Day hike from Labova to Libohove – immersive encounter with nature, history, and culture
This activity begins with a scenic vehicle ride to the village of Labova e Kryqit in South Albania. Upon arrival, you will have the unique opportunity to embark on a guided visit to one of the most rare and captivating monuments in the region: the Church of Saint Mary of Labova e Kryqit, also known as the Church of Labova of the Cross.
This mystic Byzantine Church is renowned for its extraordinary architecture and holds a significant place in the religious and cultural heritage of South Albania. Stepping inside, you will be immediately captivated by the church’s unique blend of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance influences. The church’s architectural style is characterized by intricate stone carvings, awe-inspiring frescoes, and ornate decorations that have stood the test of time.
The Church of Labova of the Cross is particularly famous for its exquisite frescoes, which depict religious scenes, saints, and biblical narratives with remarkable artistry and attention to detail. The walls of the church are adorned with these vibrant frescoes, providing a rich visual narrative of the region’s spiritual history. As you explore the church, you will also be struck by the serene ambiance and the sense of reverence that permeates the sacred space.
After your guided visit to the Church of Labova of the Cross, you will have the opportunity to replenish your water bottles from a nearby spring. Then, you will embark on a scenic hiking trail from Labova to Libohova, which typically takes around 1 hour to complete. As you traverse the picturesque landscape, you will be surrounded by breathtaking views of nature.
Upon reaching Libohova, you will have the chance to explore the remarkable Libohova Castle. This historic fortress dates back to the 18th century and offers a glimpse into the region’s rich medieval past. The castle stands proudly atop a hill, commanding panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. As you wander through the castle grounds, you can admire its imposing walls, ancient towers, and strategic architecture.
The Libohova Castle holds great historical significance, once serving as a defensive stronghold and a symbol of power in the region. Exploring its courtyards and ramparts, you can imagine the lives of the people who inhabited this fortress centuries ago.
Following your visit to the castle, you will descend and indulge in a delightful lunch at a charming traditional restaurant. The restaurant boasts a highly skilled chef with 30 years of experience, renowned as one of the best in the region. You can savor a delicious meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients and experience the authentic flavors of the area.
After lunch, the journey continues as you visit the “Bejler” Tombs and the “Bektashi Tyrbe,” adding another layer of cultural and historical exploration to your itinerary. These sites offer insights into the region’s religious and spiritual traditions.
To conclude the day’s adventure, you will be comfortably transported by vehicle to the enchanting city of Gjirokastra, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience.
Booking: Contact us at least 1 day in advance
Meeting Point: C-Adventures and Tours
Duration: 4-5 hours
Age: 12 years and above
Minimum Group Size: 4 people
Maximum Group Size: 30 people
Over 10 persons: €55/person
Time: 09 : 00 am
What to Bring:
Suitable clothing and footwear for hiking
Change of clothes
Guides proficient in Albanian, English, Italian or Greek
Age : 12 years and above.