14/03/2020

Summer Day, a unique festive day of Albania

14 March is a unique festive day in Albania, not known or celebrated elsewhere. Locals call it Summer Day, even though it is celebrated in the first days of spring. Summer day was the first day year of an ancient calendar of Albanians, a day celebrated centuries before the birth of Christianity. It was celebrated by March 1st of the Julian calendar, the first day of the New Year (according to the Gregorian calendar, "March 14").

Summer Day in Tirana

It started to be celebrated massively in all over the country only the last decade, but its roots are deep in the ancient time in the city of Elbasan.  Now every year on March 14, Albanians celebrate Dita e Verës (Summer Day), the country's largest pagan festival. People celebrate the end of winter, the rebirth of nature, and a rejuvenation of spirit among Albanians. Although the epicenter of this festival is around Shkumbin region in Elbasan, the festival is widely celebrated in Tirana. In 2004, Summer Day became an official holiday in Albania. On this day and even since March 1st, many people usually wear a traditional bracelet called Verore (a word derived from summer) made of two thin braided strings usually red and white. At the end of the day, the bracelet is hung on a tree branch for good luck, and is believed that birds use it to build their nests.

The history

Dita e Veres is one of the oldest traditional day mostly celebrated in Elbasan. This festival origin is tracked to the temple of the Mountain Muse (Zana Malit) that was built near the city of Shkumbin (Elbasan). Muse was the goddess of hunting, forests and nature and she would come out of her temple only on March 14, which marked the beginning of the summer. This legend was passed from the generation to generation, and Summer Day festival is known for its unique cultural heritage and traditions. This popular celebration was a tradition that today identifies the city of Elbasan, known for special cultural traditions. It is a community wide event, with families often exchanging the traditional Ballokume, a sugar and corn flour cookie. Each family has its own recipe, considered a source of pride.  Some decades ago people went to Elbasan to celebrate this day, but now it became a national festival. In every city, people celebrate the end of winter in very festive atmosphere and the tradition of cooking ballokume now is expanded from north to south of Albania.

Summer Day, a unique festive day of Albania

 

 

Street Party in Tirana

11/03/2020

Information for tourists in Albania about COVID19

Current travel situation in Albania

At the moment there are canceled all flights from Tirana to Italy and vice versa. The flights are continuing in other destinations, but with huge limitations. Please check for information at http://www.tirana-airport.com/

Parks desinfected in Tirana to prevent Covid19 outbreak;

All ferry travels from Durres and Vlora to all Italy ports are cancelled .

Currently all public activities in Albania are cancelled for two weeks.

Public transport is operating normally, but people are asked not to use them frequently.  Bars, restaurants are asked to arrange the distance of tables from each other in more than 2 meters, and chairs with distance 1 m from each other.

For the moment, museums, Shopping Centers, supermarkets are open. People are advised to stay home and to go out only where is necesary. Schools, universities are closed until 23 March. All cultural activities are banned until 3 April.   A Bar in Tirana has used the #stayhome hashtag to warn its customers.

bars closed to Tirana to prevent Covid19 outbreak;

What can visitors expect?

There are currently medical checks and added security measures at airport and land borders with Albania and other neighboring countries. Please be patient and follow all the instruction of authorities when you enter in Albanian Border.

Visitors who have temperatures and problems in checking points there are obliged to follow instructions from medical staff.

How do I take precautions?

If you happen to have a cold, stay calm and take the same precautions you would if you had the flu. You have to stay at your home, hotel room for two weeks to quarantine yourself. Take care of your health and protect others by following the advice of the national health authorities:

  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze into your inner elbow.
  • Turn away from others coughing or sneezing.
  • Use paper tissues to contain your coughs and blow your nose.
  • Do not use a face mask. This is not helpful and can even increase the risk of contamination.

What to do with health complaints?

If you have a fever with respiratory symptoms, including coughing or shortness of breath, please contact 127 while you are staying in Albania. Reply to their questions and follow their instructions. Do not go to hospital. Stay where you are, and a medical staff will come to you.

Thank you!

07/03/2020

Teacher’s Day in Albania, March 7th

7th of March, is known as the Teacher’s Day in Albania, and is celebrated in all schools and universities to celebrate this important cultural and historical day. On March 1887 Albanians opened the first desegregated, secular school in what was then the Ottoman Empire.

This was a great achievement for the Albanian national movement as well as for secular liberals during the Ottoman Empire.

