Is the second largest city in Albania and it’s chief seaport. Some 21 miles (33km) west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically important cities of Albania.
Founded in the 7th century BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and Corfu it was initially known as Epidamnos, and has been continuously inhabited for the subsequent 2700 years. The remains of it’s city walls and amphitheater are still to be seen. Durres served as Albania’s interim capital from March 1914 until 1920, and was also the capital of the unfortunate Prince Wilhelm of Wied who ruled Albania for six months. Durres now contains a number of important buildings, the Aleksander Moisiu Theatre, the Estrada Theatre, the Puppet Theatre and the home of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
The history of Durres comes alive on this exploration of its ancient landmarks, including a Roman amphitheater where gladiators fought, a forum, the city’s Byzantine walls and the archaeological and ethnographic museums. You will also visit the Skanderbeg brandy distillery to see and try the most famous brandy in Albania.
Images from Durres