThe City Stone of Përmet:  The huge stone that is located beside the river is impossible to be missed. It is probably the largest stone that you have ever seen and today is considered to be a monument of culture. There are many stories about the stone, one story says that the town of Përmet was named after a hero who was called Premt, whose story has been handed down  generation after generation. This hero decided to throw himself off the “ City Stone”  rather than die at the hands of the enemy. The stone was also used as a watching point  was a watching point to check over the caravans during XVIII-XIX century. The area surrounding the huge rock is said to be protected and myths of the town say that it is forbidden to approach the rock when it is dark, for bad things could happen!


The castle of Bolenga (Kalaja e Bolëngës):
The upper district of the town of Permet is called Bolenga. The remains of the castle of Bolenga, are not more than a few stones, located at the top of the large rock of Permet.

The church of Saint Friday (Kisha e Shën Premtes): An attractive, old church in the town of Permet. The word “Paraskevi” is the Greek word for Friday and Saint Paraskevi was a Greek saint, who was martyred by decapitation, the saint is often shown in various icons, with a head on her shoulders and another head in a bowl. The name of this church in Albanian is Shen Premte (Saint Friday). The church was built in the year 1776, the shape of the building is long and low with a beautiful colonnaded porch, the roof has been made on a single level, which is very unusual as most of the roofs of the narthex are built on a lower level than the nave. There is an interesting architectural feature in the church, underneath the paved floor, there is a small channel which collects water from the font and leads the water to the rainwater drain outside. The wall paintings were painted in the year 1808 by the Albanian artist and painter Terpo Zografi, some of the paintings are in need of conservation but most are beautiful. The original door to the church was destroyed during the atheism campaign and has been replaced by a modern, carved door that a local craftsman carved.

The church of Saint Nikolas (Shen Koll): is another old church in the town of Permet. It was built in the year 1757 and its walls were repaired and painted in the year 1967. The church is set in a beautiful, peaceful garden, surrounded by colorful cypresses and flowers. The church is usually closed to tourists but the outside view is also beautiful.

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The bridge in Benje (Ura e Bënjës): The beautiful Ottoman bridge of Benja with the natural thermal springs is still in very good condition! If you walk to the middle of the bridge, you can take some brilliant photographs of the river and the surrounding countryside. This bridge is also known as The judge’s bridge (Ura e Katiut) The Turkish word “Katiut” means “judge” and there is a story that while Albania was under the Turkish occupation, a judge fell of the bridge and was killed.

Ura e Dashit, Benje, PermetThe earliest archaeological traces recorded in the area, consisting mainly of flint tools and pottery fragments, seems to belong to the Neolithic (7000-3000 BC) and Eneolithic (3000-2100 BC) periods, and are recorded in the cave settlements, near by the village of Bënjë, at the rocky canyons of Lengarica, an affluent of Vjosa River, which is located app. 2 kilometers to it’s southeast direction. The Bronze Age (2100-1100 BC) is presented by the fortification of Dedejan, at the foot of Nemerçka Mountain range, while other find spots from the same period are discovered during agriculture works in the fields of Piskova village.

Benya river in Permet

The thermal waters of Bënjë,

Benje is located around eight miles away from the center of Përmet. At the very beginning of the street you will see the Katiu’s Bridge, that was built within the medieval period, it remains in good condition until today. There flow out a group of sources, from which are formed small lakes with water of different sizes.

Each lake is used for treatment of a specific problem, for example, acne and other skin diseases, rheumatism and diseases of body, stomach, etc.. A more specific aspect is the existence of the basin with healing mud, which the elderly say it is a key to keep the skin fresh and young. In fact it is proved that the medicine has an effect on rejuvenate of the skin. In the waters of Bënja one can find visitors from all over Albania, coming to be cured. However there are many others who visit even just to get the sun rays. Warm water is always a magnet that invites to pass hours in total relax.

Kisha e Shën Mërisë

The Church of the Virgin Mary:

Detail of teqe Alipostivan it (Detaj i teqes së Ali Postivanit):  A teqe is a small place of worship for those practicing the Bektashi branch of Islam.

Kelcyra castle, AlbaniaKëlcyra town:  It  is a small town that lies along the mountains and Nemërçkë-Trebeshinë and washed by the the two rivers: Vjosa and Dëshnica. You can reach Kelcyra, if you take the road on the right, after the ruins of the ancient city of Antigonea, just off the road that leads from Tepelena towards Gjirokastro.  Këlcyrë town, is located to the right of Vjosa river, there  where the river of Dëshnic with its branches meats Vjosa and start to flow together, it also lies between the Albanian mountains of Nemërçka and Trebeshina.

