Tirana is the capital of Albania and the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the country.
It is a quite small city and most places are within walking distance.
Skanderbeg square is the center of tirana and it is a very nice place to hang out and watch the albanian way of life.
Tirana has in recent years grown from being a dead town to becoming a real lively city with lot´s of cafe life and positive vibes.
Not a city full of huge sights, but certainly a place with a good vibe.
Berat lies on the right bank of the river Osum, a short distance from the point where it is joined by the Molisht river. It is remarkable Ottoman town, with a wealth of beautiful buildings of the highest architectural and historical interest. The pine forests above the city, on the slopes of the towering Tomori mountains, provide a backdrop of appropriate grandeur. The Osumi river has cut a 915-metre deep gorge through the limestone rock on the west side of the valley to form a precipitous natural fortress, around which the town was built on several river terraces.
That's good that people from Serbia are going to visit Albania (i would like to visit Serbia to.).
It means that the relation are improuving.
I don't thik that you can visit the island of Sazan, because it's an military zone now.
There are no more habitants living there.
Durres is good for the night-party but for the landscape and beautiful see it's better to go around Vlora.
enjoy your holidays in Albania!
Gjirokastra is a picturesque museum town in southern Albania. Gjirokastra is like an Albanian eagle perched on the mountain side with a mighty citadel for its head.
The fortress surveys the Drino Valley above the three and four-storey houses clinging to the slopes. Both buildings and streets are made of the same white-and-black stone.
Gjirokastra's population is around 40,000 and one of the biggest cities of southern Albania. The name Gjirokastra comes from Illyrian Argyres Tribe which inhabited these parts of Europe.
Durrës is the second-largest city of Albania. It is the most ancient and one of the most economically important cities of Albania. It is located on the central Albanian coast at 41°19′N 19°27′E / 41.317°N 19.45°E / 41.317; 19.45Coordinates: 41°19′N 19°27′E / 41.317°N 19.45°E / 41.317; 19.45, about 33 km (21 mi) west of the capital Tirana. It is situated at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari (300 km/186 mi away) and Brindisi (200 km/124 mi away). It has a population of around 114,000 (as of 2003[update] estimate). The city of Durrës is home to Albania's newest public university, the Aleksander Moisiu University.
You may find some good info if you click on the Southern Albania page listed on the right side of this website.
They have a 3-day road trip along this route:
Durrës - Fier (see Apolonia)- Vlora (through the Llogora Pass)- Dhërmi-Saranda (visit- Butrint)- Gjirokastra- Berat- Fier - Durrës
You could cut out Berat or not stop at Gjirokastra if you are pressed for time. All in all you can do it in 3 days!
We drove down to Qafe Thana which lies on the lake shores. The numerous restaurants and a small hotels can be seen as well as some nice newly built houses. The lake looked nice and we could even see town of Ohrid in Macedonia on the other side of it, although it was very cloudy day. We walked by the lake and refresed in one of the restaurants.
The scenery to Elbasan was not much different but aproaching the lake of Ohrid, it started to be much more exciting. There was a dramatic climb up to the mountains. The views from the top towards the lake were awesome. I can only imagine how it would look like on a clear day.
I don't realy know what to say about Elbasan. Most of it looked horrible, but there are still some features that can make it worth a visit. One of those things is a 15th-century fortress containing the museum of antiquities. Also the nice Orthodox Church, situated in the city center, but most of all one should visit 11th century Monastery of Shin Jon where St.Jovan Vladimir is burried. It is belived that his holy relics are wonderworking, so this Monastery is visited, with the fear of God from the people that belong to all 3 faiths.
The Monastery is situated 7 km from the city.
Pogradec is a town on lake Ohrid but is not near as far developed as its neighbour in Macedonia. Although some signs of improvements can be seen, I saw a quite lot of ugly streets full of mud and water on the rainy day I passed through.
Pogradec is one of the very few towns in Albania that has the Orthodox church in. We passed by it but I don't know nothing more about it.
Durres has a very nice sandy beaches. We have the same kind of beaches here in Montenegro, at Ulcinj area. I disliked like the fact that most of the hotels, restaurants and other new buildings were raised right on the shore. Having in mind, that they did not sort out the sewage system, it makes the things even worse. I can only imagine what is going to happen in few years if the things stay this way.
Durres is the oldest city in Albania and one of the most important from economical point of view. There are some interesting places to be seen such as the Old city walls, The palace of King Zog , the new University…
Durres is also the main touristic city very popular among the Albanians as well as among Italians and other foreigners.
It really is must see when visiting Albania.
Passing the Shkoder we continued our drive towards Lezhe. The scenery was not changing at all. We drove by some more nice villages. The cute thing about the houses we left by the road was that most of them had lots of flowers in front. It gave the impressions that Albanians do care about the surroundings, although, some trash could be seen from time to time.
Driving further towards Durres, we saw some more villages, a small towns but mostly the agricultural land. It was spreading the both sides of the road. No wonder, as Albania is still mostly agricultural country. Every single peace of land is used, even the hills. However, the fields were empty, I guess it had something to do with a fact that it was Sunday.
Durres is interesting city. The mixture of new buildings (decent ones), the old buildings from Hohxa time and a new kitch buildings are everywhere. On my 3 pictures, you can see some examples. The tird one is hilarious..Troy cafe with a Troyan horse dominating..
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