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Europe’s most forgotten country from communism to vacation Haven, Albania is Europe's New Sweet Spot
With 200 miles of Adriatic and Ionian Sea coastline,.Albania is fast becoming the adventure seekers an alternate European travel getaway.
 
Durres, situated around the central Albanian coast, about 33 km/ 21 miles to the west from the capital Tirana, is easily the most ancient and probably the most economically important metropolitan areas of Albania, around the coast from the Adriatic Sea within the Mediterranean. Even though many new public and residential structures happen to be built, monuments from the ancient city, like the Resistance Monument, happen to be maintained. Then there's the traditional amphitheatre, a really impressive stadium built through the Romans within the second century AD, and worth the walk up in the waterfront. Also take time to visit an incredibly intact Roman Colosseum in the center of town. Durres epitomizes the old worldly charm of the region, and though not an overtly well-maintained historical site, makes for a fascinatingly off-beat vacation destination. 
As the primary leisure regions of Durres lie around the coast, using its sandy beaches and obvious waters, the town has numerous parks and flower gardens. Go to the outside theatre that's been built around the hillsides from the city. Other important structures range from the primary library, the Fatih Djami Mosque, the Aleksander Moisiu and Estrada Cinemas, and many museums, like the Historical Museum and Ahmat Zogu's rental property of Durres.
 
Durres may be the primary seaport of Albania, lying around the Adriatic coast, and west of Tirane. You will find several well-maintained Roman arenas which have been excavated within the old quarter from the city. Founded as Epidamnus by Greeks within the seventh century BC, it had been grabbed through the Illyrians and then passed towards the Romans. Within the fourth century AD it grew to become capital of Epirus Nova, a Roman province, but throughout its turbulent history, it later received the charge of Crusaders, Byzantines, Sicilians, Venicians, Greeks, Serbs and Albanians. It had been declared capital of the independent Albania in 1913 but was overrun by Austrians after which Italians in WW1. Tirana, the main city and biggest town of the Republic of Albania, could be arrived at from Durres. It had been founded in 1614 by Sulejman Pasha and grew to become Albania's capital in 1920.
 
Where You are Dock
The port of Duress located very near to downtown There are buses every half hour to Tirana. You can go on your own Kruja Castle and "Skanderbeg" National Museum. Taxi and bus or shuttle also available for transportation.
Durres Things you can do
It is simple to visit Durres by walking within two hrs by yourself as well as there are buses every 30 minutes to Tirana. You can embark upon your personal or go ahead and take tour. They manage to create a good itinerary, so that you can visit both Kruja old town and Tirana the main city so when you return possibly you've a while just to walk in Durres. Don't miss Kruja Castle and "Skanderbeg" National Museum and Albanian Historic National Museum in Tirana.
 
Venetian Tower
The Venetian Tower was built-in the 15th century on the top of the Byzantine tower. Its 9 m high, having a diameter of 16 m. The tower took its title from the truth that Durres was area of the Venetian Republic throughout the 15th century plus they reconstructed fortifications round the town following a devastating earthquake in 1273. This tower may be the only remaining tower but areas of the walls remain. The initial walls were built by Emperor Anastasis.
 
The Amphitheatre 
 The amphitheatre was built-in the start of the second century, that's without a doubt. However the data isn't obvious because the information table outdoors the doorway states it had been built throughout the reign of Emperor Trajanus (reign 98 - 117) whilst in the small information pamphlet it states it had been done throughout time of Emperor Hadrianus (reign 117 - 138). However, it's the biggest within the Balkans, the ground calculating 61,5 x 42 mt. It's been believed it might hold about 18.000 sitting visitors. How big the theatre shows the significance of Durres - at that time known as Dyrrachion - inside the Roman Empire.
 
Around 404 gladiator combats were banned. Among the art galleries was transformed into a chapel and also the floor from the arena was utilized like a graveyard. Within the chapel you will find two mosaics in the sixth century, such as perfectly stored. That one is devoted to St. Stephen, the martyr from the town of Durres. Alternatively half St. Mary is portrayed like a Byzantine empress encircled by two angels. It's thought the more compact persons while watching angels illustrate the sponsor from the chapel, a guy known as Alexander, and the wife. The entire theatre was abandoned within the seventh century.
 
It had been discovered by Vangiel Toci in 1966. To this point only 1 / 2 of the amphitheater continues to be excavated because of the truth that people live in the homes this was built on the top from the theatre. The amphitheatre is open from 09.00 to 21.00. Entrance fee 300 Leke (~2 Euro) including entrance towards the Ancient Museum.
 
The Muju Ulqinaku memorial
 Muju Ulqinaku (born 1896, dead 1939) was among the first martial artists from the resistant against an Italian man, fascist invasion on April 7, 1939. He held the rank of petty officer within the navy unit of Durres. The memorial stands near to the Venetian Tower.
 
King Zog's Structure
The fantastically named King Zog, a title frequently utilized in Monty Python's Flying Circus sketches, was the improbable ruler from the first Albanian nation. He was really a chosen leader, and shunned through the European royalty for his insufficient blue bloodstream, however the local population was still being living underneath the same feudal serfdom that they since Ottoman occasions, and finally crowned him as king, as the idea of leader was still being alien for them. He started modern reforms, like banning the veil. He attempted his best at diplomacy, however the poverty of the nation, and also the expansionist intentions of nearby Italia chose to make this nearly impossible, and that he gradually allow the country drift into Mussolini's sphere of influence.
 
