Tirane is the Capital of Albania, and also the largest city in the country. It is located almost in the center of Albania, with the Rinas Airport very close to it. From where it departs and arrives from all airlines in the country. This fact makes Tirane the city with the highest influx of tourists in Albania.
Departure to the city of Kruja is around 9.00. We are about 40 minutes to the destination. Our guide accompanies you explaining every possible detail of this wonderful city. The specialty of this city is its old ‘’Pazar’’ with handicrafts and antiques.
Across the street is a cobblestone alley, where you will find shops on both sides of the street. Here you will find traditional artisans who masterfully work traditional carpets, cellars, silverware, copper, as well as full souvenirs. A special welcome is made by area traders who are ready to tell you the history of any object.
Once this alley ends, the entrance to the Kruja Fortress.
Symbol of the Albanian resistance against the Ottoman Empire, is the second stop on this visit. The castle of Kruja occupied one of the most important sites in the history of Albania during the Skanderbeg period, which first raised the flag with the double-headed eagle on November 28, 1443. For 25 years the flag was proudly waved in Kruja during a period of successful wars. Even though these wars ended with the death of the hero, still inspired the Albanian nation’s struggle for independence for centuries. Inside the Fortress is the Museum dedicated to the life and wars of Skanderbeg, one of Albania’s most renowned museums. There you will also find a copy of Skanderbeg’s sword and helmet, the originals are found in Vienna.
Leaving this city that will remain in your memory, we head towards the coastal city of Durrës.
Lunch is eaten at one of the many restaurants to enjoy the fresh sea fish.
Durrës is the city with the largest port in the country, but also with a considerable number of foreign tourists who want to explore both cultural and exotic tourism. The coast of Durrës is wet by the Adriatic Sea. Durrës is also the town where the Egnatia road crosses. One third of the original city wall still exists, and we can even visit it ourselves with the help of professional guides. Due to its favorable position in the Adriatic Sea, Durrës (called Epidamnum by the Greeks and Dyrrachium by the Romans) has always been important connecting point under the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire.
We will also visit the Durrës Amphitheater. This amphitheater belongs to the Pompeii and Capua periods in Italy. The amphitheater has an elliptical shape with a diameter of 136 meters and a height of about 20 m. The staircases that were lined with white-tiled audiences had a capacity of up to 20,000, while gladiatorial battles took place in the arena. The guide is always there to tell you more about this Amphitheater, which has been one of the most important in Europe for its time.
After this pleasure we get from the cities we visited, it is time to return to Tirane.