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Municipal unit
Shengjin Waterfront
Shengjin Waterfront
Shëngjin is located in Albania
Country  Albania
County Lezhë
Municipality Lezhë
 • Municipal unit 53.4 km2 (20.6 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Municipal unit 8,091
 • Municipal unit density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 4503
Vehicle registration LE

Shëngjin (Albanian pronunciation: ; Albanian for St. John, Italian: San Giovanni di Medua) is a coastal town and a former municipality in the Lezhë County, northwestern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Lezhë.[1] The population at the 2011 census was 8,091.[2] Shëngjin is a growing tourist destination, well known for its beaches and resort accommodations. Shëngjin is one of many cities within the District of Lezhë and is home to one of Albania's entry ports, Port of Shëngjin.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Economy 3
  • Climate 4
  • Sister towns 5
  • Gallery 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Shëngjin is a part of the Lezhë County, which has thousands of years of ancient history and unique culture. According to historians, Lezhë is considered as the site of the League of Lezhë where Skanderbeg united the Albanian princes in the fight against the Ottoman Empire. Skanderbeg is recognized as a national hero for his efforts to unite the region against the Turks. Shëngjin’s coastline has always provided a key geographic asset to the area for over a thousand years. In 1924, the Albanian government renamed Shengjin as Wilson, in honor of the American President Woodrow Wilson for backing Albania's independence.

The Municipal Unit implements national legislation and local ordinances, while trying to promote the general welfare of its citizens. Over the past years, Shengjin has become an important tourist destination in Albania. Shëngjin's former Komuna has had the privilege of welcoming national leaders as well as foreign dignitaries to the city.


Shengjin and the nearby protected areas
Rana e Hedhun, a type of coastal dune
Aerial view of Shengjin

Shëngjin is located approximately 100 meters away from the waters of the Adriatic Sea, and below a mountain side called Rrenci that is approximately 159 meters in height. Shëngjin is also located approximately 60 km from the Tirana Mother Teresa International Airport.

Shëngjin offers a wide arrange of environmentally friendly activities. To the south of the city is a nature preserves called “Pylli me pisha dhe Lagune Kunes” and “Laguna e Vainit”, which offers a beautiful and undisturbed place to enjoy the natural surroundings of wetlands and seafront. Similarly, just north of city center is “Rana e Hedhun” in Gheg Albanian or "Rera e Hedhur" in standard Albanian, which also offers a wonderful experience of rural and undeveloped sand dunes along the coastline.

According to, “Being an ecological city, Shengjin Albania offers some of the best fishing grounds that ensure that there is a balance between the rate of fishing and the frequent of fishing so that to ensure that there is no too much loss of fish from the sea. They respect the fact that the fish need to breed in order to maintain their population.”

Shëngjin's proximity to other cities include:

City Distance from Shëngjin Population
Lezhë 7 km (east-southeast) 41,200
Laç 23 km (south-southeast) 24,825
Shkodër 28 km (north-northwest) 74,876
Durrës 55 km (south-southwest) 115,550
Tirana 58 km (south-southeast) 421,286

Other notable features in the region include:

Region Feature Distance from Shëngjin
Fierza Dam 61 km (northeast)
Gjalices Mountain (2537 meters) 77 km (east-northeast)
Golemi Korab Mountain (2764 meters) 80 km (east)
Djeravica Mountain (2656 meters) 91 km (north-northeast)


Shëgjin beach

Shëngjn’s economy is focused around two major industries: seaport and tourism. The Port of Shëngjin, or Shëngjin Harbor, is the northern most seaport in Albania and is frequently accessed by cargo and fishing vessels. The Port of Shëngjin provides the area with a strong industrial foundation. Shëngjin has the third largest port in Albania and the Harbor’s access point is located on the northwest part of the city. The port is protected by lengthy rock walls that extend into the sea.

Shëngjin has approximately 3 km of beach front.


Montly Climate Data

Sister towns


Shëngjin's Beach 
Beach facing north 
Beach facing south 
Complex Adriatic 
Complex Adriatic 
Plaza's Rooftop Cafe 
Hotel Rafealo 
Ermiri Cafe 
Ermiri Palace 
Hotel President 
Complex Kristi on Rana e Hedhun 
Complex Kristi on Rana e Hedhun 

See also


  1. ^ Law nr. 115/2014
  2. ^ 2011 census results

External links

  • Shëngjin Travel Guide
  • Lezha Online News
  • Lezha Travel and Tourism
  • Shëngjin Port
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