There are plenty of great places to visit within a two-hour drive from Tirana. Whether you love nature, enjoy visiting ancient towns, or want to know more about local culture, check out our pick of the best day trips around.
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Just 40 minutes from Tirana stands Kruja, a medieval town known as the place where the Albanian hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg fought against the Ottomans in the 15th century. A must-visit here is the Skanderbeg Museum, where visitors can learn more about the history of the country. Once you’ve soaked up some history, head into the old bazaar, an open air market full of old shops where vendors sell traditional handmade items and furnishings.
Shkodra is considered the cultural capital of Albania, boasting a rich culture, art and history that make it an unforgettable destination in the Balkans. You can easily walk through the Pedonalja, a beautiful street full of cafes, visit the Marubi Museum, entirely dedicated to photography, and reach the gorgeous fortress to admire a beautiful panorama over the city.
Durrës, historically known as Dyrrachium, is one of the oldest towns in Albania, and in ancient times was also one of the most important cities of the Adriatic Sea. A visit here has to include a stroll along the seafront, a fish-based lunch, and a tour of the old town, with the ruins of the forum, Byzantine walls, Venetian tower, archaeological museum, and Roman amphitheater, which is the largest in the Balkans.
Known as the town of a thousand windows, Berat is one of the most beautiful cities of Albania and the Balkans. Once here you’ll understand why: the old centre is characterized by Ottoman buildings with brown roofs, white façades and small windows. Those who visit Kala, the castle located on the top of the hill, will be able to admire stunning views over the town.
Petrela is a village some 15 km (9.3 miles) south of Tirana that is famous for its castle and history. The castle is built upon a huge stone located on the top of a small mountain. Once here you’ll have the chance to admire gorgeous natural panoramas.