An inaugural call in Albania is being introduced by Thomson for summer 2015.
The Platinum-status Thomson Celebration will sail four adults-only itineraries from Dubrovnik, the Croatian walled city, including a stop at the historic Albanian port and resort Durres.
In Roman times, the city of Durres was an important port perched on the head of a long beach. These days, the city has spread south, adding a sprinkling of monuments, shopping boulevards and sprawling suburbs to the mix. Things still centre on the coastline – the sands here roll out for an impressive 10 kilometres.
Things to do in Durres
– Wander along the 20,000-seater Roman amphitheatre. The stands, tunnels and mosaic-lined chapel are all up for hands-on exploration.
– Albania’s biggest beach works its way south from the city. It’s the most popular one, too, so expect plenty of sunloungers, ice cream stalls and sand-side restaurants.
– A Venetian tower on the waterfront doubles up as a café-bar. Between its stone walls you’ll find art for sale, while a rooftop terrace offers great views over the city.