What to see in Tirana in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Tirana is a city full of life, history and culture. The historic center looks like a melting pot of religions and cultures that coexist peacefully with each other, creating truly original clubs and entertainment points. If you have only one day to spend in the capital of Albania, there are places that you cannot miss to understand the spirit of this people and the evolution of their culture.


  1. One day itinerary in Tirana: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Tirana: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Tirana: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Tirana: Morning

1 - Monuments of Piazza Scanderbeg

It starts from the historic center: Sheshi Skënderbej, known as Scanderbeg Square. Here you can admire the equestrian statue dedicated to the national hero Skanderbeg who in the fifteenth century. led the resistance against the Ottomans. Breakfast at Kafe Opera Bar, one of the most elegant in the city, right next to the Opera House. A full breakfast costs around € 3,00 per person.
Inside the square you will find the Clock tower, Kulla and Sahatit, symbol of the city. On one side of the square you will have the Et'hem Bey Mosque, the only survivor of the Communist regime, which can only be visited accompanied by a local guide, it contains elegant decorations. You enter the mosque barefoot and with your head covered, men are admitted to the main prayer hall while women can access the gallery above.

2 - National History Museum and National Art Gallery

Near the square, taking Boulevard Zogu I, you will find the National History Museum, a palace decorated with mosaic: the largest Albanian museum spread over several floors and displays the country's archaeological and historical treasures, including the Sword of Skandberg. The top floor is dedicated to the period of Enver Hoxha's dictatorship.
Always adjacent to the square you will also find the National art gallery, which contains a vast exhibition of modern and contemporary works of art.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 27 min
  • Places visited: Clock Tower, Et'hem Bey Mosque, National History Museum, National Art Gallery (approx. € 1,50)
  • Recommended tours and useful tickets: 3-hour guided walking tour from € 18,00 - Find out more
  • Where to have breakfast: Bar Kafe Opera, Sheshi Skënderbej

One day itinerary in Tirana: Afternoon

1 - Bazaar

With an 8-minute walk, passing through Rruga Ludovik Shllaku and Rruga Luigi Gurakuqi, you reach Rruga Luigj Gurakuqi, where Pazari i Ri, the city ​​bazaar, a unique way to immerse yourself in Albanian culture. Here you will find everything: stalls of traditional handmade wool clothing, colorful fruit and vegetables and fishermen who cook their catch on the spot. Choose one of these fish stalls and stop by for your lunch: an express, fresh, tasty and satisfying barbecue costs around € 5,00 per person.

2 - Taiwan Complex, Orthodox Cathedral, Catholic Cathedral and the Pyramid

With a 14-minute walk, passing by Rruga Abdi Toptani, you will reach the Taiwan complex in Rruga Ibrahim Rugova a pleasant place to have a coffee like the locals. Along the way, stop to visit the world's third largest Orthodox cathedral: the Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ it was built in this millennium, after the previous one was overthrown by the communist regime. With a circular plan, it has a dome decorated with a mosaic and a high gilded bell tower and contains an amphitheater, a museum, an exhibition hall, a presentation room and a library.
Within walking distance of central Taiwan, you will find the Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul. Located in viale Giovanna d'Arco, it displays a modern architecture of great interest, with noteworthy decorations.
Cross the river and in just 4 minutes walk you will reach the Pyramid, the most expensive building in all of Albania. It is a white marble and glass building, initially built to commemorate the dictator Enver Hoxha, who became, at the fall of the communist regime international center of culture.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,3 km / 42 min
  • Places visited: Pazari i Ri, Orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, central Taiwan, St. Paul's Catholic Cathedral, Pyramid
  • Where to have lunch: at the fish stalls in the bazaar

One day itinerary in Tirana: Evening

1 - Blloku district, dinner and nightlife

Take Rruga Ismail Qemali and it is a 10-minute walk to the Blloku district. the liveliest area of ​​the city. At the entrance to this wealthy old neighborhood, you will be able to see the buildings in the socialist style, redecorated and embellished during the mandate of Mayor Edi Rama, who decided to have the facades painted gray. Furthermore, you will find places frequented by local young people. Enjoy one dinner at Piceri Era Blloku restaurant: a complete dinner with typical Albanian Mediterranean cuisine costs about € 20,00 per person.
After dinner, enjoy visiting the various night clubs that depopulate in this neighborhood and each represent a different style: from Parisian to Buddhist, from bohemian to radical chic.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 900 m / 12 min
  • Places visited: Blloku
  • Recommended tours and useful tickets: Evening walk through Tirana by Night with the local guide from € 60,00 - Find out more
  • Where to dine: Piceri Era Blloku, Rruga Ismail Qemali

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Walking shoes: you will have to walk a lot and flat shoes, not necessarily sports shoes, will be your allies.
  • Dress in layers: Tirana's climate can be varied. The city is less than 30km from the sea and develops at the foot of the mountains. It is affected by both hot and cold winds, so a layered clothing, appropriate for the season, will be perfect for not feeling hot during the day and cold in the evening.
  • Be careful: although Tirana is a quiet city, like all the places where tourists gather, there is the possibility of encountering pickpockets.
  • Ask for directions: Albanians are kind and friendly people, and almost all of them speak Italian or English.
  • Pay in Lek: 100 Lek are worth less than € 0,75, prices in Lek are really cheap.
  • Living room: If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our accommodation offers.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Queues at museums can be really exhausting, which is why very often, having only one day available, it is good to give them up. Tirana is at the foot of the mountains and very close to the Adriatic, but in such a limited time you will not even be able to enjoy the sea and the mountains. Only for lack of time, we therefore find ourselves excluding places that otherwise would be very beautiful and important, such as:

  1. Sky Tower;
  2. Opera House;
  3. Mother Teresa square.

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