About Us

We are a small family-owned and operated Guesthouse (aka hostel) We are located among orchards and vineyards in a semi-rural area. For those interested in learning about Albanian culture, we offer the classic home-stay experience. We often dine with our guests, socialize regularly in common areas and share common facilities.

It’s a 30-minute walk to Shkodër, the vibrant city center. Guests are welcome to use our bikes for free (on a first come first serve basis) Previous guests who have chosen to go by foot to the city  have found the walk enjoyable and experience an even closer glimpse into the Albanian way of life. In Albanian culture, guests are royalty! So by the time you depart we hope you will feel like a part of our family.

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Florian, the Guesthouse manager at the Rozafa Fortress.

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Florian’s father and guesthouse owner, Zef, returning from the market.

Our guesthouse was built by my family more than 70 years ago. It is set in a semi-rural Albanian neighborhood. In the mornings and late afternoons, you’ll hear the clip-clop of horses’ hooves and rooster’s callings. You can observe our neighbors as they till their farms and gardens with a horse-led plows or walk to the nearby bunker built by my father during the Hoxha regime (Enver Halil Hoxhaan Albanian communist politician who served as the head of state of Albania from 1944 until his death in 1985).

Across the street from our guesthouse and home is a garden and a vineyard which my family cultivates daily. My father produces his own wine which is included with your lunch and dinner (when taking the full room and board option). At the Florian’s Guesthouse breakfast is included. For an additional cost per person, per day, lunch and/or dinner is offered. We serve Albanian cuisine 90% of which is made from our fresh food farmed in the garden, orchard, and vineyard.

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Florian’s mother and guesthouse owner, Age.

If you’re planning on visiting the Northern Albanian Alps, or maybe extending your journey traversing to Montenegro, Shkodër is an interesting and essential place to visit. We think you’ll enjoy exploring the sites, and you’ll enjoy the warm welcome of the Albanian people.

On request, we offer horse-riding tours or we can show visitors the nearby mountains, rivers, lakes, sea, museums, castles and various historical places around the city and countryside. We organize buses to the Albanian Alps, to Koman Lake and offer a taxi service with our driving partner, Noshi. Most importantly, Florian has been guiding tourist from all over the world since 2006. For lots of amazing ideas and experiences please visit http://www.northalbaniatours.com

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Having experience leading tours in Albania and neighboring countries since 2006, I can provide many tips about where to go and what to see both in Shkodër, Albania and the Balkans. My cousin, Kristjan is also a tour guide.. Please see our Travel Services page for additional details.

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Tour guide, Kristjan.

My sister Emanuela is a professional cook. She was taught traditional Albanian and Italian cooking at a local women’s shelter where she worked before starting her own catering company. Her food is delicious! Fresh bread is  baked daily and served with every meal. We also cater to our guests’ dietary needs; vegetarian, gluten-intolerant and non-dairy.

We hope you will come and experience our hospitality and we strive to make you feel a part of our family before you leave.

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My three sisters. Emmanuela is the guesthouse cook.

My three sisters. Emanuela (center) is the Florian’s Guesthouse cook (along with my Mom!)

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Guide/Cousin Kristjan, and Florian’s Guesthouse owners Zef and Florian.

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