Tirana is a mixture of Western Europe and old Russia, interspersed with influences from the Middle East. The city has overcome its recent troubled past and risen as a gem of Eastern Europe. The modern Tirana is full of restaurants, nightlife and hotels, and has rediscovered itself and become an energetic, vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is worth exploring.

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Skanderbeg Square

Skanderbeg Square is the social and cultural center of Tirana, this is an excellent place for people watching and absorbing the daily life of the denizens of this city. The famous Equestrian Statue is located on the Southern Side of the Square.

Sheshi Skenderbej, Tirana
Clock Tower

The tower is the symbol of Tirana and is nicely lit at night. You may climb the stairs for an excellent view of the bustling life in the square below.

Kulla e Sahatit, Sheshi Skenderbej, Tirana
Era Vila

This restaurant, "Era", meaning "wind", is located in the popular area Blloku. The menu consists of traditional Albanian cuisine and some international dishes.

Rruga Papa Gjon Pali II, Tirana
Sofra e Ariut

This is a good choice if you want a peaceful setting and a beautiful scenery. Modern style is combined with green surroundings and outstanding service. The cuisine is mainly Albanian.

Rruga Elbasanit Njësia Bashkiake 2, Tirana
Universe Shopping Centre

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.

Rruga Industriale, Tirana
Central Market

Central Market is a gourmet food paradise, which captures the spirit of the culture. Local cheese, meat, fruit, honey and home-made raki can be found here. It is worth having a look around at the lively exchange, even if you are not in the market to purchase food.

Pazari I Ri, Tirana

Best Time To Visit

There really is no time not to visit Tirana, since every season has a lot to offer to visitors. You will have the most pleasant weather with warm temperatures and a low chance of rainfall in the summer months of June - August. However, if you prefer to avoid tourist crowds you should plan your trip to Tirana in late September or October.


All visitors must obtain a visa from one of the Albanian diplomatic missions before entering the country unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or are qualified for visa-free entry. You can find a list of countries that are qualified for visa-free entry at Upon arrival, the passport must be valid for three months. For more information visit: