20/05/2019

Russian Folkloric Ensemble surprises Tirana

An exceptional performance of the Russian Musical Ensemble “Yarmarka”, from Russia Permi city, took place in Tirana, on May 17th, at the Cultural Centre of Orthodox Cathedrale.

Russian Folkloric Ensemble in Tirana

The Ensemble arrived to Albania after a successful tour in Europe and USA to perform and serve Russian culture through most famous Russian musical works.

 By the end of the concert, the Russian folkloric group prepared a surprise for the Albanian audience, by performing and dancing two Albanian songs, thus enchanting even more the guests of the concert.

Russian Folkloric Ensemble in Tirana

 The hall overfull with hundreds of Russian culture lovers and strong applauses had created a very positive atmosphere for the present ones, but also for the performing artists.

Russian Folkloric Ensemble in Tirana

 The artistic director, Viktor Kuzminov, expressed himself, by the end of the concert, that nowhere else except Albania the folkloric ensemble did not receive such a warm welcome and admiration of the audience. 

Russian Folkloric Ensemble in Tirana

18/05/2019

Discover the Waterfalls of Tirana

Tirana is blessed with stunning nature, various landscapes and breathtaking waterfalls. In Tirana outskirts there are some truly amazing waterfalls that not all of them are known. Shëngjergji waterfall is the most popular. Below are waterfalls that are waiting for you to discover.

Shëngjergji waterfall

Shengjergji Waterfall is another treasure of nature in Tirana surroundings. It is situated near the village Shegjin, in Shengjergj district, Tirana. Everyone can reach there, because the road is in good condition, and you can go by car. This nature’s little miracle was hidden among mountains for long time, while these last years outdoor lovers visit this place almost every year. The water to Shengjergji Waterfall comes from Mali me Gropa, and while the water falls down, it creates one of the streams flowing to the river Erzen. The altitudes of the Waterfall are 30 meters high, while it flows in spirals through different funnels which are not visible for the eyes of visitors. The rock formation around the Waterfall is very interesting with different colorful layers, where the red color is dominant. The best moment to visit it is the Spring and Autumn, where it displays its amazing beauty surrounded by variety of colors.

Waterfalls of Tirana

Photo: Visar Bucpapaj

Hidden Waterfall

It is one of the most unique waterfalls of the Murdhari brook. The waterfall it flows inside the mountain. The stream water passes through its bed in the depths of the mountain and creates a waterfall of about 7-8 meters high. The place where it falls is almost in the darkness except the part of the river that allows the light to enter. The inhabitants of the area call it "The Black Pond”. To reach the path there is a bit difficult and slippery. The waterfall is very impressive and mystical.

Waterfalls of Tirana

Kakunja Waterfall

Kakunja waterfall is located near the village of Kakunjë. It is also known as the waterfall of Askolaj cliff. At about 8-9m, Kakunja waterfall is a continuous torrent of water pouring off the side of a cliff especially during spring and autumn. The water is fed from river of Zhulimë. To go up there you have to take the road from Tirana to Baldushk and then to the village of Kakunje.

Waterfalls of Tirana

Photo: Valter Zhara

 

Besh-Livadhi Waterfall

The Waterfall of Besh-Livadhi is situated in the brook that passes near the village of Besh-Livadh. It has a height of over 10 meters and in the spring season there are large water flows. The cliffs that pass through are layered and look like tiled tiles on top of each other. The waterfall is hidden in a green vegetation oasis and is not easy to find. To go up there you have to follow the road from Tirana to the village of Besh near the ‘Shkallët e Tujanit’.

Waterfalls of Tirana

18/05/2019

Colour Day Festival Albania- photo gallery

Color Day Festival Albania held the second edition in May 18th in Tirana, the capital of Albania, where more than 10.000 people attended. Mother Teresa square turned into a colorful place for all youngsters of Tirana and other cities and other neighbor countries. Many well-known singers and DJ performed all the day for 12 hours, starting from midday until midnight. 11 artists & bands took the stage for 12 hours: Tayna, Ylli Limani, Kida, Ronela Hajati, Don Phenom, Anxhela Peristeri, Offchestra, Gent Fatali, Mullagang, Ace2Ace and Alex Harris entertained the audience in Tirana. A bag of colour powder is provided with the ticket but can also be bought at the festival as well, along with various merchandise products, like T-shirts and hats.

