Tirana Travel Guide

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Tirana Highlights

  • Pro
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    DPando says…

     good restaurants, youth hostel, people 

  • Con
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    maykal says…

     Opening hours mean nothing. There is no bus station. 

  • In a nutshell
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    Eraldi says…

     A fast growing city, good food, music and friendly people 

Tirana Things to Do

  • Enver Hoxha's villa

    This 60s-style villa is the place where Enver Hoxha lived when he was in Tirana. The building itself is not far from the main boulevard and the secluded Presidential Palace, but it cannot be visited. A security was patroling when I was there.

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  • National Historical Museum - Albania's...

    Albania always fascinated me. From the nations stamps, labelled 'Shqipëria', to it's time as a bastion of Chinese style socialism in Europe it seemed to set itself apart and In the 70's beards were banned, and bearded male westerners reportedly were required to shave (but a goatee and sideburns were acceptable!). Then of course there are the...

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  • The Dictator's Home

    In the bustling bar, cafe and restaurant hubbub that is modern day Blloku, its hard to imaging that this was once a closed precinct, home to the senior officials of the Hoxha regime. lurking behind an unkempt garden is the home of the man who ruled Albania for nearly 40 years,In keeping with the low rent nature of his communist dictatorship, Enver...

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Tirana Hotels

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Tirana Restaurants

  • Excellent food,price and quality at city...

    We have been staying in an apartment near Rruga Elbasanit, and a friend suggested us this wonderful place. It's located in the heart of Tirana, walking distance, in a nice location. So much surprised about the food quality and prices, so GREAT !!....We have been staying in Tirana for a week and we went every day to have lunch, we ordered food for...

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  • few places

    Cafe Flora just does ice cream and drinks but its ok, its just off the main square down a main street. a OJ and ice cream cost 300lek.Mama Rossa is an italian place in the heart of the bars and cafes, around the area of Blloku, RR Ismail Qemali.Food is pretty good, 1400lek (£8.50) for a salad and a main of escolopes and a beer.Shamrock is obviously...

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  • Restaurant Brewery Tirana ALBANIA

    This is a restaurant with a micro-brewery insite, brewing their own craft beers. The place is huge, there is a restaurant, a pub and a kids graden.The crafted beers are Helles(blonde), Marzen(red) and Weiss(weizen), probably the best beers in Albania.The food is Bavarese style and a lot of traditional foods. Live music from Thursday to...

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Tirana Nightlife

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  • Cafe Opera

    This is a clean, bright and conveniently located bar on Skenderbeg square, where you can drink Korca beer, and watch football on the big screen. It's nothing special, but it's easily located underneath the big Opera sign on the Palace of Culture.

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  • Tirana Coffee Culture

    Central Tirana is filled with coffee shops. It is not unusual to see several coffee shops strung along the same street, at a short distance from each other. The offerings in the coffee shops reflect the colorful history of the country. Turkish coffee, with a layer of coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup, is a staple, testimony for hundreds of...

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  • Bar Moma

    my couch surfer and friends took me here - as it was a monday night and the only place that was reasonably busy.its a cool trendy place with cocktails.i had a cuba libre for 400lek, £2.50) - music was cool, ambient and a good atmosphere, am sure it goes off at weekends.

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Tirana Transportation

  • Skopje to Tirana by bus.

    After the recent excellent Euromeet 2011 organised wonderfully by Valentina I needed to travel to Tirana in Albania to get my flight home. An internet search produced a lot of conflicting information that was either undated, out of date or just plain wrong so I intend to provide a step by step guide which was current as of 5th June 2011. Obviously,...

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  • Easy to arrive, harder to leave

    We came to Tirana from Ohrid in Macedonia. Getting to the capital is relatively straightforward - all roads seem to lead there, though bumpily.Our journey was in 2006, so things may be different by now. The first stop on the way is Pogradec, over the Albanian border. Our taxi driver (25 euro), took us to the border, where we were 'bartered' to an...

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  • Airport

    Forget all you've read about Tirana's chaotic and dirty airport: it's all new. There was no scramble of people trying to get visas, there was an ATM waiting for me to grab currency from, and a nice, bright, clean (albeit small) airport to greet visitors.The taxi drivers at Tirana airport have a bad reputation for harassing (in a friendly smiling...

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Tirana Shopping

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  • QTU

    On the highway to Durres there are some department stores where you can find international brands like Mango etc. you can take a free bus in Scanderbeg square going there every 15 minutes. the names of the stores are QTU, Casa Italia, City Park. http://www.qtu-al.com/web/index.php

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  • Clothes from Italy and Greece

    The main street for clothes, shoes etc is Myslym Shyri str., most of the products coming from Italy and Greece. You can find other smaller boutiques in the Bllok area. Some brand shops like the Beneton, Sergio Tacchini, are around Durresi str. As for other stuff, like ceramics, you will find some very good ones located at Shallvare buildings. more...

