The capital of Albania, a city where the old customs and new developments are harmonically intertwined. It is easy to encounter in the streets of Tirana various architectural styles from Ottoman, Fascist and Soviet era but also the cosmopolitan presence is noticeable, especially at the Blloku zone.
A town built on mountainside, is known as the birthplace of national hero Skanderbeg. Kruja castle and the traditional Bazaar of Kruja are the main attractions to tourists.
Durrës, home to the biggest seaport in the country, is located 34 km away from Tirana. It is the most ancient city in Albania, with almost 3,000 years of history. The city is home to many ancient archaeological sites and finds.
In addition to its historical value, Durrës is also a beautiful place to take a break, due to its sandy beaches, hotels and urban feel. You will find excellent restaurants and accommodations all along the sea’s edge
Shkodra is one of the most important cities of Albania and is also known to be the center of Albanian Catholicism , Culture and Harmony between different religions .
You can visit the renewed Marubi National Museum of Photography famous for its big and rare collection of photos over Albanian history or just take a tour at Pedonalja so called Kole Idromeno street that is the old center of Shkodra , very mediterranean taste passing through mosques and churches .
The lake of Shkodra is also suggested to visit , to bath , or to eat some of the best dishes of Albanian cuisine like Krap ne tave typical for this region .
The main characteristic of Gjirokastra is the intensive use of stone in building the houses, which look like small fortresses, the streets of cobblestone, which all lead to Bazaar. You can also visit the Mosque of Bazaar here, built in 1557. Due to all these features, Gjirokastra is also known as the “The Stone City”.
The town of Gjirokastra is also known for its culinary art; we can mention special dishes like pasha qofte, shapkat, oshaf with dried figs (a dessert with sheep`s milk, sugar and dried figs), etc.
Saranda is the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, and come the summer months it seems like half Tirana relocates here to enjoy the busy beach and busier nightlife along its crowd-filled seaside promenade. What was once a sleepy fishing village is now a thriving city, and while Saranda has lost much of its charm in the past two decades, it has retained much of its charisma.
The town beaches are nothing special, but Saranda is a great base for exploring the beaches of the riviera if you have your own transport. The town’s name comes from Ayii Saranda, an early monastery dedicated to 40 saints; its bombed remains (including some preserved frescos) are still high on the hill above the town. The town was called Porto Edda for a period in the 1940s, after Mussolini’s daughter.