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Mother Albania is a statue of about 12 metres high and is located at the National Martyrs Cemetery of Albania. The statue, erected in 1971, represents the country as a mother guarding over those who gave their lives for her. There are 28,000 graves of Albanian partisans in the cemetery behind the statue, all of whom died during World War II. The massive statue holds a wreath of laurels and a star. The cemetery initially also was the last resting place of former leader Enver Hoxha, but he was given a more humble grave in another public cemetery afther the fall of the Communism and the end of Albania as a closed country as well. It is a concrete statue is a work of the sculptors Kristaq Rama, Muntaz Dhrami and Shaban Hadëri. It stands on top of a 3-metre-high pedestal, on which are engraved the words "Lavdi e perjetshme deshmoreve te Atdheut" (Glory to the martyrs of the homeland forever).
Taking place each year in November, Tirana International Film Festival is the first of its kind to take place in Albania. First held in 2003, it mixes a combination of short pieces with full-length features. A nationwide event, the festival has received patronage and endorsements from a number of international names from across Europe and America.
The average temperature varies between 6.7 °C in January and 31 °C in July. Annual rainfall is 1,200 mm. The driest months are July and August while the wettest months are November and December.
Tirana International Airport (international code TIA, also known as Rinas airport or Mother Teresa airport) is located 25 kilometres northwest of the city. There are regular connections with Italy, Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, England, Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia. Albanian Airlines is the national carrier. Significant upgrades, including a new passenger terminal, were completed in March 2007 and the airport now describes itself as 'meeting international standards'. Taxis can take you to and from the airport for about 2,500 Lek (roughly €20) each way. The journey is 30-45 minutes depending on traffic. Rinas Express operates an hourly bus service between the airport and the national museum in the centre of Tirana. The one-way fare is 200 Lek.
There is a service to Shkodrar, which lies on the border with Montenegro. However, as the train is very slow and unreliable (taking about 5 hours compared to 2-2.5 hours by bus), most locals use the buses. Trains also go to Durres on the coastline, a relatively short ride and probably one of the most useful ones as the time is about the same compared to taking the bus.
Tirana lacks a central bus station. Instead, buses arrive and depart at main road junctions around the city depending on where they arrive from and depart to. Frequent minibuses leave for Shkodra as they fill up. During the day, you rarely need to wait longer than half an hour. Buses to Berat and Durres are also frequent, but rarely have a timetable.
|Hotel Baron||Rruga Elbasanit Sauk||Hotel||77|
|Bristol Hotel||Str \"Nikolla Jorga\" , near to the national Exhib||HOTEL||-|
|City Hotel Tirana||Rruga Ismail Qemali Nr.8/1||Hotel||-|
|Freddy's||Ground Floor 75 Bardhok Biba Street||HOSTEL||86|
|Hotel Haxhiu-Tirana||Qemal stafa str. 391/1,||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Albania||rr. Beqir Luga||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Airport Tirana||Tirana International Aiport Rinas||Hotel||-|
|Brilant Antik - Tirana||Jeronim de Rada, Nr. 79||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Nobel||Urani Pano Boulevard Zogu I||Hotel||82|
|Loreni Hostel||Ground Floor, 75 Bardhok Biba Street||Guesthouse||65|
|Mirror Dream/Panorama||Rr Zenel Baboci, behind Shkolla||Apartment||-|
|Oresti Hostel||Check in location: Ground Floor 75 Bardhok Biba Street||Hostel||82|
|Selvia Appartment||Selvia,Rr. Saracve 8th floor||Apartment||-|
|Tirana Backpacker Hostel||Rruga Myslym Shyri Vila 7||HOSTEL||90|
|Hotel Xheko||4 Shkurti, 4 Shkurti,||Hotel||-|
|Milingona Hostel||Rruga Riza Cerova,Nr.197/2||HOSTEL||89|
|Seven Hotel Tirana||Kavaja Street, ex Turkish Embassy||HOTEL||-|
|Villa with a Star||Rr e Dibres, 261||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Viktoria||Rruga e Elbasanit, Sauk, Tirana||HOTEL||-|
|Guesthouse Bashkimi||Barrikada Street Palace 131 Apartament nr.2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Restaurant Bujtina e Gjelit||Rr.Don Bosco Nr.28||HOTEL||-|
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|Rogner Hotel Tirana||Bulevardi Deshmoret e Kombit||HOTEL||-|
|Elysee Hotel||Themistokli Germenji 2/173||HOTEL||-|
|Star Hostel Tirana||Dibra Street, Skanderbeg Square, Nr. 73 Near Tirana International Hotel||HOSTEL||79|
|Viktoria Hotel – Tirana||Rruga e Elbasanit, 4 Km, Sauk||Hotel||-|
|Dajti Tower Belvedere Hotel||Commune Linze Upper station cable car, Dajti Mountain||HOTEL||-|
|Tirana International Hotel & Conference Center||Skenderbeg Square, Building No. 8, Entrance No. 1||HOTEL||-|
|NOA Hostel||Rr. Sotir Peci, Nr. 24 Tirane||HOSTEL||-|
|Doro City - Tirana||Muhamed Gjollesha, Nd. 38||HOTEL||-|
|Golden City - Tirana||Rruga Him kolli 45/4||HOTEL||-|
|Arber - Tirana||Bardhok Biba 59||HOTEL||-|
|Stela Hotel Tirana||Rruga e Dibres||HOTEL||-|
|Nov Hotel Tirana||Gjin Bue Shpata Road||HOTEL||-|
|Tirana Patio||Rr: Zenel Baboci 16||APARTMENT||-|
|Vila Alba Tirana||Rruga Xhorxhi Martini 10||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Elysee||Themistokli Germenji, 2/713||HOTEL||-|
|Villa Andi||Tefto Tahko Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Salku Serviced Rooms||Bardhok Biba 75||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Trip'n'Hostel||Rr. Musa Maci 1||HOSTEL||-|
|Ferrari Hotel Tirana||Rr. Don Bosko||HOTEL||-|
|One Bedroom Flat Tirana||Rruga Stavri Themeli, Tirana, Albania||APARTMENT||-|
|Verzaci Hotel||Rinas Airport Tirana||HOTEL||-|
|Vila Aeroport Tirana||Rinas Airport Rinas||HOTEL||-|
|Relax Hotel||Rr. Durresit||HOTEL||-|
|Serenity Hotel||Street Bogdani No. 4||HOTEL||-|
Almost every city or town in Albania has public internet access, usually available at an Internet cafe. Some hotels, especially in Tirana, have broadband connections in the guest rooms; a few have Wi-Fi.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Albania is: 355. To make an international call from Albania, the code is: 00.
Coverage of cell phones is good, except in the most remote, mountainous areas.
Post Ashqiptare is the national postal service of Albania and services have been getting more reliable and faster over the years. Opening times of post offices are mostly between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings, although the bigger ones might keep slightly longer hours, while in small towns there might be shorter hours or a lunch break. For sending things other than postcards and letters or anything of value, you might consider using a private company like UPS, TNT, FedEx or DHL.
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