WHERE TO STAY
The Plaza Tirana Hotel
The Plaza Tirana Hotel will host the ACRE Council Meeting and The Liberty Summit.
The Plaza Tirana Hotel is located in the downtown of the city of Tirana and set within the shopping and business district.
It is only 3 minutes from the House of Parliament, the National Art Gallery and the Opera, Ballet & Popular Ensemble Theatre.
The hotel is situated about 17 Km from Tirana International Airport “Mother Teresa”. Travel time required can vary from 25-45 minutes depending on traffic.
WHAT TO DO
This bunker is one of the 168.000 bunkers built all over Albania as a concrete sign of the paranoia of Enver Hoxha for the purpose of accommodating him and his cronies in the event of an nuclear attack. The whole surface of the bunker is 2.685 square meters, allocated into 5 levels with 106 offices and an assembly/ cinema hall. It was inaugurated in 1978 and is now open to the public as an attraction. It is situated in the outskirts of the capital Tirana.
This bunker is an attempt to tell the story of Albania under communist dictatorship through photographs, items and documents although nothing can accurately describe those years of dictatorship and isolation.
Tirana National Historical Museum
It is the country's largest historical museum. It was opened on 28 October 1981 with 18,000 square meters available for expositions. Distance from the Hotel is 400m (5 mins walk)
Archeological Museum and Amphitheater in Durres
The Archaeological Museum was established in 1951 and is the largest archeological museum in the country. The museum is located near the beach and north of the museum are the 6th-century Byzantine walls, constructed after the Visigoth invasion of 481.
The Durrës Amphitheatre is situated in the center of the city and near the Archeological Museum. The Amphitheatre was built in the 2nd century AD during Roman Emperor Trajan's rule and is only half unearthed. They are both situated 40 Km from the Plaza Hotel.
WHERE TO EAT
Sofra e Ariut
Restaurant Sofra e Ariut which serves traditional food and is situated 2.3 Km from the Plaza Hotel.
Restaurant Ventus Harbor is situated by the seaside in the city of Durres and is right in front of the Archeological attraction (40 Km from Plaza Hotel, about an hour drive).
“Communism must be reckoned in crude mathematic terms the most murderous system ever devised by human intelligence; and yet this is an argument we have to have, generation after generation. Consider this; one third of American millennials believe that more people were murdered by George W. Bush than Joseph Stalin. This is not an argument we can take for granted.”
Daniel Hannan MEP