Tirana County | Holiday Homes in Albania's Capital
Have you considered a holiday in Albania? The country is still a lesser known travel destination, but here there are many great experiences waiting for those of you who would like to explore a little more unknown Europe. A good place to start your exploration of the capital would of course be the Tirana County.
Tirana is the capital of Albania, a city that is often forgotten when we choose which capital we want to visit for our next city break. But do not cheat yourself for this experience. NOVASOL is renting holiday homes close to Tirana. It is no secret that Albania would like to leave the communist past behind, but the unique Albanian history past is what makes the city an interesting European travel destination. Although the country is known as one of Europe's poorest countries, you will quickly notice the ever-increasing modernization of the Albanian capital, seen in large numbers of Mercedes and a more Western European dress.
Experience Tirana in one day
Should you decide to spend some time in bustling Tirana during your stay in one of our range of self-catering accommodation in Albania, it is highly recommended to start at the large space Skanderbeg Square (Sheshi Skenderbej), located in the heart of Tirana. In the middle of the big room is a statue of the Albanian nobleman and military commander, Gjergj Kastrioti known better as Skanderbeg, as the place is named after. Turning your head to the left, you will stand for the foot of Tirana's oldest mosque Et’hem Bey. Here you must take off your shoes before entering the monumental rooms decorated with the most beautiful architecture and most intricate decorations. Next to the mosque is a bell tower from 1820, from which you have a view over the Sheshi Skenderbej square.
One of a kind holiday experiences in Tirana County
It is rare that so many interesting sights are so close to each other. Discover the popular shopping street, then the newly renovated pedestrian street Rruga Murat Toptani is followed by beautiful restaurants and cafés on either side where you can try some traditional Albanian cuisine. At the end of the street is the major shopping center Toptani Shopping Center and the Albanian Parliament Building. After a little shopping, it is highly recommended to follow the street down to the river where you will find the preserved little walkway, the Tanner’s Bridge (Ura e Tabakëve) from the 19th century, hidden behind restaurants and buildings.
History-interested or not, when renting a holiday home at Tirana, you will not regret visiting the historical museum Bunk’Art, which opened in 2014. The museum is built in Albania's former dictator’s Enver Hoxha shelter. The bunker has five floors with over a hundred rooms, which have been converted into a historical art museum. The museum contains knowledge about Albania's communist military and life under this regime. If you think this is interesting, continue your museum visits in Bunk'Art 2, which has reconstructed the history of the Albanian interior ministry from 1912 to 1991 and reveals the secrets of the then political police, Sigurimi. After a day in history, you move home to the holiday home and fill up the depots. If you would like to learn a little bit more about the Albanian history, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts Galeria Kombëtare e Arteve, which is said to be one of the most popular attractions in Tirana. The museum’s most sought after exhibition is Albanian social realism depicting the impoverished Albanian society under the former regime, and the gallery also has changing exhibitions. The gallery is definitely worth a visit. When still near Sheshi Skenderbej, pass the Tirana Orthodox Cathedral. A strange building, which is difficult to describe with words but which is an interesting and magnificent building that is recommended to visit.
Time for a break in Tirana
One of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon is wandering around a local market of fresh produce, and that's what you'll find on Tirana's largest market Pazari i Ri, located just off the major roundabout east of Sheshi Skenderbej. Here you will find Albanian specialties to take back for dinner at your Albania villas, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese, olives and more. Why not pick up an afternoon snack, and head for the city's biggest park, Grand Park (Parku i Madh), where the residents of the capital are looking for a respite from the stress of the city. Take a walk in the park and sit on one of the benches with a picnic and observe the fishermen by the lake or the runners as they go past.
"All-inclusive" concept in Albania
Many of our self-catering Albania holiday homes in Albania have an "All-inclusive" concept meaning that the following things are included in the rental price:
- Heating (during winter half of the year) and water
- Cleaning after departure
- Towels (not large towels for pool or beach visits)
In Albania, can also make use of our security package, which is also included in the above price. This includes a cancellation insurance and our "Best Price Guarantee". The security package is included in the rent of all our holiday homes and apartments in Albania as well as in the rest of Europe.