The best part of Tirana is the 'blloku' (block) area - the streets in the old Commie Party residential area - now full of shops, bars, restaurants. Especially lively in early evening when everyone comes out for a stroll between here and Rinia park.
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This beautiful mosque from 1821 was one of the highlights of the city centre (north of the river). Its old-fashioned architecture provides an intriguing contrast to the communist blocks across Tirana which have been painted bright colours in an attempt to liven them up. Inside, there’s also some beautiful artwork and decoration.
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Reached via cable-car, this mountain at the edge of Tirana gives an attractive break from the bustle (and traffic) of the city. There are some restaurants and amenities up here but it’s mainly about the view along the route and the scenery atop the mountain. Costs about 500 Lek for the trip.
For budget meals, there are lots of roadside stalls and tiny shops scattered through Tirana selling cheap, delicious – and mostly traditional – food. Try the byrek or lakror for a few hundred Lek (meat, cheese or spinach filled pastries) or the amazing rotisserie chickens.
Really friendly hostel in Tirana, just minutes from Skenderbeg Square. Although there are shared and private rooms, even the dorms only have a few beds in them (no bunks!) making for a pleasantly peaceful atmosphere. Our room also had a TV and en-suite, plus air-con which is very handy in the steamy summer months.
Also Freddy (the owner) was very helpful!
75 Bardhok Biba, Tirana, Albania
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