Tirana — Better by bike
Tirana is Albania’s Capital City.
WHAT TO KNOW:
How are you — Mirëmëngjes
Good evening — Mirëmbrëma
Thank you — Faleminderit
I spent two nights at Mosaic Hostel
The staff at the hostel were amiable. Melissa, the receptionist, always helped me out with everything I needed.
Tirana gets extremely hot in August. I was sweating all day long so to warn you: carry water and bring a hat with you- this is a must!
What I loved about Tirana was the view from the highest part of the city. I was surprised how well organised the city is for cyclists: there are cycle paths pretty much everywhere you go.
One thing you can do is hire a bike from your hostel. At my hostel, a good mountain bike could be rented for 500 LEK all day.
With all that said, here are some top recommendations for Tirana:
- Explore the historic city centre by bike;
- If you have time, go up to the Dajti Mountain;
- For the best view of the city go to Lapidario (by bike for a good workout);
EAT TRADITIONAL AT THIS PLACE
DRINK & NIGHTLIFE:
- Radio Bar;
- Nouvelle Vague;
- Izzy living;
- Silver Spoon;
All of these are bars and pubs frequented by locals which not many tourists know about. I happened across Radio Bar By chance. I was the only tourist in there, plus the girl behind the bar couldn’t even speak English, but I love finding these kinds of places where you get a better understanding of the culture and lifestyle in other countries.
I had lunch at Teg Zagara e Tirones: with 10 Euro, I had a big Albanian lunch composed of meat, salad and some house speciality – just so yummy!
It was time for me to change the country and the morning after I left Albania in the direction of Montenegro.
You can take the bus from Tirana to Montenegro easily from a bus station. If you stay at the same hostel as me, it is about a 15-minute walk to this station.
To warn you, I did not have a great experience at this bus station.
TIP: buy the ticket directly at the station.
The ticket I bought online was useless, nobody could recognise it. The bus wasn’t there at the time, and they kept sending me from office to office. It was hard to communicate, and I ended up rebuying another ticket.
Fortunately, I had a refund days later.
If you happen to depart from this International bus station in Tirana, buy a ticket at the station and NOT online!
The bus will take you to Podgorica from Tirana in about 5 hours.
It is a long journey, so make sure you have some music or a book to read unless you fall asleep 😉