 

7 Marsi, Festa e Mësuesit në Shqipëri

The Ottoman government didn’t recognize ethnic or linguistic communities; it only recognized religion establishments and their language. As the Albanians lacked a common religion or a national church, they were allowed no education in their own tongue — except for a few Catholic schools in some areas, which were also heavily oppressed. For centuries of Ottoman rule in Albania, Albanian books were prohibited, and any printing in the language had to be done abroad.

At that time the school’s leaders were the renowned Albanian Renaissance figures such as Pandeli Sotiri, Petro Nini Luarasi, Nuçi Naçi, Thoma Avrami, and others.

7 March was celebrated for many decades even during communist regime. It was a day when pupils and students praised their teachers, organizing festive surprises, concerts, writing poems. There also a tradition: the classes choosed 5-6 representatives to pay a visit to the teacher's home. The teacher welcomed the students and served all the best cookies she prepared for them. The gifts for teachers were so symbolic: flowers or a book.

Now the tradition has changed. No one go to the houses of teachers, but this festive day is celebreated in schools, with concerts or different activities. 

By the early 1990s in Albania, to promote the teaching of the highest quality, the most distinguished teachers were rewarded with the high honors that were the “Honored Teacher” and the ‘Teacher of the People’.

7 Marsi, Festa e Mësuesit në Shqipëri

World Teachers' Day

World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 "Teaching in Freedom".

Its aim is to focus on "appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world" and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.

In 2017, World Teachers' Day commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel, bringing the sometimes-neglected area of teaching personnel at Higher Education institutions into the conversation about the status of teachers.

04/03/2020

Celebrate 7-8 March in Tirana

Teacher's Day is annually observed in Albania on March 7. This day celebrates the opening of the first Albanian school in the country. The Albania Teacher’s Day, which is celebrated in the whole country, manifested the importance of the role of teachers in building the nation and educating generations. During these festivities, kids and students offer various gifts to teachers such as flowers, books, love cards etc.

Celebrate 7-8 March in Tirana

While, Women's Day in Albania is celebrated as Mother's Day.

If you want to celebrate these two special days in Tirana, here are our recommendations.

  • Dajti Ekspres

7-8 March offer at Dajti Ekspres

Offer Includes: Free transportation by van to the cable car station, Cable Car, DJ Music, Lunch at the, Ballkon Dajti Restaurant, Gifts.

Celebrate 7-8 March in Tirana

  • Hotel Theranda

7-8 March menu:

Salad/antipasti, Main course (meat), Dessert and fruits, Soft drinks included, DJ music

Only 1500 ALL/person

For more information, please contact: Tel: +355 69 20 51531, reservations@therandahotel.com

Celebrate 7-8 March in Tirana

  • Hotel Colosseo

At Hotel Colosseo offers a rich menu with antipastos, first and second course, dessert and soft drinks. The hotel has thought about décor and music. For reservation call this number: + 355 (0) 69 203 2666.  The package costs 2 900 ALL / person.

Celebrate 7-8 March in Tirana

Offer by Hotel Unik, in Tirana. For people who want to celebrate, staying in a nice place with a lake view, Hotel Unik is the right place to be. They offer 10% off, for accomodation from 2-9 March. 

Celebrate 7-8 March in Tirana

 

Offer by Gambero Gourmet. Gambero has a great menu for the festive days 7-8 March. You can book your table now. 

Celebrate 7-8 March in Tirana

 

29/02/2020

What to do in March in Tirana

Spring has sprung in Tirana! We invite you to enjoy the blossom of this lovely month in the liveliest capital Tirana. Come and celebrate with Albanians the arrival of Spring on March 14, admire the long walks amid blooming trees in Kavaja Street, be amused by historical attractions, take part on cultural events.     

what to do in March in Tirana

There are plenty things to do in March in Tirana. The sunny days are ahead. Albanians celebrate 4 special days on March: 7 March -Teacher’s Day, 8 March- Mother’s Day, 14 March “Summer Day” and 22 March “Nowruz Day”. 

There will be some great events in Tirana. See more here, and dont loose them. 

Day of Teachers and Women's Day

7-8 March have always been seen as festive days. Since dhe comunist regime, 7-8 March were two days celebrated widely for all Albanians. The first one, is 7 March, the day of Teachers, related with opening of first Albanian School in Korca. In this day, students went to the houses of their teachers to thank them for their help giving flowers. While now the days is celebrated in schools, and the tradition of giving flowers to teachers continues.

