Tirana

Tirana

Etymology

There are several hypotheses for the origins of Tirana’s name: Tirana is thought to come from the word Theranda, mentioned in ancient Greek and Latin sources, which locals called The Rana, since the field was formed as result of solid materials that brought water from the surrounding mountains. Or, Tirana comes from Tirkan. Tirkan was a fortress on the mountain slope of Dajti. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Si te investojme ne Bursen e Nju Jorkut (NY Stock Exchange) – Talk about strategies and programmatic in order to highlight the best chances to invest successfully in the Stock Exchange of New York. [meetup]

Tirana Socializers – A group for fun people who want to socialize and get to know new people. As Martha Medeiros has written: Slowly dies he who doesn’t speak to people he doesn’t know 🙂 [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Albania Women – Free Dating – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE Albania dating site where you can make friends and meet Albania singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. [connecting Singles]

Albanian Personals – Welcome to AlbanianPersonals.com, your compatible Albanian singles & friendship community. We offer a site that excels for a number of reasons.  [albanian personals]

Topface – a fast and easy way to date in Tirana, Qarku i Tiranës, Albania. No registration needed, login using Facebook or Vkontakte , use apps for iOS and Android to be online more often. [topface]

Way Date – 100% Free online dates in Albania with white Albania women and bikini Albania men! [way date]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Cultural Tour Albania – This cultural tour is for people who are interested to discover the history and experience the culture of a warm and incredibly hospitable country that has not been discovered by mass tourism yet. Albania is an emerging traveling destination that has much to offer, especially when it comes to cultural sites and natural beauty. [outdoor albania]

Cycling Tour South Albania – This tour is for active people who want to explore the coastal mountains of Southern Albania by bike. We will cycle through hills covered in olive groves, around the magnificent Lake Ohrid, and along the sparsely inhabited Ionian coast. [outdoor albania]

Discover the ‘Blue Eye’ – This walking holiday is great for active, outdoors-loving people who love walking and for those with a flexible, adventurous attitude. This walking holiday shows you the beauty of pristine nature and culture in the Albanian Alps where you will be hosted by local families. [outdoor albania]

Experience Koman and Rural Valbona by Ferry – This tour is for active people who would like to get a taste of the culture of the Northern Albanian “Malesore”, native Albanian highlanders. You will discover the Valbona Valley, its hidden attractions, and pristine panoramas by foot. [outdoor albania]

Guided Hiking Holiday – This two-week walking tour is for fit people who want to explore Albania in it’s full length, from the most Northern to the most Southern parts of the country. [outdoor albania]

Hiking in Scenic Southern Albania –  This tour is for people who enjoy a balanced mix of hikes, cultural visits and relaxation in the beautiful South of Albania. Traveling from the Adriatic to the Ionian coast, you can marvel at the splendour of Llogora Pass, see the mighty Cika peaks towering above the crystal waters and the white gravel beaches of the Ionian Sea. [outdoor albania]

Journey in to the Albanian Alps – Journey in to the Albanian Alps is for adventurous travellers who enjoy encounters with nature and cultural experiences such as staying in unique traditional houses of the native Albanian highlanders, the “malesore”. This walking holiday covers some of the most scenic parts of Albania and includes a ferry trip on the spectacular Lake Koman, a trek through the beautiful Valbona Valley and a visit to the Theth Valley. [outdoor albania]

Local Village House Trek – This tour is for adventurous travelers with open minds who like staying in the traditional houses of the native Albanian highlanders, the “malesore”. The tour covers some of the most scenic parts of northern  Albania and includes a world-class ‘Boat Trip on the Spectacular Lake Koman’, a trek through the beautiful ‘Valbona Valley’, and a visit to the ‘Thethi Valley’. [outdoor albania]

Majestic Mountain Trekking from Valbona to Thethi – This trek is for active and adventurous people who enjoy hiking and love to get to know the local people and their culture. We will hike the classic pass of the Albanian Alps that has linked the two most known valleys of the area – Valbona and Thethi – for centuries. [outdoor albania]

Sea-kayak along the Beautiful Ionian Coast – This sea kayaking tour is for people who like to be on the water and visit secluded beaches that yclingan only be reached from the water. We will explore the caves, beaches, picturesque villages, and historical and archaeological sites of the Albanian coast, and enjoy the delicious cuisine of this region. [outdoor albania]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bunk’Art – This extraordinary attraction puts Albania’s recent past into perspective. Bunk’Art is an underground bunker that was constructed for Tirana’s communist-era politicians and military top brass in case of nuclear war. What’s astounding is the scale and detail of the shelter: It’s set over five stories, and has more than 100 different rooms including a meeting hall with 200 seats. [the crazy tourist]

Cave of Pellumbas – If you need to see more of the Mount Dajtit National Park that looms to the east of the city, spend a day around the village of Pellumbas. Here you can take hikes and scramble your way up to a beautiful natural monument. [the crazy tourist]

Clock Tower – One of the city’s most photographed landmarks, especially when it’s illuminated at night, the Clock Tower goes back to 1822 when it was completed by the court poet Haxhi Et’hem Bey. You can scale the tower’s narrow spiral staircase free of charge and take in the lovely vistas of Tirana’s city-centre. [the crazy tourist]

Dajti Ekspres – This cable-car is a fun family day out and a superb introduction to the city, taking you up by gondola to the dramatic mountain on Tirana’s eastern edge. The cable-car spans a kilometre, making it the longest in the Balkans, and rises more than 800 metres up the mountainside. [the crazy tourist]