Everyone enjoyed for some hours getting dirty from the hairs to shoes. You couldn’t know even your friends in this colorful spectacle.

Photo gallery of Colour Day Festival Albania

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

Colour Day Festival Albania 2019

17/05/2019

Tirana Photo Festival, nominated for Emerging Europe Awards

Tirana Photo Festival, a project of DMO ALBANIA is nominated for “Tourism Campaign of the Year” given by the Emerging Europe Awards. Emerging Europe is a London-based think tank committed to boosting the social and economic development of twenty-three countries in Eastern Europe and raising awareness about the region. Albania is one of the countries.

Tirana Photo Festival, nominated for Emerging Europe Awards

DMO Albania was one of applicants and after an evaluation process on some strict criteria, Emerging Europe chooses 10 candidates for each category. DMO Albania was nominated among 10 candidates in the category “Tourism Campaign of the Year” for organizing Tirana Photo Festival, that gathers professional photographers and amateurs from Albania and other nations. Tirana Photo Festival promotes touristic Albania through photography. 10 candidates in this category are: Invest Moldova; Visit Estonia; Emotions are Georgia; Cities & Regions of Belarus, Lubjana Tourism; Spice of Europe Budapest; G-spot Vilnus; DMO ALBANIA “TiranaPhotoFestival”; Two Million Reasons Slovenia and Visit Poland.  

Emerging Europe called organizations and businesses to present their projects for development, strategies, boosting investments and tourism. From 1000 applicants were selected 120 nominees across all of 23 countries which make up this region. Poland leads the way with 32 nominations, while Albania has 4 nominations, one of them is DMO ALBANIA (Destination Management Organization) based in Tirana, which is a non profit working for promoting tourism destinations in the country. Biggest projects of DMO Albania are www.visit-tirana.com tourism portal; www.visit-gjirokastra.com tourism portal and www.tiranaphotofestival.com

Last year we were nominated for Visit Tirana, as tourism campaign of the year. We are very happy to be selected as nominees among many competing countries in Europe.

05/05/2019

May 5 - Free Cars Day in Tirana

Every 5th of May, the Municipality of Tirana organizes the Free Cars Day. A day of awareness for all citizens to use their cars less in the city, instead of walking or biking for a better health and air quality.

May 5 - Free Cars Day in Tirana

During this day, several activities took place in four spots in Tirana.

In the "Skanderbeg Square" was held a concert by the choir of the Artistic Lyceum, and children performances of QKKF. Mini-polygon shooting and paintball were two other activities that attracted quite a few young people.

May 5 - Free Cars Day in Tirana

Along the "Dëshmorët e Kombit" boulevard, citizens visited the antiquarian Fair, the State Police Fair, watched Albanian movies about war and enjoyed the games by Eco Volis.

In the "Mother Teresa" square was placed the fair by the Ministry of Defense.

In the Great Artificial Lake Park was held the marathon "Wing For Life World Run 2019". The Book Corner and Playground was quite frequented.

May 5 - Free Cars Day in Tirana

01/05/2019

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana

April has been a very pleasant month in Tirana, with the spring blossoming everywhere in the streets. We've collected 10 of the most beautiful April photos posted by followers on our Instagram @visit_tirana

From Skanderbeg Square on a rainy day, spring on the streets of Tirana, sunset on the lake, and photos of families in the park, see the most beautiful pictures below.

1. @gentonuzi: Skanderbeg square on a rainy day.

