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!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.