26/06/2019

75 years from Greek genocide against Cham population- exhibition in Tirana

The Greek genocide against Cham population originated with the annexation of Chameria province from Greece in 1913 and reached the peak in June 27, 1944, with massacres carried out from the general Napoleon Zerva.

Greek genocide against Cham population

The most vicious massacre against Muslim Albanians occurred in Paramithia region. The forces of the national republican Greek league entered the city and killed about 600 Muslim Albanians. The population of Paramithia was taken by surprise. More people were killed: in Filat 1286, in Gumenica 192, in Parga 620 and from June 1944 to March 1945 about 2771 civilians were killed. As a result of Genocide, 23000 Albanians of Chameria were displaced and settled in Albania, from them 2400 died due to the lack of food and suffering. 27th of June is declared the day of genocide against Cham Albanians by Greek chauvinism.

You can see the exhibition at the National History Museum in Tirana.

Greek genocide against Cham population

Greek genocide against Cham population

Greek genocide against Cham population

Greek genocide against Cham population

Greek genocide against Cham population

Greek genocide against Cham population

25/06/2019

What to do in July in Tirana

Tirana in July is less populated during the daylight hours due to the high temperatures and because many people are heading to coastal cities. But that does not mean that Tirana isn’t lively, in the late afternoon and in the evenings, Tirana has a fantastic atmosphere, in the "Skanderbeg" square you see families walking around the square, young people sitting at the Europa Park.

What to do in July in Tirana 2019

The Artificial Lake Park is another destination for the long summer nights, where people can enjoy the cinema under the stars.

What to do in July in Tirana 2019

Photo: APR Tirana

The Amphitheater of Tirana almost every day is busy with concerts, ballet shows or other entertainment activities for families. On July 5, at 20:30, will be held "Meet at Moulin Rouge” ballet show with the world-renown ballet dancers.  

While on July 6, the French dance and circus troupe "Un Loup pour l'Homme" comes to Tirana to present an amazing spectacle at the Amphitheater of Tirana. 

What to do in July in Tirana 2019

Photo: APR Tirana

For art-lovers, the retrospective exhibition of “Kolë Idromeno” is an interesting exhibition displaying the works of the Albanian painter, sculptor, architect, photographer, cinematographer, composer and engineer during the Albanian Renaissance in the nineteenth century. The exhibition is displayed on the National Gallery of Arts.

Summer nights become more interesting at Reja. During July, every Tuesday there are screened movies with the greatest Italian actresses.

Many other concerts and activities will take place during this month, and you can be informed for them always looking at our website, where are listed all the events.

You can enjoy all the parks with your family or walking afternoon. You can stop somewhere for the best ice-cream  in Tirana.

What to do in July in Tirana 2019

For weekends you can cool off summer at Erzeni Canyon, Syri i Ciklopit, lakes etc.  Or if you prefer swimming pools here is the list. If you like the sea and sand you can go in Durres coastal city, just 25 minutes from Tirana.

24/06/2019

Green gateways in Tirana

In this article we want to show green spots parks of Tirana. For those who want to escape from the city noises and to find relaxation in parks and open spaces, here is a green list.

National Park of Dajti

Mount Dajti National Park (1,611m above sea level) is easily accessible from the city, just 25 km to its east. A weekend trip there is a very popular activity for people from Tirana. The cable car station is just 20 minutes by car or bus from centre of Tirana, and from where you take the cable car to have a wonderful experience. A quarter of an hour later and you are near the top of the mountain where there are wonderful panoramic views of the city, villages, forests, the sea, and traditional houses, as well as quirky idiosyncrasies such as the bunkers. Also you can go to the Dajti Adventure Park which is a short walk from Dajti Cable Car. There you can do a lot of activities such as zip lining and passing through rope bridges are considered moderate and can be enjoyed by most ages.

Dajti National Park Tirana

Grand Park of Artificial Lake

Grand Park in Tirana is a must for all visitors to the city, kids and adults. It is the biggest green area reachable by foot, and a perfect place to get away from the busy city. Tirana citizens come here often in the early evening and typically on Sundays, to walk or jog, take a coffee or walk and chat with a friend. It has become very popular so that the traditional stroll along the main boulevard seems to have shifted. Visitors can rent a bike or buggy and ride alongside the lake. The Grand Park has something for everyone.

