Tirana: What to visit

Tirana clock tower, AlbaniaAttractions in the city include:

The Fortress of Tirana

Kalaja (The Fortress) of Tirana was a road station of the line Egnatia of the type Mansio-Mutatio. It composed the center of inhabitation with a variety of names since the first centuries of our era. (Read more info here)

The monument of G.K.Scanderbeg, who is the national hero of Albania, located in the busy Scanderbeg square.

Also, in this square you can find 2 other religious and historical objects, the Mosque of Ethem Bey (1798 - 1823) and the Clock Tower, which is 35 meters high & was build on 1830. From the Clock Tower’s top visitors can observe a wide view of Tirana.

Other monuments you can visit in Tirana are “Ura Tabakeve” build in first half of XIX century , the “Mother Albania” monument at the Cemetery of Martyrs Nations.

We recommend you to have a walk in the Grand Park, lying in the southern part of the city and extending over an area of 55 hectares with an artificial lake included. The Tirana Grand Park has a big variety of plants, you can find there about 120 kind of plants, decorative shrubs and flowers of various colours.

Don’t forget to have a look at several Tirana museums, artistic and scientific institutions, including National Historical Museum, Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Nature Sciences, Opera and Balet Theatre, Drama and Variety Show, the Gallery of Fine Arts, the International Center of Culture, The Palace of Congress and Exhibition Halls.

Only a short time driving, 25 km east of Tirana, there is the Dajti Mountain national park, rich in diversity of flora and fauna. It offers numerous opportunities all year round for excursions and recreation. There are large areas of unspoilt nature in the slopes of mountain which attracts many visitors to the region in all seasons.

Dajti mountain, Tirana, Albania
Also we recommend you a short tour in Petrela village with its fortress. One of the most interesting places near Tirana, located 15 km southeast of Tirana, Petrela has been known as a dwelling-place as early as back 2000 years ago in the ruins of the Illyrian town of Presqopi. The town is supposed to be used as a residential place for Illyrian King, Glauk. The most interesting object is the medieval castle, rising on a rocky hill. This castle has been under the command of Mamica Kastrioti, the Scanderbeg sister, and has been member of bale-fire system for Kruja Castle during ottoman domination.
The area around Petrela offers a unique landscape of broken hills covered by olive trees.
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Also you can explore the carstic cave, called the “Black Cave” or the Dove Cave”, located in the south east direction, 18 km far away from the capital Tirana, near the gorge of Erzeni River, , which offers a great curiosity to enter and to explore it.
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 September 2005 )