Vau i Dejës is a small city in Albania located 16 kilometers northwest of the capital, Tirana. It is the capital of the Lezhë District, with 15,566 inhabitants. Situated between the Adriatic Sea and the mountains of northern Albania, Vau i Dejës is a unique destination.
Vau i Dejës is home to the tomb of Gjergj Kastriot, better known as Skanderbeg, a 15th-century Albanian hero who spearheaded the revolt against the Ottoman Empire. The memorial complex also includes a museum providing information about his life.
Visitors of Vau i Dejës can explore a 12th-century castle atop a small hill. Visitors can admire a panoramic view of the city and the entire Lezhë District.
Every year, Vau i Dejës hosts the Skanderbeg International Tournament. This FIFA-recognised football event brings together six national teams from the Balkans to play in tribute to the city's hero.
Located 4 km from the city limits is Ndroq, a village whose old stone houses highlight the region's rich culture and traditional architecture.
Not far from Ndroq is Shëngjin Beach, a stunning coastal destination with crystal-clear waters known for its seafood restaurants and activities such as parasailing and jet skiing.
Vau i Dejës is known for its traditional food, of which the sadiçka, a type of pie with spinach, cheese, and red pepper, is one of the most famous dishes.
Home to various archaeological sites and historical monuments, the city contains two of the largest and most important churches of the region: the Holy Trinity and the church of St. Nicholas.
Vau i Dejës is part of the Emerald Trail, a natural journey linking the beach of Shëngjin to Dajti Mountain. This route offers visitors breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding countryside.
The lakes of Kune and Patoku, located just 15 km from the city, are the largest lakes in Albania and are natural habitats for many species of birds and fish, making them ideal for bird watching and angling alike.
Linked to Tirana by the A2 motorway, Vau i Dejës is well connected to the other major cities in Albania and is set to become a major tourist destination in the coming years.