21/10/2021

Tirana is ranked as the 4th best city in Europe for foodies

A study by Uswitch.com has collected data from Tripadvisor based from reviews about the menu, price, vegetarian options, pubs etc.

Tirana Food Destination 2021

The article lists 10 capitals in Europe that offer the best for food lovers. Tirana is considered among the best capitals for brunch. Many bars and restaurants in Tirana offer this in their menu, which is served from 9 am to 11 am. It is a meal combined with breakfast and lunch and can be accompanied by alcoholic beverages. Finding a spot that serves up vegetarian food that is as delicious as the other meals on the menu is not easy, and for that Tirana is highlighted having a lot of restaurants offering various vegetarian food.  

Read here the original article

13/10/2021

Winners of Tirana Photo Festival 2021

The annual festival that gathers young people passionate about photography was a success this year as well, which was the fourth edition taking place. The awards ceremony, which was held on October 8th in the lobby of the National Historical Museum, has already become a tradition. Present at the ceremony were the Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Mr. Andi Seferi and the Deputy Minister of Culture Mrs. Meri Kumbe, who greeted the festival and donated prizes to the winners.

Tirana Photo Festival 2021 winners

The festival was organized by DMO Albania, with the support of the Municipality of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture. The festival lasts one week from October 8-15, where during this week the exhibition with 100 finalist photos on the first floor of the National Historical Museum is open to the public.

Tirana Photo Festival 2021 winners

The winners of this edition: First prize: Gerti Kadillari (Flower Path, Kukës) offered by the Ministry of Culture worth 40,000 ALL Second prize: Najada Dafa (Shishtavec, Kukes) offered by the Ministry of Culture worth 30,000 ALL Third prize: Fatjon Sinani (Valamara, Pogradec) offered by the Ministry of Culture worth 20,000 ALL

Special awards Saimir Kalbaj's photo was praised for the awareness message to promote Albania but also to protect the enviroment. Price value 10,000 ALL The prize of the seasonal competitions of VisitTirana, winner Luljeta Mustafaj. Price value 10 000 ALL. Award offered by EjAlbum, a portfolio of works by Fabiola Muhollari. Best video awards Duli Kasmi for the drone video from Sylbica, Tropoja (10 000 ALL). Brian Hoxha & Ledio Hysi for the promotional video of Albania (10 000 ALL).

Tirana Photo Festival 2021 winners

In the framework of the festival were organized two photography workshops sponsored by Arena Center. The courses were two days developed on different days, the first day theory and the second day practice with lecturers Soela Zani and Albert Cmeta.

Tirana Photo Festival 2021 winners

30/09/2021

What to do in Tirana in October 2021

What to do in October in Tirana

Welcome October! It’s the month when the weather cools down in the mornings and evenings you need a light jacket. When strolling around the city becomes so tempting with a takeaway coffee. The main attractions of the city can be easily explored on foot such as the Skanderbeg Square, Clock Tower, Et’hem Bey Mosque and Tirana Castle. Locals enjoy having a warm drink at the Pedestrian Street “Murat Toptani”, the perfect place to watch the world goes by.

Tirana Photo Festival

Tirana Photo Festival (8-15 October 2021)

Tirana Photo Festival, the biggest photography event in Albania organized by DMO Albania & Visit Tirana. The festival will be held from 8 to October 15th. On 8 October it will be the award ceremony and the opening of the exhibition. This festival is sponsored by.

Tirana Photo Festival

Tirana Marathon, 5th Edition

 The Municipality of Tirana has announced that the Tirana Marathon will be organized on October 17. Tirana Marathon is the biggest sporting event of the year. The number of participants increases from year to year, where about 2500 competitors from 40 different countries take part. For more information and to register, click here.

Tirana Photo Festival

Theatrical performances and other events

The Opera and Ballet Theater has opened the new curtain after restoration which was inaugurated in September. The theaters of the city have opened the new artistic season and various performances follow.

This month is expected to bring new exhibitions through the city galleries. At the National Gallery of Art you can see the "gallery collection over the years".

Those who want to learn more about the history of Albania, can visit the National Historical Museum, the Museum of Leaves, as well as the Museum House of Ismail Kadare.

Autumn weekends in nature

If you have no idea where you can spend your outdoor weekends, we suggest you see the destinations we have listed in this link.