Grand Park of Tirana

Rinia Park

Rinia Park (Youth Park) is a public park in the centre of Tirana. Built in 1950, it covers an area of 29 hectares. Initially it was a pleasant family park where Tirana residents took their children and relax in the evenings or at weekends. Later it took the name Taiwan after the complex to the side of the green area, which is like an island in the Park. Rinia Park, or Taiwan is today a popular meeting place for people since the Taiwan complex has nice cafés and very good restaurants.

Dajti National Park Tirana

Peza Village

Peza, is a village approximately 35 minutes from the center of Tirana, is a popular place for locals to go for a coffee or lunch on the weekends to escape the city. After leaving the city, entering to the Peza road, you are surrounded by rolling hills, fields stretching across valleys and donkey led carts. Peza has a huge grass field which is highly populated during holidays for family picnics. Peza is known for its natural and fresh foods directly from farm to table. One can play football, tennis and other handball games while children can fly their balloons.

Dajti National Park Tirana

Farka Lake

The Farka village is 8 km far from the center of Tirana to its East, it took its name from farkëtar -blacksmith, so it is called the Village of blacksmith.  In the heart of the village is a beautiful lake, having the same name, Farka Lake. This lake now is surrounded with a very modern pedestrian street, where people can walk for miles around the lake, and enjoy its view in 360 grade. You can seat and have a rest for a while in the benches around the lake, and continues your walk. It is an ideal place for a picnic. All the area is green, and you can sit on the ground, and eating a perfect lunch with your family. During the weekend it is one of the most populated places. It is very close to Tirana, near Sauk, and it is easy to go, because the road is very good.

Grand Park of Tirana

 

Park of Kashar

Kashari Lake or Kashar water reservoir is located only 5 km from Tirana city center and can be reached by car, by bike or by bus in the center of the village. The area around Kashar is very beautiful with fantastic scenery of surrounding hills and houses with red rooftops.  The Lake of Kashar and the area around is declared as Third Park of Tirana by the Municipality. Last year 500 trees were planted around the lake to make it more attractive and to increase the green public spaces as well to improve the air quality.

Dajti National Park Tirana

20/06/2019

Most Instagrammable places in Tirana

We all know that Instagram is the place for photos and check-ins. The first thing we do when planning to visit a destination is to look for its location on Instagram to see the attractions of that city.

So, to help foreign visitors but also Albanians we have gathered in this article what are the places in Tirana that are most posted on Instagram.

Skanderbeg square

"Skanderbeg Square" is on the top of the list of Instagrammable places in Tirana. Thousands of photos on Instagram by Albanians and tourists. The square has an area of approximately 28,000 square meters and has plenty areas for cool photos; in the middle of the square, in the fountains, in the stairs of the National Museum, in the garden etc.

 
 
 
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Tirana’s Artificial Lake National Park

The National Park of the Artificial Lake known differently as the Lungs of Tirana is one of the most frequented places in the capital from all ages: Instagram photos are walking or jogging, boat trips, biking or reading a book near the shore of the lake.

 
 
 
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Castle of Tirana

A walk, a coffee with friends or dinner inside Tirana Castle is one of the favorite things that cannot be skipped without posting photos on Instagram. Tirana Castle, also called the Justinian Fortress, has opened its doors to the public in December 2018, and since then the number of visitors has continued to increase.

 
 
 
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New Bazaar (Pazari i Ri)

The New Bazaar’s (Pazari i Ri) facade colors, fruit and vegetable market, nice bars and restaurants make this area quite frequented in Tirana. Photos of baskets filled with fruits and vegetables, photos of fashion bloggers, photos of tourists, are the ones you will see most often from this place.

 
 
 
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Street and Mural Arts

Almost everywhere in Tirana you will see painted walls by street artists. Some of these murals were created by foreign and Albanian artists during the Street Art Festival. These art murals are often photographed and posted on Instagram.

 
 
 
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Farka Lake

Farka Lake is less populated than the Artificial Lake in the Grand Park, yet it is one of the places that have many photos on Instagram: strolls by the lake, picnics with friends or family, biking are some of the most posted photos from Farka Lake.

 
 
 
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Bovilla Lake

For nature lovers and mountain climbers Bovilla Lake is one of the most visited places in Tirana. You only need to search Bovilla Lake on Instagram, and hundreds of photos will appear.

 
 
 
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Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section!

19/06/2019

Tirana’s Skanderbeg square wins another prize

After the success at the Chicago Biennale, the best “Urban Public Area 2018” in Barcelona and the second award for “Modern Architecture” by the EU in 2019, Tirana’s new Skanderbeg Square is attracting the attention of international architecture professionals, as a space that has received an extraordinary transformation, taking yet another award.

