EPIC Road trip Albania
Albania road trip 2012
Text and Photos: Tony Steurer
Progradec - Korca - Voskopojë - Gjirokaster - Sarande -
Butrint - Puerto Palermo - Fier - Berat - Tirana - Kruje
Tirana (about 800 000 inhabitants); hardly any sights here, earthquake-prone place though set against an impressive mountain panorama. High levels of air pollution. The people here do not seem particular friendly, I see many hard lines engraved in faces. The EU has financed some projects such as the restoration of old monuments in the centre. But, apart from an old stone bridge dating from the 18th century, there are hardly any. The remains of the citadel consist only of a piece of wall. But at least the 200 year-old Ethem Bey mosque on the central Skanderbeg square has beautiful frescoes.