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Skanderberg Square, Tirana

Tirana, the stunning capital city of Albania, is a rapidly developing commercial centre and tourist destination. It's nestled between Dajti Mountain in the east and the dramatic Ionian and Adriatic coastlines and you can look from the city across to some of the Greek Islands.

A former communist state, Albania now has the new Mother Teresa Airport (TIA), which opens the way for tourists to explore the country's ancient castles and monuments while based in Tirana.

Travellers can explore the nearby medieval town of Kruja, the home of Albania's national museum the Scanderberg and visit the traditional bazaar. Visit the "White City" of Berat, which is also called the City of a Thousand Windows where 14 churches are housed in the walls of the citadel. The city of Gjirokastra has good examples of the region's medieval architecture.

Korca, the largest city in south-east Albania, rests at the foot of Morava Mountain and the country's southernmost city of Saranda is becoming a popular tourist destination. From here you can see the island of Corfu across the sea.

In Tirana there are plenty of museums to explore, including the Natural History Museum and Museum of Natural Sciences, the Archaeological Museum and the Gallery of Fine Arts. There are also monuments from the country's communist past throughout the city, some more controversial than others. Most notable is the bizarre monument, museum and cultural centre called the Pyramid that celebrates Enver Hoxha, Albania's communist leader between 1944 and his death in 1985.

There are also the historic attractions of the Mosque of Ethem Bey, built in 1789 and the Clock Tower in the centre of the city as well as the 18th-century bridge of Tabakeve along the Zhan Dark Boulevard.

Albania is at its best during the summer months between April and October when the weather is typically Mediterranean. With so much to do Tirana car hire is an ideal way to explore the countryside. You will need a full UK driving licence.

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