Dajti Mountain National Park – In Europe it’s unusual to find a national park right on the doorstep of a capital city, so don’t pass up the chance to venture out further into the mountain range that forms Tirana’s eastern boundary. If you want to really get out and experience the natural scenery here, take the trail that connects Mount Dajti with Mount Tujani, which rises to 1,580 metres. [the crazy tourist]

Durrës – There are buses every half an hour to this Adriatic port city, which is replete with Roman and Byzantine heritage. The first place to go is the amphitheatre, which is from the 2nd century, was once able to seat 20,000 and is the largest in the Balkan region. [the crazy tourist]

Et’hem Bey Mosque – This place of worship was completed in the early-19th century and is one of the city’s top landmarks. At the fall of communism it was the site of one of the most remarkable events in Tirana’s recent history, when on the 10th of January 1991 10,000 people gathered to practise their religion, against the decree of the authorities who had banned Islam for almost half a century. [the crazy tourist]

Grand Park – Just south of the prestigious Blloku district is Tirana’s Grand Park, which is the city centre’s top spot for fresh air and a bit of exercise. It covers 230 hectares and encloses a large artificial lake. Famously the Presidential Palace can be found here, which was originally designated as a residence for King Zog I, but was completed just a few years before communism. [the crazy tourist]

National Historic Museum – One thing’s for sure – Tirana and Albania have a very complicated past. So if you need a point of entry this is the place to get some context. The museum is organised by pavilions, each covering a different period in the region’s history, from ancient times up to the 21st century. [the crazy tourist]

Piramida – It might seem strange to start with a derelict building, but the Piramida is unique. It’s an unforgettable and culturally-significant building from 1987, completed not long before the fall of communism. It was intended as a museum to honour the country’s despotic dictator Enver Hoxha who ruled from 1944-85, but naturally these plans were torn up after 1990. [the crazy tourist]

Preza Castle – Northwest of the city is this 15th century fortress that stands high over the village of the same name. It was built and belonged to the feudal Thopia family whose estates covered the area between the Shkumbin and Mat Rivers. [the crazy tourist]

Rruga Murat Toptani – A pedestrianised street in the centre of Tirana, Rruga Murat Toptani is a handsome promenade between the Parliament Building and the National Art Gallery. The name of this popular artery comes from the Toptani Family, who held sway in Ottoman Albania from the 1700s right up to the Second World War. [the crazy tourist]

Skanderbeg Square – This is where Tirana’s premier monuments are all assembled, including the Clock Tower, Et’hem Bey Mosque and the National History Museum. It is named after George Castriot, an Albanian national hero, credited with halting the advance of the Ottoman Empire into central Europe. [the crazy tourist]

Spille Beach – In the summer things can really heat up in Tirana, but a day at the beach is just an easy car trip away. This one is three kilometres-long and sits just south of Durrës. It’s wide enough that you can find some room at any time of year, and if you’re visiting with little ones you’ll be able to let them paddle in the gentle and shallow surf with peace of mind. [the crazy tourist]

Tanners’ Bridge – This minor attraction is from the 1700s and is a fascinating fragment of Tirana’s Ottoman history, giving an impression of how the city went about its business in the years after its foundation. These days it’s a humble stone pedestrian bridge, but when it was built it was the main route for farmers to bring their livestock into the butchery and leatherworking district. [the crazy tourist]

Festivals

Festivals

Tirana International Film Festival – Tirana International Film Festival (TIFF) is the international film festival in Albania that is celebrated annually in the month of December. This began in the year 2003. Tirana International Film Festival is a cultural event has been successful from then on because of the sponsorship of the Albanian National Center for Cinematography. [world66]

Tirana Jazz Festival – Tirana Jazz Festival is a creative event in Tirana that began in the year 2000. The objective of this festival is to promote a stronger communication and collaboration between the local and international artists. The Tirana Jazz Festival has already invited more than a hundred artists both local and international to entertain the audience with their music. [world66]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Traveling by Bus – There is wide range of public buses within the cities and when the bus is marked as “Unaze,” it means that it would travel in a loop within the city. The cost of the public transport would range between $5.00 to $10.00 euros. [world66]

Traveling by Car and Taxi – The government of Albania has spent a lot on the ring roads and hence they are very smooth to travel in Tirana. Getting around by taxi can cost about $400 Lek where as at night the cost about $600 lek. When the taxi is booked from the hotel, it can charge $100 lek over the normal charge of the taxi. There is also a facility for mini-vans that run across the city. [world66]

Traveling by Train – Train stations are located at the northern end of the city and trains travel to important places like Durres, Vlora, Elbasn, Pogradec and Shkodra. Getting around by train to these places costs different based on the distance traveled. The minimum cost of the train ticket is to Durres with about $55 Lek and the highest is $210 lek, traveling to Vlora. [world66]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

ProductTank – ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers in Tirana to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. [meetup]

Startup Grind Tirana – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. [meetup]

Tirana Nextcloud Community – The Tirana Nextcloud community meets to improve Nextcloud. Design, programming, translation, finding bugs, spreading the word, etc – everyone who wants to get active is invited! So bring your laptops with you! 🙂 [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Community of Expats in Tirana – Ç’kemi and welcome to Tirana, Albania’s thriving capital city! In the years since the country emerged from isolationist seclusion in the early 1990s, Tirana has played a key role in Albania’s remarkable transformation into a busy and gregarious member of the global community. [internations]

Living in Tirana – Tirana is not only Albania’s capital city but also its most densely populated city. As the country’s administrative, social, economic, industrial and cultural heart, it attracts expatriates in large numbers. [expat]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Ambasada Pink/LGBT Pro Shqiperi – PINK Embassy aims to make it possible for the Albanian society in the development, position, rights and needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and people still confused about their sexual orientation (questioning) be fully respected and that their needs and concerns are addressed appropriately. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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