Tirana is a city that is changing daily
Tirana is a city that is changing daily. So many new attractions are added to the city , that not even the people who are born here ,do not recognize their old neighborhood anymore… So if you want to be updated whith the changings happening in Tirana , we suggest this tour .
Lets start our visit in the “Skenderbeg Square”. “Skenderbeg Square” was restored in 2017 dhe it is the most visited destination in Tirana. During our short stay we will show you some information about the square and surrounding buildings such as the National Historical Museum, the Palace of Culture, the Ethem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower and the National Bank. After we take some photos of the attractions near Skanderbeg Square, we will go to the National Museum to have a general idea of the history of Albanians. You can choose whether to visit the Mosque or Clock Tower.
After that we head to “ The New Bazaar” , a new space added to Tirana last year. This area is known for interesting buildings facades which sorrund the new bazaar. We can take a short break for a coffe or tea and later to go to the Bridge of Tabak from where we will go from George Bush Street. Later ,from the same way, we will go to “ Murat Toptani” to continue walking towards "Dëshmorët e Kombit" boulevard, where we will see the "New" installation in front of the Art Gallery, Independence Monument at the Youth Park, then the Pyramid and the Postblock Monument. Continue along the boulevard until we reach the Palace of Congresses and the "Mother Teresa" square.
To relax we can go to Bllok area to drink or eat something. If you want to know more about the dark communism period in Albania we can go visit two of the museums located in the centre of the city : the museum “The House With Leaves" and “Bunk'Art 2 ".
This trip is for active people who like climbing and in return they get stunning views. We start our trip with the cable car to Dajti Park, after which we will follow a path through the lichen forest until we reach the top of Tujan. After an easy meal we will go down, we will go back to the park where you can enjoy refreshments or a good lunch at one of the fine restaurants there. Tirana , the capital city, lies to the west from the lowland of Dajti Mountain, 1612 meters high. A visit to the Dajti National Park is a good way to spend a day in an attractive mountain scenery outside. This tour begins with a quiet ride on Dajti Mountain with the Dajti Express cable car, which offers a wonderful view of Tirana and its surroundings. Once we reach the top, the mound begins on a path leading through the lichen forest to the cherry path, which passes between the two Dajti peaks. The tour further goes on the trail of the trail, occasionally overlooking the western foothills of Albania and the Adriatic coast. The trail leads to the top of Tujan (1580m), which is the highest point that can be reached by foot. From the top, the panorama expands and you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of Lake Bovilla, enclosed between the mountains and the remote highlands of Tirana, dominated by St. Martin's mountain. Mary Micek. After a break at the pinnacle, we will begin to turn back to the cable car for a quick trip to Tirana. There are many nice restaurants on Mount Dajti. Those who would love to enjoy lunch at any of these restaurants are free to do so at their own expense.
The Albanians have suffered the communism for 50 years and the bitter traces of history can be found in different parts of Tirana.The communism are all over the city . They used to be gray , but after communism was over in 1992 , Tirana was give a new look. The buildings were painted with beautiful colors . If you want to know what are the communist buildings in Tirana we suggest you some of the objects through this few hours of mourning:
First, we will visit the National Historical Museum, the largest museum institution in Albania.
The National Historic Museum's facade is a 10 x 40 m giant mosaic with a surface of 400 m2, contains 13 characters, Illyrian and anti-Ottoman fighters, National Renaissance figures, two iconic figures: worker and peasant, and five figures that represent the National Liberation War.
After that we will go to palace of culture , which is very close by. The palace of culture was build at the old bazaar and the first brick was was deployed by former Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev on June 3, 1959. The architecture of this building has a major impact on the Palace of Congresses in Rome and the construction of the Finnish Station in St. Petersburg.
After leaving Skanderbeg Square we will head for the "Dëshmorët e Kombit" boulevard to visit the National Gallery of Arts. Not only the building belongs to that time, but the works within show too much about the art of socialist realism.
After that we will go to see chalvar’s buildings , which have a typical Soviet-style structure and some of them were built in record time with the work of regime prisoners at that time.
The next stop will be the Congress Palace, which was designed and built in the 1980s as a symbol of communist ideology and expression of the power of the totalitarian regime.
Another communism period building is “Stalin Textile Combo” , 6 km from the centre of the city . This name was taken from a textile combination built with Soviet support in the early 1950s. The combination is out of order, but the building is in the same style as most factories around the country.
It only takes 13 minutes to climb with cable car in the highiest mountain of Tirana , Dajt, 1613 meters .
The cable car ride provides a summary of life in Albania and its history. The more you climb the mountain you will see unpaved roads and the home of the villagers as they come down. The ruins of Dajti are the oldest residential trails in Tirana, dating from 10,000 to 30,000 years ago. You will further note the notorious military bunkers, the terrible whereabouts of countless executions of political prisoners during the communist regime. As they say in Albania: "These mountains are full of skeletons".
However , despite of the history , this trip offers a wonderfull view of Tirana which is breathtaking. Through the clouds you can distinguish the port of Durres and the Adriatic Sea from far. The resort restaurant, located at the foot of the mountain, is the perfect place to take in the wonderful view, but for this privilege you will have to pay. You will enjoy the traditional restaurant surrounded by flora and fauna.
After relax and lunch you will be back in Tirana .
It is one of Tirana's most popular caves. The journey from Tirana to the village of Pëllumbas lasts about 45 minutes. Then you will walk about 2 km on the road leading to the "Black Cave" or "The Black cave of pellumbas". The panorama along the way is amazing, the mountain stretching in the Erzen river canyons. To go up there follow the national road Tirana-Elbasan and in Ibë turn left to the village of Pellumbas. The road is good to the village of Pëllumbas.
The black cave is almost one hour climbing in the Pellumbas village ,27 Km southeastern of Tirana . the cave is 360 meters deep and 17 meters high, inside there are fantastic stalactites as well as bats. In the cave is completely dark, as there is only one entry. 40 thousand years ago, the cave was the house of bears. It was then used as a residence for people in the Middle Ages. During the World Wars, the cave was a secret place and was used by residents to shelter. There are only five such caves in Europe, but the Pellumbus Cave has traces of early settlements since the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages.
It was presented to the public for the first time by a study of Italian speleologists in collaboration with Albanian after 90's (95-96). Then it became part of the outdoor climbing itinerary by the HASH sports group, which was a mix of foreigners in our country with Albanian citizens. For many years it was frequented by this group which made this cave known to Tirana and beyond. Today, all mountain guides operating in Tirana recognize this destination, which is also marked with orientation marks.