Albania may be off the beaten track for most, but its undiscovered past makes this unique country a must-visit in the Balkans. Tirana, Albania’s capital, has shaken off its communist era hangover to shape up as a modern city with a vibin’ creative scene and nightlife.
Did we mention the good ol’ fashioned Albanian hospitality? It’s practically an art form here and the locals are proud and welcoming. Our stopover in Tirana promises a land of real beauty and rich traditions calling your name. Make those life-changing memories in Albania with Topdeck.
Want to experience the best of Tirana’s shopping, foodie and nightlife destinations? Go no further than Ish-Blloku, or the Block, where Tirana’s hip crowd let their hair down. During the communist era, Blloku was restricted to members of the political elite, but in modern times, Tirana’s bright young things have revamped the district for culture lovin’ travellers. Get excited for a taste of Tirana!
Every nation needs a mythical hero, right? Here in Albania, the 14th-century warrior, Skanderbeg, is their favourite patriot. In the heart of Tirana, you’ll come across the impressive Skanderbeg Square, which is lined with historic buildings, cultural hot spots and a statue of the nobleman on horseback. Keep your eyes peeled for the Albanian flag, which features Skanderbeg’s famous symbol, a double-headed eagle.
Tirana tours don’t get any better than this! A local guide will point out the Cold War buildings that had a colourful makeover when the city elected an artist-turned-politician as its mayor. This guided tour of Tirana gives an insight into life under the former communist regime as well as modern Albania's hopes for a bright, bold future.