Tirana’s Skanderbeg square wins another prize

Recently, the Skanderbeg won the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPA, a race with 239 projects from many countries of the world.

Tirana’s Skanderbeg square wins another prize

The prestigious prize was given by the Catalonia Association of Architects and the Association of Architects for Preservation and Intervention in Architectural Heritage, as a reflection of the complexity and history of Albania.

17/06/2019

The journalist of The Guardian inside the 'creepy' and fascinating villa of Enver Hoxha

The journalist Shaun Walker on a Twitter thread has published photos from the villa of the former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, as he described as: “Fascinating, creepy place. It’s closed to the public and pretty much how it was when he died.”

The villa of Enver Hoxha in Tirana, where the dictator lived from 1975 until his death in 1985 is located in the Blloku area.

Inside Enver Hoxha Villa

The living areas are pretty functional, done out with the best that 70s Albania had to offer in terms of furniture and accessories. On the walls you can see socialist realist art.

Inside Enver Hoxha Villa

A library room and his desk where Hoxha wrote some of his 74 books. alt="Inside Enver Hoxha Villa" />

Although Albanians didn’t have access to outside literature, Hoxha loved books and had a yearly delivery of French books from Paris. Bookshelves everywhere. Many were his own tomes or other Marxist literature. But there were also thousands of books on very wide-ranging subjects.

Inside Enver Hoxha Villa

He had ingenious soundproofing on his bedroom doors. His three adult children also lived there. Escapism was a theme of their bedrooms.

Inside Enver Hoxha Villa

Downstairs there was a swimming pool and an entrance to a tunnel leading to a bunker for the paranoid Hoxha to flee if necessary.

Inside Enver Hoxha Villa

 

His bathroom tiles.Inside Enver Hoxha Villa

During his life, the whole area of town was closed off to the public and only got top party leaders. Now it’s the most happening part of Tirana.

 

Source: Shaun Walker Twitter

14/06/2019

Vjosa river and its story through photos- exhibition in Tirana

Vjosa river, is one of the most unique natural property Albania has and must protect it. Why is unique? Because according to scientists it is the wildest river in Europe, the only river still flowing in its natural way, without any deviation. But probably not for long.

Protecting Vjosa River exhibition in Tirana

Latest years Albanian Government has approved to built 6 Hydropowers in Vjosa, two of which have been completed, while one is under construction. The lucky thing is that these two completed HPPs are not built in the Vjosa itself but in two rivers who are feeding Vjosa river with water. Even though Vjosa continues to flow in its original way, it is impacted by these interventions, because it will luck sooner or later the water.

Protecting Vjosa River exhibition in Tirana

A photo exhibition was opened on 13 June 2019 at national History Museum with photos and history of Vjosa river, organized by environmentalists Eco Albania, a non-profit organisation which is fighting to protect the river Vjosa and raise awareness among local population and media to protest against intervention in the area.

Protecting Vjosa River exhibition in Tirana

The photos belong to 7 photographers and photojournalists: Roland Tasho (professional photographer), Roland Dorozhani (photographer- drone view), Adrian Guri (environmentalist); Artan Rama, (investigative journalist); Gregor Subic, biologist and film maker from Sllovenia; Robert Hackman (born in Australia and works in London, some of its work are published in National Geographic) and Nick St Oegger (from California). Nick was present in the opening ceremony and expressed his emotions how he came in Albania for the first time in 2013 and how much was impressed by the beauty of Vjosa, and other regions of Albania, such as Valbona and national parks.

Protecting Vjosa River exhibition in Tirana

The main photos were about two problematic constructions in Pocem and Kalivac dam, where the intervention had impacted the environment, the rivers, and the land, agriculture and live of the locals.

Protecting Vjosa River exhibition in Tirana

Some of photos were artistic such as the photos of Roland Tasho, especially the photo of former member of Eurpean Parliament Ulrike Lunacek with the folk costume in Tepelena, and the other photo featured a designer’s team of Patagonia, during a study visit in the Vjosa wearing Albanian traditional costume in Benca valley. Patagonia a prestigious outdoor clothing brand has supported “save the Blue heart of Europe campaign”. The exhibition is open for four days.

Protecting Vjosa River exhibition in Tirana

13/06/2019

Best swimming pools in Tirana

Whether you're looking to swim, or simply escape the summer heat, nothing beats a refreshing dip in the open air. Luckily, Tirana has loads of options for outdoor pools with open-air facilities in every corner of the city or outside the city.