The Gorge of Këlcyrë, also known as Këlcyrë Gorge is one of the most beautiful gorges of Albania, it is a 13 km long gorge along the Vjosa River. The gorge became famous during the Capture ?f Klisura Pass battle during the Greco-Italian War ?n World War II. Small waterfalls sprout along its walls while a number of tourist areas exist in the region with the main being at Rrepët e Grykës. Further down are Langarica and Carhova River Canyons. All seasons are suitable for enjoying this Panorama in this wonderful area. In autumn, nature makes a a brilliant show of colors, ranging from white peak of  Trebeshina which hosts the  first snow, to continue with the brown shrubbery, with permanent green of the  fir-trees and pine-tees, with the ancient plane-trees, and ending with the turquoise color of the water of the Vjosa river, where numerous sources discharge. This area is also called the “Source of Black Water”, it has a  peculiar landscape, where natural vegetation is combined between grass, trees, forest  along the river of  Vjosa, in a habitat where all types of vegetation are well expressed.

The plane-trees of Këlcyra together with the source create a very attractive tourist resort for hiking or just viewing.  Apart from the color of the water being like a pure crystal, tit also has an exceptional value and helps to cure the body from many different things. The water is drinkable and is used for all facilities from the establishments (small hotels and restaurants) which have been built in the area. You should also see the castle in Kelcyres (Kalaja e Këlcyrës):  The castle is older than 2000 years old and used to home the Ilyrians. The castle is on the slope of the Trebeshina mountain and offers fantastic river and countryside views. An old House in Kelcyre which belongs to the Albanian Lord, Ali Klissura, who was also a member of the Albanian parliament in the year of 1920.

Petran in Permet, Albania (48)Petran: Petran is a very small and very picturesque village, which basically consists of a colorful school, few stone houses, a bridge and a wonderful tavern with a terrace overlooking the Vjosa river. There are some wonderful cafes and taverns which offer seats on balconies overlooking the Vjosa river.

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church in Leuse Permeti

Leusa: Leusa is a tiny village made of few stone houses, located upon the mountain, just behind Përmet. You can only reach the village of Leusa by foot, hiking, which for the Leusa inhabitants is a common daily activity but could be difficult if you do not have strong leg muscles, the view of the Vjiosa river and its valley from the village of Leusa is well worth the hike, you can admire the colors of the countryside and at the beauty of the surrounding forests, which is the real gem of the tiny village of Leusa village. You must take a look at the orthodox church of St. Mary (Kisha e Shën Mërisë), which is well-known for its outstanding iconography mural paintings from the Byzantine era. The church has been declared a monument of the year 1963. The front of the church is like a monastery, the church is the temple itself, and is surrounded by three large streams emerging from the mountains and flow into the river Vjosa. Just before the church are some old graves and monuments from the years 1800-1900.

Frasher, Permet, AlbaniaFrasher: The village of Frasheri is where the illustrious brothers Abdyl, Naim and Sami Frasheri came from! The village is located around 40 kilometers away from the town of Permet, high in the mountains of Albania, beyond the Hotava Firs park (Bredhi I Hotoves). It is a beautiful drive (or cycle) through forests of fir trees and spruce. You can reach Frasheri by turning off the main road that leads from Permet to Kelcyra, at the signpost that says the teqe of Alipostivan. The road to Frasheri is in quite a good condition but there is no public transport leading to the village. There are only 10 houses that are inhabited today and the house of the three brothers Abdyl, Naim and Sami Frasheri, has been transformed into a museum, the keys to the museum are kept by a villager. The museum contains photographs, maps,  objects of the area, photographs and paintings that represents different, important moments of the local history.  Naim Frashëri (1846-1900) is nowadays widely considered to be the national poet of Albania.

National Park “Bredhi i Hotovës” (the Fir of Hotova): The national park has an area of 1,200 ha. and is located in the region of Frashër, 35 kilometers northeast of the town of Përmet. The characteristics feature of this Park is the fir of Hotova, which is regarded as one of the most important Mediterranean relic plants of the country. The black hornbeam, red and black juniper, raspberry, etc. also grow in it. The Park is shaped like a giant green tiara of visible contrasts, making it very attractive to the eyes of the visitor. The fauna is quite diverse with animals such as the brown bear, wolf, fox, marten, gazelle, wild bear, wild hare, etc.. This park is one of the most beautiful natural resources in Albania and offers amazing surprises in each season of the year. The National Park of Bredhi I Hotovës is one of the most protected parks allover Albania. It is also considered the “Mediterranean Green Lung” and is the biggest in the Balkans. It has been a touristic place for many years.

