Many beautiful trees line the streets of Vlora. Street Trees of Vlora showcases some of these trees.

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A Vlora Tree-Lined Street

Included in the Street Trees of Vlora, are a variety of trees, with one being the most common.

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Sycamore Tree

The most common tree in Vlora is the Sycamore.

Did you know these are the same type of trees that line the Champs-Elysées boulevard in Paris, France?

They are in the Platanaceae family called Plane Trees. There are about 10 different species.

The Sycamore is a large deciduous (which means it loses its leaves in the winter) tree with maple-like leaves.

Its distinguishing features are its bark and flowers.

Sycamore Tree Bark

The bark is like a jigsaw puzzle that peels off irregularly revealing the new bark beneath. Therefore, the bark presents a multi-colored pattern.

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Female Flowers
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Male Flowers

The flowers do not look like regular flowers, they are shaped like balls. The female flowers are red single balls. Furthermore, on our trees, the male flowers are two balls to a stalk.

Some of the reasons they are a popular street tree:

      • Easy to transplant
      • Tolerate pollution
      • Great for shade
      • Tolerate root-ball compaction

If you would like more details on the Sycamore tree, check out the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Connecticut Plant Database.

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Magnolia Tree

The Magnolia is another large and common tree in the Street Trees of Vlora.

The Magnolia tree is one of the oldest trees on earth. With fossils dating back over 36 million years.

The Magnolia is in the Magnoliaceae family with over 240 species!

They are mostly evergreen trees ( meaning they keep their leaves in the winter) although some are deciduous varieties.

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Magnolia Flower

The Magnolia flower is the distinguishing feature of the various species.

As well as being very fragrant and beautiful.

Besides being a great street tree, they are also used in parks, golf courses, and as shade trees.

If you would like to learn more about Magnolias check out the University of Connecticut Database or click on the picture above for another source.

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Linden Tree

One of the most fragrant trees is the Linden.

The Linden tree is very long-lived and may take up to 50 years to reach its full height.

They belong to the Malvaceae family and there are a few different species.

The American Basswood or American Linden is one of the species.

There is a wide range of characteristics between different species and within the same species.

For example, if you are trying to identify a species by its leaf, it is difficult because the leaf shape may vary even on one tree.

The Linden is a deciduous tree.

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Linden Flowers- extremely fragrant

The most distinguishing feature is the flowers.

The flowers are beautiful and excessively fragrant, to the point of overwhelming!

They are used as street and urban trees because they are:

      • Highly tolerant of pollution
      • Long-lived
      • Excellent shade providers

To find out more information about the Linden tree and its uses check out this Article. You can also click on the photo for more information from another source.

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Mimosa Tree

The Mimosa tree is fast-growing and short-lived but a great specimen for the Street Trees of Vlora.

Additionally, they are called the Persian Silk Tree.

They can grow up to two feet in one year, reaching its full height of 40 feet in 15 years. Moreover, their average life span is 30 years, according to an article in Aura Trees.

In addition, they are very prolific and easy to grow from seed. In some places they are considered an invasive species.

The Mimosa tree is from the Leguminosae family and a deciduous tree.

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Mimosa Flowers

Their flowers are very distinct and the part of the blossom that we find so beautiful is the stamen of the flower.

Another interesting fact is the fern-like leaflets close when they are touched, as well as when it rains and at night.

If you would like to learn more about the Mimosa tree, look at the Leafy Place Article

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Palo Verde Tree

Palo Verde means green bark or stick.

The green bark on the Palo Verde tree allows it to perform photosynthesis using its bark.

Because the tree drops its leaves in the Summer and Fall, they are deciduous trees.

In addition, during droughts, it will drop branches and stems.

The Palo Verde belongs to the Leguminosae family representing at least twelve different species.

Being native to semi-desert areas of the world, they are equipped with thorns and a tap root to facilitate survival.

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Palo Verde Flowers

The Palo Verde produces thousands of beautiful, fragrant yellow flowers during their short flowering season.

They are used as specimen and ornamental trees.

The Palo Verde goes by many different names including Jerusalem Thorn and Horse Bean.

If you would like to delve further into this tree, click on the photos or check out this article.

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Jacaranda Tree

The Jacaranda Tree produces beautiful purple and blue flowers.

The name Jacaranda is from the Guarani meaning “Fragrant”.

They are native to South America where Guarani is spoken.

