Petrela Castle is a small but prominent old castle located only 12 km from Tirana. The castle has a rich history. Initially constructed in the 6th century AD, the present building dates back to the 15th century. During Skanderbeg’s fight against the Ottomans, Petrela Castle was under the command of his sister, Mamica Kastrioti. Today there is a restaurant inside the castle. The castle offers spectacular views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves and surrounding mountains. Petrela Castle is situated on a hill 329 metres (1,079 ft) above sea level. It can be reached via the Tirana–Elbasan highway, 35 minutes by car from the centre.
Location & Direction
Petrela Castle can be reached via Autostrada Tiranë-Elbasan,
17 km from the center of Tirana
The trip lasts 34 minutes by car.