Two other activities that are expected to be organized at the end of October are the Olive Oil Tradition in Tirana that will take place in the village of Ndroq, while near the Clock Tower will be organized the Artisan's Fair.

Tirana Photo Festival

Wishing you a great time in our lovely city!

30/08/2021

What to do in Tirana in September 2021

September is a great month to treat yourself with a break in Tirana. The first two weeks of September in Tirana are still warm and you can extend your own summer a little more by visiting natural places like Erzeni Canyons, Cyclops’ Eye, and numerous lakes outside the capital. 

Before you travel to Albania, get information regarding rules and restrictions here. 

September Tirana

Kids are back at school, almost everyone is back from the summer vacations and Tirana start to get buzzy also with activities planned on this month.

Events during this month


Mural Fest Tirana
Mural Art Fest is back in Tirana. From September 1st, until Sept 30th, 8 international artists will paint murals of different building around the city. This is the third edition, while the first one was held in 2018, and the second one in 2019.

September Tirana

Festivali Mish-Mash Tirana

Mish-Mash Tirana music festival that will be two nights in a row in the Great Lake Park of Tirana. With the participation of well-known artists such as Alban Skënderaj, Vesa Smolica, DJ Abelomania, Dafina Zeqiri, DJ Adam Reeves, Vedat Ademi, Gerta Mahmutaj and 04 Band.

Date 10 & 11 September, 16:30 - 22:30, at the Balloons Field

Ermal Meta Concert 

In September 17th, Ermal Meta will perform in Air Albania stadium. Ermal Meta, born in Albania, living in Italy, became famous in Eurovision Song Contest 2018, made to finals in the 5th place. It will be the second concert in his homeland, after the one in 2018.  The concert is free, but you must reserved your seat. Click here!

Visit tirana

Arts & Culture

If you are interested in art and history, in Tirana you will find the most unusual and intriguing museums: from Bunk’Art Museum, House of Leaves, to the famous house museum of the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare.

For new upcoming exhibition in Tirana’s art galleries, will be published on this section. 

Outdoor tours
If you travel outside of Tirana you will be amazed by the variety of landscapes. In contrast with the very modern and vivid city of Tirana, the villages in the surrounds are truly beautiful and charming. Life moves slowly, as in ages past, and there are some agro-tourism farms that will impress you with their delicious organic foods cooked in the Albanian way. Take some fresh air in a relaxing atmosphere. Here’s a list of destinations.

Photo credit: Visar BucpapajSeptember Tirana

Tirana Photo Festival -Last call for submission

September 19th is the deadline for Tirana Photo Festival submissions. The Festival will be held for 7 days in October 8-15. Read more here!

September Tirana
September Tirana

Tirana offers something for everyone, why not discover it now!

 

03/08/2021

Sushi for the first time, an unique experience at Amo Sushi

After much hesitation I decided to try sushi for the first time, as I had been suggested a new Asian restaurant in Tirana called “Amo Sushi”.

With all the good reviews I read about this restaurant even though it has been open for a short while, I decided to give it a try. The restaurant is very easy to find because it is located in the center of the city, on the main boulevard between "Mother Teresa" and "Skanderbeg" square at Twin Towers complex, in Tower no. 2, floor 0.

As soon as you enter the restaurant you see the minimalist but modern interior unlike the bright colors typical of Asian restaurants. The smiling staff welcomes you to accommodate. The restaurant is average in size and the decor is very neat. This is the first restaurant in Tirana that offers the formula "All You Can Eat". On the table I notice a file which makes me curious. Following the explanation given to me by the staff, this serves to list all the dishes I want to order. At the end of this file I see the menu with ‘QR code’ that you can scan and view it online, as well as a note to inform the staff if I have any intolerance or food allergies.

For the first time hearing AYCE formula I find it easily understandable: you choose what you want from the menu and you will pay only 1990 Albanian lekë, in case you are for lunch, and 2990 Albanian lekë if you are for dinner. Why does the price change? Because at dinner there is a greater variety of dishes available. I think to myself that there must be a trick here! I ask and they inform me that the only condition is that everything that is ordered must be consumed, otherwise it is paid extra with the price which is in the menu. I have to say that I really like this way because this prevents the food waste. In addition to the AYCE formula, of course there is also the opportunity to order the dishes you want, with fixed menu prices. For children the prices are halved and for children under 4 years old they are free. Also i spot highchairs for kids which you find rarely in restaurants in Tirana.

