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Durres - beach

Durres - palm trees

Durrës is a port city, and the main transport link with Italy. The city center is relaxed and pleasant. Durrës is also, however, generally seen in Albania as the home of society’s more controversial elements, with great poverty alongside flashy new wealth. Here it’s often nicknamed ‘Albania’s Las Vegas’.

Outside the downtown area, Durrës is pretty run down, and while fresh breezes blow in from the sea, the pollution is so bad that even these don’t clear the air. Don’t take the opening times written on shops and restaurants seriously: they’ll be open when their owners feel like it. Outside of high season, Durrës is a pretty boring city, at least for a foreign tourist, but in summer it’s a busy, bustling destination. There are lots of hotels, and the beaches are noisy and crowded.

In Italian, the city is called Durazzo.



 

Practicals

Food

Recommended restaurants for traditional Albanian food: Juvenilja or Era

Public safety

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Durres - police

Durres - safety

Health

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Durres - winter fun

Others

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Durres - Ventus Harbor - b.g. photo

Durres - Redon, the Illyrian Sea Deity - s.f. photo

Background

Durres - view

Durres - park

Destination in brief

Durrës in brief

pronounce like: doo r-uh s;

A port city, located on the Adriatic coast. Locals like to nickname it,, the Las Vegas of Albania" (6 casinos). 

Population (in 2020):127,000

Climate

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Durres - winter- snow - palm trees

Albania - Durres - wish - k-t.g. photo

History

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Albania - Durrës - a hero (who exactly?) - k-t. g. photo

Nowadays

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Durres - promenade - s.f. photo

Durres - Liria square - s.f. photo

Durres - o.k. photo

Durres - o.k. photo

People

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Durres - elder ladies

Durres - locals

Durres girl - n.t. photo

Attractions

Beach

“The sea was very pleasant, as we were there right at the height of summer. There were hordes of people, with locals brought down to the coast from the city by bus, and plenty of holidaymakers staying in nearby hotels as well. Still, it wasn’t a problem – there was room for everyone.
The beach area was clean and tidy. There are trash cans up by the road, and on several occasions we saw beach employees tidying up litter. On the other hand, we also saw a mother walk her toddler down to the water, take off his nappy and, with a lazy toss, chuck it into the sea.” (2018)



Durres - beach - b.g. photo

Durres - beach - o.k. photo

Others

Durres - ancient city wall and a bastion - s.j. photo

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