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  • Handmade figured plates

    I think the souvenir shop is on the Kavajes Street. I bought figured plates by a local artist. Souvenir of Tirana wasnt attractive to me because Im from Istanbul and those souvenirs of Tirana is quite familiar to me. Ottoman style souvenirs coffee pots, tea sets, Ottoman daggers, clothes etc could be attractive for many people but not for a guy...

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Tirana Local Customs

  • Locals at the mosque

    At any time at Et'hem Bey Mosque, one may find an Albanian reading the Koran, or Muslims praying in the mosque, or visitors immortalising their trip by taking photographs, or enthusiasts of art history wishing to satisfy their curiosity.Please have a close look at the decoration of Et'hem Bey Mosque.

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  • Traditional dancing

    Walking through Tirana on a Sunday morning along the main boulevard, I came across a display of traditional dancing & a band playing.

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  • Tirana, 1988 forbidden photos of women...

    In front of Tirana hotel, one guy from our little group could not resist to go and ask to a group of three women in uniform some silly question, just to see how they reacted (first photo). I do not remember what was the question but I know that they did answer very kindly. Our Albanian guide had told us that we should photography neither military...

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Tirana Warnings and Dangers

  • Albanian Defence System - Potholes

    Albania defends it's city and town centres from foreign incursions in an economical and ingenious manner. Every major road entering every town or city is riddled with stupendous potholes, filled with muddy water, denying rapid entry to foreign interlopers.The national fleet of vehicles (90% of which seem to be 2nd hand Mercedes) are so banged about...

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  • Safe City

    Despite Albania's Wild West reputation, Tirana proved to be a very relaxing city. People were curious, and I caught many people staring at me, and then quickly looking away when they saw that I'd noticed, but whenever I interacted with anyone, they were always incredibly friendly. A surprising number of Albanians also spoke English.Even late at...

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  • Driving in Tirana

    Tirana has wide streets with several lines for each direction. However, there are very few markings on streets, so you never actually know in which lane you are driving. But, I have to admit that local drivers were very considerate when they saw car with foreign registration plates, and I had no trouble driving around. However, pedestrians love to...

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Tirana Tourist Traps

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    by harido Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Formerly the mausoleum of dictator
    Enver Hoxha, it has been turned into
    the International Center of Culture.

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Tirana What to Pack

  • Tirana has most things, though ...

    I would suggest bringing your own razors, since the American razor brands can be extremely expensive and difficult to find. Also bring a good flashlight (torch) as Tirana is plagued with frequent and lengthy power outages.

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  • Backpackers and...

    Backpackers are good. But bring some good clothes for the nightlife as well. The locals tend to be a bit fashionable. You can find almost every little thing. There is a lot of import going on with the neighbouring EU countries.

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Tirana Off The Beaten Path

  • Durres

    About an hour from Tirana by bus or train is the ancient city of Durres. It's worth the trip to see the Adriatic coast, the Roman amphitheater, and King Zog's palace. It's only about 50 cents for a return ticket on the train, and the train journey is an experience in itself.

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  • Tirana By Night

    I liked Tirana by night and took this photograph. When I think of Tirana, I do miss day and night view of Et'hem Bey Mosque and Clock Tower.

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  • Tirana Lake

    To get to the lake you can go through the park behind the University & Sheraton hotel. After a short walk you'll come across it. The lake is artifical & has a path that goes all the way round it, crossing the dam too. There weren't many people there when I visited, only a few people jogging & fishing. It was nice to have a bit of peace & quiet away...

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Tirana Sports & Outdoors

  • Qemal Stafa Stadium

    The stadium is just off Mother Teresa Square & next to the Sheraton hotel.Two of Albania's top teams Sk Tirana & KF Partizani play here. It also holds matches for the Albanian national football team.There is a ticket office next to the main entrance.

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  • Soccer in Tirana

    Tirana sports a fairly run-down soccer stadium near the downtown (across the street from the Sheraton Hotel). The local and national team play regular games there virtually year round and generally on Sundays. Admission is nominal but be careful, as the crowd can get pretty out of hand.

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  • Qemal Stafa Stadium

    Albania's national stadium is an unimposing building, but it has a reputation for making opposing teams wilt. It's been the stage of a few famous victories in recent years, not least of which the 2-1 defeat of local rivals Greece in their very first game after winning Euro 2004 in Portugal. I can just imagine how happy that would have made the...

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  • Try the local beer.

    Tirana seems be drowning in low quality international beer labels like Carlsberg and Heineken at the moment, but there is hope.The local Tirana beer is quite a bit better so be sure to ask for that if you want to have a beer while hanging out in Tirana.That way you also support a local business and a local employer while you are actually tasting a...

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  • friendly people and great food and Raki

    the people are so friendly and helpfull. If they don't speak English, they will find someone who speaks English and they will help you. The city is not really beautiful, but the people will make it beautiful! There are only a few tourists, so go now to see Tirana. About ten years it will be spoiled, with many tourists.To find the way in Tirana is...

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  • 10 Euro entry tax

    At the moment most foreign visitors are charged an entry tax of 10 Euros on arrival in Albania. At the airport in Tirana this is collected at a booth just after passport control. To avoid any complications or delays, please have your 10 Euros with you on arrival.

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