8th March was the Day of Mothers, not Women's Day. It was a day to buy gifts to mothers and grandmothers, and to thank them for raising us. But now has changed. It is celebrated mostly as International Woman Day. Many women celebrate with their colleagues, others protest for better life and opportunities.

For 8th of March, Women's Day there will be some activities, such as conferences and meeting, but also a national March, which will take place at Big Park, Tirana Lake.

what to do in March in Tirana

 

There are many other festivals and concerts during the March. In 14th March we celebrate the Summer Day. It is a unique festival for Albania. It was a festive tradition which was isolated only in Elbasan area  (see the story here), but the last decade it has been spread all over the country. Now 14th March is a public holiday for all Albanians and is a day when we celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It is funny that we call it ‘Summer Day” and not Spring Day, since the warm days starts very soon in our country, which have 300 sunny days per year.

what to do in March in Tirana

14 March is a perfect day to be in Tirana and to get a feeling of Albanian festive traditions, to make new friends and know more about our culinary, our costumes etc. 

Big Concert- Maluma

For the first time Tirana will be part of Maluma international artist's tour, World Tour 11:11 March 14, 2020 in Mother Teresa Square, where under the sounds of Latin music we will celebrate Summer Day together.

 what to do in March in Tirana

If you want to know more, see our events here. You will find also the Theatre Shows, exhibitions and many other activities.

The museums and other cultural sites are also open during the March.
Don't forget in the last Sunday of every month, the museums are free.

Contact Visit Tirana if you want a tailored tour in Tirana. We offer cultural tours around the city for half day, 24 hours, 48 hours etc.
Also, we will suggest you the best adventurous tours, and the trendy places to be visited.

One of our special events is the Award Ceremony of #TiranaWinter2020 social media contest, which will be held on the first week of March. We will announce 3 winners of the photo competition which run on Instagram and Facebook from 1 December 2019- 29 February 2020 and will open the new photo contest #TiranaSpring2020 which will run from 1 March- 31 May 2020. 

 
17/02/2020

Multi-Languages Café

Learning a new language is fun, but at the same time beneficial to everyone's CV. Foreign language has become a necessity for the working market, but not only. For this, educational institutions have introduced second language teaching to every school curriculum for years. What is observed despite the years of study is that most people lacks the practice of foreign language. Not everyone has the opportunity to have a conversation in a foreign language. Society remains the best option to practice a foreign language, but learning an accent or thinking in that language is not easy.

To help anyone practicing a foreign language, a voluntary informal group organizes the "Multi-Languages Cafe. This initiative, though little known to the public, has been organized for seven years. The idea came from Sweden, from an Albanian student who studied there for a year and saw how universities organize their students.

Multi Languages Café

Multi-Languages Café is not the traditional coffee you have with your friends. In this activity you can practice a foreign language with the volunteers or other people. The essence lies in the Albanian coffee culture, as several people gather around a table and chat. The only difference is that you will talk about a particular topic, selected by the leader, and speak in a foreign language.

Multi Languages Café

Multi-Languages Café is more than just a simple language practice. It is the ideal place where you can exchange ideas, experiences and get to know new people. In addition, you can get to know volunteers and the culture of another country. There is no age limit and everyone is free to join.

In addition to this, they also organize the "Multi-Games" night. Most of them are board games like Catani,Mile Bornes, Uno etc. Besides the entertainment that is guaranteed, there are games that promote creativity and ingenuity as they are very tactical.

Multi Languages Café

If you still haven't decided how to spend your Monday afternoon, then Multi-Languages Café is the ideal choice. It's like a language course, but it involves a lot of fun. This activity is ideal for every tourist who wants to come into contact with the local culture. In addition to being able to speak in their own language, they can get to know our native language and make new friends in Albania. It is the perfect way to get to know the place in the locals’ point of view.

Multi Languages Café

For all those interested, Multi-Languages Café is organized every Monday , starting from 5PM until 7.Don't miss the chance to practice foreign languages and spend a different afternoon at the same time.

