Durres. It is the second largest city in Albania, and at the same time, the largest and most important port of the country. Durres is one of the oldest cities of Albania with a long history. Durres was founded in 627 BC by colonists from Corkyra and Corinth on the Illyrian tribe of Taulamts. Initially he was known by the name Epidamnus and then Dyhrrahium (according to mythology of the nephew’s nephew). Afterwards, Durres became the Illyrian Taulant, Glauk and then of his sons Monun and Mytil. It is worth mentioning that Durres had its constitution in 314 BC. the city was conquered by Kassandra of Macedonia while in 229 BC. he was occupied by the Romans. During the Roman rule there was built amphitheater, a plumbing system, etc.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Durres experienced barbarian invasions such as those of the Visorite Alaricus in 40 AD, and later of the Valpro of Ostrogoths. During the period of the Emperor Byzantine Anastasium, originally from Durres, many temples, hippodromes and many walls were built in the city. During the 7th to 12th centuries it was the most important port of the eastern Adriatic. In 1368 the city ran into the influence of the Albanian prince Karl Topia who was abused in the year 1386 to leave the city of Venice. The latter kept the city for 108 years. In the year 1501 Durres was conquered by the Ottomans. After this act the city began to fall and lose its importance. On the eve of national independence, the city was occupied by Serbs who fled from there in May 1913. Unfortunately, during the withdrawal they are robbed of rare archeological values that are today exhibited in Belgrade museums.
Today, the city of Durres is the largest and most popular beach in the country, sandy and shallow, a fact which makes it very popular for family holidays. There are many important mafts in the city, which are very favorable for cultural tourism such as the Amphitheater of Durres, the Byzantine forum, the archaeological museum where Greek and Roman periods are displayed, Venetian torre, Fatih Mosque, Monument of Resistance dedicated to the armed struggle of the fascist invasion of Italy on April 7, 1939, the Ethnographic Museum, etc. The port city is connected by ferry to the Italian cities of Bari, Ancona and Trieste.