a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 25, 2013
We are family with two teenagers spending some days in Tirana, Albania (28. and. 29. of Aug). Any suggestions for things to do/see for the young ones? Its supposed to be hot (35-36 degrees) which might limit our options for a comfortable and fun days? A good shopping centre with air condition in the city? The grown ups are very curious about Tirana`s communist past? Any suggestions for us?
If you are curious about Albania's communist past you should head straight for the National History Museum - it covers that period in detail and more, and is housed in a wonderful piece of brutalist architecture fronted by classic social realist fresco. Also check out Blloku, where Enver Hoxha and his cronies lived, and the International Cultural Centre monstrosity, a concrete pyramid thing that was built to the design of Hoxha's daughter. The only shopping centre I can think of is the Sky Tower - you can shop, eat and ride the elevator to the top to enjoy the views.
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The pyramid is a must.
Darn ugly architecture that suppose to be a mausoleum for Enver Hoxha but today it hosts the biggest commercial tv station in Albania.
And the pyramid is within easy walking distance of the blok where you have the majority of nice cafes in Albania.