Meet and return at: Et’hem Bey Mosque, Scanderbeg Square, Tirana
5:00 pm in front of Et’hem Bey Mosque, Scanderbeg Square, Tirane
If you have an afternoon free in Tirana this is the tour you need to learn about our history, every day life and then relax into a wine tasting and a nice chat of our culinary and local drinks.
For the first 2 hours we will stroll the streets of Tirana explaining about our history, traditions, religion, communist past, etc. The next 2-3 hours we will spend in our local winery to taste some local wines and snacks. The wines are not the same and every time we have wines from different cantinas in Albania.
This tour will give you the desire to wanting to know more about Albania’s history, traditions, and local food & drinks.
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. 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 historical buildings surrounding it.
We continue our visit passing by Bunk Art 1, an 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. The Pyramid of Tirana will marvel at everyone with its transformation from the Dictator’s Museum to the most innovative Youth Center. 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.
Just after 2 hours, we will get to our local winery to taste some local wines together with the explanations of our local specialists. In the last 30 years, Albania has experienced a boom in wine production and cultivation and protection of local grape varieties. Our wines are still young and have a lot to learn in the making process, but they carry a lot of audacity and eagerness to compete in the world. You will have the chance to try 3-4 different local wines from different regions and producers. The tasting is always different and we try hard every day to enrich our list of local wines. A shot of raki our traditional strong spirit will is the last taste. This tour will give you the desire to wanting to know more about Albania’s history, traditions, and local food & drinks.