Tirana City Guide
The capital of Albania, Tirana, is located on the skirts of Mount Dajti. The city, which is the cultural and industrial center of the country, has universities, museums, international airports and various cultural institutions. Tirana, about 27 kilometers from the Adriatic coast, is surrounded by southern and western hills. While the Tiran River flows north of the city, the Lana River passes through the city center. Especially after the collapse of the communist regime, significant immigrations have taken place in Albania. Tirana has also received from these immigrants. Over time, the gap between the poor and the rich has grown steadily. In the city center, rich people live and prices are high. In the newly established regions around Tirana, tens of thousands of people are trying to survive without infrastructure.
Places to visit
A large majority of the people of Tirana are Muslims. Catholic and Orthodox also came to the post-communist city. Tirana is in the central position of Bektashism in Europe. This multi-cultural structure of the city allows you to see many mosques and churches. The Ethem Bey Mosque, which was the leader of these, started to be built in 1789 and was completed in 1823. The mosque, which was closed during the communist period, was reopened in 1991. It is one of the most beautiful buildings of Iskender Square. The Kaplan Pasha Tomb, located among other religious buildings in the city, was built for Kaplan Pasha at the beginning of the 19th century. The Eight Columned Tomb is located opposite the Monument to the Unknown Partisans. There are three important bodies of tomb in Bektashi Tekkesi on Dajti road.
Some traces of the Byzantine Empire, which has an important place in the history of the city, can be seen today. The fortress of Petrela Castle, built by Emperor Justinian, was built in 500 AD. The castle, which was used as a garrison in the Ottoman period, is located 15 kilometers southwest of Tirana, after the bridge of Farka on Elbasan road.
It is located beside Ethem Bey Mosque in Iskender Square. Built between 1821-1822 by Ethem Bey, the tower was enlarged in 1928. You can go to the tower of Tirana symbol and take pictures. The Taner Bridge, known to have been built in the 19th century, is another point of visit to the Peacekeeper city center, which was formed by dissolving the bullets shot during the rebellion by the Shkodren children in 1999.
The city is abundantly rich in the care of museums and parks. The Great Park (Park u i Madh) in the south of the city is a recreation and picnic area. Botanical garden and zoo can be visited. There are many sculptures and monuments in the park. To the south of the park is Lake Tirana.
Archeological Museum, which is open on weekdays, exhibits the findings of the country. The museum in Iskender Square is told with historical photographs and pictures of Albania. The entry fee for both museums is 100 lek. The Dajti National Park, 25 km west of Tirana, can be reached in half an hour. Park trekking trails and picnic areas are available.
Located 47 kilometers north of Tirana, the ancient city of Kruja is famous for its heritage built by the Byzantines. The museum opened in memory of Iskender Bey, the national hero who fought against the Ottoman Empire. There is a restaurant that serves traditional Albanian food in the castle walls.
In Tirana, Berat, which is four hours by bus, is also known as the "city with thousand windows". Historical mosques and churches, together with stone and wooden houses, are among the most beautiful settlements in the country. Another nearby point of visit is the shoal of scooters built on the shores of Lake Sukutari. Historical houses with wooden and traditional motifs, medieval bridge and well worth seeing the city can be reached in 2.5 hours by bus from Tirana
Culture and Entertainment
Tirana is also the cultural capital of Albania. The city has countless cultural buildings, congress palaces, cultural palaces, state operas and bales, and a national library. Besides this, the national history museum, the archeology museum, the national art gallery, the international cultural center, the folk culture exhibition hall and the museum of natural science are important cultural sites.
The city is frequented by young people and middle-aged people, Western-style café bars. In the evening, the city people spend time in these boulevard kahves. Later, bars in Tirana's so-called forbidden zone, formerly held by communist party leaders, are popular. Live music is often found in places. Jazz clubs are ideal for listening to live music. DJs perform in electronic music bars.
Eating and drinking
The Albanian cuisine is very similar to the Turkish cuisine. For example we have a similar dish to our dear; the only difference is putting the kashar into it. It's called tile kebab. The dessert they call the pastry dessert looks like a baklava. Eggplant Albanian salad is also a delicious meal of yoghurt and aubergine. Turkish restaurant Sofra is one of the famous restaurants in the city.
Tirana is one of the most difficult countries to transition to the market economy. Therefore, most of the people are poor. But recently, large shopping malls have been built in the city. The wealthy people are shopping more at these centers. Textile products and shoes can be found on Myslym Shyri Caddesi. It is also possible to find boutiques belonging to Western brands on this street. You can take a look at ceramic works to buy something special for Tirana.
Skopje City Guide
Macedonia's capital, Skopje, is the only major stream of the country on two banks of the Vardar River. On one side Albanians and Muslims are on the other side and the city where the Orthodox Christians lives is also a historical Ottoman settlement. After Macedonians in the city, Albanians are the second and Turks are the third ethnic group. The Macedonians call Skopje Skopje.
Places to visit
Skopje is not only a historical city, but also the country's largest settlement. These two conditions affect the architecture in two ways, traditional and modern, and the fact that it was connected to the former Soviet Union reflects the architectural concept of this system.
Skopje Old Bazaar is also called the Turkish Bazaar. For this reason, most of the trades here are Turkish and the Turkish language is mainly spoken in the bazaar. The bazaar reminds me quite a lot of similarities in Anatolia. Indicating that you are Turkish is a very important key for enjoyable conversation and shopping.
Among the historical buildings to be seen in the bazaar are Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Kurşunlu Han, Sulu Han and Davut Paşa Baths as examples of Ottoman architectural tradition. Here you can also find examples of old Turkish houses.