An added value is the fact that they make sushi even for vegatarians. Once I open the menu I see on the second page the list of allergens for people suffering from various allergies to different products, which impressed me as I had not encountered it in other restaurants in Tirana. I asked the waiter what I could order and decided to start with a Sashimi mix to try them all out. At least a part because the menu is very reach of different dishes. The order did not take long eventhough the restaurants was busy.

I had heard that sushi is an art in itself and I proved it when they brought me the dish, a variety of colors and flavors beautifully served. It was the tasting moment, the waiter instructed me how to use the chopsticks and dipp the sushi in the soy sauce for a better taste. The first bite was an explosion of different flavors, not as I had imagined I would smell salmon or tuna.

I tried them one by one and I liked them all, but the "Hoso Sake" was my favourite which you can find in the menu with the code H6, as all the dishes had a specific code. It took me only one bite to realize I would be a sushi lover and a regular client of this restaurant.

I thought next time I would come with my husband but he doesn’t like sushi. If he doesn’t change his mind, I still have a plan "B" because in AMO SUSHI you can find other dishes such as soup, spaghetti, vegetable tempura, ravioli, rice with vegetables ... the list goes on and on!

At the end of the meal I was thinking that it was all a unique experience, and thanks to Amo Sushi. Good thing they offer delivery service so I can order from home or office. If you want to have an amazing experience like I did at Amo Sushi, I’m adding their online website so you can check their menu. I can't wait to go back to Amo Sushi!

01/08/2021

Traveling in Albania, COVID19 rules and restrictions

Updated 30 August 2021

 

The government of Albania informs all foreign citizens interested in travelling to Albania, the entry restrictions have changed as below:

  • For all citizens transiting through the territory of Albania by land or who travel by sea:
  • Citizens traveling by land to Albania should obtain prior information at the Embassies of the countries through which they have to transit, so they can be informed about the rules set by these countries in the framework of the pandemic or relevant entry/transit regulations.

         

  • Citizens traveling from third countries by air and using one of the International Airports for transit should know that:

Please note that only certificates and test results issued in English by a medical professional or public authority will be accepted.

Vaccination Certificate (e.g. “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card” or Medical Certificate):

Inoculation with BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, or Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines.

Start of validity: at the day of full immunization = receipt of 2 doses of BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Sinopharm or Sinovac. The exception is Johnson& Johnson, which requires only one dose for full effect. Persons, who have only received the first dose of those vaccines will have to present either negative PCR or rapid/antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 with the sample taken no earlier than 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (rapid/antigen) prior to entering Austria.

End of validity: 270 days after the second/only inoculation

Certificate of Recovery (or Medical Certificate):

Confirmation of the patient’s recovery from COVID-19 in the past 180 days issued by a medical professional or public authority,

OR a positive test for COVID-19 antibodies not older than 90 days

COVID-19 Test Result (or Medical Certificate):

PCR or rapid/antigen test for SARS-CoV-2;

Sample taken no earlier than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (rapid/antigen test) prior to entering in Albania.

Test results must include: full name and date of birth of the tested person; date and time of the sampling; test result; bar-/QR-code or stamp and signature of testing facility.

  • All passengers who are allowed to enter the territory of the Republic of Albania, in addition to complying with the protocols about airline international standards worldwide, must also follow and respect the rules listed below:
  • The passengers can access automated points at the airport which can provide them masks (which is mandatory indoors) and disinfectants;
  • In case passengers manifest symptoms, they will be asked to discontinue their travel and to comply with the rules of their domicile state.
  • For more information: https://www.tirana-airport.com/c/116/measures-and-rules/

 

