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, Catherine’s Illyrian shepherd dog, Pango, is perhaps our favourite hound in all of Albania.   

The restaurant specializes in traditional Northern Albanian cuisine, including whole goats roasted on a spit. This is 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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