The port of Durres is facing an extraordinarily numerous flow of passengers and means of transport, which continue to arrive in the Land of Eagles.
Only yesterday morning, in fact, five ferries docked in the port of Durazzo, which brought with them about 5.000 passengers, 925 cars and 157 other vehicles. The incoming flow then continued in the evening, when two more ferries arrived for a total of 3.000 people and 600 cars.
Sources from the harbor master's office have announced that all measures have already been taken to address this problem, including facilities to allow citizens to enter the country. On the other hand, cruise and maritime companies have added ferries and timetables to respond to the huge flow of travelers, most of whom are Albanian emigrants returning to their native country to spend their holidays.
Port of Durres: stories and statistics
Durres is one of the oldest cities in Albania, as is her port. Over the years the streets of Greeks, Illyrians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks and Albanians have crossed each other in this city; the modern Durres is the one that happens to the ancient city, founded more than 3000 years ago.
From 627 AC it was given the name of Dyrrhachium ("city between the two hills): since then it was a renowned port, which was put on display especially for the construction of ships. Throughout history, the port has always been a reference point for the Adriatic and, more generally, for the whole of Europe.
Furthermore, at the end of the 19th century, daily transport to some of the main Italian ports, such as Bari and Ancona, began.
Today, in the port of Durres, there is an average daily traffic of 4.3 ships (2017 data), between ferries and container ships, which move mainly to and from Bari, Trieste and Ancona, but also to Gioia Tauro. The daily passenger flow, on the other hand, averages around 2500.
That of Durres, however, is not the only Albanian port: there are, in fact, also the northern port of Shëngjin (In Italian San Giovanni di Medua) - with daily connections to Bari - that of Vlora - with routes to and from the port of Brindisi - and those smaller than Saranda e Himara, which connect with the island of Corfu.