13/02/2020

The story of Radio Tirana- the first radio station

The beginnings of Radio Tirana dates back to 28 November 1938. The first Albanian radio station was launched by King Zog I and Queen Geraldine in a ceremony at Municipality of Tirana hall of that time. A year earlier, a shortwave transmitter with a power of 3 kW at 40 meters was put in operation in a building at Kont Urani Street (Tirana) and intended mainly for communication, but was also used to broadcast 3 hours of programs per day. The first broadcast consisted of choral singing, where Jorgji Truja and Marije Kraja sang an introductory piece, followed by the unique timbre of Kaliopi Nushi's voice who pronounced the following phrase: "Ju flet Tirana" (English: This is Tirana speaking ). This moment officially marked the first broadcast of Radio Tirana.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

During the Italian invasion, after 7 April 1939 this radio was used to call the people to take the weapons and to protect the country.  It continues to broadcast, but during the German invasion, on 17 November 1943, the radio was directed by Germans. Only a year after that day,  on 17 November 1944, the partisans took the control of the Radio Tirana. During that time it become very popular. It was like a fantastic premiere every night, with partisan songs, folk music interpreted in the studio, and then continued with the beautiful voices of the singers Tefta Tashko Koco, Marie Kraja, Kristaq Antoniu etc. The war is over and the people felt this through the optimism spread by Radio Tirana.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

Radio Tirana in the People's Socialist Republic of Albania

Despite the country's tiny size and isolationist policies, Radio Tirana was a major international broadcaster during the Cold War. Its programs had a reputation for being little more than dull propaganda. In 1959, Radio Tirana's director by that time, Petro Kita, founded the first Experimental Television Center to provide the basis for the latter National Albanian Television, TVSH. The first test programme was held on 29 April 1960, at 6:00 pm and was introduced by the journalist Stoli Beli. The official launch was set for 1 May 1960. Children movies and then adults’ programs were broadcasted, three times a week for about one hour. Television programs were regularly launched in 1971 and on.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

During Albania's alliance with China in the 1960s and 1970s, Radio Tirana had to walk a fine line between being anti-West whilst also being anti-Soviet. As such, Radio Tirana kept close to the official policy of the People's Republic of China, which was also both anti-West and anti-Soviet whilst still being socialist in tone. Following the break with China, the policy of  programs  still remained Marxist-Leninist in nature.  In 1987, 66 hours of programs were broadcast in 20 foreign languages every day. Political propaganda predominated during this period. Programs included: Introducing You To Albania, Leafing Through Our Listeners' Letters, Culture and Art in Socialist Albania and The Song of Our Life. Radio Tirana also presented irregular programs of revolutionary music from around the world, while the programme: What We Saw in Socialist Albania offered interviews with foreign visitors to Albania.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

During the last months of the socialist era, overtly political programming was drastically scaled down, and the long-established practice of playing "The Internationale" at the end of each broadcast was abandoned.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

Radio Tirana as a cultural icon

Radio Tirana is widely seen as a symbol representing Albanian culture in the world. Through its educational, cultural, and informative programs broadcast nationally and internationally, Radio Tirana has played a major role in the transmission of Albanian people's cultural values. The station served as the first academy of Albanian literal language as in its archive can be found interesting historical artifacts such as a speech made by Fan Stilian Noli or the voice of Albanian arts' ambassador, Alexander Moissi. Furthermore, it served as a venue on which emerging Albanian artists first showcased their talents later becoming icons. The voices of Tefta Tashko-Koço, Marije Kraja, Kristaq Koço, Viktori Xhaçka and many others were first heard in the station's studios. In addition, Albanian personalities such as renowned actor Reshat Arbana, singer Vaçe Zela and Dr. Sulçebeg hosted the most popular programs.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

Even though there are many private radios opened in Tirana so far, the name of Radio Tirana is still very popular and lovable for whole the public. 

09/02/2020

Rakip Shabani-the painter who perpetuates the Albanian history

Gallery43 is the personal gallery of the painter Rakip Shabani. It exhibits about 100 works by the author from 1969 to 2020. In addition to the works exhibited in this gallery, Rakip Shabani's paintings are also on display at the National Gallery of Art in Tirana and Vlora.

His works can also be found in some embassies such as Paris, Italy, Brazil, Monte Carlo and others. In addition, large hotels and cruises have adorned their premises with this painter's art.

Gallery43 bears this name, since the painter himself was born in 1943. In this way, its name is personalized and directly linked to its creativity.

