30/10/2019

Albanian Dictionary-the newest installation in Skanderbeg Square in Tirana

In the framework of the "Book October" program, the Albanian Ministry of Culture has set up a giant book installation in "Skanderbeg" square in Tirana. The installation is "Dictionary of Albanian Language", published by the Academy of Sciences and Institute of Language and Literature.

Giant Book installation in Tirana

But that It’s not just an installation, it is a functional vocabulary. Through an attached monitor you can search for the meaning of any Albanian words.

Giant Book installation in Tirana

This installation serves as a message to know and love our language!

The installation has attracted the attention of passersby eager to take photos in front of the giant book.

Giant Book installation in Tirana

28/10/2019

What to do in November in Tirana

Come and celebrate with us the month of Albanian pride! November is absolutely the most festive month in our country, with Independence Day and Liberation Day, celebrated on 28-29 November. This year we have 107 anniversary of Independence and 75th anniversary of Country's  Liberation, which will culminate with White Night concerts everywhere in Tirana.  While on November 17  is celebrated the Liberation day for Tirana city. The Mayor of Tirana encouraged every citizen in Tirana to put a flag on the window, to show the pride of being Albanian in this festive month. 

November is also called the Month of the Book, since the main yearly event for all book lovers "Book Fair" will be organized in mid November at Palace of Congresses.  The evenings may be longer and the days shorter and chillier, but don’t stay at home. November in Tirana is packed with plenty of interesting events and things to do. Let's explore some of them: 

 

What to do in November in Tirana

Biggest Events

Tirana Book Fair is the biggest book Fair in Albania. The fair will take place at Palace of Congresses from 13-17 November. This fair is the most frequented and the most popular comparing to all the fairs organized in Tirana. It shows the raising interest for books among Albanians of all ages.

What to do in November in Tirana

Tirana Street Food Fair 2019 (14-17 November), Skanderbeg square. Come and enjoy some of delicious food, traditional for albanians. 

Ballet on Ice (16 November)-inside the Palace of Congresses turning it into a glittering ice rink for the first time. The St. Petersburg State Troup will perform on November 16, 2019, about fifty professional and ballerina dancers at the World and European Skating and Olympic Competitions have been part of the St. Petersburg Ice Ballet for years. What to do in November in Tirana

17-th of November is historical day for Tirana city, because it is remembered as Tirana Liberation Day (17 Nov 1944). Tirana Municipality organizes some festive activities, putting also flowers at 'Unknown Solder' monument, or at ‘Nene Shqiperi’ statue at Martyrs Cemetery.

What to do in November in Tirana

Meet Russia at the Tirana International Fair, on 23-26 November 2019 at the Palace of Congresses, Tirana. The Russian culture, traditions and the famous alcoholic drink "Vodka" will be presented on this fair.

28th November is the most important day for all Albanians, where we celebrate the National Day, or Flag Day There are a lot of activities ahead of the day and on the day all over Albania, especially in Tirana and Vlora.

What to do in November in Tirana

29th of November is also a festive day. It is remembered as a day of Liberation of Albania from Nazi in 1944. But in the latest decade, it is replaced with White Night, which starts from the night of 28 November, where people spend the whole night out- and continue the next day. The galleries and museums are free to visit, and a lot of other surprises are planned every year.

What to do in November in Tirana

Photo and paint exhibitions are open during all the month. Also theaters, concerts are planned already and you can see updated in the page of Visit Tirana events. 

For people who love dancing, every thursday, at 21:00h, Tango Tirana, the Argentine Tango Community of Albania organises MILONGA.

What to do in November in Tirana

 Don’t forget to post your photos of Tirana and take part at our Social Media Contest #TiranaAutumn2019. The competition will end at 30th of November. What a month to be in Tirana. The city is waiting for you!

25/10/2019

Autumn weekend outside Tirana

Autumn in Tirana is a pleasant season due to the warm weather, where the days are sunny and the mornings and nights are cool. Everyone enjoys these days, especially on weekends where most people escape the capital's bustle to visit and relax on the natural destinations in the suburbs of Tirana.

