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Tirana is a mixture of Western Europe and old Russia, interspersed with influences from the Middle East. The city has overcome its recent troubled past and risen as a gem of Eastern Europe. The modern Tirana is full of restaurants, nightlife and hotels, and has rediscovered itself and become an energetic, vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is worth exploring.
Tirana's Colorful Facades

Mayor Edi Rama, internationally renowned as an artist before he took over the post of Tirana's mayor in 2000, decided to give the city a more welcoming look by painting old and Soviet block-style building facades in bright colours. The initiative certainly accomplished its goal of helping the city appear more attractive.

Skanderbeg Square
Sheshi Skenderbej, Tirana

Skanderbeg Square is the social and cultural center of Tirana, this is an excellent place for people watching and absorbing the daily life of the denizens of this city. The famous Equestrian Statue is located on the Southern Side of the Square.

Universe Shopping Centre
Rruga Industriale, Tirana

Universe Shopping Centre (QTU) is a brand new spectacular shopping extravaganza, located just west of the city centre. 13,600 square meters makes it one of the Balkan’s largest shopping centres. A free shuttle runs daily between the National Museum and Universe every 20-30 minutes from 8am-10pm.

Central Market
Pazari I Ri, Tirana

Central Market is a gourmet food paradise, which captures the spirit of the culture. Local cheese, meat, fruit, honey and home-made raki can be found here. It is worth having a look around at the lively exchange, even if you are not in the market to purchase food.

Best Time To Visit

There really is no time not to visit Tirana, since every season has a lot to offer to visitors. You will have the most pleasant weather with warm temperatures and a low chance of rainfall in the summer months of June - August. However, if you prefer to avoid tourist crowds you should plan your trip to Tirana in late September or October.


All visitors must obtain a visa from one of the Albanian diplomatic missions before entering the country unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or are qualified for visa-free entry. You can find a list of countries that are qualified for visa-free entry at www.albaniatourism.info/albanian-visa/ Upon arrival, the passport must be valid for three months. For more information visit: www.punetejashtme.gov.al/en/regjimi-i-vizave-per-te-huajt/

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