Rakip Shabani

The painter significantly links his creativity with nature and the organic connection that art has with nature. "You don't become an artist through school, but by working and sacrificing for your art," he says. The author has traveled all over Albania three times and has stayed as close as possible to nature, sleeping in the mountains with herds and capturing in detail the beauty of nature and every spectrum of light. The techniques expressed in his paintings are different ranging from oil to watercolor techniques.

Many of his paintings relate to the culture and history of Albania. In addition to historical figures, the author also has a room dedicated entirely to Albanian legends. Figurative art is very important as it perpetuates history. For the author, this is his art's mission: To perpetuate Albanian history and culture through painting. The word art means feeling and perpetuation of true art arises only if an artist studies and knows the ethnography, topography, fairy tales and legends of a place. Understanding the origin of a toponym is also the meaning of the history of this country.

Rakip Shabani

This strong connection with Albanian culture and nature is best expressed in paintings dedicated to Ali Pasha. He has dedicated to Ali Pasha paintings a special room in Gallery43. In it you will see various paintings dedicated to his figure as well as a painting dedicated to the place where they killed Ali Pasha. The desire to paint Ali Pasha was born after discovering that all the foreign authors had created for him, while an Albanian painter hadn’t. To paint his picture on paper Rakip Shabani studied the books of that time, ethnography and the figure of Ali. Ali Pasha has been studied by this author socially and not on theinfamous acts. Ali Pasha is described as a social figure being the only Muslim who has built a church. He is also praised for the importance he attaches to art and history.

Rakip Shabani

The paintings on the capital cannot be overlooked in the painter's creativity. You can easily notice the many details of the Tabak Bridge and the Tabak neighborhood. These paintings are expressed in black and white, but it should be noted that none of the author's paintings have shades as the author has an organic connection to light and expresses it in each painting. In addition to the historical part, the author has introduced urban life to the cycle of street wanderers. In each of their portraits the story of the 'bourbons' of Tirana is described as the author calls them.

Rakip Shabani

When asked about present-day Tirana and art he does not hesitate to express his displeasure. The author says that the city lacks art and the city's infrastructure is not artistic at all or that it holds the values of the past..

04/02/2020

Tirana celebrates 100 years as capital of Albania

On 11th February 1920 Tirana became the Capital of Albania by a decision of the Congress of Lushnja.  If fact the decision was to select a temporary Capital, since the real capital that time was Durresi. But Durres city was occupied by Italians, so the government couldn’t stay there. Another version was Vlora, which was the first Capital of Albania after declaring the country’s independence by Ismail Bej Vlora in 1912. But Vlora was far from north of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. The other version was Shkodra, which was the biggest city that time, but it was too close with Montenegro and far from other part of Albania.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

The unanimous decision was taken for Tirana to be the Capital of Albania, especially for its position in the center of the country. In fact Tirana had always been in the perfect strategic position, a city where the biggest roads were crossing since the ancient time. The road from Dalmacia from Ulqini to Shkodra, Lezha and go to the east of the country passing Tirana, through Qafe-Krrabe and Elbasan; Another road, Via Egnatia linked all the central cities of Albania and headed to Manastir, Selanik, Stamboll. Tirana was the cross road to link the North of the country with the sea, via Shen Gjergj. Another old road linked Kavaja with Ndroq, Ura e Beshirit and entering to Tirana, then to Rruga e Dibres, Qafa Tujanit, Mat-Diber and going to Macedonia. If you see these three old roads they were crossed in Tirana, in Skenderbej Square. That is why Tirana deserved the name as capital of Albania. 

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

The history tells that on this day, 11 February 1920 in Tirana arrived all the Albanian Government headed by Sulejman Delvina. It was placed in the building situated in the entrance of the Elbasani Street. The government was warmly welcomed by the people of Tirana, who felt proud for making Tirana the capital of Albania. Professor Kristo Frasheri remembers that time in one of his books, a question asked in Lushnja Kongres for Tirana. “Does Tirana have buildings for the governments and other institutions? The delegates from Tirana answered: If we don’t have, we will build them”.

Tirana on its 98 anniversary as capital of Albania

Tirana was definitely confirmed as Capital of Albania in 1925. In 1923, the first regulatory city plan was compiled by Austrian architects. Then the city took the real form of a beautiful capital in the period of Italian occupation, through a project of  Florestano Di Fausto and Armando Brasini, well known architects of the Benito Mussolini period in Italy. Brasini laid the basis for the modern-day arrangement of the ministerial buildings in the city centre, which are still there.

