Tanners’ Bridge is a newly restored, elegant Ottoman stone footbridge, with colourful Soviet style housing serving as a backdrop. The bridge is a standing testimony to Tirana's development during the 18th century and is considered one of the most important cultural heritage monuments.
Popularly known as the Pyramid, this museum, opened in 1988, was a tribute to the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha when it was erected. After the regime collapsed, the memorial was converted into a disco and conference center. It is no longer an official museum, but is well worth a look.
Mount Dajti towers proudly over Tirana, with its beautiful national park, green forests and amazing views. You can either take the cable car up to the summit, or drive. There are several restaurants up at the top, as well as that special feeling of having the world at your finger tips.
Even if this is considered a small museum, the many different objects give the visitors a real history lesson of Albania. Several of the paintings are from the communist period and are eye-catching with their bright colours and overwhelming sizes.
Right in the heart of the city, on Skanderbeg Square, the statue of the National hero, George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, rises. It is almost impossible to miss and it is one of the landmarks of the city. If you are a good photographer you will be able to catch it together with the Et’hem Bey Mosque and the Clock Tower, all in one photo.
Xheko Imperial Restaurant provides an exclusive dining option in Tirana. This restaurant has a continental atmosphere and the menu offers a wide array of Mediterranean and traditional Albanian courses. On the drink manu there are some really good local wines to choose from.
Located at Padam Boutique Hotel, the bar offers their guests a wide variety of drinks, ranging from classic spirits to crafted cocktails in a modern setting. In the summer enjoy your refreshing drink in the beautiful outdoor garden and veranda while mingling with friends.
Universe Shopping Centre (QTU) is a brand new spectacular shopping extravaganza, located just west of the city centre. 13,600 square meters makes it one of the Balkan’s largest shopping centres. A free shuttle runs daily between the National Museum and Universe every 20-30 minutes from 8am-10pm.
Nend Tereza (Mother Theresa) airport, also known as Rinas Airport or International Tirana Airport, lies 26 km northwest of the city in the town of Rinasi. Between 6am and 6pm there is a bus from the airport to the national Museum in the city centre of Tirana. It leaves every hour. A taxi from the airport to the city centre takes about 20-25 minutes. Be certain to fix a price before you get into the taxi.
The heart of the city is not too big to explore by foot, but if your feet are sore and you are tired there are a number of intra-city bus lines both going round the city and to and from the shopping centres. The tickets are cheap but keep in mind that the buses don't go fast. For longer bus journeys there are shared buses/mini-vans called "furgons" that depart for a destination once they are filled with passengers. Because of the ongoing construction in Tirana the bus and furgon depots change regularly, so it is very important to check the locations with your hotel.