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    Port of Durres

    ALMOST 2,800 YEARS OLD!

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    Beaches

    DURRES IS FULL OF SPECIAL MOMENTS!

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    Seafood!

    SEAFOOD LUNCHES ARE A FAVORITE!

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    Outdoor Concerts

    NIGHT ACTIVITIES ABOUND IN DURRES!

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    Venetian Tower

    ADVENTURE INTO ANCIENT PASSAGES!

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    Art Shopping

    SUPPORT THE ART COMMUNITY OF DURRES!

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Durr毛s, a port city dating back to the 7th century BCE, is a wonderful walking, sight-seeing, and beach location.

     Historical highlights of Durres are its involvement during the Roman period, 5th century BCE. Durres, or Epidamnos at that time, became a port during the Peloponnesian War. After the war, and do to new foreign influences, Epidamnus later expanded politically, architecturally, and culturally and changed its name to Dyrrhachion; Dyrrachium was used in Roman literature and known as the battlefield between the legions of Caesar and Pompey (49-48 BCE). Dyrrhachion was a vital Roman port of The Egnatian Way (Via Egnatia). This trade route was one of the main roadways which connected Rome with Byzantium and as times flourished Durres did as well. A result is Durres being home to the largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans.

     Modern Durres, or Durresi, is much different than its past. It shortly acquired capital notoriety, after independence in 1912, but then lost it to Tirana, is a modern, thriving port city with developed boulevards, soft sand beaches for tourism, and calm, warm Adriatic waters. Future planning for Durres has pointed towards Greek and Italian beach culture and quality.

Geography: Western (Central) Albania

Population: 265,330

Transport: Bus, Mini-Bus, International Ferry, Rail (Tirana-to-Durres), Shared Taxi, Taxi, Tour

Local Activities: Walking boardwalks, shopping plazas, seafood lunches, Albanian concerts, ship watching, beaches, and ice-cream desserts!!!