WHY TO VISIT TIRANA
Founded in 1614 on the banks of the river Ishem, Tirana became the capital of Albania in 1920 at the behest of the Congress of Lushnjë, who appreciated its strategic position. With over 700 thousand inhabitants, it is today the main economic and cultural center of the country.
Symbol of the city is the Clock Tower, built in 1821 by Et`hem Bey and enlarged in 1928, together with the construction of the clock.
Deserve special attention also the modern St Paul Cathedral, with its famous stained glass window depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta and John Paul II.
WHAT TO SEE IN TIRANA
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Et'hem Bey Mosque
- Skanderbeg Square
- The Clock Tower
- Prezë Castle
- BunkArt 1
- Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
WHEN TO GO TO TIRANA
Best period to visit Tirana is from May to September.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Tirana.
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN TIRANA
main airports are:
WHAT TO DO IN TIRANA
typical dishes of Tirana are:
- Byrek: A triangular filo pastry usually filled with cheese, spinach or meat.
- Fërgesë: A comforting casserole made with green peppers, tomato, egg and curd cheese.
- Tavë Kosi: Egg, yogurt and lamb baked with soufflé-esque results.
- Qofte Fërguara: Fried meatballs combining ground lamb or beef with herbs, feta cheese and bread.
- Baklava: dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey
typical souvenirs of Tirana are:
- Carpets and kilims
- Hand woven bags with typical shapes and symbols
- Embroidery and tablecloths
- Two string guitar (çifteli)
- Spices and olive oil
- Cognac, rakia and wines
Main theatre of Tirana is the National Theatre Kombetar.