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana2. @hysen.xhebexhiu: Spring on the streets of Tirana

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana3. @xhaferajrozana: Spring at Petrela Castle 

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana4. @gleniisa: Liqeni i Lepurit (The Rabbit Lake) in Shengjergj 

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana5. @e.photography10: Exploring the Erzen River after the rain

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana6. @wheretfislena: Picnic in the Lake Park of Tirana

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana7. @busracete: Family Sunday at Rinia Park

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana8. @my_favorite_albania: The street artist performing at "Murat Toptani" Pedestrian Street.

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana9. @edivata105: Sunset as seen from the top of the Pyramid of Tirana. 

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana10. @elvisbgregu: Religious tolerance captured in one single photo 

10 most beautiful photos of April in Tirana

29/04/2019

What to do in May in Tirana

Welcome to the perfect time for visiting Tirana. May is the best month to enjoy the city, for its wonderful weather. It looks like real summer. All the tourists prefer this month to visit Tirana, and if you wander in the streets of Tirana, you will feel like you are in a foreign city.

What to do in May 2018 in Tirana

This is the liveliest month even regarding the activities in open space, since they can gather the highest number of participants. That is because starting from June and two other months of the summer, Tirana is quieter since every one run to the beach. It is also the last month of school for the elementary and high school.

The first day of May is a Public Holiday. It is the Labour Day, but it is a tradition now in Albania that it is considered just a day off for workers, in comparison with other countries where this day is a Day of Protesters. While, on May 5th is the Day of Martyrs, where a ceremony is held on the Martyr's Cemetery in Tirana. 

Also, on this day, the Municipality of Tirana organizes the "Car Free Day", where citizens are invited not to use cars this day.

The biggest open event of the month is Colour Day Festival on 18 May 2018. This is the largest and the most colourful festival, organizing for the seconed time in Tirana.

What to do in May 2018 in Tirana

On May 1, a great concert will be held at the Amphitheater of Tirana, where special guests are the Albanian singers Soni Malaj and Majk.

On May 10-12, the "Food and Beverage Fair" will be organized at Expocity Albania.

On May 19, the "Pet Fair 2019" will be held.

From 3-9 May will be held the “International Puppet Theater Festival” in Skanderbeg square. 12 troops from different countries will perform everyday day two shows.

What to do in May 2018 in Tirana

This month is perfect for outdoor activities, hiking and climbing. The most preferred destinations are Dajti Adventure Park, which will be open in 1st of May, after winter closure; Bovilla Lake is one of the most popular places for local tourists lately, while other interesting destinations are Cyclops Eye, Erzeni Canyons etc.  Also you can go for a family weekend picnic at Farka Lake, Peza Village, Petrela Castle etc. Places where you can enjoy the beauty of the spring nature.

What to do in May 2018 in Tirana

If you want tours around Tirana, don’t hesitate to contact us. Also walking tours in the city and cultural tours, or communist tours are the best we can offer in May.

If you are looking for accommodation or for best restaurants in the town, see our recommendations here.

And don’t forget to capture your moments in Tirana with your camera and participate at our Social Media Contest #TiranaSpring2019 on Instagram and Facebook. We're giving 3 lucky winners the chance to get a taste from our city Tirana: one night for two at Elite Palace Hotel, a lunch for two at Gambero Gourmet restaurant, and a free game for 6 people at Paint Ball Zone Meze.

Enjoy May in Tirana!

26/04/2019

The 5-day tour of 10 Italian bloggers in Albania

10 Italian bloggers visited Albania for 5 days. Invited by the Brain and Heart Travel Travel Agency, 9 female bloggers and one boy, accepted an invitation to discover Albania and introduce them to their followers on social networks.

The 5-day tour of 10 Italian bloggers in Albania

The first day was Tirana. They were welcomed by Metro Hotel located in Blloku area. In Tirana they visited the main tourist points of the city, Skanderbeg Square, Grand Park, New Bazaar, etc. They had traditional lunch at the “Ceren Ismet Shehu” restaurant in Surrel.

A pleasant welcome was made by the Mayor of Tirana at the Castle of Tirana, where they then dined at the “Luga e Argjendtë” restaurant.

