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Durrës is an Albanian Adriatic port city. It serves ferries to Bari (Italy) [1]. Alternative spellings of the cities name are Durrazzo (Italian), Drač (Драч, Serbo-Croatian) or Dyrrhachion (Δυρράχιον, Greek).

Get in[edit]

By boat[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • From Tirana busses leave every 30 minutes and the trip costs 130 lek one way. The bus stop is located near Sheshi Karl Topia square and each bus has a sign plate indicating where it is heading to. Just find a seat from the bus and the fare will be collected during the trip.
  • During the summer season there are several buses a day from Pristina, Kosovo. You should check the timetables at the Pristina bus station, but in 2013 the timetable was as follows; 4.00, 5.00, 6.00 and 6.30 and then at 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00 and 23.00. There are at least a couple of buses going back at 16.00 and 17.00. Return ticket costs about 12€. The trip takes around 4 to 5,5 hours, depending on whether it goes via Prizren. Buses depart and arrive at the northern end of Rruga Pavaresia street running parallel, and very close, to the beach.
  • Durmo Tours and Hak Bus have daily connection to/from Skopje Macedonia (via Tetovo, Gostivar, Struga and Elbasan), buses run through Durres on their way to/from Tirana. A typical Skopje-Tirana or Skopje-Durres ticket costs around 20 € oneway / 30 Euro return.
  • You can also go by mini buses which you can find in many cities in Albania. They could also be referred as shuttles. they should cost you 2-10 Euro regardless to which city is your destination.

By train[edit]

Durres cannot be reached by train from abroad as no international train links exist. There is also no direct service to Tirana as of September 2013, due to closure of that city's only railroad station, making Vorë the closest one at about 16 kilometers away. Other major Albanian cities, such as Elbasan, Shkodër and Vlorë remain accessible through the adventurous Albanian railway system.

Get around[edit]

  • Many taxis are available in Durres. You can find them parked everywhere on the streets with a taxi symbol on the top of their car
  • There are also Public Buses in orange that can drive you around the city although much slower

See[edit][add listing]

  • Durres Amphitheater, the biggest in the Balkans it also features renovated iconography works.
  • Durres Ancient City Wall, Medieval Hammam and the Tophane Well located inside and around the wall.
  • Venetian Tower (Rotonda) is a circular tower at the city center built in the 16th century with a restaurant on top.
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum featuring archaeological artifacts found in and around the area
  • Churches and mosques have been renovated and are located at the city center. These include: Fatih Mosque built in 1503, Shen Lucia Catholic Church built in 1907, Shen Gjergji Orthodox Church built in the 19th century, New Mosque built in 1937, and the 2001 built Shen Asti and Pali Orthodox Church.
  • Take a tour of King Zog's Villa located on top of a hill overlooking the city. Even though it was looted in the 1997 uprising, it can still be appreciated for its luxurious interior and historical past. Prince Leka has plans to renovate the villa in the near future.
  • Byzantine Forum (Macellum) built in the 5th century AD and Public Baths around and beneath Alexander Moissi Palace of Culture
  • Koloseo Art Gallery, showcasing the best of Durres natives paintings.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Go for an evening walk along the new beach front deck and the sea front promenade where you can see men with bears on a leash or with snakes entwined around their necks! This is usually only in the summer when loads of tourists come
  • Visit the Open Port Festival where the Port of Durres opens to the public every year in May featuring various exhibits of historic ships and modern inventions coupled with local entertainment.[9]
  • Take a look at interesting films from around the world at the annual Durres International Film Summer Festival in early September.[10]
  • Visit the annual Durrës International Sailing Regatta sail ship competition
  • Lalzit Bay Beach (Gjiri i Lalzit) in Shen Pjeter village north of Durres is a popular weekend retreat. A small resort can be found here. Other nearby beaches are Currilat, Bishti i Palles, and Kallmit Beach.
  • Visit Scanderbeg Castle, Ishem Castle and Shen Ndout Church near Lalzit Bay.
  • Take a tour of the wine producing region of Gjepalaj and visit the local Kokomani Winery [11]

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Souvenirs

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bar Restorant Kajser. Located near Kig Zog Villa, it offers a panoramic view of Durres from above. Serves delicious ice cream combinations including baked ice cream (400 leks), spaghetti, fish, and baked lamb.
  • Troy Piceri Grill House, Plazh, Rruga Adria, Durres. Very tasty food at reasonable prices (around 400-700lek for a main meal). Two Albanian beers on tap, both were good: 200lek for a large glass. Biker friendly, but not at all 'grungy'. Friendly staff spoke English and some Italian. Easy to identify by the large wooden horse above the door! €8.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Te Veni Bar, Rruga Xhamia (durres), [12]. A special place to have a drink in durres!  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Lido Durres, Lagja.2; Rruga Aleksander Goga, +355 52 227941, [13].  edit
  • Hotel Nais, Lagia 1, Rruga Naim Frasheri nr.46 (From the Port: 100 Meters toward the town center. Left on Naim Frasheri street, behind the tower.), [14]. checkout: 11:00am. An easy to find three star hotel, just off the main street. Close to the action but quiet. Breakfast is included. 40 Euros (double).  edit

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