Why Love Tirana

  1. Delicious and Cheap Food
    Tirana is a paradise for foodies. Many small restaurants are serving local delicacies, that’s where
    you can get a delicious lunch made of several different dishes for a price as low as 3the
    equivalent of 3-4 Euros. Don’t miss a chance to try fried kashkaval (cheese) or, in case you’re not
    vegetarian, order some grilled meat. You can also use the opportunity and have a taste of dishes
    characteristic of other countries. Italian cuisine is also trendy in Tirana. If you like to cook, you’ll
    enjoy the variety of fresh products you can find in Tirana’s small shops and street markets. Fruit,
    vegetables, and meat are perfect. No chemistry, all natural, brought to the stores straight from
    Albanian gardens. These kind of organic products are hard to find in other countries, and even if
    you do find them, they’ll have the “bio” label which makes them doubly expensive.
  2. People
    The ancient Albanian honour code known as besa is something the nation can be rightly proud of.
    Responsible for the survival of almost every single European Jew taking refuge in the country
    during the Nazi occupation, “besa” is alive and well and visible in just about every smile and
    gesture you will encounter while visiting Tirana.
  3. The Fascinating History
    Tirana is a relatively new capital, established as Albania’s central city in 1925. Before it became
    what it’s now, the city went through numerous stages: years of the Ottoman rule, the World War
    I, the World War II and period of fascism, then finally turning into the capital and being ruled by
    communist forces. It hasn’t been long since the communism finished, but the city is now rapidly
    developing. Nevertheless, the evidence of its history is still to be seen all around. Some of the
    grey buildings were painted in bright colors, but many remain gloomy. Some streets were
    renovated, but many are in a terrible shape. Cars are still a new thing (until 1991 Albanians were
    not allowed to own private vehicles), so the traffic is crazy. Exploring Tirana’s history can be a
    great adventure, and it’ll help you to understand the city’s current state.
  4. Interesting Sites to Visit
    Tirana isn’t exactly beautiful. It doesn’t have Eiffel Towers or Big Bens. Its architecture is rather
    raw, and it won’t steal your heart at first sight. If you give it a chance though, you might find lots
    of interesting sites. You can’t leave the city without visiting the Pyramid, a famous, quirky
    structure from the communist times. The National Art Gallery has several fascinating exhibitions,
    including both modern and older art. You can wander around the Blloku neighborhood, visit the
    Clock Tower and the National Historical Museum. There are also several notable sites like
    “BUNK’ART” or “The House of Leaves” and also churches and mosques. To rest a bit of the
    city’s hustle and bustle, take a walk to the lake and stroll about the city’s largest park located
    beside it.
  5. The Weather
    There’s rarely an evening you’ll be forced to eat and drink indoors and far too many days when
    all you can think about is escaping to the cool mountain air of Kruja or the fresh sea breeze at
    Durrës. If you love the Mediterranean climate and are bored of the Mediterranean, Tirana and the
    surrounding region provides the answers you’ve been looking for.
  6. The Mountains
    The word Balkans originates from an old Turkish word meaning mountains, a patently obvious
    fact when you observe the region’s topography. Tirana is surrounded by some stunning mountain
    panoramas that don’t even require you to get out of your chair to get the most out of them. If you
    do feel like making the effort, Dajti is easily reached.
  7. Unique and Adventurous City
    There’s something about Tirana that makes it unique. As we have mentioned before, it’s not
    pretty. No cute little houses, no sparkling canals, no beautiful medieval churches, no Baroque
    castles – and yet it’s captivating. Its charm comes from the colorful crowd, from the eccentricity
    of architecture, from the mixture of old and new blending into one crazy entirety. You can see
    street vendors selling all sorts of surprising stuff on one side of the street and fashionable
    boutiques on the other. You can see the representatives of older generation slowly sipping their
    coffees in simple cafés and energetic youngsters chatting loudly in fancy bars. Car drivers abuse
    the horns making noise all the time, the traffic is insane, streets are full of holes – it’s wild, but if
    you have a sense of adventure, you can find this chaos somewhat fascinating. Even if some of the
    streets are gray, they seem cheerful when the lights are on in numerous bars, shops, and houses.
    Besides, the most important of all that is the temperament of locals, their warmth, humor, and
    hospitality – that’s what Tirana’s unique atmosphere is mainly made of.
  8. For the Café Culture
    One of the best ways to experience the authentic spirit of Tirana is to spend some time in a café.
    The capital city of Albania has no shortage of gorgeous cafés. Just choose one, order a kafe turke
    (Turkish coffee) or an espresso and a pastry, and settle in for a chat with some locals, or watch
    the world go about its day through the window. The Albanian love for coffee is being expressed
    in obvious ways. Wherever you go in Tirana, you can see plentiful coffee shops, one lovelier than
    the other. In central parts of the city, such as the Blloku neighborhood or the Main Square and
    surrounding areas, you can find lots of cozy cafés with specifically designed interiors. Some of
    our favorites: Komiteti, a café combined with the museum; the Rooms, a cheerful and colorful
    place that can easily boost up your mood; a bit hipster-ish, adorable bar called Nouvelle Vague.
    As soon as you get out of the center, you’ll find other kinds of cafés, simpler and more old-style,
    charming in a whole different way. That’s where locals go to sip their coffees without getting all
    fancy.
  9. Nightlife
    Tirana is undoubtedly one of the liveliest towns in the Balkan Peninsula. The city’s nightlife
    scene is mainly focused in the Blloku district, the former restricted area that used to be closed to
    most people during the communist era. Today Blloku is open to everyone and is the coolest
    neighborhood in Tirana with plenty of clubs, cafés and bars frequented by locals, as well as
    tourists.
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