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Tirana



What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

There are mountains and coast here. There are gems everywhere and probably many more waiting to be discovered. - Aug 2, 2015
Cable cars up Mt. Dajti, which is 15 minutes from the Ridge; walking in the big park with the lake. There are also wineries and nice clean beaches within day trip distance of Tirana. - Aug 12, 2014
Beaches in the summer are beautiful, and the very best ones are only a few hours away from Tirana. There are some old ruins worth exploring, although nothing on par with some other spots in Europe. The mountain communities are beautiful. - May 18, 2013
There are beaches, mountains, caves, historical ruins/cities, and lakes. If you travel within Albania, there are some pretty places to visit. One of the best things about Albania is its close proximity to the rest of Europe and realitively inexpensive flights - Have fun! - Dec 27, 2012
You can visit lots of castles and historic ruins. I've heard of people hiking in the mountains and white water rafting. There are beautiful beaches in the south of the country and traveling around nearby countries is great. The beautiful drive from Albania to Dubrovnik is not to be missed. - Oct 1, 2011
The Embassy has a Hash Harriers program that goes on hikes every Saturday. Due to road conditions, driving out of town can take some time, but go to southeast Albania (Saranda, Gjirokaster). Kruja is a nice trip out of town and where many go for souvenir shopping. Be sure to take the ferry from Durres to Bari (Italy) to go to Naples to use the commissary. - Mar 31, 2008