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Durres (Tirana), Albania Cruise Port

Durres is most often regarded as the gateway to Tirana, Albania's capital city. But the country's principal port also offers visitors a great choice of things to see, as well as widespread warmth for visitors from overseas. Here you'll find delicious food and wine and fascinating ancient history, in a modern town filled with optimism for the future of its tourism industry.

Sightseeing in Durres (Tirana)

Visitors around Durres may have the option to take shore excursions to see the port's ancient history, or to take a trip further inland to see the country's capital Tirana:

Amphitheatre

Standing in the centre of Durres are the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, once the site of gladiatorial combat during the height of the empire when the city was founded. In the centuries to follow, the site fell into disuse and was later converted into a chapel to commemorate St Asti, who was martyred by the Romans for refusing to accept the god Dionysus rather than Christ. Here in the chapel, visitors will find some remarkable ancient mosaics which depict the rise of early Christianity in the city.

Archaeological Museum

The city's waterfront museum boasts an incredible collection of ancient stonework from ancient Greek and Roman cultures, which were once prevalent in this part of the world. Much of the religious worship in ancient Durres was once focussed on the veneration of Venus, the Greek goddess of love and beauty – and visitors will find no small amount of stone busts and statuettes dedicated to her image. Elsewhere in the museum's corridors you'll find Roman reliefs and sarcophagi, as well as ancient funereal engravings to commemorate the deceased.

Tirana

Albania's striking capital city lies just over twenty miles from Durres, and shore excursions to the port may give you the opportunity to visit this bustling, colourful city for yourself. Here you might have the chance to see the statue of Skanderbeg in the city square, the man who fought back invading Turkish forces more than five hundred years ago. A sightseeing tour of the capital could allow you to wander around the Palace of Culture or the ornate, historic city mosque, and even take a cable car ride to the summit of Mt Dajti for views of the surrounding countryside.

Shopping in Durres(Tirana)

Many of the shops around Durres specialise in delicious local food, and you'll find no shortage of cafes and bakeries selling pitta sandwiches and byrek cheese-filled pastries. For a wider choice of designer outlets, the capital Tirana offers a wider choice of boutiques and department stores for keen shoppers visiting the area.

Eating Out in Durres(Tirana)

Visitors in Durres will find a great choice of dining options in the local restaurants, especially when it comes to fresh, high-quality seafood and friendly service. The menus here offer plenty of Italian and Albanian fare for great prices – and be sure to wash it down with a delicious native wine or a cold glass of beer.

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