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Tirana is the capital of Albania with a population of 421,286 (2011) inhabitants. The city was founded in 1614 by the Ottoman commander Sulejman Pasha. Tirana is Albania’s political, economic and cultural center.
The most important historical buildings in the city located along the Martyrs ‘boulevard’ from Skanderberg Square at the Polytechnic University. Especially Skanderberg-place is worth a visit with the clock tower from the 1820s which is an important symbol of the city. This is also Et’Hem Bey Mosque from the same period as the tower, with its decorations and Art is the considered one of the most beautiful mosques in Albania.The best place to learn about Albania’s history is the National History Museum at Skanderberg Square. Also, the Archaeological Museum is worth a visit.
Many people take the cable car or walk up to Tirana’s main view point, Mount Dajti. There is also a restaurant at the top.
The Albanian food has a mix of Mediterranean and Balkan cuisine and is known to be tasteful and well. In Tirana there are many good restaurants, and restaurant Petrelaslottet, half an hour’s drive outside Tirana, is worth a visit.
Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa is located 17 km northwest of Tirana.