Tirana with kids: 5 fun activities

Is a city break to Tirana with kids worth it? That’s what we wondered when we added Tirana to our trip through Eastern Europe. You can easily spend a weekend in Tirana with the family, but then you have really seen the city. In that regard, there is not super much to do for families with kids, but we still had a great time for a whole day and would have liked to stay a day longer afterwards. Hence, we list the five most fun activities in Tirana with kids.

Tirana with kids
Tirana with kids

Tirana with kids #1: taking the Cable Car to Mount Djati

We visit Tirana with our own car and we notice right away that we are in a big city and that it is quite hectic. Cars, scooters and pedestrians are coming from everywhere and we are short of eyes as we drive. Surely the most fun activity in Tirana with kids is taking the cable car to the top of Mount Djati, so we drive to the cable car station at the bottom of the mountain.

We can park the car for free at the cable car station and are right at the ticket office where we can buy a ticket for the cable car. It is also easy to reach the cable car station by public transportation. The cable car’s website lists exactly what options are available to reach it. There is even a number for a cab company that will drop you off at the cable car from downtown for a few euros. Prices for a return trip on the cable car are also reasonable (as is the case with most things in Albania).

Tirana with kids
Tirana with kids

The cable car will take you up the hill in about twenty minutes, and on the way you’ll have great views of the countryside and the city. Once you get to the top, you come right to the hotel, restaurant and café on top of the mountain. The bar found here rotates 360 degrees on its axis every so often, giving you a great view (provided it’s not too foggy) while sipping your drink.

Once we enjoyed the view for a while, we continued to explore the area and first came across the playground. The playground is not super big, but fun enough to explore for a while. After about ten minutes we walk on, as we would like to visit the climbing park on the mountain. This one is farther away from the cable car station than we thought beforehand. We have to walk for about ten minutes before we reach the park.

Tirana with kids
Tirana with kids

Along the way, we encounter another shooting gallery, some kind of baby carriages that you can ride and horses that can be taken for a ride. At the climbing park, we decide that both Sophie and I (Joep) will climb. The cost of climbing is a few euros and with Sophie’s height she may do the three children’s courses. When we want to start, it turns out that adults aren’t allowed to do these courses at all, which means I’ve basically paid for nothing and am fused. Of course, I can do the courses for the adults, but we don’t find that very entertaining.

Kids as young as five can climb here, and the courses are quite easy compared to some courses in the Netherlands. Still, it remains fun for kids to climb and scramble, and we quickly spent an hour anyway with the three different courses that Sophie does several times. At the little restaurant we have another drink and then we head back toward the cable car. For adults and kids ages eight and up, they have more difficult courses up to a height of 10 meters.

Another activity you can do on this mountain in Tirana with kids is mini golf. They have a course here with 18 holes. There is also an opportunity for paragliding, climbing, mountain biking and hiking in the mountains.

Tirana with kids
Tirana with kids

Tirana with kids #2: Skanderbeg Square

After spending a morning enjoying ourselves on the mountain, we also wanted to see a bit more of the city center. We were there in the middle of summer and then the temperatures can be quite high. This was also the case when we were there. As a result, in terms of daytime activities, the city is very quiet. You see that when the temperature drops in the evening hours that there is more life on the streets and this square is also a lot busier then with street performers and people selling things.

So when we were there it was pretty empty and apart from being a big square, there is not super much to see. There are also few restaurants or cafes at the square where you can grab a nice bite or drink. However, there are plenty of these if you walk a little further downtown from the square. It is therefore fun to visit the square while you are in the city center, but don’t expect too much from it.

Tirana with kids
Tirana with kids

Tirana with kids #3: Pyramid of Tirana

One of the most famous buildings in the city of Tirana is the Pyramid of Tirana. This pyramid stands in the center of town and was always a kind of climbing device for kids. This pyramid was quite outdated and actually didn’t look like much anymore.

When we visited in 2021, they were rebuilding the pyramid and the pictures of the new pyramid looked promising. This pyramid is being completely renovated and when this is done, it is definitely fun to visit the pyramid for a while. So, unfortunately, we were not able to visit this pyramid this time and take pictures of it.

If you want to follow the state of the pyramid in the city, check out this link.

Tirana with kids #4: Blloku neighborhood

The Blloku district is now the hip area of Tirana, where you have plenty of nice places to get something to eat and drink. During the time of communism, this was the part of Tirana where most of the villas of Albania’s political leaders were located, but after the fall of communism, many Albanians started establishing bars and restaurants here.

If you are visiting Tirana with kids then it is fun to take a walk through this neighborhood. We had lunch here in a very nice Italian restaurant that looked quite exclusive inside and they served delicious food, but the prices were very reasonable. In that regard, there are plenty of nice places in this neighborhood where you can get something to eat and drink and therefore visiting this neighborhood is definitely recommended.

Tirana with kids
Tirana with kids

Tirana with kids #5: Bunk’Art1 Tirana

You can visit two bunkers in Tirana with kids. These bunkers have been given the names Bunk’Art1 and Bunk’Art2. Bunk’Art2 is located in the center of the city, near Skanderbeg Square, and you can see here how the secret services used to work. You will also see various torture and eavesdropping methods here. Most of the exhibit is translated into English, and it reflects well how things used to be.

It is not a very large museum and you have to wonder if it is a fun museum for kids, but it does give a good idea of the history of the city and the country.

The second bunker (Bunk’Art 1) sits near the cable car station (five-minute walk). You can see in this bunker the underground quarters of the Albanian government and army staff during the times of communism. Again, this bunker may not be the first activity you will do with kids in town, but they are one of the city’s main attractions.

Where to stay in Tirana with kids?

You can stay cheap in Tirana with kids. Prices for a family room start as low as a few tens per night and the choice is quite large. This makes it not difficult to find a suitable hotel for everyone’s budget. We list some options in different price ranges that are close to downtown and are rated at least an eight by many reviews.

Budget hotel: Hotel Pandora Residence

Mid-range hotel: Golden City Hotel & Spa, Tirana

Luxury hotel: Hotel Opera

Check here for the entire list of accommodations in Tirana.

Tirana with kids
Tirana with kids

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