Craft Shop: Bunkers
If you visit Albania, you can find bunkers everywhere. In fact, during the forty years of the hard communism time leadered by the dictacor Enver Hoxha, 700.000 bunkers were built in the country.
Nowadays, some bunkers were destroyed while other were reused for a variety of purposes, including residential accommodation and cafés.
In my opinion, one of the best souvenirs from Albania is a bunker. You can find them in craft shops.
Se visitar a Albânia, vai encontrar casamatas por toda a parte. De facto, durante os cinquenta anos do braço de ferro comunista liderado pelo ditador Enver Hoxha, foram construídas no país 700.000 casamatas.
Atualmente, alumas casamatas foram destruídas enquanto outras foram reutilizadas para diversos fins, incluindo-se residenciais e cafés.
Na minha opinião, uma das melhores recordações da Albânia é uma casamata. Pode encontrá-las nas lojas de artesanato.
Qendra Tregtare Univers(QTU): Shopping centre
This is a new shopping centre just outside of Tirana with a few big names in there. There are bars, restaurants and a Euromax supermarket and electronics store. Also there are about 30 other shops there including Albtours, Mango, Vodafone and Union (money transfer). The centre is open 09:00 til 21:00. A free shuttle bus runs from the National Museum in Tirana central square to the centre every 20/30 minutes between the times of 08:00 and 22:00.
What to buy: All sorts of things to buy!
What to pay: depends
Smart shopping: Brand names
This shopping centre was opened in 2003 and was one of the first with brand names and designers. It has about 20 or so shops.
Opening hours from 09:00 - 20:00
What to buy: Makes include Nike, Lancome, Samsonite, Levis, Diesel and Illy caffe.
What to pay: Depends what you buy
This shop is situated next to the restaurant as soon as you cross the border from Montenegro. It is small but well stocked. I am glad I bought some souvenirs here, as we didn't have much time to look for them on the other places. The prices were ok.
Srteet vendors: Fresh fruits
Street vendors can be spoted all along the way. It is a good way to buy some fruits to take with you. We bought some oranges and bananas. I don't recall how much we payed but I am sure it was not expencive. (if you have the change, you can pay in euros.)
Tirana Food Market: Mouthwatering Food
We were to late to go the main market, but we stumbled upon fruit and Veg market. Also lots of bakeries and fish shops in the vincinity. Beautiful fresh fruit and abundance of Olives. The fruit was gorgeous. as were some of the olives we picked.
What to buy: Olives, plums, oranges and grapes really juicy.
What to pay: Very little cant remember the exact amount a few lek anyway.Related to:
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music stand: Traditional music
In Tepelene next to the hotel and Ali Pasha monument there is a stall normally playing some music so you can't miss it! From here you can get tapes and cd's of traditional music from the south of Albania.
What to buy: music
What to pay: not sure how much to pay as i didn't buy anything from here
stalls: Fancy a snack?
You will find many stalls near the coast selling things like figs and olives if you want a snack on a long journey. Also in the summer nearly everywhere there will be stalls in towns or on the side of the road selling cooked corn on the cob.
What to buy: olives, figs, dried figs and sweetcorn
What to pay: cheap!
Local gifts for friends and family
I have come across a couple of shops, one in the Sheraton that sells nice little gifts to take home and one in Tirana near to the cinema, on the other side of the road is a currency exchange and ice cream shop. This was the best one with a friendly owner.
What to buy: He had lots of different gifts from jewelry to wooden hand made boxes to copper tea sets.
What to pay: Different amounts depending what you buy.
Tell everyone where you've been!
What to buy: You will probably see these T-shirts everywhere in Albania - as far as tourist souvenirs go, they and the Albanian flags are probably the best. I brought one back just so I can wear it and let everyone know where I have been!
What to pay: I think it cost me 700 leke, which is about ?3.50.Related to:
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what can you eat and drink?
What to buy: we could eat at all the restaurant without getting sick but we couldn't eat the vegatables from the makets there, we could eat the wonderful bananas cost about 25 lek each (.25 cents) the oranges were great but turned even Rays cast iron stomach, we noticed they put regular water from the tap over the fruits and vegetables during the day to keep them fresh looking and that's a big no no don't drink the water. The water and the sewage lines run together in the towns that's enough said about that, drink the bottled water the Krystal brand was good some of them are just tap water in bottles the derby brand from durres made us sick.
What to pay: water, a big jug was 60 lek (.60 cents) small water bottles were between 40 and 50 lek so we just bought a big jug and kept filling our small bottles up with it.Related to:
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During our 1988 trip across Albania, we had an Albanian guide in second who was a forestry ingeneer. He had with him a superb flora 600 pages of Albania “Flora ekskursioniste e Shqiperise”. When we were back to Tiranë, I asked our French speaking Albanian guide to help me get a copy of it. We visited half a dozen bookshops. They all had shelves loaded with the works of Enver Hoxha, of Marx and Engels but the Flora was out of print. We finally found a book shop that had one copy of this marvelous flora that I use each time that in the Balkans, I have a plant that I cannot identify otherwise. Of course, I had to buy Fjalor Frengjisht-Shqip and Fjalor Shqip- Frengjisht (dictionaries) in order to be able to use it.
What to buy: Flora ekskursioniste e ShqiperiseRelated to:
- Road Trip
Don't miss the markets: Shopping Albania
In Albania there are many oper air markets.
Super Markets are not findable in this country.
That doesn't matter!
What to buy: You will find everything you need on this markets.
Especially fruits and vegetables are very fresh and vey good.
If you smoke you will be happy about the cigarette prices!
What to pay: Not much money!Related to:
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the local market.
shopping at the local market is always great.
it's colorful and you can buy food enough to stuff yourself for the rest of the day for very little money.
What to buy: food,drink and anything that the locals use in every day life.Related to:
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Not that it was really a nice T-Shirt, but the fact is that this red T-Shirt is the only one you can find in all Sarande! So I bough one as souvenir (there was not much choice). After some bargaining, it costed me 4 euros.
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