Saturday, August 18, 2012

City Break Offer


City Break Offer @ Theranda Hotel
Book any room, from Sunday 19th to Sunday 26th August for only 55 Euro/person full board*.  Double use occupancy 75 Euro full board.
*Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
*Dinner will be reserved for you in some of the best restaurants in Tirana.


Some information about TIRANA:
Tirana has been the capital of Albania since 1920. It is relatively new city established in 1614 from Sulejman Bargjini, feudal of the area at the time. The city began to grow at the beginning of the 18th century. “Tirana “, it is thought that comes from the word “ Theranda”, mentioned in the ancient Greek and Latin sources, that aborigines called Te Ranat, because the field was formed as a result of stiff materials that the waters from the surrounding mountains brought. Today Tirana is not only the most populated city in Albania, but also the biggest political and economic centre in the country. The Adriatic Sea and Dajti mountains are near to the city. It takes you less than one hour drive to reach the sea. A Great Park with an artificial lake is located immediately at the southern part of the city.

What to see while in Tirana:

- The Mosque of Ethem Bey is situated just at the centre of Tirana. It was constructed in 1789. Together with the Clock Tower (1830) they make an important historic part of Tirana. 
- Ministries represent architectonic values. They were built in the year 1930, when Albania was a kingdom. After the Second World War several buildings were erected: The Palace of Culture, The Palace of Congresses, The National Historic Museum, The Centre of International Culture etc. 
- The bridge of Tabakeve is situated along the boulevard “Zhan Dark”. It belongs to the XVIII century. 
- The fortress of Pertrela. It is located at south of Tirana on the right side of national road linking capital with the city of Elbasan. It was built up by the middle age. The castle was under the command of Scanderbeg sister, Mamica Kastrioti. Petrela castle used to control the Egnatia road, the Durres - Tirane branch, a part that for that time had a particular importance. This castle was also part of the signaling and defending system of the castle of Kruja. These castles used to communicate with each other through fire signals. 
- The fortress of Preza belongs to the XV century. It has a very nice and dominant position in front of Kruja Mountain. This castle is declared as a "Monument of Culture". 
- Martyrs Cemetery which contains the “Mother Albania” monument. 
- The Tomb of Kapllan Pasha, built in 1814. It honors Kaplan Pasha, who ruled Tirana in the early 19th century.
Museums: 
- National Historic Museum 
- Archaeological Museum 
- Gallery of Fine Arts

The Blloku, or Block area, has become Tiranë's hippest and most vibrant district. Filled with cafes, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, it is the place to see and be seen in this swiftly changing and growing cosmopolitan city.
History of Area
The Block is the location of former Communist dictator Enver Hoxha's villa. During the period of his rule, the area was only reserved for government officials and the general public could not enter. After Hoxha's death, the area was reopened and is now a popular hangout and destination point.
One can find trendy bars and nightclubs, with fashionably dressed locals stepping out in their fashionable best, crammed cheek by jowl with tasty and satisfying restaurants. One can even see more fancy cars in this square area than in many other European capitals.
The Block is also the center for Tiranë's famous cafe culture. In both summer and winter, Albanians of all ages gather in friendly and welcoming cafes to sit, catch up, chat, conduct business, or just read the paper. Espresso is the drink of choice, a legacy of Albania's close relationship with Italy. Sit back, order a macchiato, and enjoy the city moving by.

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