Durres, historically also known as Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the 2nd largest city and municipality of Albania, as well as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Geographically, its central on the coast, a'round 33 km (21 ml) west of the capital city of Tirana.
Durres is one of Albania's most ancient and economically important cities, as well as home to the main port, the Port of Durres. The city is located at one of the narrower points of Adriatic Sea, opposite the Italian ports of Brindisi and Bari. Durres port is the 10th largest cargo port on the Adriatic and handles over 3.4 million tonnes of cargo annually. Many railways and roads pass through Durres and connect country's northern part to the west and the south with the east. It is the starting point of national roads SH2 and SH4, Pan-European Corridor VIII, and serves as main railway station of HSH.
Durres is one of largest cities situated on the Adriatic Sea and ranks fifth with a population of 175,110 inhabitants (2011 census), in a total area of 338,30 km2 (130,6 ml2). The metropolitan area has a population of around 265,330 people.
There are some well-preserved Roman arenas in Durees which have been excavated in the city's old quarter. Established as Epidamnus by the Greeks in 7th century BC, Durres was seized by the Illyrians and then passed to the Romans. In 4th century AD Durres became capital of the Roman province Epirus Nova, but during its history, it later came under control of Byzantines, Crusaders, Sicilians, Venicians, Serbs, Albanians and Greeks. In 1913 it was declared capital of independent Albania but was overrun by Austrians and later Italians in World War I.
Tirana, capital and biggest city of Albania, can be reached from Durres. It was established in 1614 by Sulejman Pasha and in 1920 became Albania's capital city.
The city of Durres is home of one of the biggest amphitheatres in the Balkan peninsula, Durres Amphitheatre, once having a 20,000-people capacity.
Highlights: Roman arenas
The Durres cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Durres, Albania.
If you lose the Durres location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Durres cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Durres, Albania. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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