We left beautiful Boge, and we would head south, in search of Cape of Rodon and its Castle ruins.
As is the norm, while we would finally find the road to the Cape, but the challenge to find the road and hiking trail to the Castle was another thing. There was not one single sign along the way, and there were so many road choices. We would try many of them; mostly washed out and rutted. It was slow going for sure. We did ask a few people we saw around the area and it helped a little. (the language barrier) We finally found the parking lot, but if not for three nice young adults, who were also going to the ruins for some beach time, we would not have found the hiking path. They all spoke some English and we enjoyed visiting a bit.
It was a steep hike, mostly down. We definitely found some beautiful coast line on this stop. The castle was unique, being built as low as sea level, right at the tip of the cape. It must have been really something in its day.
We would drive from Boge, for a full day to do our sightseeing and end our evening in a place called Berat. After checking with three overpriced hotels, (literally empty of guests) we found one in our price range. 25 Euro with breakfast. We were in desperate need of showers and A/C. I was so tired, I skipped dinner, processed photos and got a good nights sleep.
This morning, we rise to another beautiful summer day. Coffee is hitting the spot, and getting me rev-ed up! We are in central, Southern Albania, and in another historical town. We will explore this really cool area of Berat, before making our way to our next stop of Gjirokaster by the end of the day.
By now, we have determined our favorite parts of Albania are the high North, and the Central, to lower region. We just did not find Tirana (capital) or Durres very interesting, though it gets mentioned for tourism quite a bit.