Tirana, Albania - Low Budget

Accommodations

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Destil Hostel in Tirana is not only a place to rest your head at night, but it is also a place where you can hang out during the day, and enjoy their busy social scene at night. 


In fact, you can spend a full day just hanging around Destil. Enjoy their delicious breakfast and coffee products, relax in their outdoor park, grab a healthy snack from their snack bar at lunch, and then enjoy happy hour at their fun, lively bar. 


When you do want to get out and explore, Destil Hostel is located just a ten minute walk from the Tirana city center, and just a six minute walk from the block with the best bars and clubs in Tirana. 


For about $16 USD (including breakfast and coffee products) you can get a place to sleep in a shared room with a private bathroom, plus the amazing atmosphere of this warm, welcoming and charming accommodation.  

Food and Drink

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With a heavy Italian influence, it is sometimes difficult to remember that you are in Albania when dining. 

For breakfast, if your hotel or hostel does not offer complimentary options, there are cafes everywhere you look, and for lunch or dinner, you will be one very happy diner if you are a pizza and/or pasta fan. 


The main bar and restaurant strip in Tirana is so modern and lively that it rivals Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida. There are dozens of restaurants offering local traditional Albanian food, all of which are filled with satisfied customers, both locals and tourists alike. And the best part,they are all very affordable.

 

One restaurant that stood out in particular was King House restaurant, which has a perfect blend of Italian and Albanian dishes at very reasonable prices.


As for bars, Bunker 1944 is perhaps the most unique bar in town. A former bunker, still filled with communist era furniture and antiques, now turned into a fun, friendly bar with a great variety of beers to choose from, and an exceptionally friendly staff. 

Entertainment and Activities

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Albania is jam packed with history, leading up to the early nineties and the end of communism. While there are many museums and monuments dedicated to their past, there is also such a modern feel to its capital, Tirana, that one would never imagine the atrocities that were taking place there just over 25 years ago.


You should begin your stay in Albania by visiting Tirana's National Museum of History, which will catch you up on all that you missed in Albanian History class back in the day. While it may be tough to see some of the horrific things that happened in the recent past, it is definitely an eye-opening experience that will allow you to see Tirana, and Albania in a whole new light. 


You should also take time to visit Bunk'Art, which is a former bunker turned into a museum filled with communist era relics. 


Also, spend some time wandering through Skanderbeg Square, the main plaza dedicated to their national hero, Gjergj Skanderbeg. 


You can also spend a large portion of the day simply walking around Tirana and observing all of the ways that the city, and the country have changed in the past 25 years. 

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Shkoder / Theth, Albania - Moderate Budget

Accommodations

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This section will be about the moderately priced options for accommodations when in the Albanian Riviera. 

Food and Drink

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This section will be about the moderately priced options for food and drink when in the Albanian Riviera. 

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This section will be about the moderately priced options for entertainment and activities when in the Albanian Riviera. 

Durres, Albania - Luxury Budget

Accommodations

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This section will be about the options for accommodations when on a luxury budget in the Albanian Riviera. 

Food and Drink

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This section will be about the options for food and drink when on a luxury budget in the Albanian Riviera. 

Entertainment and Activities

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This section will be about the options for entertainment and activities when on a luxury budget in the Albanian Riviera.