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Tirana Things To Do
A LIST THINGS TO DO
The Best Things To Do In Tirana
Taste Tirana With A City Food Tour
Sheshi Skënderbej, Tiranë, Albania
This mouthwatering Tirana adventure is the perfect combo of city exploration and foodie fun! From Street Eats to Gourmet Treats, this full-day food tour will take you to Skanderbeg Square, the bustling New Bazaar, and the trendy Blloku neighborhood.
You’ll get to taste traditional dishes, enjoying lunch, snacks, and drinks—all included! Plus, they’ve got you covered with a hotel pickup and drop-off.
Price start at £74.39, and you can book here.
Stroll Through The Grand Park of Tirana
Grand park of tirana
The Grand Park of Tirana offers a serene city escape and covers over 500 acres in the southern part of the city. It’s a favourite with both tourists and locals, providing a perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing stroll. The park boasts an artificial lake, children’s playground, botanical gardens, and a zoo.
You can also find a variety of bars and coffee shops to unwind, as well as an Open-Air Theatre, making it a delightful place to spend a chilled afternoon.
Go a Free Walking Tour of Tirana
palaca of culture tirana
Explore the captivating city of Tirana on a free walking tour, where licensed and local guides will lead you to the most significant sites. These tours are available in English or Spanish and provide an interactive and fun experience. You’ll not only learn about the city’s important landmarks but also immerse yourself in Albanian culture, picking up key Albanian vocabulary and gaining firsthand insights into the country’s communist past – with many of the guides having lived through this era.
The tours start at 10am and 6pm daily, lasting around 2 hours. If you’re visiting in the summer months it may be better to go in the evening at 6pm; walking around in 40-degree heat is not fun!
Tours can get quite busy with up to 40 participants per group, but don’t worry; you’ll be split into smaller, more manageable groups, each led by a super knowledgeable and charismatic guide. While these tours are advertised as free, it’s customary to give a small tip, with €10 as the minimum amount.
Tour stops include:
- Clock Tower
- Et’hem Bey Mosque
- Saint Paul Catholic Cathedral
- National Historic Museum
- The Block Bush Street
- National Art Gallery
- Mother Teresa Square
- Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral
- Bunk Art 2
Visit the UNESCO city of Berat
Rruga Ndre Mjeda, Tirana
Berat, often referred to as the “City of a Thousand Windows,” is a charming and enchanting Albanian city that transports you back in time with its ancient architecture and cobbled streets. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ll see why once you explore the intricate Ottoman buildings and historic landmarks.
The old city is a short 1.5hrs drive from Tirana, so perfect for a day trip. Guided tours leave from the capital daily and generally include:
- Transport with an air-conditioned vehicle, a city tour of Berat, and a driver and guide
- Tour of historic neighbourhoods of Mangalemi, Gorica, and Kala
- Berat Castle
- The Red Mosque
- St. Trinity Church
- Museum of Iconography and National Ethnographic Museum
Visit Bunk’Art 1 and Bunk’Art 2 Museums
During Albania’s communist era, their leader Enver Hoxha went on a bit of a paranoid frenzy and built over 750,000 bunkers all over the country. He was seriously convinced that an attack from the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Greece, or NATO could be lurking around the corner.
Today, two of these bunkers have been transformed into museums, serving as a powerful reminder and warning about the country’s troubled past. They are both open to visitors, but starting your morning with the bunker museums might not be the best idea, as it’s quite a solemn experience and gets quite depressing.
- With 5 floors it’s much larger than Bunk’Art 2 and gives a more thorough overview of communist-era Albania.
- Located on the outskirts of the city near the cable cars.
- Take the blue L11 bus to Porcelan, for the 30 minute ride to Bunk’Art 1. Catch the L11 from outside of The Palace of Culture in the city centre.
- The museum is open daily 9.30 am – 6 pm.
- Dedicated to providing info about the secret police and detention camps.
- Centrally located in the city centre and easy to get to.
- The museum is open daily 9.30 am – 8 pm.
Take a Cable Car to Mount Dajti
Dajti Ekspres, Tirana
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Mount Dajti with a stunning 30-minute cable car ride from Tirana. This is one of the best things you can do in the city, as you’ve got a bunch of fun activities to get involved in once you reach the top of the mountain.
- Mini Golf: For children and adults
- Ballkoni Dajtit: Highly rated Italian restaurant serving pizza and pasta
- Dajti Adventure Park: A fun obstacle course suitable for adults and children. Featuring a zip line, nets, and climbing ropes.
- Horse riding: Enjoy the stunning views from horse back!
- Shooting range: A BB gun range with balloon and bottle targets
The Dajti Express cable cars operate 9am to 7pm , Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays). Start early and plan for a full day out at the mountain, as there’s so much to do. The return ticket is just 1200 Lek or €12 per person. While you’re there, take advantage of the proximity and plan to visit the Bunk Art 1 museum, a short walk from the Dajti Express cable car station.
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