Our country, Albania is still largely undiscovered and a mystery for foreign visitors. Tirana & Bovilla 1 day tour offers a very comprehensive experience of our capital city Tirana, its culture, religion, lifestyle, and historical heritage past and present. While the day is very active with the visit at Bovilla reservoir and an easy hike to enjoy beautiful nature and gorgeous view.
Meet and return at: Scanderbeg Square, in front of Et’hem Bey Mosque
9 am at the meeting point
7 – 8 Hours
English, Italian and Greek
Discover Tirana, the capital of Albania, by a walking tour and a short drive to Bovilla reservoir, hiking shortly to the best view of the lake, on a full-day tour from Tirana. The tour is medium walking, with many visits to historical and cultural sites, the hike on Bovilla reservoir needs hiking shoes & an extra T-shirt. The weather most of the time is very nice and comfortable, only during July and August you should bring your hat, sunscreen, and water.
Our tour begins in the center of the city where we will visit the Ethem Bey Mosque, built in Albania by Mulla Beu, from Petrela, around the end of the XIIX century. The son of Mullah, Haxhi Et’hem Bey, completed the minaret and portico of the mosque, made the decoration with paintings and so he could finish the mosque in 1830-1831.
Next to the Mosque, we continue our visit with the Clock Tower of Tirana, built in the XIX century between 1822-1840, a 1st category culture monument. Its 90-degree spiral is 35 meters high and until 1970 has been the capital’s highest building. Then we will explain Scanderbeg Square and the buildings around it.
We continue our visit passing by Bunk Art 1, underground bunker showing communism atrocities, Tirana Castle complex, where we can see the building where our prince lives and then to the main boulevard with its building of diverse architecture, as per the time they were constructed. On our visit, we cross the Blok area and the dictator Hoxha’s villa and you can judge by yourself what this area means for Tirana today.
Second part of the day we will go for a hike at Bovilla reservoir. We will drive for 1 hour until we arrive at the Bovilla dam and the reservoir, 14 km northeast of Tirana. This lake is used for the Tirana city white waters. The water there is gathered from Terkuza stream and rain. We will hike for about 50 min until we reach the best view spot of Bovilla Lake and the surrounding area and enjoy its gorgeous panorama.