Jacaranda is pronounced with a “J” sound unlike in Spanish with the “J” being an “H” sound.

They are in the Bignoniaceae family with over 50 different species.

One variety, called the ‘Alba’, is rare and produces white flowers.

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Jacaranda Flowers

The majority of species produce flowers of purples and blues, creating a beautiful spectacle.

The Jacaranda makes a great street tree as they are resistant to pests and diseases, somewhat drought tolerant, and make nice shade trees.

For those who are more curious about the Jacaranda tree, click on the photos for one source of information. For another source check out this Arizona State University article.

If all these beautiful flowers make you want to get a bouquet or a nice flowering plant, have a look at the Shopping category and the Flowers section for local flower shops. 

In conclusion, as you can see there is a wide variety in the Street Trees of Vlora with the Sycamore being the most prevalent.

I hope this information was interesting and useful.

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The National Heroes Cemetery is a great place to go, to pay your respects to some of Albania’s Heroes.

In addition to paying your respects to the National Heroes, the National Heroes Cemetery overlooks the city of Vlora.

The National Heroes Cemetery is located, on the hillside, above Flag Square in Vlora.


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What a great place to situate a cemetery for your country’s heroes!

To get up to the cemetery you must traverse over 12 sets of steps.

If you need a break while going up, there are large landings to stop on.

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Looking down from the middle landing
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Steps up to the first level of graves

The cemetery is very orderly and the graves are well marked.

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View of Grave Plots

Upon reaching the level of the graves, you will find there are five levels of graves. Separated by, you guessed it, more steps!

There is a name placard on each grave and sometimes there is a little more information.

The whole area is nicely landscaped, with beautiful flowers and meticulously groomed grass.

Along with the smell of citrus and jasmine blossoms, there is a fresh breeze coming from the ocean.

It is a very beautiful and peaceful place.

Some of the National Heroes are remembered throughout Vlora.

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Hasan Kushta
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Zonja Curre
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Rustem Laskaj
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Ahmet Arapi

Hasan Kushta, one of the nation’s heroes, lies in a marked grave.

There is a street in Vlora named after him.

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Street named after Hasan Kushta

From the steps, below the cemetery, are great views of Vlora.

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Flag Square

To the north is the Zvernec Monastery and the Vjose-Narte Protected Landscape Reserve.

Closer in is the old part of the city which has been partially restored.

Just below is a mosque, built in 2014.

You can see the minaret.

In addition, there is a street of colorful buildings, which you look down upon.

The Ethnographic Museum is near there.

If Vlora Museums interest you, check out my post.

On the hill to the south, above the cemetery, sit two mosques with green domes.

While below there is a mix of new unfinished apartments and old tile-roofed houses.

Along with some newly renovated houses and new apartment buildings.

Further out to the west is the bay of Vlora.

It is a beautiful scene to behold.

To conclude, this is a very beautiful cemetery and well worth the effort to go see it.

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Three great places to visit are the Historic Museums in Vlora. The following information is current, having visited all sites in 2022.

There are three historic museums in Vlora, the National Museum of Independence, The Historical Museum of Artifacts, and the Ethnographic Museum.

The National Museum of Independence

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The National Museum of Independence
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Back View of the Museum

Albania declared independence on November 28, 1912.

From the front balcony of this now historic museum, Ismail Qemali raised the Albanian flag.

Throughout the museum are many historical facts, presented with photographs. As well as several antique pieces of furniture.

On this website, there is an excellent description of the museum. However, the building exterior has changed since that article.

On this website is a detailed article about the Independence of Albania. It is very interesting for history buffs!

They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM until 5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

During the Summer they are open on Mondays from 8 AM until 11 AM and again from 5 PM to 10 PM.

In addition, they are closed on Mondays for the rest of the year.

The ticket price is 300 Leke or 2.50 euros.

They are located between the Port of Vlora, the University, and across from KFC. Their physical location is Here.

If you want to get to the museum on the Vlora City Bus take any Uji Ftohte bus. Check out this post and the map is below.

Get off by Mon Cheri Coffee Shop.

The Historical Museum of Artifacts

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Historical Museum of Artifacts

The Historical Museum of Artifacts takes you on an archeological journey through the history of Vlora and the surrounding area.

The original church bell from Kanina castle is located within.

Along with many antiquities of Vlora history, dating back to the Neolithic period.

