Bucket list of Durrës, Albania

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Welcome to Durrës, Albania

The coastal town of Durrës in Albania is a beautiful seaport and a great location if you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path travel destination. The town will give an amazing view of the ancient Hellenistic architecture, with traces of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Whether you choose it as your one-day trip destination from the capital of Tirana or decide to stay here longer, there are a lot of exciting things to do and see in Durrës.

Things not to miss in Durrës

  • Find the traces of the Byzantine Empire climbing the Venetian Tower in the heart of the city. 
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient Amphitheatre of Durrës, a 2nd-century historic site next to the Fortress of Durrës.
  • Being in Durrës means spending at least one day at the beach, stretching for ten kilometers.
  • Wander through the city center with historic buildings, shops, the Bulevardi Dyrrah, Byzantine Market, Roman baths, and more.
  • Walk down to the Ventus Harbor for spectacular views and the best shots.

Durres fact

Durres was once a major port city in the Roman Empire. The ancient city of Durrës, also known as Epidamnos or Dyrrachium, was founded in the 7th century BCE by the Illyrians. The Romans conquered Durrës in 229 BCE and expanded it into a major port and military stronghold, making it one of the most important cities in the Roman province of Illyricum.

Today, Durres is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful beaches, historical sites, and traditional markets. Visitors can explore the ancient Roman amphitheater, one of the largest in the Balkan peninsula and the Durres Archaeological Museum.

Eat like a local in Durrës

  • Taste the best Albanian seafood at “Bar Restorant Ferra Shijak,” heaven with tons of shrimp, mussels, crab, and fish on ice.
  • Find the Albanian wine-making traditions with Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbëu Winery, the oldest in Albania, where you will taste the best examples of Albanian wine.
  • Enjoy the morning sun with a cup of coffee in one of the dozens of cafes in Durrës like Mon Cheri or Mulliri Vjeter.
  • Head to Byrek Corner for breakfast or brunch with tasty byrek, a delicious way to start the day.
  • Stop for lunch at Kreperia Hen 1-Volga to have the tastiest sweet crepes.
  • Spend your evening enjoying a glass of wine at Portiku wine bar and bistro within the old city walls.

Where to stay in Durrës

  • Do not deprive yourself of having the most unforgettable vacation in Durrës by staying in the 5-star Hotel Villa Pascucci.
  • Find the luxury interior, muted colors, and romantic ambiance in the 4-star Hotel Epidamn near the beach.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, privacy, and great beach views in the 3-star Kallmi View villa.
  • Explore Durrës without spending much on accommodation with Hostel Durres, the most popular option for single travelers, couples, and groups.
  • Take a culinary tour to Berat and stay overnight in a 4-star Tradita e Beratit hotel.

Durres hotels map

Flights to Albania

If you want to travel to Albania then you have to book a flight to Tirana. Flying to Tirana, the capital city of Albania, can be a comfortable and convenient experience, depending on the airline and route you choose. Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza is well-connected to several major European cities, offering non-stop flights as well as connecting flights through major hubs. Passengers can expect standard amenities such as in-flight entertainment, comfortable seating, and food and beverage service.

The most active routes to Tirana are operated from Italy and Germany. Among popular flights are Rome-Tirana, Frankfurt-Tirana, Milan-Tirana, Bologna-Tirana, and others. If you want to find more information on flights to Tirana check out the directory and calendar of cheap flights to Tirana.

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