Gjakova

Gjakova/Gjakovë (Albanian) is a city in western Kosovo with about 101,000 inhabitants.

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City tour

The tour includes all the major cultural monuments starting from Avdullah Pashë Dreni Kulla followed by the Shejh Emini Tekke. The visit continues to the Grand Bazaar, to the grain market, the handicrafts: quilt workers, saddlers, tobacco pipe makers, a visit to the 16th century Mosque of Hadum Aga then a traditional house for a tea break. The tour continues with a visit to a group of craftsman who create handmade wooden boxes. An opportunity to visit the Bektashi Tekke and the stories of the "Babai" (Spiritual leader of the Tekke). The visit is followed by a visit to the 16th century Hani i Haraçise (the masterpiece of the Grand Bazaar) and the Ethnographic Museum, an old traditional house with many interesting wooden carved pieces.


Hotel ''Çarshia e Jupave''

''Çarshia e Jupave'' Hotel combines the traditions of the old city with modern Kosovo luxuries by offering a comfortable place to rest, dine, shop and do business. ''Çarshia e Jupave'' Hotel is based on a 60-year long Jupa family tradition. '''Services:'''24 hour reception desk, room rervice, wake-up service, electronic key-system, WiFi Internet access, non-smoking rooms, heating and air conditioning in your room, lockable safe, laundry and dry cleaning services, fax and copy services, smoke detectors, secure luggage storage, elevator, security, camera system, secure underground private parking, taxi reservation service, credit cards are accepted.



Hadum Mosque

Hadum Mosque (Xhamia e Hadumit) is one of the very first monuments which marks the history of the town of Gjakova. Being built in 1594-95, it represents a cultural, educational and religious center of this area. After being damaged during the 1999 Kosovo War, it was reconstructed and now is open not only for religious and educational purposes, but also for touristic and cultural visits. A history of the mosque will be told to any visitor. Just 10 minutes on foot away from the center of the city, in the road of the Old Bazaar of Gjakova (also known as the Grand Bazaar of Gjakova) (Albanian: Çarshia e Vjetër e Gjakovës or Çarshia e Madhe e Gjakovës).

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Haraqia's Inn

Being situated in the southern part of the Bazaar (15-20 minutes on foot), the Haraçia Inn is one of the oldest objects in Gjakova. It has a characteristic wooden construction style, with a beautiful "çardak". Having two floors and a wonderful yard, it has almost saved the original shape, while nowadays it is exploited as a museum-restaurant, where people can be served with traditional foods.

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Çabrati Hill

The Çabrati Hill (Albanian: Kodra e Çabratit; or just Çabrati) is also known as the city's hill. With several restaurants and night clubs, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the city at any time of the day, especially at night. A 30-minute walk from the city would be attractive reaching the hill's height. Except small cars and bicycles, other vehicles are not recommended due to the uphill.

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The Grand Bazaar

It is one of the rarest of its kind. An architectural and cultural complex, with a length of 1&nbsp;km, including a space of about 35.000m<sup>2</sup>, it holds a large number of crafts-work shops. Some of the main handicrafts: * ''Production of arms - Gunsmiths'' * ''Silversmiths'' * ''Tailors (“Terzinjtë")'' * ''Curriers (“Tabakët)'' * ''Woolen white hat (“Qeleshe”) craft''

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Hani i Haraqisë

Han means roadhouse, a role it served for some 200 years, but this object has been turned into a restaurant for the last 50 years. Tradional ''qebaba'' (Balkan kebabs) is recommended. Next door ''Hani i Vjetër'' which is part of the complex has an even better atmosphere although the food is not as good. When in the AM ask for ''paqë'' (beef soup) here.


The Bektashi Tekke

well-known not only in Gjakova, but more widely in Kosovo. What characterizes the Bektashi are their unique Islamic ideology, indicating the diversity of beliefs in Kosovo and the prevalence of religious tolerance. Babai, the spiritual leader of the tekke, always has the pleasure to show the tekke and talk about its history.

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Shkugëza Park

The Shkugëza Park (Albanian: Parku i Shkugëzes; or just Shkugëza) is located 3&nbsp;km from the city. It has a huge pine planted area, with bicyclist trails, walking trails and daily-stay corners. Four restaurants around, it can be reached in 5 minutes by car, 10 minutes by bicycle or 30 minutes on foot.

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Guided hikes

Gjakova is surrounded by beautiful hikable mountain trails lush with greenery and water. SHBA Pashtriku is the leading mountaneering club in the town going on regular hikes every Sunday costing only the transportation costs. Dedicated guided hikes can also be provided by arrangement.

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Saint Paul and Saint Peter Church

Saint Paul and Saint Peter Church (Albanian: Kisha e Shën Palit dhe Shën Pjetrit) is one of the tallest monuments in Gjakova, which can be seen from different points of the town, and can be reached 25-30 minutes on foot (Just in front of the the Saint Anton (Shna Ndou) Church).

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Hotel La Villa

Situated 2 km away from the city center. Built in 2013 in the surroundings of Shkugëz forest, suitable for relaxing although weekend summer nights can be loud due to wedding parties. '''Services:'''WiFi Internet access, restaurant, pool, bar, parking.


Index Bar

Located on top of the city, the Çabrati hill, from where during the day, while having a coffee, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the whole city, and throughout the night (especially on the weekends) there you can also have a great party.

