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!

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.

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!

23/06/2021

New tennis courts in Tirana

For all tennis enthusiasts, new tennis courts have already been inaugurated in Tirana in the Great Park of the Artificial Lake. The tennis park is named after Perlat Voshtina, one of the best Albanian tennis players.

New tennis courts in Tirana

The newest sports facilities are totally functional, while the rules of use and online reservation can be found on the official website of the Parks and Recreation Agency - Municipality of Tirana.

New tennis courts in Tirana

16/06/2021

Arena Center-a new experience in the heart of Tirana

Tirana is rapidly changing with rising skyscraper in the city center. One of the most interesting and modern buildings is Arena Center, which is part of the New National Stadium Complex "Air Albania Stadium". Near Mother Teresa Square, stands Arena Center one of the tallest and most magnificent a giant red and black complex, with the colors of Albanian flag.

Arena Center in Tirana

This area has already become the trendiest corner of Tirana, not only for the largest Albanian stadium and its history and importance, but also for the whole pleasant surrounding complex from the famous columns of the Museum building.

Air Albania Stadium

The stadium was built on the site of Qemal Stafa Stadium. The stadium with a capacity of 22,000 seats was inaugurated in November 2019 in the Albania-France match.

"Air Albania Stadium" is unique and without competition in its kind in Albania. It constitutes a modern sports complex not only with a very interesting and attractive architecture. The integration of the historic façade gives the Stadium an added value, it is conceived in the form of a Greco-Roman theater. The stadium structure is a special multi-faceted (octagonal) shape so that each side allows access to the other separate parts.

Arena Center in Tirana

The whole building has become a reference point for all visitors, not only to watch the matches but as a fun and cultural place. On the first floor is the Museum of Albanian Football, where the history of the stadium is presented as part of the cultural and historical heritage of the city of Tirana. In this museum are illustrated with photos - videos and audio the entire history of Albanian football becoming an attractive museum and open to local and foreign visitors.

Arena Center in Tirana

Italy Square

Plaza Italia together with the units of Arena Center has become a center of entertainment and relaxation for everyone. It is the place where you see many young people sitting on the steps of the Rectorate, or others playing with roller skates. Today is a meeting point for many young people, but also for parents who accompany their children hour by hour in the Tumo center, one of the first unique centers of its kind in Albania. Tumo, is an education center for teenagers where they learn integrated graphic design and technology.

Arena Center in Tirana

Shopping & food

Brand named chain stores, restaurants and coffee shops, offices, hotels and entertainment areas for all family members, guarantying a comfortable, pleasant and safe tour around all spaces for its visitors.

Arena Center in Tirana

There you will find Sophie Café, Lowengrube, Yellow Mood, Grand Lounge, OPA, Italian Food & Drinks, Blooms. There you can make purchases for the house in: Asa HOME, Selection by Arjon and GoTech. Stores of well-known brands such as: Elisabeta Franchi, Hugo Boss, Marella, Enrico Marinelli, Aquamarine, Macron, Pinko etc.

Arena Center in Tirana

In the fall of 2021, the 5-star Marriott hotel is expected to open its doors. The hotel will be on the 24 storey tower overlooking the stadium area, and will have approximately 150 rooms, SPA, conference room, fitness and casino.

Arena Center is a very important point of the Albanian capital that attracts many visitors as well as a value for businesses located there that benefit from the strategic position. There are about 10,000 m2 of space for rent for spaces for different businesses.

Arena Center is a new authentic and modern experience that includes everything in one place in the heart of Tirana.

www.arenacenter.al

03/06/2021

Top 10 best photos of #TiranaSpring2021

Visit Tirana organized the 19th social media photo contest in Instagram with hashtag #TiranaSpring2021. More than 500 photos were posted during 3 months, from 1 March 2021 to 31 May 2021.

Stunning photos from city center, showing the spring blossom everywhere, in Tirana’s parks, in mountains, lakes and villages. Amateur and professional photographers posted their photos on Instagram using the hashtag of our contest #TiranaSpring2021.

Here are top 10 photos:

Sunset -Drone view of Lana River with blooming trees

Author: Pixelsbyab

 
 
 
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Sheshi Skenderbej, refleksion

Autor: Marsel_shots

 

Shumoku Canyon in Farke

Author: Jar Islamaj

 
 
 
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Spring in Xhamlliku

Author: F.S.H_26

 
 
 
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First signs of spring at the Artificial Lake

Author: Rozana Xhaferaj

 
 
 
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Grand Park in full blossom

Author: Luljeta Mustafaj

 
 
 
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Rural life of Baldushk in Spring

Author: Valter Zhara

 
 
 
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Spring sunset -Rruga e Durresit

Author:phomadic

 
 
 
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Farka Lake surrounded by greenery

Author: Jar Islamaj

 
 
 
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Murat Toptani pediastrian street in Spring

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Bovilla Canyon in Spring

Author: fajton_lika

 
 
 
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01/06/2021

What to do in Tirana in June 2021

#TiranaIsOpen, this is the great news we were waiting for since the pandemic hit. June is one of the most lively and exciting times to visit Tirana. Tourists have been visiting Tirana since May and many are planning to come in June. Read here about the COVID-19 Measures and Rules in Albania.