The stone bridge was built in the 15th century. The 13-eyed bridge, a unique architectural structure built during the reign of Sultan Murad I, was one of the few surviving structures in Skopje, with 80 percent of the bridge devastated completely in 1963
The ruins of Skopje, which had been in ruins a few years ago, have returned to the old days with the restoration. The magnificent park is also interesting. It is possible to enjoy an insatiable sight of Skopje from the inside.
Although the city's old railway station is partly demolished, it is now considered a National Museum. Here you can find historical and cultural clues about Skopje and Macedonia.
The newest church in town Clementin Cathedral is right next to the Vardar River. You can visit the Clock Tower in Skopje with him, you can see the monastery of Sveti Spas, you can visit Khanjar, Yahya Pasha, Murat Pasha camels and visit the Double Hammam.
If you want to see Macedonia's other values when you arrive in Skopje, you need to see some travel. If you set aside a few hours, you can reach the city of Tetova, where the Turkish population lives mostly. The Turks know this place as Tetlands. Ohrid (Ohri) city and the lake, which is one of Macedonian's favorite places and they want to boast about, is about 150 kilometers away. The deepest lake in Europe resembles a sea of Ohrid; There are around 365 churches around.
Culture and Entertainment
The city Macedonian embodies Albanian and Turkish culture in its best form. While the Christian section resembles a modern and sophisticated European city, Muslim living spaces are more modest and traditional. Christians and Muslims live together in a very respectful way. Nevertheless, it is a fact that Christians have stood on top of a huge cross that can be seen at every corner of the city.
Yahya Kemal Beyatlı from our famous poets is born in Skopje. The poet defines the city as "the grave of the saint" of "the conqueror of Fatih." It is believed that there are many marriages in the region and this is the surplus of species found in the region.
There are plenty of parks around the Vardar River dividing the city into two. Üskküpler performs hiking and sports in these areas. Particularly Macedonian people are living in the center of entertainment with department heads and night clubs.
Pristina City Guide
In addition to being the capital of Kosovo, Pristina is both the largest city and the political, cultural and economic center. The city, which dates back to the Middle Ages, was under Ottoman rule in 1459. At the end of the 19th century, it was linked to the Kosovo province. After the Balkan War, Pristina, again under Serbian rule, remained under the control of Almaya and Italy in World War II. The city, which was then included in the territory of Yugoslavia, lived under the control of the United Nations from 1999 to 2008. With Kosovo declaring its independence on February 17, 2008, Pristina became the capital. Today the capital of the youngest country in Europe is in the process of rapid development in Pristina. The only airports, universities and industrial enterprises in the country where civilian flights are made are in this city. Most of the people are Albanians. Besides this, Turkish, Bosniak, Serbian and Romanian groups live.
Places to visit
Many of the historic buildings in Pristina have been destroyed during wars. The city was especially modernized during the Yugoslavia period. The city, which was destroyed again in the last Kosovo war, still has historical buildings that can be seen.
Lap Mosque: The mosque outside the city was built in 1470. He suffered a great deal of damage in an outbreak of 1999. Today, the construction of new structures damages the mosque's surroundings.
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque: Built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1460 after the conquest of the Balkans, the mosque is located in the old city center. The mosque, one of the oldest structures in the city, is renowned for its paintings from the 18th century.
Büyük Hamam: The bath located on the north-west of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque is dated to the end of the 15th century. The area between the mosque and the bathhouse was the meeting point of the Prishtins in the spring and summer months. The hamam is in ruins now.
Yaşar Pasha Mosque: It was built by Yaşar Mehmet Pasha in 1834. Today, worship is still open.
Ulpiana Ancient City: It is an old Roman city, 10 kilometers southeast of Pristina. The establishment of the city by the name of Ulpiana in the region where the settlement dates from the 8th century BC occurs during the reign of King Hadrian, who ruled between 117-138 AD. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 518 and is rebuilt by King Justinian I. Excavations in the past half a century have found basilica, city walls, tombs, ceramic sculptures and mosaics.
Gračanica Monastery: one of the most magnificent examples of Serbian-Orthodox architecture. Ulpiana is in the village of Lipljan where the ancient city is also located. Completed in the 14th century, the monastery is decorated with very rich frescoes. The monastery is considered one of the most beautiful examples of late Byzantine architecture.
Clock Tower (Sahhat Kulla): Built in the 19th century, the kulankin was built in 1764 in Moldova. But this bell was stolen in 2001.
Gadime Marble Cave: 20 km from Piriştine. the Gadime Marble Cave in the distance is also a tourist attraction that must be visited. The cave, which was 276 meters long, was discovered in 1969 and opened in 1976. The formation of volcanic lavas and tuffs over the marbles in the cave is dated to the time when the Kosova Valley is shaped. The touristic part of the cave is 500 meters long and one tour is carried out every two hours.
Culture and Entertainment
The most important building in the city's cultural life is the Kosovo Museum, an example of Ottoman architecture. It was also the center of the Yugoslav National Military League. There are many archeological and ethnological works in the museum. The Emincik Ethnographic Park in the old city center is one of the most spectacular examples of traditional Kosovo architecture. The building, which consists of three main buildings and two courtyards, displays works and animations about the traditional life of Kosovo. Apart from these, the very rich library of the University of Piriştine also holds an important cultural treasure. Almost half of the population is under 25 years of age, so the city has a very energetic life. Entertainment, especially in spring and summer, is open in the open spaces. People usually meet and have fun in street cafes and outdoor parks. The venues near the university are preferred for live music and indoor fun.
SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Accommodation in double rooms
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- Gruba special vehicle
- Boat trip (Weather conditions available for groups of 15 people)
- Open buffet breakfast
- Lunch and Dinner
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- Hotel extras (food and drinks in the rooms and in the lobby)
- Single rooms (Single room only)
- Foreign exit
- Museum Entrance
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