The Charming Half-Abandoned Village of Old Qeparo, Albania
Last Updated on July 26, 2022
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The charming small village of Old Qeparo is one you will instantly fall in love with just like I did.
Along the Albanian Riviera, in between Borsh and Porto Palermo is one of the best places to see what a traditional Albania village was once like.
There are two parts to Qeparo, the lower and upper parts. The lower part of Qeparo has a beautiful beach and a few places to stay and relax in, if you want to be up and close to the sea.
Qeparo Beach is one of my favourite Albania beaches and is a must when you visit the area.
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The other part of Qeparo is the old upper village and is positioned on top of a mountain 300m above sea level.
About Old Qeparo
Old Qeparo is incredibly fascinating to me as it is half abandoned! It’s definitely one of my favourite abandoned places in Albania.
Fun fact: if you’re keen on owning property in any Albania villages, Qeparo is a great option. It had some of the most affordable houses in abandoned villages for sale in Europe (2021).
It feels as if this old Albania village has been left behind yet the character that this place has is immense and there is huge potential for future tourism here.
But it’s one of those places you visit where you wish and hope that it stays exactly the same, so it doesn’t lose any of its charm.
The village was pretty much abandoned in the 90’s after the fall of communism in Albania. Many families moved to different locations and countries to survive.
These days there are some people living there in the old original stone houses which have been preserved and re-done. However, for the most part it is an empty village.
The architecture in this abandoned Albania old town is incredible. You will be blessed with windy cobbled paths, ruins of once stood stone buildings and a step back in time.
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Unlike many other old villages in Albania, Qeparo has preserved a lot of the buildings although many of these old abandoned places are slowly being left to nature.
In the centre of the Qeparo old village stands an old oak tree as well as the church of St Mary with its beautiful clock tower and bell, which was built in 1796.
About 1 kilometre north of Qeparo village are the ruins of Ali Pasha Castle. You can get here by walking the ancient walking trail from Qeparo.
How to Get to Qeparo
The road to upper Qeparo can be taken by a turn off after/before the lower part of Qeparo. You drive for around 5-10 minutes up a windy road to reach the village.
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Within the village itself, you cannot drive so you have to park your car near the centre and walk around.
Where to Stay in Qeparo
There are no reputable properties to stay at online in upper Qeparo unfortunately but there is bound to be the future.
You can stay in the lower part of Qeparo as there are many beachfront properties. My personal recommendation for the best Qeparo hotel to stay in is Hotel Riviera.
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Nearby Points of Interest
Borsh: I highly recommend a trip to Borsh Castle located in Borsh. It’s a really beautiful ruined castle with a mosque which was built in the castle by the Ottomans.
Below is Borsh beach which is the longest strip of beach in Albania. It’s one of the best to get away from the crowds in the summertime!
Port Palermo: Ali Pasha’s castle of Port Palermo is one to visit as it’s one of the best-preserved castles in Albania. It has a unique location as a thin piece of land connects it with the mainland.
Himara: this sleepy coastal town is perfect if you want to get away from everything. I highly recommend a walk through old Himara where the castle is situated, on top of the hill.
You will feel like you have stepped back in time! Make sure you relax at the local beaches and soak up the sun.
Saranda: Not too far of a drive away is the very south of the Albanian Riviera and the seaside city of Saranda.
There are a lot of things to do here as you can see from my post of the best things to do in Saranda here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are not currently any reputable accommodations in Old Qeparo. However, there are a few fantstic options in Lower Qeparo. My personal pick is Hotel Riviera.
The best things to do in Old Qeparo are to wander around and enjoy the architecture and the views. Make sure to get lots of photos! You can also easily access the Ali Pasha Castle from Old Qeparo.
There’s everything you need to know about Old Qeparo. Make sure you put this place at the top of your places to see in Albania list!
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I bumped to your blog while I was getting information on the web about Qeparo…We are a family of 4 from Belgium (well…my husband is a Texan 😉 and we’ll be travelling to Qeparo on June 30st for 2 weeks …Thanks for all your pics and advices…I can’t wait now 🙂
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That’s amazing! Have a fantastic holiday in Qeparo 🙂
HI THERE; I amSouth African with a place in Upper Qeparo. I don’t rent out but there are plenty places to rent out in Upper Qeparo. The Taverna makes excellent food and it really is a place to stay for hiking lovers and if you need to recharge the batteries..
Hi, how would one go about finding out what there is for sale in the village? Is there a particular website for this? I’m very interested in finding properties in abandoned villages. Thanks