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Durres Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 184 photos

Underwhelmed by Tirana? How about a daytrip to the coast? Durres? Take the Tirana-Durres Express...it's quicker than walking, but only just!

I thought Tirana was quirky. Well, so too is Durres. An ancient city, not much survives from the Roman era, but it does mean that you stumble across relics from the past all over the place...amphitheatres and forums surrounded by dilapidated yet colourful century old houses inside mediaeval city walls, within spitting distance of a few Communist monuments, a backdrop of modern glass-fronted high-rise blocks.

Continuing the trend that Tirana had set, all the attractions were shut. The Roman Amphitheatre looked quite impressive from outside, although I'm told that exploring the tunnels underneath are well worth entering for...unfortunately the caretakers had decided to ignore their opening hours and go for a siesta somewhere. The Archaeological Museum was under lock and key too. Frustrating really. But I did spend a full day wandering the streets, marvelling at the sheer number of trampolines in the streets (is it a national trampolining training centre?), sunning myself on a deserted beach (well, it was very much out of season and not that warm), and generally enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.

Lots more photos to come, but let me unpack first!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Relaxed, attractive centre, historical bits and pieces dotted about town, beaches
  • Cons:Again...opening hours mean nothing at all!
  • Last visit to Durres: Apr 2008
  • Intro Written Apr 10, 2008
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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Interesting read, Albania was a bit like Borat meets Monty Python for me..In a good way though. I think Albania will develop it's tourist sites over the next 5 years and overtake Montenegro in the future as a backpacker destination.

  • antistar's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    I had the same problem with the amphitheatre. Open - but not open! I don't think the beaches ever get cleaned - the LP guide claimed that many people had caught horrible skin diseases bathing in the sea.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Durres... I hadnt time to visit this city when I was in Albania in 2008. Now i know i've missed a nice place. best wishes.Bora

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    interesting trip to albania !

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2009 at 7:23 AM

    i want to go to durres and see baywatch!

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