How to spend a day in Tirana, the capital of Albania

Below is how I would spend a day in Tirana, the capital city of Albania.

Click on the Google Maps link under the map below and add your hostel/hotel as the final destination to help you orient yourself.

This information is correct at the time of writing (February 2013).

If you have a suggestion on what else to do, a place to stay or somewhere nice to eat, please leave a comment!

Click on the link to view this itinerary in Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/rPJqH

A

Attraction: Matyrs’ Cemetery (Varrezat e Dëshmorëve të Kombit)

Google Maps Address: Martyr’s Cemetery, Rruga Dr Shefqet Ndroqi, Tirana, Albania

Description: A cemetery where some 900 Albanians who died in WWII are buried. The cemetery has fantastic views of the city and surrounding mountains as well as exhibits the Mother Albania statue.

28 minute walk to next destination

B

Attraction: Mother Teresa’s Statue (Statuja e Nënë Terezës)

Google Maps Address: Mother Teresa’s Statue, Tirana, Albania

Description: A statue dedicated to Mother Teresa, located near Mother Teresa Square

9 minute walk to next destination

C

Attraction: The Pyramid (Piramida)

Google Maps Address: Qendra Nderkombëtare e Kultures, Rruga Papa Gjon Pali II, Tirana, Albania

Description: A monument dedicated to Enver Hoxha which is mostly abandoned following the collapse of communism in Albania. The Mummy disco operates in a section of the building and the Bell of Peace is situated outside as a memorial to Albania’s difficult post communist years. The Bell of Peace is made out of bullet cases collected by children during the late 90’s riots in Albania.

10 minute walk to next destination

D

Attraction: Fortress of Justinian (Tirana Castle) (Kalaja e Justinianit OR Kalaja e Tiranës)

Google Maps Address:  Justinian Fortress Wall, Rruga Murat Toptani, Tirana, Albania

Description: A castle from the Byzantine era with 6 metre high walls.

5 minute walk to next destination

E

Attraction: Clock Tower (Kulla e Sahatit)

Google Maps Address:  Kulla e Sahatit, Tirana, Albania

Description: A vantage point to see the city and its surroundings. The tower has 90 steps and is 35 metres tall.

5 minute walk to next destination

F

Attraction: Skanderbeg Monument (Skënderbej Monument)

Google Maps Address: Sheshi Skënderbej, Tirana, Albania

Description: A statue dedicated to Albania’s most important national hero, George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, who defended the country from the ever expanding Ottoman Empire in the 15th Century.

1 minute walk to next destination

G

Attraction: National Museum of History (Muzeu Historik Kombëtar)

Google Maps Address: Sheshi Skënderbej, Tirana, Albania

Description: The museum contains exhibit of Albanian history, including during the medieval times and WWII as well as a focus on its communist past.

4 minute walk to next destination

H

Attraction: Palace of Culture (Pallati i Kulturës)

Google Maps Address: Pallati i Kulturës, Tirana, Albania

Description: The Palace of culture includes the National Library of Albania and the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania.

13 minute walk to next destination

I

Attraction: Sky Club Panoramic Bar & Restaurant

Google Maps Address: AMC Shop , Sky Tower, Rruga Ibrahim Rugova, Tirana, Albania

Description: A rotating bar and restaurant that provides a good place to get an overview of the city as well as have a beautiful backdrop on a night out.

4 thoughts on “How to spend a day in Tirana, the capital of Albania

    1. Cricket's Aunty Post author

      Must admit that I haven’t actually been there and this is just what I got from a bit of research but I’m hoping to create these kinds of guides on my travels so that readers can just print out a map and go without having to read lengthy guidebooks. Wish me lots and lots of luck (and time)!

      Reply
      1. Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

        That’s a really good idea, as most people don’t have time to read lengthy guidebooks while travelling. We have also started to include walking tours in our recent posts but we like your neat & clear formula a lot!

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