Here are our recommendations:

Tagani Swimming Pool

This complex is located in the village of Tagan, Petrelë, only 12 km in the southeast of the capital, in the national road Tirana-Elbasan. In this complex you can find relax, sport and entertainment where every person can choose a physical activity for the well-being of his body and mind. You can chose to excercise individually or join a group led by instructors and coaches. Everything connected to water.

Swimming pools in Tirana

Select Hill Resort

Select Hill Resort is a new resort in Tirana opened this year. The outdoor swimming pool is big and offers some amazing view. During weekends there are organized pool party with famous Albanian singers and also foam party. It is located in Tirana-Dajt national road, km 4.

Swimming pools in Tirana

Teatër Park Kame- is located only 20 km from Tirana, surrounded by the hill of pines and by riverbank Erzen. Here you can find a beautiful panorama and relax in sunbed. The outdoor swimming pool is big and you can swim and rest in the bird’s songs.

Swimming pools in Tirana

Chateau Rexhekri- a quiet oasis just 12 km from Tirana, in Surrel village. It is an ideal place to relax and forget about the stress of the city. The swimming pool is very big and has nice view of villages of Tirana. Also, the architecture is very eclectic and worthy for Instagram photo.

Swimming pools in Tirana

National Sport-Park

The National Sport-Park has some good opportunities on how to spend a weekend, and the good thing is that you can choose to play tennis or volleyball in the afternoon. Also you can be part of lot of activities that are organized here.

Swimming pools in Tirana

Aquadrom Swimming Pool Complex

If you don’t want to go far from Tirana, then head to Aquadrom near the Artificial Lake of Tirana. This is a complex of outdoor and indoor swimming pools, and they are divided in five categories: Olympic swimming pool, V.I.P swimming pool, family swimming pool, trampoline swimming pool.

Swimming pools in Tirana

Aqua Park

Aqua Park is very preferred by families, because they have special corners and swimming pools for kids, water slides, water sports and for mommy and daddy pool bar. The restaurant is very modern but you can option for fast food. Aqua Park is located in Tirana-Durres highway close to City Park shopping center.

Swimming pools in Tirana

There are much more resorts of this kind spread all over outskirts of Tirana and we can't name all of them here. But definitely people of this city have plenty of choices during the summer days in Tirana.

11/06/2019

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Visit Tirana announced at Reja on June 10th, the winners of photo contest #TiranaSpring2019. A record number of photos was posted on Instagram, more than 1500 photos, while the event was attended by many young photographers.

This is the 10th photo contest organized by Visit Tirana in three years. The aim is to promote the capital through photography and engage young people in promoting Tirana. We were surprised by the great participation of people interested in photography.

The competition ran in social media channels but mostly on Instagram from 1 March 2019 to 31 May 2019

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Photos representing different parts of our Tirana: the blooming season in the city, parks and villages of Tirana.

The jury of VisitTirana selected 10 winners, where 7 were given certificates of contributes, and 3 finalists.

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Winners

First place: Eriola Postoli (Spring hike in Fagu Mountain).

The winner of the first prize will have the opportunity to enjoy one night stay Elite Palace Hotel, including entrance at their fantastic SPA, sauna and jacuzzi.

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Second place: Enida Paluka (Street photography, street musician). The winner of the second prize will have the chance to enjoy a lunch for two at Gambero Gourmet, one of the most exquisite and fine dining restaurants in Tirana, Albania.

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Third place: Hysen Xhebexhiu (pink sunset and full green trees). The winner of the 3nd prize will win a free game with his 5 friends at PaintBall Zone Mëzez.

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Among 10 finalists 7 photographers received certificate of contribution: Adiola Zhupani, Albi Beqiraj, Arjan Carja, Dritan Zaimi, Giti Kolasi, Rozana Xhaferaj and Telvisa Hysi.

See more photos from ceremony, here!

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

Winners of #TiranaSpring2019 photo contest announced

09/06/2019

Tirana Triathlon Race for the second time in Farke

Tirana Triathlon, after its success in its first edition, returned on June 9, 2019, in Farkë with participants from Albania and other countries. Triathlon is a sport that combines the three most popular and practiced sports disciplines in a single race: swimming, cycling and jogging.

Tirana Triathlon Race 2019

Professional and amateur athletes participated in the race, but Jelena Tomasevic won the first place for women category while for men category Strahinja Trakic was the winner of the first place.

Tirana Triathlon Race 2019

"Tirana Triathlon" is also a good opportunity to promote various sports, physical activity and promotion of the capital's tourist attractions, as the fantastic nature of Lake Farkë - said Veliaj in his opening speech.