The 100 anniversaries of Tirana as Capital it will be celebrated with a festive concert at Skanderbeg Square. Besides that Tirana has its official anniversary logo and other projects are going on too.

03/02/2020

Celebrate Valentine Day in Tirana

The love is on the air. Can you feel it? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means Tirana will full with flowers and some decorated area. Restorants, Hotels, shops are offering their package for that day.  It doesn't matter if you are single or in relationship, there is place for all to celebrate in Tirana. Remember the 14th of February will be Friday, so everyone has a reason to celebrate more. Take your friend and enjoy what Tirana has to offer. 

Someone special to impress?

Find the most romantic hotels and restaurants in Tirana for a remarkable day.  If you are looking for an unforgettable experience, it's important to pick a hotel with the right kind of vibe. Breakfast in bed, champagne upon arrival, and a bunch of roses - are what you need on Valentine’s Day. Read our suggestions for a sweet Valentine’s escape in Tirana

Dajti Ekspres

Set in the National Park of Mount Dajt overlooking Tirana, Dajt Ekspres is literally for those who wants to impress. Make sure to be there on time to catch up the sunset view. Dajti Ekspres invites you to spend the evening with selected music, rich menus and many gifts for couples. The 99 Euro/couple package includes accommodation, breakfast, cable car ride, romantic dinner.

Valentine’s Day in Tirana

Hotel Theranda

Hotel Theranda, one of the most popular hotels in Tirana, located in Blloku area promises to surprise you and your partner in this cosy hotel with a night for two in a decoration double room and champagne, with only 70 euro/couple.

Valentine’s Day in Tirana

Unik Hotel

For all of those who want to spent a magic night, under the mystic decorations of this day, Unik Hotel is the right choice for you. It is unique on its style and besides the decorations it offers a free bottle of champagne. Besides the perfect view and decorations, you can enjoy a lovely dinner its restaurant..

Valentine’s Day in Tirana

Hotel Colosseo

If you strolled for some hours in Tirana and need a romantic escape on Valentine’s Day just close city center the ideal place is Hotel Colosseo, on Durrësi Street. A romantic dinner with rich menu and nice atmosphere of violin melodies, low lights set the right Valentine vibe. 

Valentine’s Day in Tirana

Elite Hotel

Elite Hotel is the very definition of luxury. Book the Valentine you and your partner deserve. Located on strategic location on a hill overlooking the capital city Tirana, one thing is sure, romance is in the air. A nicely decorated room with roses and candles and a bottle of wine and fruit salad awaits you. Each room is very elegant and spacious, so whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed. This package costs only 90 Euro/couple

Valentine’s Day in Tirana

Gambero Gourmet

Gambero Gourmet offers two special menus for the Valentine’s dinner: one for the sea food lovers and one for meat lovers. One thing for sure, whichever menu you choose, you will be amazed by the exquisite taste and the elegant ambience of Gambero Gourmet.

Valentine’s Day in Tirana

Easy Rent Albania

If you are passionate about travelling and want to experience a special day, away from the city, Easy Rent offers 40% discount on Valentine's Day. Plan your own day and have a romantic break on this Friday.

Valentine’s Day in Tirana

Don’t be close-fisted, buy also a gift! Tirana offer lots of opportunities for gift shopping. You can surprise your love with a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, accessories or books. See events in our website, to enjoy a movie, a concert or a theater in Tirana with your love sweetheart. 

Besides dinning and enjoying a pleasant night in a hotel you can chose any of of the events happening in Tirana.

30/01/2020

What to do in February in Tirana

Welcome in Tirana in February, the month of 100 anniversary of Tirana as Capital of Albania. On 11th February 1920 Tirana became the Capital of Albania by a decision of the Congress of Lushnja. This was a historic day for Tirana. 

Tirana-in-1920

The city was changed and riconstructed initially with italian stylish building and today is a mixed old and modern city with all the traces of a century history. To see how the city has changed during these years click here!

Many acitivites are organized this month by Tirana Municipality, with the biggest one in 11th of February, a big concert in Skanderbeg Square. 

koncert festiv

 

February is called differently the Love Month, because of Valentine Day.  This is the time of early spring when love and romance blossom in the air. This is also the month which signifies the end of winter as life freshly hatches from its slumber. One of the first signs is the fresh exuberance of the mimosa flower, a beautiful and wonderous sight to behold.

