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B&B | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
We would like to cordially welcome you to the Apartment Hotel Albion Beach.
This a great choice to fulfill all of your needs and expectations.
The rooms are spacious, in pink nice colour, newly refurbished, air-conditioned and have a balcony, a private bathroom and a minibar.
Albion offers high standart accomodation facilities and atmosphere of calmness and relaxation for all ages. Valuable items may be left at reception for storage in our hotel safe . If you wish to share a non-smoking room with your pet, please indicate this at the time of booking. There is a unique micro-brewery attached to the hotel and the beer is very decent, nice can be enjoyed in the bar.
Our convivial hotel bar is a great place to meet family or other guests. A delectable and balanced breakfast can make all the difference when you're away from home, so we provide one for you!
The centre of Durres, the Roman Amphitheatre are 3 km away from the Albion Apartment Hotel. The port is 3km from Albion .The aiport is 25 km from Hotel.
A bus stop can be found 50 metres away Wi-fi is in the public areas. Free guest car parking and rent a car ,
Guide and short tour in Berat,Kruja,Tirana is available on request.
Our hotel accepts the following credit cards as payment options: Visa, MasterCard/EuroCard. The hotel's experienced staff looks forward to your stay with us!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||ADRIATIC SEA|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: MOTHER TEREZA 25 km, Nearest railway: STACIONI I TRENIT 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Single beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
About this location
The Durres County region
Durrës is the second largest city of Albania located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km (21 mi) west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically significant cities of Albania.
Durrës is situated at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Bari (300 km or 186 mi away) and Brindisi (200 km or 124 mi away). Durrës is home to Albania's main port, the Port of Durrës, and to the newest public university, the Aleksandër Moisiu University. It has a population of 115,550, while the metropolitan area has a population of 265,330 Moreover, it is the meeting point of national roads SH2 and SH4.
Founded in the 7th century BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and Corcyra under the name Epidamnos, it has been continuously inhabited for 2,700 years and is one of the oldest cities in Albania. Durrës served as Albania's national capital from 7 March 1914 until 11 February 1920 during the reign of William of Albania in Principality of Albania.
The amphitheater in Durres is their biggest tourist sight I would say, and also the biggest amphitheater in the Balkan countries. It was built by the romans in the second century AD, and once it could hold up to 20 000 spectators.
Today just half the stadium is above ground, as the city doesn't seem to happy about spending the money it would cost to dig up the whole place. It wasn't until 1966 they started to dig up the sight, but it seems like the project never will be finished.
But it's still a very impressive building, and well worth the walk up from the harbour front. There is no real entrance, but just a gate where a woman sits to take up the entrance fee. There is one fee for albanians, and another, way more expensive, for foreigners.
There seem to be different opening hours, as it's more about when the woman has the energy to sit there than real hours. Try to check with the local tourist office so you don't go all the way for no reason.
Although, also from the outside one can see the theater very well.
It's not the same feeling as when entering Colosseum in Rome, but in Durres one can instead walk around everywhere in the stands, and also on the field at the bottom. The quality of the steps aren't the best anymore, considering the age of the building, so one should be a bit careful where one put down the foot.
Don't either miss the tunnels under the theatre. Quite dark, or even very dark. But cool feeling to walk around there.
The fantastically named King Zog, a name often used in Monty Python's Flying Circus sketches, was the improbable ruler of the first Albanian nation. He was actually an elected president, and shunned by the European royalty for his lack of blue blood, but the local population was still living under the same feudal serfdom that they had since Ottoman times, and eventually crowned him as king, as the concept of president was still alien to them.
Despite his legendary name, his performance was a bit of a mixed bag. He weeded out the last remnants of serfdom in the country. He instigated modern reforms, like banning the veil. He tried his best at diplomacy, but the poverty of the country, and the expansionist intentions of nearby Italy made this almost impossible, and he slowly let the country drift into Mussolini's sphere of influence.
He was also a bit of a jet setter, with his cocked military cap hinting at the waggish lifestyle he led. He reputedly spent as much as 2% of the Albanian budget on his lavish lifestyle. He was often seen in the theatres and clubs of Europe, living the high life. This was something he couldn't do in Albania, due to the lack of any high life at all.
It's quite possible he drank and partied in order to forget the troubles of politics. In his relatively short reign as king, he was reportedly subject to 55 assassination attempts, and was under threat of over 600 blood feuds, for his many breaches of Albania's ancient law, the Kanun. He finished his life in exile in France, after unsuccessfully attempting to bribe the US government into letting him bring his entire court to the country.
His residence in Durres, a white and pink palace on the hills overlooking the harbour, is one of the main sights in the city. It's not possible to visit now, as it is occupied by the military, but you can walk up there and the views are great. It's also on the way to the lighthouse which has even better views.
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