Their journey continued to southern Albania, where they visited the Albanian Riviera, Vlorë, Butrint, Ksamil, Tepelena and so on. After the south they returned to Tirana and the other two nights were accommodated at “Hilton Garden Inn Tirana” and at “The Rooms”. Kruja was one of the stops of the travel bloggers, who visited the two museums and the old bazaar of Kruja. After this culture and history lessons in Kruja, they were returned in Tirana and had a memorable night out in Blloku area. On their last day they traveled by cable car to Dajti Mountain where they enjoyed a traditional lunch on the Dajti Ballkoni.

During their trip in Albania, they posted multiple photos, videos from each place they visited, hotels, restaurant, bars and other places, showing to their followers how amazing and inviting Albania is.

You can search on Instagram #TravelBlogTour2019 to see their posts about their journey in Albania.

The Italian incoming tour operator in Albania ‘Travel Brain and Heart” was the organizer of this blog tour. "Visit Tirana" was the social media promoter and supporter of this tour.

25/04/2019

Revival of Tirana Pyramid

Pyramid remains the most mystic building in Tirana, but not for long. Until now it was linked with the communist past, but very soon it will turned into the biggest regional center for youth, technology and innovation.

The new project for revitalization of Pyramid and transforming it in a multi-functional hub for all young generation, was introduced today by the prime Minister of Albania Mr Edi Rama and the Mayor of Tirana Mr Erion Veliaj. The project will be financed by Albanian-American Development Fund.

The Prime Minister Edi Rama, the Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj attended the event together with the Director of the Board of the Albanian American Development Fund, Michael D. Granoff, as well as architects and urbanists who have been involved with the news design of the Pyramid.

This is a very ambitious project that lacked in Tirana. Pyramid was created as a Musem for the Dictator Enver Hoxha, and was designed by his daughter who was the architect. Having this symbolic it has been the center of debates to destroy this building considering it as a communist symbol. But it is a very rare object, so keeping it, is a reminder of the past, but transforming its role is a fantastic idea, in accordance with the saying: reminding the past, building the future.

For sure, Pyramid will be a very popular place for youth.

Pyramid of Tirana soon as multifunctional center

The pyramid will serve as a kind of incubator for businesses in the field of innovation, art and creativity. The innovation of revitalizing the center lies in the fact that the TUMO model is a new type of educational experience at the intersection of technology and design. Young people will be given the tools and knowledge they need to achieve their potential and they will be able to develop their learning skills to face the challenges of the 21st century. The TUMO Learning Program consists of self-employment activities, workshops and labs in 14 change programs under the supervision of the best experts from around the world.

Mr Edi Rama and Mr Veliaj were very enthusiastic for this project and for its role in educating the youth generation of Albania.

Pyramid of Tirana soon as multifunctional center

24/04/2019

Retro Al- Classic and vintage vehicles exhibition in Tirana

For all retro cars' enthusiasts should not miss the today's exhibition in front of Albania’s Prime Minister's Office. Dozens of cars are displayed today from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for all enthusiasts and owners of historic vehicles.

Retro Al- Classic and vintage vehicles exhibition in Tirana

The event is part of the project www.retro.al, an initiative undertaken by Blendi Gonxhja, General Director of Road Transport Services at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy.

Retro Al- Classic and vintage vehicles exhibition in Tirana

"RETRO was born to create a legacy until now without status and to promote and exhibit as many vehicles, and in order to have a large database with all vintage vehicles registered in Albania as well as to provide information, services and facilities for this passionate activity”-is written on the official website of Retro.

Retro Al- Classic and vintage vehicles exhibition in Tirana

23/04/2019

What you need to know before going to Shengjergj waterfall

Tirana is surrounded by numerous natural attractions, many of which are not far the city. Lately, a lot of people leave the bars and cafes of the capital in search of tranquility and adventure in nature. It is important that before your trip to the Shëngjergji Waterfall you should be well informed about the area and the level of riskiness.

Shengjergj is a huge district with 12 villages, which is situated in the other side of Dajti Mountain. As you reach the entrance of Dajti National Park, you turn right to the road heading to Shengjergj. As you drive down the road you see a beautiful nature, green valleys, the river, lakes and mountains.