 

THE HISTORY OF PERMET

 

Historically Përmet was known by the name “Tryfilia” and was part of “Melotid  Area”. Përmet took its name from a hero named Premt whose story has been handed down  generation after generation. This hero decided to throw himself off the “ City Stone” ( a very large stone located in the center of the city) rather than die at the hands of the enemy. One of the most special characteristics of this city are the many roses which are found throughout  the town and historic houses. This is why, years ago, this city was called “The City of Roses”. According to historic Turkish data from the 15th and 16th centuries, the city was created as an administrative center, and was a rich locality with markets, bars, stores and inns. This area was a commercial center. Other historic Turkish data, from the years 1431 – 1432, indicate that the city had 42 houses; in 16th century the city had as many as 136 houses. In 1938 Përmet had 3000 inhabitants and 104 villages. Although during the Second World War the city was burned several times. Përmet is located about 30 km from the border with Greece, 240 meters above sea level with a surface area of 120 hectare, of which 99.000 m² are green area. This quiet city, that today includes 12.000 inhabitants, was considered the unofficial capital during the communist regime. Përmet has a beautiful square in the center of town dedicated to the Albanian hero and diplomat – Abdyl Frashëri. Here there is also a statue of socialist realism that represents the unidentified soldiers ( It is a work of the Albanian sculptor Odhise Paskali ). Përmet has always played an important role in Albanian politics. In 1944 the Congress of Përmet was held here, creating the provisional government which gave way to the communist regime. One of the most amazing buildings in Përmet is the Church of St. Nikola. Although a major part of this large building was destroyed during the atheistic campaign of the communist regime, elements of its perfect construction are still evident.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PERMET – ALBANIA

 

In the town of Permet, you can find many choices of accommodation, cafes, restaurants, international ATM machines, a Western Union office, a post office, a police station, the large municipality building and many other useful services. Just before crossing the bridge that enters into the main town of Permet, you will find the taxi station and a small kiosk.

Some useful telephone numbers in Permet are:

 

UNIQUE CULTURE OF ALBANIA

 

The Albanian culture is an exotic blend of traditions that have evolved over thousands of years. From the ancient Illyrians and Greeks to the Romans and the Ottomans, the language, music, arts, and cuisine of the Albanian people are a rich and vibrant mix of many civilizations. Once you discover our culture, you are bound to fall in love with this new destination on the Mediterranean.

Hospitality is in our nature. Welcoming guests and ensuring their comfort is a hallmark of Albanian heritage and is epitomized by our very own Nobel Peace Prize recipient: Mother Teresa. The spirit of cooperation and friendship thrives in Albania, and it is not uncommon for guests to be invited to eat and drink with curious locals wishing to learn more about you.

Besa is a concept related to the Albanian code of honor and is an idea that is very important to the Albanian people. In the Kanun (a set of traditional Albanian laws), Besa is described as the highest authority, so essential to personal and familial standing as to be virtually a cult. Besa has been the subject of some stories and novels by Albania’s foremost modern novelist, Ismail Kadare, a Nobel Prize Candidate for Literature and winner of several international prizes. Kadare’s work has been published in over forty countries and translated into more than thirty languages, making Kadare the best ambassador of Albanian literature worldwide.

If we are speaking about the food and drinks of Albania, then we must mention the country’s deliciously-unique cuisine. It has many similarities to Turkish and Greek dishes, but offers a healthier, Mediterranean twist. Come try our wide variety of phyllo dough delicacies, including a melt-in-your-mouth sensation called byrek, or the original sweet treat known regionally as baklava.

Albania also has a long tradition of wine craftsmanship, which is lately being revived to its former glory. While you’re here, taste a sampling of our wine, produced from a rich soil that has been under cultivation since the ancient Greeks and Romans. Regardless of your culinary inclinations, we guarantee that our rich history and culinary traditions have created a menu of mouth-watering specialties for you to try.

Each region of Albania likes to specialize in its own brand of music, thus giving the music aficionado an incentive to explore the entire country in search of each community’s sense of style. For example, UNESCO has classified a type of music from southern Albania, known as Iso Polyphony, to have tremendous cultural value to humankind. Our music has even given rise to a few prominent artists of global acclaim, including opera lyric soprano, Inva Mula, and the distinguished violinist, Tedi Papavrami.

In regards to style, when you arrive in Albania, you will notice that the men take great pride in their appearance and will often don a suit and tie when in public. Even if their errands only involve a short trip to the grocery store, the men will dress to impress.

Depending upon the type of festival or time of year, you might even catch a glimpse of Albanian men in traditional folk attire. The National Folk Festival held in Gjirokastra is a prime example. This special autumn event is held once every four years and attracts artists from around the world.

The women of Albania also share a flair for style, especially at traditional Albanian weddings. At these events, the families of both the bride and groom will gather together in their finest dress and celebrate with great fervor. Weddings are often the ideal opportunity to witness the best of Albanian culture all in one event, and if you’re invited to one, the experience will undoubtedly be extraordinary.

Albanian culture is unique in many ways and we hope you’ll visit us to see it firsthand. We say ‘yes’ by shaking our head from side to side, both men and women greet each other with a kiss on either cheek, and our conversations are loud and passionate in an effort to entice others to join in. Visit Albania and discover why our culture is a new Mediterranean love.

MAP OF ALBANIA

map of Permet, Albania

PHOTO GALLERY OF PERMET

MAP OF PERMET