Solo Female Travel in Durrës

Durrës, located on the western coast of Albania along the shimmering Adriatic Sea, offers a unique blend of ancient history and modern attractions. Known as the second largest city and a former capital of Albania, Durrës is home to fascinating monuments of its rich past. Among them stands the majestic Durrës Amphitheatre, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 2nd century AD, as well as the Royal Villa of Durrës, capturing the essence of the city's Byzantine lineage. Apart from its historical landmarks, the city is famed for its beautiful beaches, complemented by an array of bustling seafood restaurants and lively bars. Every visit to Durrës promises a captivating journey through vibrant history and beautiful seaside ambiance.

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Is Durrës good for solo travel?



Durrës is generally quite safe for solo female travelers. While street crime does occur, as in any city, it is infrequent and tends to be opportunistic rather than targeted. The city is tourist-friendly and locals are often very helpful. However, it is always advisable to take standard precautions such as avoiding poorly-lit or deserted areas at night, not displaying expensive items openly, as well as distributing your money and essential items in different places while on the move. While the language barrier can be a challenge, the majority of the young population and people working in the tourism industry speak English.


Navigating through Durrës can be a relatively good experience. The locals are very helpful and friendly. Signs are typically in Albanian and English which helps in getting around. There are many options for transport including taxis, local buses, and walking. However, the city can be crowded especially during peak tourist season, and occassionally language can be a barrier. It’s often best to have a map or GPS on hand, as not all streets are well marked, hence a slight mark down.
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Things to do:Interesting

Durrës is a compelling destination rich with history and natural beauty. One can visit the ancient Durres Amphitheater and Archaeological Museum to delve into the history of the region, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Durres sea walls for a picturesque view. It also features a myriad of exotic restaurants that will treat you to the local cuisine, and has plenty of shopping opportunities with local handcrafts and unique pieces. It does lack a bit in terms of adrenaline-packed activities, but makes up for it with loads of cultural enrichment experiences and leisure options.

Food:Above average

Durrës, presents an impressive culinary diversity, reflecting influences from Italian, Greek, and Mediterranean cuisine. The seafood is notably fresh due to the coastal location. Try the traditional dishes like 'Byrek' or 'Trilece'. The city, however, lacks a wide array of international cuisine and the number of vegetarian or vegan options is limited. Street food is quite popular and provides a unique opportunity to sample local delicacies.


Durrës, offers several cost-effective options for a solo female traveler. Accommodation ranges from budget backpacker hostels to affordable mid-range hotels. Eating out is relatively cheap, with a variety of offerings from street food to local restaurants. Attractions and local transportation are also reasonably priced. However, while generally affordable, it's slightly more expensive than other nearby Albanian cities.

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