Tirana is not on many people’s must-visit list of cities. It’s no Paris, Rome or Barcelona. It’s small, it’s dusty, it’s chaotic. But we love it! Dig beneath the surface and you’ll find a charming, safe and incredibly welcoming city, packed with great restaurants and bars.
We would love to assist you with a relaxing holiday here! We can recommend a week-long holiday with top-notch accommodation and a diverse range of activities in the surrounding region -we have already organized stays like this for families from England, Germany, France and Poland! It was definitely a hit and we’ve stayed in touch with them all since then.
To get the most of Tirana you’ll need a guide. The National Museum, for instance, is only interesting if you can read the Albanian explanations by the exhibit. The mosque has beautifully painted walls – but only welcomes visitors at certain times. The must-visit National Gallery has a wing dedicated to the Socialist Realism art of the communist years – but what does it all mean? And did you know that Tirana is home to the world headquarters of the Bektashi sect of Islam? Probably not – but Kryegjysh Edmond, the Bektashi ‘Pope,’ welcomes visitors if he’s given a bit of notice.
The proposed guided tours of Tirana are just a taster. You’re welcome to visit us for a coffee at our office, just a five minute walk from Skanderbeg Square (email us for directions.) You’ll find plenty of inspiration here – we’re avid collectors of communist and Albanian memorabilia and the office is an Aladdin’s Cave of (sadly almost worthless!) detritus from the Enver Hoxha years.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Our Bunker Trip is for sure a great one if you’re interested in communist history!
Take a fascinating tour of Albania’s National Gallery with one of the Socialist Realism maestros. To find out more, click here.
If you’re a bonvivant, we like to think that we share a passion together! Let us show you Albania’s amazing cuisine now that this blessed country is finally free to produce food! (It’s an old tradition that the Communists tried to kill -they thought it was too bourgeois to eat and drink with some good taste.) Join us for the Cool’inary Tour of Albania!
Experience the Land of the Eagles with the totally legit Albanian Gangster Tour or visit Durres to speak with a Sworn Virgin (a unique life story indeed!)
Enjoy a weekend trip to Gjirokastra on the footpaths of Ismail Kadare (the most famous Albanian writer alive – if you still don’t know him, run to the closest library! He’s available in more than 40 languages and is hoping to become a Nobel prize winner one day!)
If any of these sound interesting to you, please feel free to contact us right away!