Albania Things to Do

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Albania Things to Do

  • Tirana.

    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...

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  • visit town of berati

    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...

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  • visit in Albania

    Hello, 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...

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  • Gjirokastra

    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...

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  • visit adriatic town of durres

    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 /...

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  • Cobbled streets of Kruja

    Walk through the streets of Kruja where you can buy many gifts and traditional albanian items. Visit the castle and museum at the top of the cobbled streets.

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  • 3-day Road Trip Durres to Saranda...

    http://www.inyourpocket.com/city/tirana.html 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 - DurrësYou could cut out...

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  • Qafe Thana-Ohrid Lake

    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.

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  • From Durres to Elbasan and Ohrid lake

    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.

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  • Elbasan

    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...

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  • Pogradec

    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...

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  • Durres beaches

    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...

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  • Durres

    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...

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  • Shkoder II

    The nice scenes in Shkoder can be seen on Bojana river. The shores looked nice with a little boats by. Some people were fishing and some were enjoying the Sunday morning just walking by.

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  • From Shkoder to Lezhe

    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...

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  • Towards Durres

    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...

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  • Durres buildings

    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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  • Lezhe-Skanderbeg Memorial

    Skanderbeg was the 15th century albanian hero who succesfuly defended the country from Ottoman army for decades. He was buried in Lezhe. Later on the memorial was built around his tomb.

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  • Lezhe

    Lezhe is colorful town situated at the north part of Albania. I say colorful, as the most of the buildings are painted in bright colours. I have noticed that there are a quite few new buildings as well. Anyhow, the townh looked much nicer than I have expected.

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  • Shkoder

    I must tell you that I liked villages much more than the towns of Albania. Although one can see some improvements, the towns had some real dirty and worn out areas. Shkoder is no different. Here on the picture you can see how the old part of the town looks like. No comment….

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  • The bunkers

    They are everywhere! Always the same shape but different sizes. Some of the biggest are turned into cafes but they have no idea what to do with small once.It is hard to imagine the real usage of such a things.

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  • Driving towards Skadar(Shkoder)

    First I have to tell that the roads were not bad at all. We have passed a small villages which were nice most of the time. One thing that caught my eyes right a way were water tanks on almost every roof. Easy to conclude that Albania is suffering from water shortage.*

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  • Two clean cafes

    Not long after the border crossing you would see two cafes on each side of the road. I have checked both of them and I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised especially with one on the right side. In fact it was pizzeria with a beautiful garden and small souvenir shop where I have bought a small something to remind me of Albania when I get...

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  • On the border

    It was a small crossing and it was not pleasing to eye but the custom officers were nice and welcoming. After the formalities we entered alanian land. I don know how but I immediately felt the difference comparing to Montenegro.

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  • Shkodra

    Shkodra, a city of 90,000 inhabitants stands at the northern end of Albania, on Liqeni I Shkodres (Lake Skadar or Shkodra Lake), 116 km from Tirana, 15 km from the Montenegrin border and 27 km from Ulcinj/Ulqin, as the crow flies.The first photo shows the monument for Isa Boletini a major figure of Albanian resistance against Ottoman Empire and...

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  • New Fier and ancient Apollonia

    Fier is a town of 120,000 inhabitants, in southwestern Albania, It is a modern town, not worth a visit, except for those interested in urbanism but 8 km west to Fier, the ancient Greek city of Appolonia, founded around 550 BC by Greek settlers from Corfu and Corinth is an interesting spot, not yet entirely dug out. For more, visit my Fier and...

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  • The Albanian Riviera around Dhërmi

    The coast between Saranda and Llogara pass is known as the Albanian Riviera. From Saranda to Dhërmi, a great part of this road was in 2007 narrow and in bad condition. However, this is one of the must drive in Albania. In many parts, the landscape is outstanding. We had not enough time to visit each village, to take each road going towards the see,...

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  • Vlora

    Vlora, 61,300 inhabitants, is the second largest port of Albania after Durrësi. It is also a fishing port and holiday resort. It is also the starting point for the coastal road to Saranda, along the “Albanian Riviera”. It stands mid distance between Tirana and Saranda.It was Sultan Suleiman the Magnificient, when he was in Vlora in 1542 to prepare...

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  • Konispol, a backdoor entrance into...

    Konispol is a backdoor entrance into Albania! At least this is what we felt when we drove from Igoumenitsa (Greece) to Sagiada, passed the border and further drove to Konispol Butrint and Saranda.If you want to know how was that amazing journey, look at my backdoor entrance page, built under the name of the border village, Konispol.

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  • Ksamili, the pearl of Southern Albania

    Ksamili is often named the pearl of Southern Albania. It is 2.5 km north to Butrint, 14 km south to Saranda and 15 km east to Konispol.Small islands lye in the bay of Ksamil. The Greek island of Corfu is very close to Konispol : Kassiopi is only 11 km away and Corfu city 17.5 km.This page should be under Ksamili but, though a town of about 5.000...

