The Mediaval Path Labovë – Libohovë
- 5 Hours
Embark on an immersive hiking experience from Labova to Libohove, a journey that seamlessly combines nature, history, and culture. This activity is suitable to be enjoyed all year round, and its low difficulty level makes it accessible to a wide range of hikers.
The adventure begins with a scenic vehicle ride to the picturesque village of Labova e Kryqit in South Albania. Here, you’ll have the privilege of exploring one of the region’s most extraordinary and rare monuments—the Church of Saint Mary of Labova e Kryqit, also known as the Church of Labova of the Cross.
Step inside this mystic Byzantine Church and be immediately captivated by its unique blend of architectural influences, including Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. The church’s intricate stone carvings, awe-inspiring frescoes, and ornate decorations have withstood the test of time, making it an exceptional representation of the religious and cultural heritage of South Albania.
Marvel at the exquisite frescoes adorning the walls of the Church of Labova of the Cross, depicting religious scenes, saints, and biblical narratives with remarkable artistry and attention to detail. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance and profound reverence that fills this sacred space.
After your guided visit, replenish your water bottles from a nearby spring and set off on a scenic hiking trail from Labova to Libohove, which typically takes around 1 hour to complete. Traverse the breathtaking landscape and soak in the beauty of nature that surrounds you.
Upon arrival in Libohove, seize the opportunity to explore the remarkable Libohova Castle, a historical fortress dating back to the 18th century. This imposing castle perched atop a hill offers panoramic views of the countryside. Wander through its ancient towers, imposing walls, and strategic architecture, and transport yourself back in time to the region’s rich medieval past.
The Libohova Castle holds great historical significance as a symbol of power and a defensive stronghold. As you explore its courtyards and ramparts, envision the lives of those who once called this fortress their home.
Following your castle visit, indulge in a delightful lunch at a charming traditional restaurant, boasting a highly skilled chef with 30 years of experience. Delight in a mouthwatering meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients, allowing you to savor the authentic flavors of the area.
After lunch, the journey continues with visits to the “Bejler” Tombs and the “Bektashi Tyrbe,” offering a deeper understanding of the region’s religious and spiritual traditions. These sites add another layer of cultural and historical exploration to your itinerary.
To conclude this enriching day’s adventure, you will be comfortably transported by vehicle to the enchanting city of Gjirokastra, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.
What to Bring
Suitable clothing and footwear for hiking
Change of clothes
Guides proficient in Albanian, English, Italian or Greek
- Minimum 4 Participants
- Maximum 30 Participants
- 12 years and above
- Starting Time 09:00
- Ending Time 14:00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds