Friday, May 21, 2010

Destination of the Week...

Tirana, Albania was once only accessible to the Communist elite, but in recent years has opened its doors and is beckoning for visitors. Situated between the ranges of Dajti Mountain and the beautiful coastal plains, the scenery here is quite lovely and relaxing, but being the capital city and having the largest population in Albania, it's no wonder there is so much to do here. Stroll through some beautifully renovated parks, walk along the Ishëm River or one of the four lakes, choose from one of the many buzzing cafes, bars, clubs, or restaurants. Visit the zoo, Botanical Gardens, Scanderbeg Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the National Museum, etc... The list goes on! There are plenty of sights outside of the city too, like Petrela Castle: a fortress built on a rocky hill, dating back to the fourth century BC. Tirana may have a mellow vibe, but the long evenings seem to stretch into clubs, to the sounds of live local DJs. Tirana is a great place to find some true Albanian culture, and being the second poorest country in Europe not only keeps Albania affordable for those on a budget, especially compared to its expensive neighbors like Italy and Greece, but this also means that they could use the tourism. Although currently in a political deadlock, Albania hopes to one day join the European Union, in which case the price of travel here will surely increase. Housing Albania's international airport makes Tirana well-connected to the rest of the world, and easy to get to, so no matter where you're coming from, you'll likely be able to travel to Tirana!

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1 comment:

  1. I definitely would like to check out their coast line, and visit sometime here in the future!