There are plenty of really old cities in Albania, but there is one that is considered to be the oldest. It is Durres. At one time, it was the key port of Byzantium, turning into Albania's sea gate, and was honored to be its first capital.
Your walking tour begins near the bus terminal of the city, where you'll step onto the street named after the ancient Egnatia road, which will bring you to the central square.
In the heart of Durres, you will find the city hall and the Great Mosque of Durres. It is a very cozy place with plenty of fountains and palm trees.
Then you will walk to the ancient Roman amphitheater, where you can imagine yourself as a gladiator or a spectator in fights. It is one of the largest monuments of antiquity not only in Albania but also in the Balkan region.
Then you will walk along the fortress walls right up to the Venetian Tower – the trademark of Durres, rebuilt in the 13th century.
You will make a small hook to look at the Church of St. Paul and Asti and the first bank of Albania and then return to the promenade, not only to enjoy the sea breeze but also to solve some riddles.
The most adventurous travelers can go to King Zogu's villa or find a secret passage to the observation deck.
So, let's hit the road!