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City Guide: TiranaTirana, the capital city of Albania, is situated on the outskirts of the Dajti Mountain. Being the cultural and industrial center of the country, the city hosts universities, museums, international airports, and a variety of cultural institutions. Lying 27 km from the Adriatic coast, Tirana is surrounded by hills in the south and west. Tirana River flows to the north of the city and Lana Creek runs through the city center. Especially after the collapse of the communist regime, important migrations took place inside Albany. Tirana has had its share of these migrations. Meanwhile, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. Rich people live in the downtown where the prices are extremely high. In newly established settlements around Tirana, thousands of people deprived of infrastructure continue their lives.
Tourist AttractionsThe great majority of Tirana are Muslims. After the communist regime, Catholics and Orthodox have moved to the city. Tirana is the center of Bektashism in Europe. The multicultural structure in the city is manifest in many mosques and churches. Ethem Bey Mosque, which is a prominent example, was built between 1789 and 1823. The mosque was closed down during the communist regime and opened again in 1991. It is one of the most beautiful structures in Skanderbeg Square. Another sacred structure in the city, Tomb of Kaplan Pasha was built for Kaplan Pasha at the beginning of the 19th century. This eight-pillared tomb is just opposite Unknown Partisan Monument. In the Bektashi tekke on the way to Dajti, there are the tombs of three important Bektashi dedes.
It is possible to observe some traces of the Byzantine Empire which has an important place in the history of the city. The walls of Petrela Castle were built by Emperor Justinian in 500 AD. The castle which was used as a garrison by the Ottomans is located 15km southwest of Tirana, at the end of Farka Bridge on the way to Elbasan.
Tirana Clock Tower is next to Ethem Bey Mosque at Skanderbeg Square. The tower was built between 1821 and 1822 by Ethem Bey and expanded in 1928. You can climb up the tower which is the symbol of Tirana and take a photo. Other places to visit in the city are Tanners’ Bridge built in the 19th century and Peace Bell which was built from melted bullets shot by Shkodran youngsters during the insurrection of 1999.
The city is rich in museums and parks. Grand Park (Parku i Madh) in the southern part of the city is a recreation and picnic area. A botanic garden and a zoo can be visited there. There are many statues and monuments inside the park. To the south of the park lies Tirana Lake. Findings excavated throughout the country are displayed in the Archeology Museum which is open on weekdays. The Albanian history is narrated through photos and pictures in this museum located at Skanderbeg Square. The entry fee to both museums is 100 lek. You can travel to Dajti National Park 25km west of Tirana in half an hour. There are trekking paths and picnic areas in the park.
The antique city of Kruja 47km north of Tirana is famous for its castle built by the Byzantians. The museum constructed to honor Skander Beg, a national hero who fought against the Ottomans, is next to the entrance to the castle. There is a restaurant serving traditional Albanian food inside the castle walls.
Berat city which can be traveled to from Tirana in four hours by bus is known as “the city with one thousand windows”. With its historical mosques and churches, wooden and stone masonry houses, the city is one of the most beautiful settlements in the country. Another place to visit nearby is Shkodra located on Lake Skutari. The city hosting a medieval bridge, a castle, and historical houses decorated with wooden and traditional patterns is worthwhile to visit. You can travel to the city from Tirana in two and a half hours by bus.
Culture & EntertainmentTirana is at the same time the cultural capital of Albania. There are countless cultural structures, congress houses, cultural palaces, state opera and ballet houses, and national libraries in the city. In addition, National History Museum, Archeology Museum, National Art Gallery, National Culture Center, Public Culture Display House and Museum of Natural Sciences are other important cultural sites.
Youngsters and middle aged adults in the city frequent western style café-bars. In the evening, people spend their time in these boulevard cafés. Later in the evening, bars at a neighborhood which was once inhabited by the party elite and called restricted area are in demand. Live music is very widespread in these areas. Jazz clubs are perfect places to listen to live music. At the bars with electronic music, DJ performances are displayed.
Food & DrinkThe Albanian cuisine is very similar to Turkish cuisine. For instance, they have a dish similar to Turkish casserole; the only difference being the kasar cheese inside Albanian casserole. They call it kiremit kebab. The dessert they call pie dessert is very similar to baklava. Albanian salad is a delicious dish with yoghurt and eggplant. Turkish restaurant Sofra is among the famous restaurants of the city.
ShoppingTirana is one of the countries which suffered heavily while adopting market economy. Therefore, a great majority of the population is poor. Nevertheless, big shopping centers have been built in the city lately. Textile products and shoes can be found on Myslym Shyri Street. It is also possible to find Western brand boutiques on this street. If you want to buy something special belonging to Tirana, you may have a look at the ceramics.
In Skylife Tirana
The Balkans Without a Visa
The Balkans Without a VisaSister city: Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Capital of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo is a historic city brimming with vestiges of Ottoman culture. Perched on the two banks of the Miljacka River in a valley flanked by mountains, it exhibits a quintessential Balkan cultural synthesis. At one end of the avenues you can see historic mosques and khans; at the other, examples of classic European architecture. The main market, or Bashcharshi to the locals, is an historic district where the city’s character makes itself felt. Aka the Turkish Quarter, it is reminiscent of an old Anatolian town. In the center of market square, which is surrounded by wooden houses with tile roofs, stands an historic shadervan or fountain with pool. The jewelers, leather dealers and other artisans in the market, which also boasts an Ottoman period clock tower, practice their arts today as they did in the past.
