I arrived in a small city that could be defined as a new destination of worldwide tourists, one of the Western Balkans’ surprises: Tirana. Albania is not well known and it started to welcome tourists in the very recent period, especially thanks to the flight connections offered by different airline companies. The government decided last year to work more on infrastructures and of course about the attractions the country has a lot to offer to visitors.
The capital city is quite new and there are few monuments or buildings to be seen, but the rest of the country shows amazing landscapes and isolated beaches, even if in some cases they built some big houses on the sand. Tirana has some museums and for sure the one about local art must be visited, then the traveler has to see Skanderbeg Square, the historical mosque Et’hem Bey and a lot of buildings realized by Italians during Fascism when they tried to conquest Albania. Anyway, that period is sad for the local population, so never mention it. Those buildings are hosting ministerial offices and the university.
If you want to have a walk-in in Tirana, there is a very nice artificial lake surrounded by a big and relaxing park, the ideal situation to have rest, to think and to enjoy the local amusement. In fact, the park attracts always a lot of people and families. The center of the city is always crowded, for almost 24 hours a day. The nightlife is amazing, because Tirana offers any kind of place, from bars to discotheques and pubs, with different music and styles. Young people, like all Albanians, are friendly and they love to enjoy life.
As for accommodation I decided to stay in a five-star hotel, close to the park, the stadium, and the university, at the end of the big road that crosses the center, connecting the park to the main square. It is called MakTirana Hotel & Tower, located inside a mall with a cinema. It is the former Sheraton Tirana. The big common spaces and the comfortable rooms are made with a modern and elegant setting, very well organized. Each room has a great view of the city.
The suites are quite big, with a separate lounge area and a small kitchenette. Inside there is everything that a traveler needs. In the structure two restaurants, a bar, a pool, and some rooms for the events, but the real special place is the lounge dedicated to the Tower rooms. On the fifth floor, the guests who reserved that type of accommodation can enter and just relax, read a newspaper, have a drink or a snack, use the computer and the printer, watch the TV, and in the morning to have breakfast. The buffet is completed by a menu from where to order international dishes served by very kind staff.