Tirana Triathlon Race 2019

Tirana Triathlon winners:

Male category

1- Strahinja Trakic

2 - Luka Cupic

3- Dusan Tomasevic

Tirana Triathlon Race 2019

Women Category

1- Jelena Tomasevic

2- Zana Pavicevic

3-Meredith Himestra

 

Photo source: Bashkia Tirane, Tirana Triathlon

06/06/2019

Where to get the best pizza in Tirana

No man can resist pizzas, especially when they are baked properly. We will show our top favorite places of where to get the best pizza in Tirana.

Pizzaria Pavarotti

There is a place in Tirana when you can taste the famous Pizza Napoletana, just like you can have it in Italy. All pizzas are so delicious because are prepared with products grown in Italy and prepared with passion. This place will really surprise you literally. It has a nice area inside and outside and it’s beautifully furnished. From here you will not get only best pizza, but also a great selection of wine

Best pizzas in Tirana

Season Restaurant & Pizzeria

If you are in the New Bazaar, you should not leave without trying pizzas in Season Restaurant. Season Restaurant by the name itself is a restaurant that is a perfect choice for every time of the year. The most popular pizza is truffle pizza, and of course ‘Season pizza’, their specialty.

Best pizzas in Tirana

Saporita

If you are looking for a place that serves the richest menu of pizzas look no further, Saporita has got  all. The combination of every ingredient and their quality are another reason why locals love Saporita. Make sure to book before you go. Saporita is located near “Dinamo” Stadium.

Best pizzas in Tirana

PizzArte

There is a place in Tirana when you can taste the famous Pizza Napoletana, just like you can have it in Italy. All pizzas are so delicious because are baked in wooden-ovens. PizzArte is 3 minute walk from Skanderbeg square.

Best pizzas in Tirana

Proper Pizza

Proper Pizza is the most famous pizza chain in Albania. You can find them almost in every neighboorhod in Tirana, or you can order one and you don’t have to wait too much.

Best pizzas in Tirana

Eatalania’s

As the name suggests Eatalania’s, meaning eat like Italians, here you will find great pastas and pizzas. Eatalian’s is situated in Blloku area and has gained a great reputation for pizzas. This restaurant isn’t only favored by Italians living in Tirana, but also for locals.

Best pizzas in Tirana

This is our list, you can make your own too.

03/06/2019

Open Calls for Tirana Photo Festival 2019

Tirana Photo Festival is not just a photo contest. It is the biggest event for photography in the country. The first premiere edition was held from 1-9 November 2019 at National History Museum in Tirana.

Tirana Photo festival 2019

This year edition is set for 8-15 October 2019 at National History Museum. Tirana Photo Festival gathers in one place all photographers, amateurs and professionals in a series of activities which include: photo and video contests, exhibitions, workshops, photo walks, forums etc. For one week we talk about photography and have many visitors.

Tirana Photo festival 2019

For this year there are these open calls from 1 May to 1 September 2019

  1. A photo contest with theme: Natural and Cultural Heritage of Albania. 5 winners will be announced. The winner of First prize will get a Professional Camera worth 1000 euro offered by Fujifilm Albania. The winner of second prize will get 40 000 Leke and the winner of 3rd prize will get 20 000 leke. The best youngest photographers will take an Instax Camera offered by Fujifilm Albania. The author of the best voted photo, will get an Instax Camera offered by Fujifilm Albania. The best photos will be shown in exhibition in days of Festival from 8-15 October 2019
  2. A call for exhibitors: All professional photographers are invited to send their series of photos up to 10 photo. Only few works will be selected to be published in exhibition in October.
  3. Call for videos. A new call is opening this year for best video. The videos should be no longer than 1 minute and featuring the best views from Albania. The winner will get an instax camera offered by Fujifilm Albania.

 

Tirana Photo festival 2019

Workshops and photo tour

Two workshops are planned during the days of festival. Young passionate photographers who want to learn more will take lessons from best photographers in Albania.

Photo tours are open for people who want to explore and learn how to take photos in the nature. Forums are planned with students from high school who will be invited to visit the exhibition and ask questions to our photographers.

An album will be produced with the photos of Festival and will be distributed during the opening day.

Tirana Photo Festival is organized by DMO ALBANIA (destination Management Organization) and Visit Tirana, tourism portal of the city, with support of Ministry of Culture and Tirana Municipality and Fujifilm Albania. Our partner for online payment is EasyPay.