Tirana Marathon 2019 winners

We asked our followers on Instagram what places outside Tirana do they suggest for lovely autumn weekends. Here are the answers compiled below.

Many have suggested the Dajti National Park, as the most frequented place especially in autumn. The stunning panorama of Tirana, great picnic areas with family and friends, traditional restaurants make Dajti Park a weekend hotspot.

 
 
 
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The area of Shengjergj has become a desired destination for its natural beauties that characterize the area. Shengjergj Waterfall as well as Rabbit Lake (Liqeni i Lepurit) are the two most visited natural attractions. In Shengjergj there are also some restaurants serving traditional cuisine, a great opportunity to enjoy nature and delicious dishes. If you like chestnuts you can climb up to Qafa Priskë to collect chestnuts and play with the autumn leaves.

 
 
 
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Bovilla Lake, Tirana's largest reservoir, known for its turquoise water and spectacular views, attracts many domestic and foreign visitors’. If you climb the Gamti Mountain the view is priceless.

 
 
 
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The village of Peza surrounded by hills and large fields, remains a favorite destination for many families. In Peza there is a large field surrounded by large trees and during autumn the golden and red color cover the field creating a picturesque view. Children can play in the big field, or riding horses. It is an ideal place to have picnic and enjoy the warm weather.

The Petrelë village mostly know from Petrel Castle is highly visited by foreigners and locals. With its fantastic view of the Erzen valley and the surrounding countryside that look even more beautiful in the fall, Petrela manages to stay on the list of favorite destinations. Except visiting the castle, you can stroll around the village center and wander through the beautiful Petrela countryside.

 
 
 
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Farka Lake due to new investments in Farka area has taken a lot of attention making a favorite destination. On the weekends the promenade is full of people strolling and gazing on the beautiful lake.

 
 
 
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The Great Artificial Lake Park remains the most frequented and at the same time most populated due to its proximity to the city center. A place where you can find a lot of entertainment for the whole family: large playground, dedicated bike lanes, boating and picnic.

 

 
 
 
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These are just some of the suggestions because Tirana has many lakeside villages and picturesque views. If you're traveling to these places, share your photos using the hashtag #TiranaAutumn2019 on Instagram.

24/10/2019

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 has haunted 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

14/10/2019

2500 athletes competed in 3 categories at Tirana Marathon 2019

The fourth edition of the Tirana Marathon marked a great record, with more than 2,500 runners, professionals and amateurs from over 42 different countries around the world. The main streets and boulevards of the capital were in function of the largest sporting event in the country.

Tirana Marathon 2019 winners

Tirana Marathon is not just a sporting event, but a great event that spread messages about healthy lifestyle, as well as a very good promotion to the capital with participants from 42 different countries around the world.

Under the care of the Municipality of Tirana and certified by the International Athletics Federation - IAAF, the Marathon this year brought a strong sporting competition, in three different categories, "We too", "Half Marathon" (21, 0975 km) and " Tirana 10K ”.

Tirana Marathon 2019 winners

The winner of the Men's Half Marathon (21, 0975km) was Kenyan athlete Laban Cheruiyot, who made it in 1:06:44, while female Kenyan athlete, Christine Moraa Oigo, accomplished it for the time 01:20:32.

In the men's 10K Tirana race winner was again another Kenyan athlete, Hillary Kiptum Maiyo Kimaiyo with the time 00:29:57. Meanwhile, the winner of the women record was announced the Albanian athlete, Luiza Gega with the time 00:33:42, which managed to break the national record again with 25 seconds.

