Discover Balkan - Tirana

Tirana, the heart and capital of Albania, like all other European metropolises has a never-ending movement and energy. With its clubs, pubs, cafes and taverns, Tirana is worth discovering by day and night. The value and hospitality shown towards tourists is something that will mark your journey not only in Tirana but also all over the country. There are different thoughts regarding the origin of the name of the city. Some think that it relates to Tyrrenia (a name of Etruscan origins), while other believe that it relates to the word Theranda (harvest), or to the Tirkan (a castle at the foot of Mount Dajti).
Your own journey might begin by visiting the museums and the key spots such as Sheshi Skënderbej where you will be able to see the Mosque of Et'hem Beut (built during 1798-1812) and the 35 meter high Kulla e Sahatit (the Watch Tower) built in 1822 with a San Marco-style cupola. Next, you can visit the famous Mosaic uncovered on the floor of an old Roman lodge. Its center configures the walls of the castle of the Roman emperor Justinian (520 A.D.). The monumental Tomb of Kapllan Pasha and the Ura e Tabakëve (a bridge constructed in the beginning of the 19th century in Bulevardi "Zhan D'Ark" ), are other interesting place to visit.
As a capital Tirana has the country's finest museums, theatres and galleries representing the national arts. The visit to the National History Museum, the Archeological Museum, the Natural Science Museum, the private "Mezuraj Museum", and the National Gallery of the Arts will leave wonderful memories. You also can pass a pleasant evening in the National Theatre or the Opera and Ballet Theatre.
For dining, Tirana will be glad to offer you both a rich traditional cuisine and a variety of foreign fares, from Italian to Chinese, or even Indian. There are also several clubs and restaurants in Mount Dajti to discover and enjoy. There is a chance to get there by cable car which is a very special experience. In the region of Tirana you may also visit the castles of Petrela and Preza, as well as some natural attractions, such as Pëllumbasi Cave, Shkalla e Tujanit, Biza etc.