Tirana is the perfect choice for an Albanian city break with a difference!
One of Europe's last forgotten cities, little-known Tirana has undergone a renaissance. Once a bustling Ottoman settlement, then a drab communist backwater, today Tirana bustles with vitality once more. Chic boutiques, family-run eateries, Turkish bazaars, well-stocked galleries and freshly restored mosques vie for the visitor’s attention. Stroll along the Boulevard of the Martyrs where you will find colourful apartment blocks and elegant government buildings. Visit the Fine Arts Gallery for Socialist Realist artworks and the National History Museum to learn about the totalitarian years.
Visiting the newly restored Tanners' Bridge. This elegant Ottoman stone footbridge was once used by farmers in the highlands of east to bring their livestock and agricultural products to market in Tirana. Overlooking the bridge, beneath some fragrant fig trees there is a small café, where you can sip a raki and enjoy the view.