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“Sunday Afternoon on Mount Dajti”
Review of Mount Dajti

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Mountain Dajti Hiking Tour from Tirana
Ranked #8 of 103 things to do in Tirana
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

After staying a few days in Tirana we took a recommended trip to Mount Dajti. Since our hotel was located in Skanderbeg Square we debated whether to take a taxi, take a bus or walk all the way to eastern Tirana.

We settled on a two-and-a-half hours’ walk on Rr. Qemal Stafa. It was Sunday afternoon during a balmy end of Summer/early fall. We strolled through various neighborhoods and saw how residents of Tirana spend their day-off.

Weddings are held in Tirana on Saturdays and Sundays, and this day was no exception. We saw a garden-wedding in progress with the bride and groom dressed to the nines, children and dogs running around, orchestra playing Albanian popular music, grown-ups sitting around sipping Raki and scores of un-invited neighbors looking on. We pressed on and passed through vegetable markets, coffee bars and more residential neighborhoods.

After two hours the scenery changed, indicating that we have reached the outskirts of town. The flat road changed to a hilly one and became increasingly harder to navigate on foot, but we continued walking until we reached the Dajti Express Cable Car station, located on a steep incline.

After purchasing a 700 Lekes round-trip ticket for the cable car we took a 20-minutes’ spectacular ride to the top of Fusha e Dajtit. Reaching our destination we noticed the dramatic change of the weather, from hot to cold and the excellent views of the city and its surroundings, as cable-car cabins swung overhead, making it clear why this area is considered the “Natural Balcony of Tirana”. Since Ballkon Dajtit Restaurant was closed we walked the grounds and then started our decent by cable car, walking on foot, finally taking a taxi back to our hotel in Skanderbeg Square.

The trip to Mount Dajti is a half-day excursion which I highly recommend. If walking is “not-your-thing” use taxi, bus or car, but do not miss out on this destination!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Lovely views and a good lunch at the top of the mountain. Worth it for views alone. The cable car ride was enjoyable and went at a good pace to take in everything on the ground under you.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Food was plentiful, delicious, fresh, and priced well. The view was great, an excellent restaurant to have an event.

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Reviewed August 31, 2012

If you like cable-cars you should make a point of visiting. It is about 7km long, and ascends in great leaps up the mountain. Swiss-Austrian manufacture and clearly well-maintained. It isn't easy to find the lower station, as it is not well signposted; basically you just keep on going into a housing estate.The expected excellent views from the cable-car are the reward for your persistence.
You pass through the upper cable-car station, which has a hotel and bar in the complex, and then have to pay an entrance fee to the National Park (though it seems as if you are being charged for walking up a path). You pass some rather skinny horses available to be ridden round a meadow, and then come to the car park where the drivers of courtesy buses from various resorts, hotels and restaurants will try to win your custom. They offer you brochures so you can make up your mind what you want. We chose the "Panorama", which was perfectly decent and had the promised view.
Dajti is pleasantly mild when Tirana is baking hot, but in summer there is not much scope for walking around.

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

The dining at the Balcony Rest is good, limited English though. You will get a surprise if you order the Albanian Pot and are not expecting organs covered in cheese. park is very dirty, service in hotel bar is terrible.

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