Tirana is on the rise as an offbeat destination for travellers. Though often chaotic and not considered a traditionally beautiful city, its assortment of architectural styles, fascinating historical remnants and lively café culture gives Tirana its own unique identity and charm.
Despite Tirana's somewhat 'rough and ready' appearance, it has seen development over the past years with modern infrastructure, restaurants and hotels popping up all over the city. Today the Blloku district is the hip hangout for the city’s trendy locals. Full of cool cafés, buzzing bars and boutique shops, it is a far cry from the area's past which was once off limits to all but party members during communist times.
To better understand Tirana’s turbulent political history, there are many museums and remnants to discover. BunkArt and BunkArt 2 both lift the curtain on the country’s dark past and the splashes of vibrant colour on the city’s previously drab, grey facades reveal more recent and unconventional political action.
If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre enjoy a trip by cable car to Mount Dajti National Park, or take a stroll around Grand Park, a spot regularly frequented by locals.
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