Trip to Shengjergj Waterfall Tirana

To reach the place of waterfall you need 1.20 hours from Tirana. What we loved to see, is that many people stopped to visit the Shengjini Waterfall, which is 15 minutes walking from the main road, where a Bilboard with all the hiking paths is hanging in the place. The road is good and very well marked. So, if you are without guide, you can climb on your own. But, unfortunately is dangerous for kids, or for third age. While most of the road is good, only in one place to reach the waterfall is very difficult. So, there is a need for some improvements from Municipality.

Trip to Shengjergj Waterfall Tirana

This area is so close to Tirana, and even the pupils and students can come to see it. But not in this condition. Some stairs, some ropes are necessarily needed in order to prevent any accident in the place. A small booth where a person can stay and monitor the people also offer the first help can be employed by AKZM or from Shengergj municipality. A balcony or a terrace can be adapted to the area for the safety of the people.

This situation is in all the beautiful natural attractions around Tirana. You can reach them by car, but when it comes to hiking is dangerous. Pellumbas Cave is another example. The path to it is very difficult in some places, very dangerous for the kids, while the Cave itself is totally in dark. There are many caves even in the region, for example Gadima Cave in Kosovo, which is very safe and well lighted. If you go to Pellumbas Cave, you can risk your life, since the terrain is wet.

Trip to Shengjergj Waterfall Tirana

19/04/2019

Albania has 'two Easters' - here is how we celebrate them

Albania has “two Easters,” giving tourists the chance to experience one, the other, or both, depending on when they visit and how long they stay.Catholic are celebrating Easter according to Gregorian calendar, while orthodox Easter are celebrated usually at least a week later than Catholic Easter, according to Julian calendar.

What to do in April in Tirana

It is interesting that these celebrations now important festive days for each christian family, while during the communist time for more than half a century this events were banned. No one is allowed even to mention "Easter Sunday" or Christ Resurrection. They couldn't go to Church or to follow the specific rituals. The regime of Enver Hoxha pretended to create an atheist state, so religious days were banned. But when the democratic years came, all the Catholics and Orthodox believers returned to their traditions to celebrate these events according to their own calendars.

But in general they do the same things.

Both Catholic and Orthodox believers attend services throughout Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, despite usually going on different dates. Both faiths hold Holy Saturday vigils to welcome Resurrection Morning. Orthodox follow up the vigil with early-morning prayer and song services.

Celebrate-easters-in-Tirana-Albania

Both faiths decorate Easter eggs, the Orthodox dyeing many of their eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ. Orthodox also eat a special Easter bread, drink brandy, and eat roast lamb for Easter dinner. In fact all Albanians prefer to take part in cultural or traditional events for Easter, because in our country Catholics, Orthodox, and Muslims often “borrow, mix, and match” religious feasts and practices in Albania. We are known for our religious tolerance and coexistence.

Celebrate-easters-in-Tirana-Albania

Here are some ideas what Albanians are doing during Easter:

Attend Catholic Easter Services at St Paul's Cathedral in Tirana. It belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese ofTiranë-Durrës. The stained glass window to the left of the front door features Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa. Also a statue of Mother Teresa can be found at the entrance of the cathedral. It was inaugurated on 26 January 2002.

What to do in April in Tirana

Attend Orthodox Easter services at Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral in Tirana, the capital. The cathedral, finished in 2012, is one of the largest in the Balkans. It has a large 16-bell tower with an Orthodox-style cross on top, which bear fours “Paschal candles” that stand for the light of the four Gospel Resurrection accounts.

But there are many other churches in Tirana and all over the country. The most famous one is Kisha e Lacit, one hour far from Tirana. The biggest festive celebrations are held in Shkodra and Lezha, where the catholic community is bigger. So if you are in Tirana these days, you can choose to visit these cities which are two hours from Tirana, and experience the real festive tradition.

In general, after the services in church, people celebrate with their families and friends.