Tirana Marathon 2019 winners

Half Marathon Winners 21, 0975 Km- Male category

 

  1. Laban Cheruiyot                Kenya    01:06:44.323
  2. Evans Kipngetich Tanui Kenya    01:06:47.584
  3. Moses Kipruto Kibire    Kenya    01:10:32.679

 

 

Half Marathon Winners 21, 0975 Km- Female category

 

 

  1. Christine Moraa Oigo      Kenya          01:20:32.936      
  2. Gladys Jepkurui Biëott Kenya          01:24:53.098      
  3. Anna Pedrazzini Albania 01:30:28.526

 

 

Winners of Tirana 10K- male category

 

  1. Hillary Kiptum Maiyo Kimaiyo Kenya    00:29:57.276
  2. David Nikolli            Italy         00:30:06.888           
  3. Ndiwa Kipkurui Sakon Kenya    00:30:11.966

 

 

Winners of Tirana 10k -female category

 

  1. Luiza Gega Albania            00:33:42.203  
  2. Cveta Trajce           Albania            00:36:43.047  
  3. Relaksa Dauti Albania            00:38:48.040

 

 

Winners of “We Too” category

 

  1. Dovlet Gjangolli Albania               00:08:15.090          
  2. Erblin Karaj Albania     00:08:42.289          
  3. Saimir Ustabeqiri Albania                00:08:51.109

 

09/10/2019

The winners of Tirana Photo Festival 2019 are announced

The second edition of Tirana Photo Festival was a real success. Hundreds of photography lovers gathered at the Tirana Photo Festival 2019 awards ceremony.

The ceremony was held on October 8 at the National Museum of History in a fantastic atmosphere. Participants had the opportunity to see the exhibition with top 100 photos.

winners of Tirana Photo Festival 2019

The theme of this edition was: "Albania's Cultural and Natural Heritage", through the exhibited photos you get to know the Albania’s beautiful natural and cultural values. The exhibition was curated by Elton Koritari.

winners of Tirana Photo Festival 2019

The jury of Roland Tasho, Leon Cika, Gent Shkullaku and Olsi Beci selected the winners of this edition.

First prize: Afrim Tahiraj (won a professional camera FujiFilm X-t20 offered by FujiFilm Albania

Second Prize: Kyd Zacharian (40,000 ALL cash, provided by the Ministry of Culture)

Third prize: Rozafa Shpuza (20,000 ALL cash, provided by the Ministry of Culture)

Fourth or encouraging prize: Altin Serani (wins an Instax camera offered by FujiFilm Albania)

Category: Younger Photographer (ages 15-18): Alket Shahini wins Instax camera offered by FujiFilm Albania

-Audience Award (from Instagram votes): Megi Buzo wins an Instax camera offered by FujiFilm Albania

winners of Tirana Photo Festival 2019

The exhibition will be open until October 15 from 9:00 to 19:00.

During the festival days photography workshops are held with Roland Tasho, Alla Simacheva and Albert Cmeta.

The festival was organized by DMO Albania & Visit Tirana, supported by Municipality of Tirana, Ministry of Culture and FujiFilm Albania.

winners of Tirana Photo Festival 2019

27/09/2019

What to do in October 2019 in Tirana

October is the golden time of the Autumn, when the season is uncovering its most beautiful colors and the weather is just perfect – not too hot and not too cold – to enjoy the outdoor activities, and the various events that Tirana prepared for its residents and guests!

What to do in October in Tirana

Take a look at the list of events you can attend in October in Tirana, to warm your days with unforgettable memories!

Tirana Photo Festival

Tirana Photo Festival is the biggest annual photo festival in Albania celebrating the art of photography and promoting Albania.

The 2019 Edition will take place at National History Museum from 8-15 October. The aim of this Festival is to put in the focus the art of photography through photo competition, exhibitions, seminars, photo tours and more. See here 

What to do in October in Tirana

 Three Tenors” concert at the Palace of Congresses

3 October, 19:00

One of the most expected concerts in Tirana, hosting foreign and Albanian musicians, interpreting world classic music. See more here

Rock concert under the olive oil tree crown

An amazing rock concert with Albanian artists: Aleksandër Gjoka, Elton Deda, Redon Makashi, Eneda Tarifa, Flaka Krelani and Kastriot Tusha, and special guest Kristos Dantis.  

