Tirana

ALBANIA

About Tirana

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41.3275° N
19.8187° E

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"Tirana is going through a renaissance of sorts. Murals and colorful buildings have replaced what was probably a gray ugly city at some point."

One of my more unusual tourstops. Tirana is not too easy to get to, not too easy to get around, and not yet a postcard destination by any means. That said, it was really friendly, colorful, and super cheap. I could presume that Tirana used to be kind of rough in years past, but there was an air of youth and creativity all around which made the city feel fresh and lively.

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Tirana loves art, there are lots of murals and art installations all over the city.

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Colorful buildings abound. Even the street light poles were LED.

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An apartment complex with walls painted to look like clothes are hanging.

Most people in Albania do understand English and can speak enough to get you information you need. I did find the bar scene a bit less friendly than other parts of the world I've been in. I found people to be on the reserved side and not really the types that will sit at a bar and be an open line to small talk. That said, once I did chip away, people were very warm and curious about America.

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Skanderbeg Square is a large open area, usually thriving with activity. It just stopped raining during this photo so, not so much.

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Outside of Tirana, the mood more melow and laid back. Also I almost got my foot run over by a bike.

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The dramatic Atlas mountains and ominous clouds outside of Tirana.

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Final Thoughts

I think Tirana is worth visiting for a few days, the weather was pleasant for the most part and the people were friendly (and curious of why I was there). Albanian's tend to get a bad rep from other more well-visited European countries, which is a shame because I found it to be easy to get around and clean city. I think more than a few days, you'd get bored. I used Tirana as my jumping point to Montenegro. Which was a rather long 5-hour bus trip. It was worth it but still a long time to be on a bus.

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