He seemed to be a little of the jet setter, together with his cocked military cap hinting in the waggish lifestyle he brought. He reputedly spent around 2% from the Albanian budget on his lavish lifestyle. He was frequently observed in the cinemas and clubs of Europe, living our prime existence. It was something he could not do in Albania, because of the possible lack of any high existence whatsoever. The correct answer is possible he drank and partied to be able to your investment troubles of politics. In the relatively short reign as king, he was apparently susceptible to 55 murder attempts, and it was threatened by well over 600 bloodstream feuds, for his many breaches of Albania's ancient law, the Kanun. He finished his existence in exile in France, after unsuccessfully trying to bribe the federal government into letting him bring his entire court towards the country. His residence in Durres, a whitened and pink structure around the hillsides looking over the harbor, is among the primary sights within the city. You cannot visit now, because it is occupied through the military, however, you can walk available online for and also the sights are wonderful. It is also in order to the lighthouse that has better still sights.
 
Xhamia e Madhe
The gem whitened Madhe Mosque (Xhamia e Madhe) sits looking over the shady town square, in which the sensible old folk from the city take refuge in the burning midday Mediterranean sun. Its pristine condition could be credited that it's practically completely new. It had been built-in 1993 with Egyptian money following the previous.
 
The Largest Balkans Amphitheatre 
The amphitheater in Durres is the greatest tourist sight I'd say, as well as the greatest amphitheater within the Balkan nations. It had been built through the Romans within the second century AD, and when it might support 20,000 visitors. Today just half the stadium is above ground, because the city does not appear to happy about investing the cash it.
 
Albanian Resistance Monument
Once the Italian military penetrated Durres in World War II, British secret agents partnered with local Albanian resistance martial artists to prevent the occupation. They did not succeed, however they did have the ability to be commemorated lower around the seafront, by means of gun-carrying resistance fighter Musa
 
Tower and Nederlander Soldier Monument
 The town walls meet Rruga Tregetare in a small tower, now a part of a coffee shop. Within the gardens all around the tower is really a statue of the Nederlander soldier.
 
Plazhi i Currilave (Currila Beach)
 Past "Baywatch", near to the college, a lengthy sandy beach stretches off in to the distance. Not the cleanest of sands, even though it is in the actual center of the port city, which means you can't expect miracles. Still, it had been nice enough, supported by coffee shops, bookstores and most a couple of half-built.
 
Seafront
Mind north in the port, and you will find yourself on a seafront promenade. Part one is supported by gardens along with a lackluster funfair, but further on are a few coffee shops, bookstores and small resorts, in addition to a half-finished pier that is well-liked by anglers. Keep walking, and you will eventually get to a makeshift shack.
 
Roman Forum
Ten or twenty yards in the old center, archaeologists could find what remains of the Roman market interesting. A couple of columns and old bricks now lie within an overgrown park, labeled Sheshi Treg in Albanian.
 
Old Town
Maybe this tip is a little misleading, as Durres does not genuinely have what you'd call a classic town. However the lanes all around the amphitheater (i.e. between your city walls and Rruga Tregetare) contain many oldish houses and it is nice to invest 30 minutes approximately wandering around. It feels over the age of the relaxation from the city,
 
Rruga Tregetare

The primary street of Durres, Rruga Tregetare is very pretty, with lots of the colonial buildings searching like they have been colored lately. Pavement coffee shops, bookstores, a few postcard shops, plenty of bicycles, along with a huge mosque dot the area.
 
City Walls
Running near the amphitheater would be the remains of Durres' city walls, which extend in the seafront in the hill behind the Roman ruins perfectly into a large mosque. A little section continues to be done up and converted into a kind of park, however the relaxation is falling apart.
 
Roman Amphitheater
Unquestionably the main attraction in Durres, the gates from the Roman Amphitheater firmly padlocked. You are able to walk round the outdoors and obtain good sights from the amphitheater in the top. It's not worked on for centuries, and does not seem like it's been restored much, so don't go expecting marvels. But, it makes for a good heritage view nevertheless.


Eating Out
In Tirana there are many excellent, inexpensive restaurants in Tirana serving all kinds of food. Traditional cuisine can be found at Oda, Rr. Luigj Gurakuqi (Past Sheshi Avni Rustemi towards Skanderbeg Square),  +355 4 2249541. noon-late. Situated inside a Tirana traditional house, this restaurant features delicious traditional cuisine. 500 lek.  
Sarajet, Rr. Abdi Toptani,  +355 4 2243038, [32]. Owned by artist Paskal Prifti, you will enjoy homemade bread, a variety of local wines and the local firewater, Raki. Prifti invites friends to sing traditional polyphonic songs from the south!  
Sofra e Ariut, Rruga e Elbasanit (Inside Tirana's Big Park),  +355 4 2372904, . Specializing in traditional Albanian cuisine, the interior is decorated with traditional ornaments.  

Shopping
Tirana has quite some nice shopping areas and centers. The newest one is Tirana East Gate (TEG),which is the bigger version of the oldest one, QTU.There are quite some popular shops I prefer like Mango, Koton, Motivi, Springfield, Cortefiel, Esprit, etc. Also activities and attraction for little children are not missing. I once even took a train ride with my little nephew in TEG. The super fancy shops and entertaining areas of Citypark, Coin, and ETC certainly don’t fall behind. Therefore, quite some shopping choices in this fast growing retail market targeting different income groups are already in place.




  
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