 October 8, 2019 at 8 pm-11 pm Tirana Amphitheater. See more here

Tirana Marathon 2019

The biggest international event, gathering runners of all ages from around 40 countries to compete in the biggest sport event of the year in Tirana.

The itinerary will outline the city's most attractive points by turning this race not only into challenge but also fun. In addition to a sports event for the contestants, it will be considered a festive day for the city, in which will be organized many artistic and cultural activities within this event.

We invite you to join this great sport event by proving yourself or even competing in the group.

 Date: 13 October 2018; Time 08:00 -14:00 See more here

 

What to do in October in Tirana

Tirana Kino Kabaret

Finally Tirana will have its first Kino Kabaret session, a week spent with fellow film-lovers where any filmmaker [amateur or professional] will have the chance to create a video, short film, documentary, literally ANYTHING you will feel inspired to create in the vibe of the Kino Kabaret.

Join the big open filmmaking kino-community. Basically we will gather national talents and enable them to make short films for the cinema under time pressure with available ressouces in a collaborative spirit. See more here 

Study in Europe- fair in Tirana 

If you want to study in the best universities of Europe, here is the moment. The EU will come in Tirana in a fair, with the best universities, for you to choose.

AllWeb Albania 2019 Conference 

The annual conference dedicated to digital marketing. This year is fourth edition. AllWeb is one of the biggest event with huge impact in the digital marketing market in Albania. International well known speakers are addresing to participants the latest trends and techniques.

What to do in October in Tirana

Choose the suitable events for you and save the dates! October is coming, be ready for a fascinating autumn in Tirana!

Don’t forget to check events section to be updated about upcoming events in Tirana. 

28/08/2019

What to do in September in Tirana

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.

What to do in September in Tirana

Most 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.

What to do in September in Tirana

Concerts are planned at the Amphitheater starting with Michalis Hatzigiannis concert on September 4th.

What to do in September in Tirana

On 6-7-8 September will be held the event “Weekend in the Park”, a refreshing, all-weekend-long, electronic music and food event with a minimalist feel, in Tirana’s Grand Park.

What to do in September in Tirana

New opening exhibitions at galleries such as the Adrian Paci’s exhibition in the National Gallery of Arts on Sep 20th.

For art lovers “Tirana International Watercolor Biennale 20-30 September” is a must see.  More than 140 artists from 45 countries such as Spain, Peru, England, Ireland, China, Singapore, Italy and many others, which will participate and expose their amazing artworks in different mediums.

What to do in September in Tirana

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

06/08/2019

Albanians' interest in culture is growing

The total number of cultural performances in the second quarter of 2019 is 372, up by 28.3% compared to the second quarter of 2018. According to the newly published statistics of INSTAT (National Institute of Statistics), there is an increased interest in culture, such as theater shows, opera and ballet, exhibitions and plenty of events.

INSTAT- Rritet interesi i shqiptarëve për kulturën

In the second quarter of 2019, 18 premieres were held at the central institutions of arts and culture, unchanged from the second quarter 2018. In the second quarter 2019, the number of spectators is 71,970, up 46.9%, compared to the same period a year ago. The average attendance in the second quarter of 2019 is 193 spectators per show from 169 spectators in the second quarter 2018.

INSTAT- Rritet interesi i shqiptarëve për kulturën

Central institutions of art and culture

In the second quarter 2019, the National Experimental Theater is the institution that performed the highest number of performances in total, with 143 such, 24 more performances, compared to the second quarter 2018. The National Theater of Opera, Ballet and Popular Ensemble has performed the highest number of premieres, 12 premieres, two more, compared to the same period last year.

INSTAT- Rritet interesi i shqiptarëve për kulturën

In the second quarter of 2019, the National Experimental Theater is the institution with the highest number of spectators, with 19,154, marking an increase of 30.3% compared to the same period a year earlier. The average number of spectators per show has increased, from 169 spectators per show, in the second quarter of 2018, to 193 spectators per show, in the second quarter 2019. Growth is at 14.5%.