  • Keep in mind the local measures that are currently in force:
  • Based on Order no. 218, dated 04.06.2021, on an amendment to Order no. 169, dated 05.06.2020, “The implementation of the Operation Protocol in air, road and sea transport in the framework of preventing COVID-19 pandemic for the tourist season 2021, aims to guarantee the well-being of tourist activity and to prevent the risk of COVID-19 infection, inside and outside accommodation structures”.
  • Starting from 30th of August 2021:
  • Outdoor gatherings will be allowed up to 50 people, following the protocol of rules and social distance, set by the Institute of Public Health Albania. http://www.ishp.gov.al/
  • Restricted public movement between 11.00 P.M to 06.00 A.M, except for health reasons or emergencies. The same restriction for bars and restaurant, except the delivery service.
  • The rule for mandatory masks outdoors is lifted but is still in force for indoors and public transportation. Night clubs remain closed, music is allowed till 10:00 P.M.
  • Restricted public movement between 23.00 to 06.00 A.M, except for health reasons or emergencies. Music remains allowed till 11:00 P.M.
  • Sports championships, the activities of theatres, artistic, cultural performances, and conferences will be allowed with the presence of fans, with a reduced capacity of up to 30% according to the IPH protocol.

 

  • Please visit the page of the Civil Aviation Authority Albania, for more information regarding flights and list of countries:http://www.aac.gov.al/
30/07/2021

Dua Lipa on vacation in Albania

Albanian pop star Dua Lipa is on vacation in Albania. First, she visited Tirana to witness the construction of the “Sunny Hill Kindergarten” in the capital city that was affected by an earthquake in 2019. She is keeping updates on Instagram of her trip in Albania:

 “An honour to be in Tirana - Albania today to see the construction work for “Sunny Hill Kindergarten” in the city centre. After the earthquake in 2019 and with all of your help by purchasing our “Pray for Albania” t-shirts that I created with my friends @bondnyc , I doubled the funds we made on the tee’s and that money is going towards furnishing this whole kindergarten for 300 children. I’m grateful to be here for this today with my family and friends. Thank you to the Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Mayor Erion Veliaj for all your help during this process. OPENING SEPTEMBER 15TH 2021! Thank you @sunnyhillfoundation”.

Dua Lipa is promoting the Albanian Riviera sharing on her social accounts, followers keep completing her for showing her Albanian pride.

British magazines have written several articles about her trip with Anwar and family to Albania.

22/07/2021

Fergesa Fest- the festival of the traditional dish of Tirana

Tirana is an interesting destination for culinary delights. There are restaurants offering traditional cuisine as well as rich Mediterranean cuisine. Foreigners are keener to try traditional culinary and are always looking for authentic Albanian dishes. “Fërgesa” is the traditional dish of Tirana, which we recommend to all those travelers who visit Tirana.

Fergesa Fest in Tirana

This was the fourth year of Fergesa Fest held in July at Tirana Castle. A lot of activities happened, cooking show of the traditional dish, the Tirana assemble performed dances and songs.

Fergesa Fest in Tirana

  The Mayor, Mr. Erion Veliaj greeted the guests and gave a great news about the surrounding villas, the Toptani’s Sarajet, the villas of Libohoviteve part of Tirana Castle soon will be opened for the public.

 Tirana has amazing history and we want people to know more about our gems like the old villas.

22/07/2021

What to do in Tirana in August 2021

From long nights by the lake to concerts at Amphitheater, Open air cinemas, long walks on the parks and vibrant nightlife are some of the things you can do in Tirana in August.

For those who might think that there aren’t many things to do in Tirana (since it’s not a coastal city) during August, we will tell you the opposite. It is true that in August Tirana is quieter, but only during the hottest hours of the day.

What to do in August in Tirana

During the afternoons and evenings in Tirana, you see so much exuberance in the main centers. Skanderbeg Square is the place where all the people gather, families and friends, youngsters stroll around the biggest square in the country. The number of tourists is high in August, and you can see them in the city center taking picture everywhere. While two other famous attractions: The New Bazaar and the Castle of Tirana are always full of people, almost every day you will find activities being held at these important spots of Tirana.

What to do in August in Tirana

During weekends you can go to Erzen River to refresh, the Cyclops’ Eye natural gem or in the many lakes of Tirana. Swimming pools are another option and you can find many of them in the suburbs of Tirana.

What to do in August in Tirana

To enjoy the fresh air and escape from the summer heat, go to Dajti Mountain and enjoy a fantastic day starting with the cable car ride to the Adventure Park and a good lunch at Ballkoni Dajti restaurant. Also, you can choose to visit other green areas around Tirana, and we have a list here.

What to do in August in Tirana

The museums are open all through August. From the National History Museum, House of Leaves, House Museum of Ismail Kadare, Bunk'Art you can visit them in August.

