"Tirana's street art" Tirana Things to Do Tip by sulamiph
Tirana Things to Do: 129 reviews and 266 photos
The most interesting and unique attraction of Tirana are her abstract painted buildings and lively atmosphere. To experience both of them there is no any other way but walking through Tirana.
Tirana's art uses Tirana's buildings like canvas. There are more then 130 painted buildings in Tirana. The very first one with the yellow arrows opens "exposition" on the way from airport and closes it when you are leaving Tirana at the direction pointed by the arrows.
Turn along Lana River and keep your eyes on the right site of the street all the way almost till the end of the "civilized" part of Lana. It is at least two hours walk. Don't forget to look across the river from time to time. There also are some interesting patterns. You may stop at any of coffee places to get a drink (100 -150 lek ,$1-2) and keep going. People will understand any language you speak because they want to understand you.
After you arrive to the last motor bridge, cross it and go up the street. The buildings in this street are the last work of public art directed by the former mayor of Tirana. It will take about an hour to look at the building at both sides of the street. By the time you finish with this street you will need some rest. The traffic is active and the air is polluted...
The next street with painted buildings is pretty far away. Some how you should get to the railway station and go by the Ring Road towards Kavaja street. The part of the Ring Road you are interested in has Polka dots designs of different colors and the trees painted on the buildings. When you arrive in about 1-2 hours to Kavaja Street turn left into this street and you will find the pure abstract paintings on the buildings. They are fading, but still impressive. You will come across a lot of street scenes to memorize with you camera.
To reward yourself for this gigantic excursion go to Shearton Tirana hotel and on the way from the restaurant to the main hall take a look at the installation of the photos of some of the buildings that you discovered today and silk scarves and ties made of those photos.
For the energy charge go to Blokk after 8 PM. There is night life as long as night is on.
Address: Lana River, Kavaja street, Ring road, Sheraton
Phone: +355 692814469