This is the time when the days lengthen in Tirana, and so does the enthusiasm in the nightlife. The streets fill with people and the bars are immersed with life. February is a great month to see, first-hand, the culture which is "shqiptar" which is so well preserved in Albania. Enjoy our own of a kind hospitality and culture which has been cemented in centuries of practice.

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February started with some snow in Dajti Mount. Why not take the Cable Car and go to the Mount for only 15 minutes ride. There you can play with snowballs, try a horse ride, have a good lunch with spectacualar view. 

If you are seeking ideas on where to venture while in Tirana, here is a national landmark for you! There are guided tours to old Tirana available at any time during the day. And once you have immersed yourself with the delicious delights and food our country has to offer new attractions await your visit. We are happy to organize them for you. If you want to check our tours, see here!

The most important event of this month is Valentine Day, 14th of February. Valentine day in Albania is become very popular in the last decade. It is a symbolic for many couples not only to express their love to each other through surprises, gifts, but even to plan for that day their most important events, such as engagement or wedding. Everyone is memorizing this day through different romantic activities, a special dinner, a trip somewhere, an unforgettable night in a hotel room, etc.

st valentine

On this day hotels and restaurants in Tirana are making plenty of offers for couples adding very innovative ideas to attract the lovers to book their premises. If you want to spend a night in Tirana, to celebrate your love, here are our recommended hotels. If you want a fine restaurant to eat a delicious lunch or dinner in company with your lover, find here our recommended restaurants in Tirana and their packages for St Valentine Day.

And for those who want to explore other things in the city, they have plenty of choices. You can do a walking tour around Tirana, to see the most interesting attractions. Museums are also a nice option if you want to dive into the history of Albanians. For those who are party-lover they can go every night at Blloku area to mingle with people and enjoy fantastic cocktails.

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Besides tours and night life everyone can enjoy the exhibitions and theatrical plays that will be put in stage during this month. You can check all the events happening in Tirana here

End of February is also the end of our Social Competition#TiranaWinter2020. If you have beautiful photos, even from your Valentine day post them in Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, to be the winner. The winner of the first prize will have the opportunity to win a painting by artist Rakip Shabani. The second and third prize winners have the chance to experience, together with a friend, the adrenaline of the electric bikes by LikSad e-Bike.

17/01/2020

Tracking the traces of Skanderbeg

If you need a tour to some traces of Skanderbeg, we offer for you a special one, the Skanderbeg Tour in Tirana. 

Albania has many castles and most of them are built during the area of Skanderbeg in 14th and 15th centuries. Even though none of his battles has done around Tirana, the capital of Albania is strongly related with his figure. The main biggest square is named Skanderbeg Square and in the middle of it is Scanderbeg statue, created by Odhise Paskali, and inaugurated in 1968 on the 500th anniversary of the death of Skanderbeg.

Skanderbeg monument in Tirana

We start by visiting this square, and then continue to the National Museum, just to the pavilion of Skanderbeg History.

Skanderbeg monument in Tirana

Than we continue to Kruja, to visit the Museum of Skanderbeg there. It is just 50 minutes distance from Tirana, and for sure you will come back full of knowledge about history of Skanderbeg, the hero of Albanians. The city was the centre of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans under our National Hero Scanderbeg.

Skanderbeg monument in Tirana

He kept the Ottoman armies from crossing into Western Europe for 25 years, thus earning the title “Athleta Christi” (Champion of Christ) awarded by the Pope of the time. We will visit the Skanderbeg Museum and a rich Ethnographic Museum with almost all items being original from the end of the 19th century. You can also walk through Kruja’s famous Bazaar full of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Don’t leave without buying very old souvenirs from this authentic bazaar.

Skanderbeg monument in Tirana

We turn back to Tirana, and visit the Castle of Sister of Skanderbeg in Petrela. The Petrela Castle was part of the signaling and defense system of the Kruja Castle. The castles signaled to each other by means of fires. During Skanderbeg’s fight against the Ottomans, the Petrela Castle used to be under the command of Mamica Kastrioti, Skanderbeg's sister. Today there is a restaurant inside the castle. The castle site has views of the Erzen valley, the hills, olive groves, and surrounding mountains. Castles of Tirana

There are other traces of Skanderbeg and many other ruins and castles, such as Rodon Castle, the hidden castle of Skanderbeg in Kurbin,  Baleci in Shkodra, Stelushit, Guri i Bardhe etc.