Because photography is prohibited, here is a website to show you the inside of the museum.

The museum is physically located, here, near the Independence Monument.

They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM.

The ticket costs 100 lek.

One of the most interesting museums in Vlora is the Ethnographic Museum.

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The Ethnographic Museum

This museum is about the way people used to live.

Within the museum, separate rooms and areas are depicting the different ways of life.

Some examples are:

The separate gathering rooms for men and women.

A room for the Fisherman and the Blacksmith.

Another area for various ceramic pottery.

In addition to a room to depict their crafts and woolen rugs. This is my favorite room!

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Welcome! Come on in!!

Because photographs are forbidden in this museum, here is a website to view the interior of the museum.

They are open Tuesday thru Friday from 8 AM until 4 PM.

As well as Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM until 2 PM.

Unfortunately, they are closed on Mondays.

The ticket price is 200 Lek.

The Museum is located across the street from the Historical Museum of Artifacts, in the square with Sophie Caffe.

It is an inconspicuous building. The location on the map is Here.

Behind this museum is the colorful tourist street area.

In conclusion, there are three great historical museums in Vlora to visit and learn about the history and peoples of Vlora and Albania.

I hope you can visit them while you are here.

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Vlora has a great climate and so the are many more than 10 Roadside Flowers in Vlora.

The following 10 Roadside Flowers in Vlora are some of the more commonly seen flowers.

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Viper's Bugloss in Blackberry bush

Viper’s Bugloss- Echium vulgare L.

The Viper’s Bugloss is in the same family as Borage which is the family Boraginaceae.

Their signature trademark is the beautiful blue bell-shaped flowers.

The name Viper has derived from the thought that the spotted stem resembles a viper. Bugloss is Greek meaning Ox tongue, which the shape of the leaves resembles.

They are very widespread throughout Europe and introduced in other parts of the world.

They are great for beneficial insects such as bees.

Being cultivated as an ornamental it now has many different cultivars.

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Flower-Wolf's Milk

Wolf’s Milk- Euphorbia helioscopia L.

Wolf’s Milk is commonly referred to as Leafy Spurge.

The white milky sap that comes from the stem, when cut, is where the name comes from.

It is native to Europe and Asia and is an invasive plant in the USA.

I am personally familiar with this plant because when I herded sheep in Montana, they were there to graze the leafy spurge.

The sheep loved it and did an excellent job of clearing it out.

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Flower-Syrian Thistle
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Syrian Thistle Leaf

Syrian Thistle- Notobasis syriaca (L.) Cass.

This is a plant that I was particularly interested in because of the beautiful variegated leaves and large purple flowers.

It is native to the Mediterranean area and the Middle East.

On the island of Crete, in Greece, the locals peel its tender shoots and eat them raw.

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Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower- Platycodon grandiflorus

The Balloon flower is the only member of the genus Platycodon.

It is in the family Campanulaceae, which is the Bellflower family.

It is native to East Asia and the Russian far east.

Its name came from the balloon-shaped flower buds.

In Korea, the root is used in cooking but only after it goes through a process to remove the bitterness.

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Adriatic Soapwort

Adriatic Soapwort- Saponaria calabrica Guss.

The Adriatic Soapwort occurs through southern Italy, the Balkan peninsula, and western Turkey.

The flowers are very distinct and pretty. They come in shades of pink and white.

It belongs to the Genus Saponaria. “Sapo” means soap hence, the name soapworts.

Its fellow plant the S. Officinalis provides soap from its leaves or roots.

Squirting Cucumber Flower

Squirting Cucumber- Ecballium elaterium (L.) A.Rich.

This is the sole species in the Genus Ecballium.

It is in the same family as cucumbers and the fruits look like small cucumbers.

It possibly acts as a poison when eaten so it is best avoided.

Its method of seed dispersion is where the name originated.

When the fruits are ripe, they squirt out a liquid that contains the seeds.

It is native to Europe, North Africa, and the temperate areas of Asia.

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Wild Morning Glory

Wild Morning-Glory- Convolvulus arvensis L.

In the Morning Glory family and often called Field Bindweed.

This plant goes up anything upright and winds around the branches and stems of trees and plants.

It can get very heavy and choke out the light and air circulation from the tree or plant.

In central Europe, some uncommon bee species are dependent exclusively on this species of bindweed for pollen.

