Valbona – Rilindja & Residence Hotel

Opened in 2005, Rilindja (‘Rebirth’) is the oldest operating hotel in Valbona. And the coziest! It’s run by English-speaking brothers Alfred and Skender, and Catherine, a lovely American lady who came to Albania and never left. Oh, and we almost forgot, and Catherine’s Illyrian shepherd dog, Pango – perhaps our favourite hound in all of Albania.   

The restaurant specialises in traditional Northern Albanian cuisine, including whole goats roasted on a spit. An absolute must-visit if you’re in Valbona, even if you’re staying elsewhere. Go easy on the raki, though…

Catherine has created a great website, with tons of information on Valbona. Visit it here.


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