 
 
 
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The cultural life is starting to bloom in June, attractions, museums, galleries have reopened following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

June is also the perfect time to catch the rays in Tirana’s parks, have a picnic or enjoying outdoor cinemas. Bike riding around the lake or summer walks are a favorite thing to do.

What to do in Tirana in June 2021

On the hot days you can freshen up with some delicious ice-creams, here are our favorite shops.

On weekends you can explore all the villages of Tirana, or visit the Dajti Mountain Park.

On June 1st, the Dajti Adventure Park will open the season, a place to challenge yourself and have some adventure fun.

 Cultural activities

The Cloud Festival-Edition 5 will start in June 4th. Exhibitions, dance performances, cinema, this edition will be a full entertainment.

While theaters will continue to broadcast their shows online on their Facebook channels.

What to do in Tirana in June 2021

You can choose one of many interesting museums to visit Tirana, here is the list.

Many events are expected to be held at Tirana’s Amphitheater located at the Grand Park.

What to do in Tirana in June 2021

Every summer here are organized concerts and other events. 

In June, VisitTirana opens the social media photo contest, photographers can contribute with their photos presenting summertime in Tirana by using #TiranaSummer2021.

04/05/2021

Massive vaccination in Albania before tourist season

The situation of Coronavirus in Albania is coming to ease and we feel optimistic about the opening of the tourist season. About 517 0000 vaccinations have been administered so far in Albania. Vaccinations have been carried out on the elderly and also the risked people. It is expected that this month to be vaccinated people working in the field of tourism, staff of hotels, bars, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies in order to start the tourist season.

Massive vaccination in Albania before tourist season

Security measures continue to be the same: wearing the mask in public places, physical distancing and hygiene care.

There will be a daily curfew from 22:00 to 6:00am. Bars, restaurants, fast food, and other similar activities are prohibited from operating between 22:00pm and 6:00am, except for delivery services. Public movement is restricted during these hours except for work reasons, health care emergencies, or urgent needs. The e-Albania portal must be used for special permission to move during this time.

More information on COVID-19 and vaccination can be found at this link.

01/05/2021

What to do in Tirana in May 2021

Welcome May! One of the most beautiful months in Tirana with delightful sunny days.

It’s the perfect weather to you enjoy the long walks in the parks of Tirana or taking short trips to the natural attractions of Tirana.

Things to do in May in Tirana

With the explosion of spring everywhere in Tirana, it seems that the best days are coming for tourism with the ease of the coronavirus restrictions.

The situation of COVID-19

The numbers have been declining and the vaccination campaign has gone very well. This month is expected to be vaccinated people working in the field of tourism, tour operators, to be ready to start the tourism season.

The situation seems optimistic but still we have to be vigilant, wear masks in public, keep physical distance and take care of hygiene.

Art and culture

For art lovers, museums and galleries are open and welcome visitors. Visits should be in line with coronavirus protection rules. You can see the new events here.

Things to do in May in Tirana

While theaters continue to show performances weekly livestreaming on their Facebook channels.

Official holidays in May

Things to do in May in Tirana

Orthodox Easter is celebrated on Sunday (May 2). Every year, believers participate in the Easter services at the Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

May 1 is Workers' Day and is a holiday in Albania, while May 5 is the day to commemorate the fallen martyrs of Albania.

Outdoor activities

May is the month where daily excursions start in the suburbs of Tirana. Tirana is surrounded by natural beauty in every village, you can visit waterfalls, canyons or lakes. In this link you will find a list of natural attractions of Tirana.

 
 
 
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Do not forget to participate in the seasonal photo competition #TiranaSpring2021! The competition closes at the end of May.

Stay safe and enjoy May in Tirana!

19/04/2021

Noor-one of the coolest places in Tirana

‘Noor’ is that kind of bar that invites you to get cozy and warm in cold winter days. It is that place that inspires you even on rainy days, and on summer evenings where the terrace becomes very vivid.

Noor-one of the best bars bistros in Tirana

Noor is a bar and bistro, located in the heart of Tirana, near the shopping center "Toptani". With a pleasantly furnished modern ambience with traditional elements, Noor invites you for a breakfast, business lunch or aperitif with friends in the afternoons.

Noor-one of the best bars bistros in Tirana

If you like to look outside, the terrace environment is just for you, from where you can see, Toptan Palace, Abdi Toptani Street, and the multi-storey building of Maritim Plaza.

When you want a piadine or good Italian pastas, do not look further but go to ‘Noor’.

Noor-one of the best bars bistros in Tirana

The menu starts with appetizers, Italian piadine and delicious pasta.

Every Wednesday-Thursday is Aperitif’s Day. At Noor you’ll find a limitless finger food buffet, and all you need to do is order a drink, which will cost relatively more than in the other days of the week, and all the finger foods in the buffet can be yours.

While on weekends you can enjoy a brunch with different specialties.

Noor-one of the best bars bistros in Tirana

Here you can enjoy lunch with your colleagues, you can combine a business lunch package with your favorite dishes.

What makes a good place besides good food, modern and cozy environment? Definitely the service of the staff, for which it is worth noting that Noor’s staff is very friendly and professional.

Noor-one of the best bars bistros in Tirana

 You know the feeling when you find a place and you can’t wait to show it to your friends, this is the same feeling when we found out about Noor. Can’t recommend this place so much.