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  • Syri i Kalter spring , the Blue eye.

    Syri i Kalter spring is a beautiful place,18 km North-East to Saranda, near the village of Dhrovjan.To get to Syri i Kalter from Saranda, you must drive in the direction of Gjirokastra. The road passes in the villages of Delvina, Mesopotam, Muzina and Jorgucat where it crosses the road from Ktismata (Greece) to Gjirokastra.Three kilometers after...

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  • Butrint

    I have visited Butrint twice, in 1988 and in 2007. Butrint, ancient Buthrotum, lies in south-west Albania, 20 km south of the modern port of Saranda. It is on a narrow peninsula lying between the strait of Corfu and the inland salt-water Lake Butrint. Butrint was inscribed in 1992 on the List of World Heritage with the following description...

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  • Saranda

    Saranda is the Albanian name for the Greek Saranda, meaning "forty", named after the Byzantine monastery of the "Forty Saints"The city stretches along a 1 km bay. It is a good shelter for boats as it is protected from every wind except south-western by the Eremeca ridge (first photo).Between Saranda and the Llogara pass (1027 m elevation) the...

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  • Lezha

    Lezha, Alessio in Italian, is now a small town of less than 20,000 inhabitants, 39 km south to Shkodër and 77 km north to Tirana.Lezha is overhanged by a fortress (first photo) which is a part of a chain of fortresses used by Skënderbeg to communicate fast at long distance. From the fortress of Lezha, a beacon lit on Rozafa castle in Shkodër,45 km...

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  • Kruja

    Kruja is an old Illyrian settlement. It was later the seat of the first Albanian feudal state. It was later again the stronghold of Skënderbeg, Albania’s national hero.The first photo shows the medieval bazaar and Skënderbeg’s castle.The second photo shows a beautiful large house. It is too large to be a private house and I wonder if that could not...

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  • Korça

    Korça is a city and prefecture in southeastern Albania, 109 km southeast of Tirana, 19 km from the border with Greece. It is also named Korçë, Korce, Korcha, Korytsa (Greek) and Corizza (Italian). It is a most modern city of 65,000 inhabitants, the fifth in Albania.It stands in a wide agricultural and mining basin at a mean elevation of 860m,...

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  • Berati

    Berat, a city of 47,000 inhabitants, stands in east central Albania, 160 km from Tirana.After Butrint in 1999, the museum city of Gjirokastra in 2005, Berat, another museum city, should be inscribed in 2006 on the World Heritage list by the Unesco.The front of the houses that face the valley are dotted by so many windows that it is easy to...

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  • Gjirokastra

    Gjirokastra/Gjirokaster, Argyrokastron for the Greeks is the birthplace of both former leader Enver Hoxha and writer Ismail Kadare, In 1988, we visited the so called birth house of Enver Hoxha with souvenirs of his entire life. Our Albanian guide warned us that it was not really his birth house but that this one fitted better with easy visits.A...

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  • Durrësi

    Durrësi is the main harbor for Albania, only 39 km from the capital Tirana. It has close to 100,000 inhabitants and is the second largest city in Albania, after Tirana.The amphitheater left by the Roman is only partly unearthed but is worth the visit (first photo)A small paleochristian church with an early Christian Crypt with a rare wall mosaic,...

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  • Tirana

    With an estimated 700,000 inhabitants in 2000, Tirana is by far the largest city of Albania. It is the administrative, cultural, economic, and industrial center of the Republic of Albania. It stands mid distance between the areas where the Gueg is spoken, in the North and where the Tosk dialect is spoken in the south and does not belong to any of...

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  • Berat

    Berat is an attractive town in an Italian style, with a river gorge running through it, and a pleasant park. We visited the citadel (carefully, as there were steep drops with no railings). We saw two churches with frescoes, a prison, several ducks, and the icon museum of Onufri, a famous 16th-century icon painter, famous for developing a red...

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  • Apollonia

    We almost didn't make it to Apollonia, as the road was closed and we had to find another route, slaloming between rocks on a partially surfaced road. When we finally got there, we had the site to ourselves, apart from a couple of cyclists we saw in the distance, and it was well worth the effort.We saw the bouleuterion, the council meeting place,...

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  • Butrint

    Butrint is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some funding has clearly gone into it. There are signs at the entrance saying ‘no litter’ and ‘no smoking’ - instrutions that were missing from other sites we visited in Albania. It was also more crowded than the other places we have visited, though almost deserted by western standards. We saw the theatre...

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  • Gjirokastra

    The citadel at Gjirokastra is a Turkish fortress that was rebuilt by King Zog as a prison, and was also used for that purpose under the Communists. Outside on the terrace, there are views of the city and of the Drinos valley, also the wreck of a US Lockheed plane which, according to the communists, was forced down while on a spying mission in the...

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  • Gjirokaster

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