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Jun 1, 2019 - minimal duress in Durres or more than beaches and bunkers

Having exhausted the 'must sees' of Tirana, travel writers suggest getting out of town on one of many day trips to other Albanian towns and cities, such as Berat to see pretty houses or Shkodra for the photography museum, or the coastal Durres. Whilst renowned primarily as a port city, Durres in Albania offers more than beaches. My initial reason for wanting to visit Durres was mainly to discover some of the 750,000 bunkers that are supposedly littered across this relatively small country rather than exploring the beach. Actually finding...

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Helen in Europe

May 6, 2018 - Durres

We taxied to the Durres beach area to check in to our hotel and enjoy a short break. Unfortunately our Albanian arrival stalled momentarily. Our hotel had overbooked and we were shunted to another. Not as good a location but a great property all the same. After such a fun 24 hours we figured we deserved to dine out so we picked a really nice restaurant and chose a verandah setting. We were on a roll again until we ordered wine to celebrate our first visit to Albania. Oh, no! this can't be true …. “you don't sell wine ? “ We were...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Albania

It could be said that Albania was reborn 20 years ago after years of strick communisim rule where the borders were closed and Albanians survided only on what they could produce themselves. That said, it is evidently a developing country where infrastructure etc is struggling to catch up to that of other balkan countries. Rather than stay in the capital of Tirana we stayed in an ex-military resort in Durres. Nothing much to report here other than a great view of the sunset over the Adriatic sea. The next day it took just 1 hour to see the...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Nov 5, 2010 - Albania

It was misty as we left but it cleared and we were able to enjoy the autumn colours as we left Greece. It took us 10 minutes to complete the Greek formalities and then we were just waved into Albania! We didn’t even stop. It remains to be seen what happens tomorrow when we try to leave! Albania has been another pleasant surprise. We arrived, via steep stone streets, at the castle in Gjirokaster just as the Albanian mist was settling in the valleys and we were above it. The castle was a surprisingly solid 19th century construction. After...

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Rallye Med 2010

Jun 30, 2010 - Der Weg nach Albanien - the road to Albania

Zuerst das positive: extrem freundliche, hilfsbereits Einheimische hier in Albanien -fuer das lieben wir das Land jetzt schon. Sehr sicheres Land zum Reisen. Der Tourismus existiert nicht, man ist komplett allein. Wir sind die Attraktion schlechthin. Die "Hauptstrasse" wurde zum eigentlichen Feldweg, und ein Unfall zwischen Busfahrer u. einem armen oesterr. Touristenauto war unvermeidbar (nur Blechschaden). Dann an der Grenze ein von der EU gesponsertes neues Grenzgebaude und Schlangen alter ausrangierter BMW's und Mercedes', sowie stark...

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Mar 6, 2009 - Durres, the Albanian link between west and east

3/8/09 Back in Roman times, the road from Durres (the other city awarded independent state status from Julius Cesar) connected with the road from Apollonia to become the Via Egnatia, a major trade route linking the Roman empire to the “Near East” (e.g., Istanbul, then Constantinople). As a result, Roman ruins, both big and small, can be found scattered all over the city (literally; the archeological rubble outside of the arqueological museum is astounding). However, inside is a treasure trove of ancient finds. Check out the examples of...

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Aug 4, 2005 - Durres, ALBANIA

Another relatively easy border crossing- the immigration officials collect all the passports while the passengers stay on the bus and then return them stamped and processed. This time it was 45 minutes and a 10 euro "transit visa" each. The road wound it's way steeply down a mountain into a wide valley crosspatched with fields of varying shades of green. Each house seemed surrounded with grapevines - lining the driveway and arching over on to the roof. Otherwise the main crop is corn - we found out later that the grapes are for making wine...

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