• Library Building
• Latin Bridge
• Tunnel Museum
Salute to Rumeli:
skopje (Macedonia)Capital of Macedonia, Skopje lies in the upper reaches of the Vardar River. With traces of settlement going back six thousand years, the city was under Ottoman rule for more than five centuries. The 15th century Mustafa Pasha Mosque is one of its finest examples of Islamic architecture, and the multi-arched Stone Bridge has joined the two halves of the town for centuries. Skopje Castle is one of the first structures to attract attention in this city where modern and traditional exist side by side. Built by the Byzantines in the 6th century, its walls offer a fabulous view. The Old Bazaar, one of the Balkans’ most colorful open-air markets, promises a pleasant tour with its cobbled lanes and pastel-painted shops. The Church of Sveti Spas (Holy Salvation), whose courtyard houses the tombs of Macedonia’s national heroes, attracts visitors with its intricately carved wooden altar screen.
Skopje was the birth place of one of the leading lights of Turkish literature, Yahya Kemal Beyatlı (1884-1958). A poet, Beyatlı is best known for his poems The Dome of Our Own Sky and Glorious Istanbul.
• The Old Bazaar
• Skopje Castle
• Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Enjoying kafana in Belgrade
Capital of Serbia, Belgrade is a city worth seeing for its two-thousand-year history, its architectural wonders and its fascinating museums. And the quarter of Skadarlija is the best place for partaking in the extended pleasures of the traditional Slavic coffeehouse known as Kafana. Don’t miss the flea market in Novi Belgrad either.
On to the Adrıatıc: Tirana (Albania)
Capital of Albania, Tirana lies in the foothills of Mt. Daiti, a well-known national park and ski resort. The heart of the country’s culture and economy, the city is only 25 kilometers inland from the Adriatic. This city of green mountains and cultural diversity with a majority Muslim population is undergoing rapid change today. Old buildings are being razed and the beauty of the Lana River being laid bare. Parks are being enlarged, dining and shopping venues diversified. Scander Beg Square at the city center is encircled by museums and opera houses. All the avenues are laid out to end at this square. A portion of the upwards of a thousand Ottoman monuments in the country are in Tirana. Among them the most famous are Ethem Bey Mosque, Taner Bridge, the Clock Tower and Kaplan Pasha Tomb. Dubbed ‘the Pyramid’, the culture center meanwhile is one of the city’s most popular meeting places.
Young capital: Prishtina
Main artery of Prishtina, capital of Kosovo, Mother Theresa Boulevard is the city’s shopping, eating and drinking, and entertainment district. Other must-see sights here include the New Born Obelisk, symbol of independence in the city center, the National Museum, the University of Prishtina, and the Old Town with its traditional buildings.
• Ethem Bey Mosque
• Tirana Archaeological
• The Big Lake Park
Museum city: Zagreb (Croatia)
On the banks of the Sava River facing the southern slopes of Mt. Medvednica, Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. The city, which consists of two main districts very different in character, stands out for its museums, art galleries and dynamic urban lifestyle. Trg Bana Jelacica, the city’s main square, is a good place to start a tour. The old town, Gronji Grad, is famous for its colorful market place and elegant buildings. Lotrscak Tower, built in the 13th century to defend the city gates, is ideal for a pleasant view. Donji Grad, Zagreb’s other historic district, is proud of its fashionable squares, broad avenues and tasteful gardens. Laid out on a grid plan, the district is also home to several museums. The Archaeological Museum, famous for its mummies, Croatian Natural History Museum full of remains from prehistoric eras, and the City Museum which chronicles the Zagreb’s development from the Romans to the present, are all worth seeing. Eastern Europe’s biggest park, Maximir, is also worth adding to your list.
• Medvednica Nature Park
• St. Catherine’s Church
• Arts and Crafts Museum
Confluence of rivers:
Capital of Montenegro, Podgorica is one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. Home of the Illyrian tribes in antiquity, the city still exhibits traces of the Ottomans, who ruled here for four hundred years starting from the 15th century. Sahat Kula is one of the first structures you will encounter on your tour of the old city (Stara Varos). Commissioned by Hajji Pasha Osmanagich, this clock tower is a historic and cultural monument. Sveti Djordje Church at the city center goes back to the Middle Ages. A large number of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts are exhibited at the City Museum. The Natural History Museum informs visitors about the richness of nature in Montenegro. The Petrovic Palace, noteworthy for its 19th century architecture, has been converted into an art center. With its broad squares and government buildings, the Nova Varos District symbolizes the city’s modern face. And Millennium Bridge over the Moraca River complements this beautiful scene.
• Dajbabe Monastery
• The Ruins of Duklja
• The Town of Nemanjin Grad
Ticket Sales Offices: Tirana
|THY Sales Office - Tirana|
|Address||Sheshi Wilson, Pallati i ri, Kati i 3-te TIRANA/ALBANIA|
+355 4 2240965
+355 4 2258459
|Fax||+355 4 2240965|
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Sunday : Closed
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Tirana: Airport Map Information
Address : Tirana Rinas Airport, Tirana Aeroportit Civil, No. 202, Tirana, Albania Phone : +355 4363369
Tirana: Airport Map Information
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