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If you’re visiting the city of Tirana, a day trip must be made to the unique Cape of Rodon. Only a 1-and-a-half-hour drive from the bustling capital of Albania you can visit the serenity that is the largest cape in Albania. Not only is the nature stunning but you will be delighted by the 14th-century Rodoni Castle and the idyllic St. Anthony Church. Visiting the Cape of Rodon is one of the best things to do in Durres, Albania!
Rodoni Castle (also called Skanderbeg Castle) used to be surrounded by 4 defence towers and it has been noted in history that this castle was used as a piracy port or a transportation place for grain to nearby Ishmi. These days Rodoni Castle is in ruins, but you can still see the arches and walls which remain and are preserved. It has been proved that there once was an ancient Illyrian settlement here too.
If you have time, take a walk along the Cape of Rodon at sunset for phenomenal views of Rodoni Castle and the rest of the coast.
The Church of St Anthony
Another main attraction in the Cape of Rodon in the St Anthony Church. This church was built at the same period as Rodoni castle and is very well preserved. In fact, inside the church, you can still see a painting of a two-pronged eagle and a man on a horse. Because of that, this is one of the most popular churches to visit in Albania, not only for history but because of where its placed as it has a magnificent view! Today St Anthony’s Church and the surrounding area are still considered sacred and every year locals and tourists join for festivities and pilgrimage. This is done on the 13th of June every year.
Soak up the Nature on the Cape
Not only are you surrounded by incredible history but the nature along the Cape of Rodon is something else. White sand beaches all along the Durres coast, pristine water and a place to camp if you do want to stay in this beautiful part of Albania to soak it up, I know I would! It’s a unique part of the country as many beaches in Albania are stone, so having a sandy beach is a luxury in my eyes! If you want a more typical Albanian beach experience, Durres beach is nearby and it is the largest beach in Albania.
How to get to the Cape of Rodon
The Cape of Rodon is only a 1 and a half hour drive from Tirana or just over 1 hour from Durres, Albania. The road is in pretty good condition, a few potholes here and there but that’s Albanian roads for you. You will go through some beautiful villages and be blessed with some lovely views along the way.
If you plan on driving, have a look at my guide to hiring a car in Albania.
In addition to driving, you can also easily hitchhike or join a tour group headed to the Cape of Rodon. If you drive there is plenty of space for parking. It’s safe to leave your car there and walk to the cape from there. You can’t drive right up to the cape. You have to walk for around 500 meters to reach Rodoni Castle and the cape. The walk is easy enough. Along the way, you will also see bunkers built into the hill from the time of communism. They are slowly being taken over by nature and you might not even notice them!
As I said previously, you are welcome to freedom camp here. There are a few villas for rent on the Cape of Rodon, but no hotels. If freedom camping isn’t your thing, you can stay further along the coast at one of the hotels in Durres, Albania (check here for availability and prices).
If you do freedom camp on the cape, or just have a nice fire on the beach you MUST take all rubbish with you. Dumping your rubbish it unacceptable and disrespectful to the land. Cape of Rodon has ongoing issues with people dumping their plastic etc on the cape. So, if you see anyone do this, I would recommend educating them about why they shouldn’t do so.
There’s your guide on visiting Cape of Rodon in Durres, Albania. Let me know if you have added this beautiful destination to your Albania bucket list!
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