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Poppy- Papaver humile Fedde

This is a very commonly seen poppy.

From Tirana to Vlora as well as in other places around Albania, you can find the poppy.

Usually, in fields with other flowers.

Native to the Eastern Mediterranean areas.

They sport a beautiful, deep red flower with a black center.

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Borage- Borago officinalis

A native to the Mediterranean region and very prominent in Vlora.

It is also known as the Starflower due to its very distinct flower shape.

There are many medicinal and herbal uses for seeds and other plant parts.

Borage oil is made from seeds and is purported to be used to treat many different ailments.

There are also side effects to its use.

Used in cosmetics and soap making it is purported to have hydrating properties.

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Flower-Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle- Sonchus oleraceus (L.) L.

The Milk Thistle is a member of the Dandelion tribe in the Daisy family.

They are native to Europe and Western Asia.

The young leaves and roots are edible and contain a long list of vitamins and minerals.

A coffee substitute is made from the young roots.

In conclusion, seeing these beautiful roadside flowers in Vlora is quite a sight! Hopefully, now you will be able to identify some of them.

If you are in the mood for more domestic flowers check out this link.

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The Vlora Public Springs and Fountains are a great place to get safe, clean, free water.

The three locations are the Kanine Spring Fountain, Uji Ftohte Lion Fountain and the Fresh Water Spring at the Tunnel. All of their locations are marked on the map in the footer. Bring a bottle for a fresh taste test!

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Kanine Spring Fountain- 100 Years

The Kanine Spring Fountain

     The Kanine Spring Fountain is from a natural spring, with water that is clear, clean and tastes great! As it says on the fountain, “Kanin 100 Vjetori” which means Kanine 100th anniversary, so it has been there for over 100 years!

Kanine Spring Fountain itself has very distinct features. Within an arched stone frame, against a wall are etched an eagle and the words “Kanin 100 Vjetori”.

In the middle, a small bowl holds the water poured from the spring, which overflows into a stone basin.

Within the basin is a square stone to set your bottle on, for filling.

It has a nice stone seating area, a great place for contemplation, while you wait.

The fountain is located, just before the entrance to Kanine road, which leads to Kanina Castle. At the confluence of  Rruga Unaza (SH8) and Rruga Zenel Murra.

Adjacent to the fountain is the Tulla Unaze bus stop, heading into Vlora.

Whether you are heading to the Kanina Castle or just out and about, get yourself some freshwater!!

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Uji Ftohte Lion Fountain

The Uji Ftohte Lion Fountain, with water sourced from the city water supply, is safe, cold, clean and great tasting water.

A regal lion stands on a rock outcropping, with water coming from its mouth and two places below it. The water flows into a basin where you can set your bottles, to fill them. In addition, the fountain runs continuously.

It is located in a small park, on a median between Rruga Dhimitër Konomi and Rruga Aleksandër Moisiu.

The Uji Ftohte buses turn around at the fountain and stop before they go back into town.

Furthermore, the beach is across the street, with a row of ball courts, comprised of Basketball and Tennis Courts. It looks like you bring your own balls and racquets if you want to play.

The Uji Ftohte Lion Fountain is a great place to quench your thirst after playing in the sand or on the court!!

Fresh Water Spring at the Tunnel
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Fresh Water Spring Pool

Fresh Water Spring at the Tunnel

The Fresh Water Spring at the Tunnel is a great place to stop and get a refill while you are hiking or enjoying the Bay of Vlora.

This spring comes out of a rock face under the Tunnel, which goes to Radhimë. Since the Tunnel is ancient, if I were to guess, the spring is also.

The water is very cold, clear and clean. It runs out of the rocks and then into Vlora Bay. On the bayside of the tunnel, go down the steps and at the bottom, there is a shallow cave in the rocks, on the left. Inside the cave is a small, natural pool, where people collect the water. There is no piped water so you have to dip into the pool.

In the summer this is a great place to get a refreshing, cold drink of water.

In conclusion, whether you need free drinking water for your home or you are hiking, you have three Vlora public springs and fountains to choose from.

On a personal note, I am the kind of person who gets sick, immediately from drinking or eating anything that is contaminated. I have drunk this water and had no ill effects.

In addition, we can reduce, reuse and recycle all of the plastic water containers that we buy, by refilling them at one of these three great fountains.

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Once again, thank you, for visiting the Beautiful Vlora website I hope you find it helpful.