Sea, lakes and plenty of culture

Set at the foot of Mount Dajti and home to several artificial lakes, the Albanian capital of Tirana is an excellent starting point for exploring a beautiful country of extraordinary diversity.

Of course Tirana itself is also well worth exploring. Among the city’s best-known attractions are the Et’hem Bey Mosque and, right next to it, the Clock Tower of Tirana that stands 115 feet tall, or the Grand Park of Tirana that features an artificial lake. The city’s landmark is the Skanderbeg Monument on the eponymous square, which was built to commemorate Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero.

Facts & figures

  • Flight time 1:50 h
  • Distance 1270 km
  • Current time 00:18
  • Airport TIA
  • Language Albanian
  • Currency ALL

Edelweiss tips for Tirana

Sightseeing in your Albania holidays

  • Travellers venturing north from Tirana will arrive in Shkodra, near the Albanian border with Montenegro. The ancient city is located on the shores of Lake Skadar, which is the largest lake in Southern Europe. The Apollonia ruins near the town of Fier is another popular destination for culture lovers. View in maps
  • The nicest beaches are situated along the Albanian Riviera, a coastal section in southwestern Albania: crystal-clear, turquoise waters attract visitors to the various beach resorts, such as Himara and Saranda. The bay of Porto Palermo, just south of Himara, is especially popular. View in maps
  • Besides sun worshippers, culture aficionados are well catered for in Albania. The archaeological site of Butrint is situated a good twelve miles south of Saranda and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. View in maps
  • Situated on the eastern slope of the Mali i Gjerë (Wide Mountain) and nicknamed “City of Stone” because of its stone roof houses, Gjirokastra is one of the oldest towns in Albania. The stone roofing originally served the purpose of temperature regulation. The western slope of Mali i Gjerë features the karst spring Syri i Kalter (Blue Eye). View in maps

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