Durres is the second largest city of Albania, its a biggest seaport and the main railway connection center. Located in the vicinity of international Airport of Rinas and the capital, Durres maintains regular ship and ferryboat connections with Italian ports of Bari, Brindisi, Ancona and Trieste.
Durres is an ancient city, founded in 627 B.C. and known by the names EPIDAMNUS and, later on DYRRACHIUM ( according to the mythology , the nephew of Epidamnus).During that period of time the city was a flourishing centre and the main seaport in the Eastern part of Adriatic. During the 1st and 3rd centuries it played an important role as a merchant centre in the route Via Egnatia, linking Rome with Bizantium (Istanbul) .
The most important archaeological site is the Amphitheatre, the largest in the Balkan Peninsula, built in the 2nd century B.C. with a capacity of 15 – 20 thousand spectators and containing an early Chrystian Crypt with rare wall mosaics. Worth visiting is also the fortress of Durres of the early Middle Age , V –VI centuries. While you are in Durres you shall pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum that testifies to the antiquity of the city.
Durres is also the largest beach and sea destination in Albania. With a coast of 6 km long and 150 –180 meters wide and only 39 km far from the capital Tirana. A sandy beach runs smoothly to the seashore. The water is shallow for long way out and it is excellent for the children and family vacations. Along the seaside there are several tourist eatablishments which provides the adequate services.
Durres gives you the chance to experience simultaneously the pleasures of nice sandy beaches and an outstanding and rich historical, archaeological, cultural heritage.