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One of the most colourful capitals in Europe, Tirana has gone through something of a transformation in recent years. Home to an eclectic range of sights and attractions, it’s the perfect place to begin your exploration of Albania.
Peak tourist season in Tirana runs from July to August. Although the high daily temperatures at this time of year are perfect for beach holidays, exploring the city can be a challenge in the summer sun. To avoid the worst of the heat, and the peak season crowds, book flights to Tirana in the spring or autumn months.
Cheap flights to Tirana are generally easier to find from April to June and September to October. Cooler temperatures also make these shoulder seasons perfect for outdoor activities.
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Located around seven miles from the Albanian capital, Tirana International Airport is the busiest air hub in the country. Most of the flights that serve Tirana are seasonal services, with a good choice of nonstop destinations available during peak seasons. A handful of services operate throughout the year. Taxis and buses connect the airport with central Tirana.
Airlines offering direct and connecting services to Tirana include:
Although Tirana’s bus network isn’t especially extensive, there are routes linking most major attractions in the city. If you’re going somewhere off the beaten path, or if you just want to travel in comfort, you can catch a cab to your destination.
The centre of Tirana is small enough to explore on foot. However, pavements can be irregular and uneven and it’s not uncommon for footpaths to suddenly disappear.
The best place to start your tour of the city is Skanderbeg Square. Named after national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, it’s home to a number of important sights including the Et'hem Bey Mosque, the National Historic Museumand the clock tower as well as a statue of Skanderberg himself.
Another sight that’s well worth a visit is the International Centre of Culture. Also known as Piramida, it was built in 1987 and designed by Enver Hoxha'sdaughter. The most expensive building erected under communism, today it’s largely an empty shell, although there are plans to renovate the structure in the future.
British passport holders don’t need a visa for trips to Albania of less than 90 days.