Rich culture and a forgotten village very close to the capital of Albania.

Dorez is a small village located 20 km from Tirana. This is a spread village in several parts (neighborhoods) reachable only by foot. Interesting is also the presence of Illyrian culture that  comes from the stone age and manifests itself in this territory from the beginning of the Bronze Age around 2000 BC.

This easy  hike will take you in the castle ruins of Dorez (Kalaja e Dorezit) and in Karaj neighbored. You will also have the opportunity to find petrified sea shells and petrified plant life.

Hike to Dorez castle and you will have marvelous views towards the mountain range behind Tirana and the coast.

Fjolla lake
Fjolla lake - the trailhead
Dorzi hill
Dorez hill - the hill we climbed up as seen from Dorez village on the way back
Ian and Enis reaching the top of Dorez hill. Look at the sea behind the hills :)
Ian and Enis reaching the top of Dorez hill
The view from the top of Dorez hill towards mountains of Dajti, Brar, Gaminit, Mali me Gropa and Kruja
The view from the top of Dorez hill towards mountains of Dajti, Brar, Gaminit, Mali me Gropa and Kruja
Houses in Dorez village
Houses in Dorez village as seen from the top
Ruins of Illyrian castle of Dorez
Ruins of Illyrian castle of Dorez - not much left. You see it only if you know it is there
Meeting locals in Dorez
We got coffee invitation from the locals
Karaj, Dorez, Tirane, Albania
Gloves Karaj in village neighborhoods - most of them were abandoned
The school of Dorez
Unlike the castle, the ruins of the school are still visible. The pupils of Dorez have to the center of commune Peze.

Click at Palmtreeproduction website to get drive direction, trail description, GPS track and photos of this hike and many others.

Enjoy the hike and don’t forget to visit Peza where you can find a nice park, some culture from the Second World War and restaurants.

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