Durrës

46 things to do

All Places Albania



King Zog's Villa

This arguably used to be the most luxurious crib in all of Albania, but it was looted in the 1997 uprising and isn't open to visitors now. Reportedly prince Leka has plans to renovate the villa "in the near future", but this has been reported for quite some time. Endure the steep climb up the hill for one of the most spectacular views over the city.

SEE   —  Rruga Kont Urani

Railway Station

Currently no link to Tirana (which has been without a train station for some time), nor international links. Daily trains to Kashdar (a suburb of Tirana, several services), Elbasan (twice), Librazhd, Shkoder and Vlora (all once) through the adventurous Albanian railway system. There is a timetable posted outside of the train station.

OTHER   —  Rruga Adria


Velipoje

Coastal town near Ada Bojana south of Shkoder known for its curative beach sand. The beach is long and wide, and a lot of hotels offer nice rooms. However, the beaches are crowded in August. If you prefer quieter beaches, you should go to Southern Albania

OTHER   —  Map

Golem beach

This is the main seaside resort south of Durres with long sandy beaches popular among Albanians and foreigners alike. Tirana inhabitants have their beach houses and villas in the area for weekend and summer retreats.



Evening walk

Go for an evening walk along the sea front promenade or along the beach where you can see families walking around or even men with bears on a leash or with snakes entwined around their necks!

DO   —  Map

Shen Mehilli Hill

where on 18 October 1801, Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos confronted Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard. A basilica built in the 6th century AD with a beautiful mosaic is found here.

SEE   —  Map


Kavaja Rock

is a historic landmark in Golem where once caravans used to pass along the ancient Via Egnatia. This is where a battle between Pompey and Julius Caesar is said to have taken place.

SEE   —  Map

Shengjin

 - port town northwest of Lezhe with lots of hotels and known for "Rana e Hedhun" Beach featuring a sand dune on the coast

SEE   —  Map


Tirana

The capital. Trees and mountains surround the city. Mt. Dajt is a popular tourist site for a great view of the city.

OTHER   —  Map

Hotel Nais

An easy to find three star hotel, just off the main street. Close to the action but quiet. Breakfast is included.


Lezhe

 — a small city home to Skanderbeg's Tomb, panoramic Lezhe Castle and several renovated churches

SEE   —  Map

Byzantine Forum

built in the 5th century AD and Public Baths around and beneath Alexander Moissi Palace of Culture

SEE   —  Map

Lalzit Bay Beach

Popular weekend retreat and exclusive wealthy beach area. A small resort can be found here.


Seaside Large Steps

Sit and admire the sea from up close on these large steps descending into the water


Villa Hill

Panoramic view of Durres seaside at Currilat from top of a newly reclaimed hill

DO   —  Rruga Currila

Sea Resort of Golem

Take a dip in the Adriatic Sea water in the biggest sea side resort of Golem


Durres Ancient City Wall

Medieval Hammam and the Tophane Well located inside and around the wall.

SEE   —  Rruga Sotir Noka

Durres Amphitheater

The biggest in the Balkans it also features renovated iconography works.

SEE   —  Rruga Kalase

Lalzit Bay Area

Visit Ishem Castle and Rrushkull Nature Reserve (Rezervati Rrushkull)

SEE   —  Map

Venetian Tower

is a circular tower at the city center built in the 16th century.

SEE   —  Map

Portez Beach

Nice beach, bar, and wooden bungalows north of Currilat

DO   —  Bishti Palles

Venetian Tower (Rotonda) bar

that offers a nice view of Durrës and its coastline.

DRINK   —  Map

Koloseo Art Gallery

showcases some of the best work of local painters.

SEE   —  Map

Bar Restorant Kajser

it offers a panoramic view of Durres from above

DRINK   —  Map

Shen Gjergji Orthodox Church

built in the 19th century

SEE   —  Map

Saint Asti and Saint Paul Orthodox Church

and the 2001 built

SEE   —  Map

New Mosque

built in 1937

SEE   —  Map

Fatih Mosque

built in 1503

SEE   —  Rruga Xhamia

Culture Palace

Events

DO   —  Bulevardi Dyrrah

Rodoni Castle

SEE   —  Map

Vogel Mosque

SEE   —  Map