Cultural heritage

The total number of visitors to museums, fortresses and archaeological parks in the second quarter of 2019 is 331,767, up 3.0% compared to the second quarter of last year. Of the total visitors to cultural heritage institutions, 103,536 are museum visitors, 97,446 visitors to other castles and monuments, and 130,785 are visitors to archaeological parks.

In the second quarter 2019, the total number of foreign visitors to museums, fortresses and archaeological parks was 178,560, an increase of 24.7% compared to the second quarter 2018. During the second quarter 2019, across heritage institutions There is a higher percentage of foreign visitors compared to domestic visitors.

National Library

In the second quarter 2019, the number of library unit services is 27,180 units, up 29.3% compared to the second quarter of 2018. In the second quarter 2019, the number of readers at the National Library is 37,026, marking an increase with 63.6%, compared to the same period a year earlier. In the second quarter of 2019, the National Library displayed 1,118 new titles and 3,699 new copies.

 

Source: Revista Monitor

30/07/2019

Fërgesa Fest dedicated to the traditional dish of Tirana

The Fërgesa Fest returns for the second year in a row, this time inside the Fortress of Tirana. The festival dedicated to the traditional dish of Tirana brought together some of Tirana's best traditional restaurants, presenting their specialties during the food fair.

Fërgesa Fest dedicated to the traditional dish of Tirana

Many citizens attended this event, including curious tourists eager to learn more about this traditional dish.

The activity started late in the morning and continued until late in the evening. The Mayor of the Municipality, Mr. Veliaj attended the opening ceremony of the festival.

Fërgesa Fest dedicated to the traditional dish of Tirana

The National Circus as well as the Tirana Ensemble lighten up the atmosphere with their stunning performances.

Fërgesa Fest dedicated to the traditional dish of Tirana

Fërgesa Fest dedicated to the traditional dish of Tirana

29/07/2019

Health tourism is seeing growth in Albania

Health Tourism in Albania is on the rise. According to the latest statics of INSTAT, for the first six months of the year, the number of people entering in Albania for healthcare services was 444, an increase of 270% compared to the same period of the previous year, which were 120. Throughout the year 2018, the total number was 276.

Health tourism is seeing growth in Albania

Regarding the increased numbers, market actors argee that there was a better co-ordination, which began at the end of last year between domestic health providers (mostly private) and foreign and Albanian agencies attracting tourists.

Market actors claim that Italians generally come to Albania for rhinoplasty (nose job), as prices are 50% cheaper than in Italy, while British are preferring and in vitro services.

Why Albania?

In the recent years most of foreign media describe Albania as a safe country with exceptional natural beauty. International flights connect Tirana Airport with most of the destinations in the world. Tirana has become a modern city where English is widely spoken, tourism infrastructure is good and foreign visitors will have a safe and secure stay.

Private clinics are working in this direction, as their location is mainly in the capital, to attract potential foreign clients. Plastic surgery is seeing a higher development than other interventions, because according to market actors, the emergence of such an intervention is not high (mainly done for aesthetic not for health problems, unlike other interventions), which enables them to have fun as tourists.

Albania continues to be preferred in dental tourism as a result of favorable prices and affiliated clinics with foreign partner agencies, hair transplanting services, in vitro fertilization, which is mainly preferred by Italians and British, as well as plastic surgery, leading the rhinoplasty, lip fillers and breast remodeling.

Source: Revista Monitor

29/07/2019

What to do in August in Tirana

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 you must visit the "Leonardo - Opera Omnia" exhibition at the National Historical Museum where there are displayed 17 Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings reproduced with advanced technology with high quality and in original proportions. The exhibition will remain open until 10th of August.

What to do in August in Tirana

While every Tuesday at Reja, you can watch movies where the protagonists are the Italian actresses such as: Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Gina LolloBrigida. A program prepared by the Italian Institute of Culture.

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!