Durres is the most ancient and one of the most economically important cities of Albania. It is located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km (20 miles) west of the capital Tirana. It is situated at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari (300 km away) and Brindisi (200 km away).
The city was founded in the 7th century BC and has been conquered by many invading armies. Although most of these left a few traces in the old town of Durres, the main attraction is the excellent beach near the town.
In the center you will find a good Archeological Museum, a Museum of History, and the house of Aleksander Moisiu's family which has been turned into a museum. You will find the Roman baths and the magnificent amphitheatre right behind the mosque.
Things to See & Do
* Medieval Town Wall
* Venetian Tower
* Archaeological Museum
* Durres city beach
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Lek (ALL)
Language – Albanian
Population – 131,000 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +355
Port Location –The Port of Durrës is located at the north end of the Bay of Durrës.
Travel Links – Ferries run between the Italian port of Bari and a rail service between Durres and Tirana is available.