If you plan to visit Kelzira Castle, don’t forget to take this trail (described below) up the mountain. In preparation for the hike, we consulted Google Maps/Earth to get an idea of the area and to make sure the trail was clearly marked. For the most part, the trail seemed easy to see – we were wrong.

Due to a wrong turn, the road we took was much more difficult than it should have been. We hope the following tips will help future hikers avoid deviating from the correct route to climb.

Sunset walk to Kölsir castle

We imagined a short walk to the ruins of Kelsir Castle at sunset. Based on the height difference and the length of the path, we calculated that it would take us about 20 minutes to reach the castle.

http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Kelcyra-Castle-in-Albania-Follow-This-Route-Up-the.jpg Kelzir Castle shines in the winter sunset.

As we climbed up near the cemetery where we had parked, we noticed that this part of Trebesjina Mountain has steep slopes. But we weren’t too nervous, after all we had done some research and we had the Maps.me application with us.

After getting out of the car, we started walking along the somewhat steep but straight path. After about 7 minutes we approached the T and the tracker.

http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1612912400_155_Kelcyra-Castle-in-Albania-Follow-This-Route-Up-the.jpg Harry looks at Mount Trebeshin and Castle Kelsir.

The marker oddly indicated that we were on the airstrip, but did not indicate whether we should turn left or right. With the mountain on our left and the house on our right, we turned left.

We made a mistake.

At the time, we didn’t know we were going the wrong way. As we progressed, the trail slowly disappeared and each step became steeper and the gravel more forlorn.

http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1612912401_781_Kelcyra-Castle-in-Albania-Follow-This-Route-Up-the.jpg This is the road we took wrong on the way to Kelsira Castle. Pretty cool!

As our fears grew (especially Audrey’s), we began to consider turning back. However, we both knew that the descent at this point would be even more difficult than the ascent, so we continued.

We also saw a stone wall about 75 times higher than our current position. We assumed it was a path and that we needed to get there. So we set ourselves a new goal, to reach this small stone wall.

http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1612912401_377_Kelcyra-Castle-in-Albania-Follow-This-Route-Up-the.jpg Audrey looks with amazement at the path we have just taken.

After another five minutes of climbing, we reached the wall and the official path. The walk from this point to the castle took about three minutes and was slightly downhill. Compared to our origin, it was flat! After about 40 minutes, we finally arrived at the castle.

http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1612912402_873_Kelcyra-Castle-in-Albania-Follow-This-Route-Up-the.jpg The green road is the path to take, it’s the path we took. The red road is the path we took.

Probably the most annoying thing is that we could see the castle the whole time. It was there, and yet we couldn’t find our way after taking a wrong turn.

The way down.

http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1612912402_631_Kelcyra-Castle-in-Albania-Follow-This-Route-Up-the.jpg Audrey leads the way!

The walk to our car took about 20 minutes. It was now easy to see where we had gone wrong and how we had wandered so wildly off the road. We felt terribly stupid and laughed together. As we looked at the steep slopes, we couldn’t believe that we had gone back on the road we had taken.

Ali Bej Kelcir Castle (Klisura Castle)

Built in the mid-19th century by Theodore, the founder of the Kelcir family (originally the Klissur family), the castle was one of the largest buildings in Albania at the time. With 65,000 square meters, eight four-story towers, a basement and a first floor, it must have been a magnificent sight.

Like all good things, it ended in 1914, when the magnificent castle was burned by the Greeks, leaving the ruins we see today.

The Illyrian castle of Kelzir…

The ruins of the Illyrian Castle of Kelzir are about a 25-minute walk from Ali Bej Kelzir Castle. If you have time and daylight, it’s a good accent for the trip.

It is assumed that these ruins were either an ancient fort or the town of Paraway Eriboya. In addition, the ruins of the castle show several architectural alterations dating back to the 3rd-4th century B.C. – 19th century. The ruins of Illyrian Castle, although less photogenic than those of Kelzir Castle, have interesting interior rooms to explore.

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