7 Fun Things To Do in Tirana, Albania

You’re in Tirana. Now what? Here’s my list of 7 fun things to do on a weekend in Tirana:

1) Hire a “Boris Bike”. However, nerves of steel will be required to negotiate Tirana’s roads!:

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2) Shop for provisions at Tirana’s Central Food Market. Beautifully displayed fruits and vegetables, olives, hazelnuts:

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3) Visit Tirana’s National Art Gallery (located at Bulevardi Dëshmorët e Kombit, Tirana). I absolutely love socialist realist paintings so to find a gallery with such an enormous selection was a genuine treat for me:

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3) Check out the discarded Communist statues in the garden of the National Art Gallery. Stalin appears to have been hula hooped by a bicycle inner tube:

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4) Visit the Pyramid, the former museum to Enver Hoxha. This is what it looks like on a sunny day…

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5) Enjoy a sundowner cocktail in the revolving restaurant at the Sky Bar (located at Rr Dëshmorët e 4 Shkurtit, Tirana). This is a great place to come at the start of your trip. Enjoy a drink and sit back as the revolution of the bar gives you an introduction and orientation to Tirana.

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6) Wander the very trendy Blloku where there are lots of bars and restaurants to try. The Blloku is a neighbourhood of large villas which was off limits until 1991 to all Albanians except party apparatchiki. Make like a local and sip a coffee in one of the many bars with tables set outside.

7) Take a walk around the surprisingly beautiful 230 hectare Big Park of Tirana (Parku i Madh). We came across an imppecably kept Commonwealth war grave in the middle of this park.

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Although Tirana was a very random weekend break, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The city completely exceeded my expectations and I loved the 1990s Moscow frontier vibe it had. I also felt extremely safe walking around, even late at night.

Come and visit before anyone else you know does.

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