Durres off the beaten Path - View on Durres
The pink palace was built by King Zog for himself. During the riots it was looted and nowadays its used by the Italian army. Located up on a small hill above the Amphitheatre it offers nice views on the city. Its also worth to walk up the hill towards the lighthouse a couple of minutes further. The light house can not be seen from the city or the palace. Continue on the road uphill for 3 minutes.
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Villages around Durres
If you can get a taxi or a car, there is little village about 1hr-ish out of Durres called Kruje, the drive there is amazing, it takes you past some of the mines dug into the hillside, and the village itself is ancient, with a very quaint 'shopping street' where you can buy intricate marble carvings and statues, to antique irons and Albanian Communist medals and everything in between. The people there are very friendly and there is an excellent restaurant in the fort that is overlooking the town and neighbouring countryside, its also a hang out of many UN and charity people over the weekend, so there are English speakers around. I don't know if he is still there but keep your eye out for a boy (now a young man I should think) that speaks about 7 different languages fluently. If you're in the area for whatever reason, its definitely worth a visit.
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