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Hotel Pashtriku

Hotel Pashtriku is the biggest hotel in the city.'''Services:''' free WiFi, free parking, bar, restaurant, 24-hour front desk, lift, room service, conference room, fitness center, exchange service, laundry service, indoor pool.


The house of Rexhep Haxhi Ismaili

The house of Rexhep Haxhi Ismaili is now used also as the museum of Gjakova. 10 minutes on foot from the center, it is located just to the right side of the main road, in front of the Municipality of Gjakova building.

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The Terzi Bridge

A 18th century bridge with a length of 190 meters and eleven arcs. Located in the southeastern part of Gjakova, on the road to Prizren, can be reached easily by car, by bus, or by taxi in about 15-20 minutes.

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Radoniqi Lake

Close to the Gjakova Airport, 7&nbsp;km away. Taking a cab to the lake wouldn't cost more than €15. Beware though, it's the drinking water source of the town, therefore swimming is prohibited!

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Hapësira Bashkëpunuese

Hapësira Bashkëpunuese is a combination of a bar café, a library and of a place for various performances (start-up events, alternative lectures, art exhibitions).

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The Tabak Bridge

The Tabak Bridge built in 1771, lies over '''River Erenik''', and used to be a bounding bridge between Gjakova and Shkodra. It has an attractive scenery.

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Hotel Jakova

Built in 1999. Situated in the new part of town 5 min away from the city center by car.'''Services:'''WiFi Internet access, restaurant, parking, bar.


''Çarshia e Jupave''

Tradional oven-cooked dishes are best in town here and meat dishes are of high quality. Follow along with strong local brandy called ''rakija''.


N'Pub

It is an indoor night club which is open only during the winter season. You can find there some great parties with live music and cheap beers.


Shkodra

The ferry trip on the lake/River Drin canyon is breathtaking. Shkodra is the cultural center of northern Albania and Albanian Catholics.

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Hotel Metropol

'''Services:'''restaurant (with a diverse cuisine), conference room, banquet hall, reception 24/7, WiFi Internet, underground parking.


Shpija e vjetër Lounge Bar

During the weekdays you can have a snack or coffee, but during the weekend you can have a nice party here. Open from 08-24.


The Grand Autocephalous Balcanic Tekke

One of the oldest monuments built in Gjakova, showing a unique style of building 10 minutes on foot away from the center.

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Tourist Information Office

Besides maps, brochures and postcards you can also get hotel booking advice and buy tours for Gjakova and the region.


Oxygen

Eat in relaxed family-friendly atmosphere with a great view of the city. Standard meat-based plates are served here.


The tower house (kulla) of Abdullah Pashë Dreni

3-5 minutes on foot from the center, at the entrance of the Grand Bazaar of Gjakova, near the Shejh Emin Tekke.

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Cacoo Bar

Have a coffee here every day, from 8 am till midnight. Located in the center of the city near the Post Office.


HD Club

Frequented by the youth of all over Kosovo, it is known as one of the best nightclubs in the country.

DRINK   —  Gjon Buzuku st.

Retrospektiv

Is known for being the only rock café in the town and for being open till the last guest leaves.


Radoniqi Lake

Radoniqi Lake is the drinking water source of the town, therefore swimming is prohibited!

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Pristina

Capital city of Kosovo. Good connections from here to Skopje, Sarajevo and Belgrade.

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D.E.L. House Bar

It's a nice place to have a great party, especially during the weekends.

DRINK   —  Marin Barleti st.

Prizren

Ottoman-era city with Albanian, Serbian and Byzantine heritage.

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Tirana

Tirana is the capital of Albania.

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Qiri

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About Gjakova

Gjakova is a center of culture and learning in Kosovo. It was established as a trading town, sporting the largest bazaar in the Balkans, called Çarshia e Madhe (the Grand Bazaar). The tradesmanship spirit and some of the trades practiced still remain in the city. The city is centrally located in the Dukagjin Valley of western Kosovo, equal distance between the cities of Prizren to the south and Peja to the north. It also has a historic link to the Gjakova Highlands, now across the border in northern Albania.

The townspeople pride themselves in their sense of town music practiced, humour and sarcasm which distinguish it from the rest of Kosovo and enforce the local character. Gjakova has contributed several important leaders to the history of Kosovo, such as WWII partisan and post-war leader Fadil Hoxha and communist Yugsolav Presidency Chairman Mahmut Bakalli, as well as to the cultural scene.

Gjakova was badly hit by the Kosovo War of 1998&ndash;99, fought between Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas demanding the independence of Kosovo and Serbian forces. Around 75% of town's population was driven out by the Serb Army during the war, and many of the city's homes and important monuments were burnt down or otherwise destroyed. After the war, much of town's ethnic Albanian inhabitants returned (who make up to 98% of the population). Many of the stores in the old-town area, locally known as Çarshia e Madhe, were rebuilt.

While in Gjakova, make sure you talk to the locals, especially the young ones, since they're more proficient in English. And you will hear a story about every corner of the city.

The town has sizable Diasporas in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. So especially during the summer months you will see many expensive foreign cars from these countries circling around the town. The foreign family members come here for vacation as well as for marriages because this way the whole family can join the wedding. The Çarshia e Madhe has many shops specialized in marriages.


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