For you who are passionate about art and exhibitions this month at the National Gallery of Arts is open "The Non-Canonical Gospel"exhibition of the Tomislav Gotovac. The exhibition will remain open until September 9th, 2021.

What to do in August in Tirana

These are our recommendations to help you explore Tirana and attend the most interesting activities in the vibrant capital of Albania.

We wish you a pleasant stay!

09/07/2021

Tirana European Youth Capital 2022

On November 2019, something amazing happened for the youth of our capital!

Tirana won the “European Youth Capital 2022” title, crowning several months of unremitting work and efforts of young people from the National Youth Congress, youth CSO’s and the Municipality of Tirana, towards creating a rich program of activities for 2022 dedicated entirely to young people.

"Tirana

Youth is one of the most cherished assets of our city and our country, having one of the youngest populations in Europe, It is therefore obvious and inevitable that the most prominent driving force pushing Tirana and Albania towards a prosperous and sustainable future within the EU is its energetic and aspiring youth, joining energies and working together.

 

Activ∞ Youth is an ambitious program that focuses on the needs of young people of today and tomorrow, championing non-formal values and best practices. As stated in the “Active-8” slogan, the whole program encourages positive activism by presenting 8 interwind themes comprising dozens of projects and hundreds of wide-range activities.

The program consists of 8 themes such as: Youth makes creative economy & innovation; Youth creates culture, Youth develops capacity, Youth Participates; Youth diversity; Youth are Europeans; Youth Eco-Health; Youth Spaces.

YOU TOO can become an integral part of this common goal by supporting the development of this program and its activities.

More information: www.tiranaeyc2022.al

08/07/2021

Street Art and Mural Art in Tirana

Tirana is changing every day, becoming more and more colorful. Artists from Albanian and foreign countries have left their mark in Tirana by creating beautiful mural arts and street arts. 

Tirana has become famous for its colorful and bright building, for which we have create a tour with the most beautiful colorful buildings in Tirana. Read here!

But now mural arts are another great reason to visit Tirana. 

These are done on the framework of Mural Art Festival 1 in 2018 and Mural Art Festival in June, 2019. Young artists from different countries painted some of grey buildings in Tirana, and creating amazing murals with interesting messages.

These murals are an invitation for people to explore Tirana’s neighborhoods more and not only the city center. If you travel in Tirana, you will see the Mural Art at Myslym Shyri Street, Rruga e Durresit, Unaza, 21 Dhjetori, Sami Frasheri etc. 

Visit Tirana explored some of these murals and brings some photos for you along with other mural arts done before the festival:

If you want to explore by yourself, here is the link of the map locations.

 

Street Art in Tirana Albania

Street Art in Tirana Albania

Street Art in Tirana Albania

Street Art in Tirana Albania

Street Art in Tirana Albania

Street Art in Tirana Albania

Street Art in Tirana Albania

30/06/2021

What to do in Tirana in July 2021

Tirana is vivid more than ever. After long months of restrictions, now we are finally breathing more freely, measures against Covid-19 have been eased, vaccination has also started in people over 18 years old. We are so excited to see numerous groups of tourists land every day in Tirana. Lots of travel bloggers stroll around attractions, taking pictures  and promoting Tirana on their social Medias.

What to do in Tirana in July 2021

We are so ready to go in concerts and celebrate with our friends. On July 26, we will enjoy a great concert by Ermal Meta at Air Albania Stadium.

What to do in Tirana in July 2021

The evenings are full of emotions and excitement at "Skënderbej" square, where Tirana Fanzone is located to watch the matches of the European Championship, which ends on July 11.

What to do in Tirana in July 2021

On July in the Amphitheater of Tirana are organized different events every evening, with concerts, outdoor theatres, ballet shows, etc.

What to do in Tirana in July 2021

For kids there are many options for entertainment and education with Summer Camps which are open during July and August at the Grand Park of Tirana.  

Numerous activities are expected to be organized in Reja, the alternative space for all local and foreign artists.

What to do in Tirana in July 2021

To beat the summer heat, you can escape to the pools of Tirana, or cool off in the Canyons of Erzeni, the Eye of the Cyclops or the lakes of Tirana.

What to do in Tirana in July 2021

Enjoy Tirana this July!