Ali Pasha’s Fortress

1128 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

March, 2017

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with

On your own

Reasons for trip

Ali Pasha was a local leader who lead a series of revolts against the Ottoman Empire in the early C19th. He built a series of fortresses, including this one near Port Palmero, to consolidate his power base.

The fortress is built on the foundations of an earlier C15/16th Venetian triangular fort which controlled the trade routes in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea.

The fortress is reached by a rough track across a narrow and easily defended causeway.

It is surrounded by tall walls and there are watch towers at the corners and a single entrance. Inside there is a network of dark narrow passageways giving access to the different parts of the fortress. Steps lead up to the top of the fort with gun emplacements and a small stone arsenal.

In some ways there isn’t a lot to see, but it makes a good break on the way to Saranda. It can be quite dark inside the fort and a torch is a good idea. There are good views from the top.

There is a parking area with cafes by the track across the causeway. There little information at the site or on the web.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.