The tourist offer of Tirana is very varied. Foreign and local tourists can find a multitude of tourist attractions, of historical and cultural value.
The exploration of the mountain area of Tirana, the visit to the cave of Pëllumbas, a picnic in Pezë: the tourist guides have created countless packages for tourists. The sector is attracting many investors, thanks to tangible results also for holiday farms. In a nutshell, tourists are invading the capital Tirana.
From the castle of Petrelë to the Scala di Tujan
The capital has turned into a center of gravity, about one-third of the population is concentrated here. Likewise it is also the largest economic, university and hospital center in the country, offering many possibilities.
In addition to the economic sphere, Tirana has a wide tourist offer. Since the capital district extends over a wide geographical area, it is possible to find all the nuances of tourism, from urban centers to rural areas. The offer of the latter is very varied: from the mountains to the plains, from rivers to lakes.
A destination still not very popular in the province of Tirana is the Tujan Scale (Shkalla and Tujanit). To get there from central Tirana you need 30 minutes, stating that after the one known as "Shkolla and Qenve" the road is not paved.
As you approach the Scala di Tujan, you can see in the distance the marked stretch where the "Rruga e Arberit" will pass. Work continues without respite. The companies in the area hope that with the completion of the new road section the number of visitors will increase. In any case, although today the road is still unfinished, the number of visitors is satisfactory.
Tujan's Ladder is a narrow and deep 1000 meter canyon. It separates the Dajti mountain from the "Priskë e Vogël" mountain (1241 meters). Among the limestone rocks, karst phenomena have developed, such as caves, etc. Coming out of the gorge, the Tirana river has formed narrow canyons among the limestones creating in the run of the years an enchanting panorama, where the very high rocks make man seem very small in the presence of nature.
That narrow road between the mountains has been serving for years to connect the district of Dibra with that of Tirana. The shepherds of the area do not delay in indicating the path from which the inhabitants of Dibra passed during the exodus following the separation of Albania from the great powers in the 1913.
Not far from the Scala di Tujan is the Brar village of Tirana. One of the area's main attractions, listed in many guides in the capital, is the Brar bridge that connected the village of the same name with Tirana and the Dibra-Tirana road. , which ran through the village of Tujan.
The bridge consists of a single semicircular arch decorated with a band of framed stones. The technique used for its construction is based on the processing of partial and simple stone. From the 1971 it was proclaimed a cultural monument.
The castle of Petrelë
The list published by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism includes 153 natural and cultural monuments that are worth visiting in the district of Tirana. Some of these are not far from each other, allowing tour guides to create very interesting packages.
Like the Tujan tour package, where along with the hike on relatively rough terrain, you can visit Tujan's staircase and castle, the Brar bridge as well as the ruins of the church of Santa Maria.
However, the historical alternatives of Tirana are not few. One of the most popular is the castle of Petrelë, a medieval stronghold built in the Byzantine era. Set in very steep terrain, the castle offers a splendid view over the entire capital Tirana.
It was one of the most strategic castles for Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, because it controlled one of the main arterial routes, the via Egnatia. An infinite number of tourists visit the castle every day of the week. The fortress is one of the attractions that most strikes foreign tourists, both for its historical values but also for the splendid panorama offered on the capital.
Petrelë's is not the only castle that can be visited in the district of Tirana. Indeed, there is also the castle of Dajti, which despite being not as popular as that of Petrelë, is located on one of the hills south of the Dajti plain. Furthermore, you can also visit the fortress of Ndroq, built on the Erzen river, from where you can see the city of Durres.
Shëngjergj, the pearl of Tirana
If you visited Tirana a few years ago it would have taken about 7 hours to get to Shëngjergj, although it is only 40 km away from the center of Tirana. The construction of the road has given oxygen to the forgotten area for many years, there, somewhere after Mount Dajti.
Today Shëngjergj is full of people, tourists and inhabitants: it is part of the list of 100 villages selected under the integrated program for rural development.
Shëngjergj has a mountainous relief where the lowest altitude is the bed of the Erzen river and the highest altitude "Mali me Gropa". Exploring the mountains of Tirana is one of the most sold packages by tourist guides; while, thanks also to the access created by the new road, the number of visitors going to the village of Shëngjergj to consume local products has increased.
Today the area has awakened entrepreneurs' interest in investing in tourism. One of the most popular attractions is undoubtedly the waterfall, very close to the village and with a height of around 30 meters. On the edge of the main road, before approaching the center of the village, there is a road sign indicating the route you must take to visit the waterfall.
From the beginning of the path to the waterfall, the route does not last more than 15 minutes, depending on the season. During spring and autumn, in fact, water flows could be higher than usual and therefore more difficult to cross.
The path to follow along the road is marked in white and red. Once at the destination, the view is magnificent. It is indeed a popular attraction even for photography enthusiasts.
For all those who want to enjoy Shëngjergj for a little more time not to return to the chaos of Tirana, some inns have recently been opened such as the "Bujtina Tomadhe", certified as an agriturismo by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and benefiting in this way of all tax breaks in the field of tourism promotion and rural development.
Weekends are the Albanians' favorite days, while foreign tourists - like English, Italian and Belgian - prefer to book their stay for more than a week. This is because Tomadhe is in a favorable position, where it has access not only to the nature of the mountains, but also to the natural pools created by the Erzen river as well as to the famous Shëngjergj waterfall.
Castle of Preza
The castle of Preza is one of the best preserved in Albania, from where it is possible to see the fields of Tirana. The castle is near the international airport of Mother Teresa, it is of modest size but larger than the castle of Petrele.
The construction of the fortress began in the 14th century and belonged to the feudal family of the Topiaj. It has been declared a cultural monument protected by the state.
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