Durres is the largest port city in the country, located 34km from Tirana. Its history dates to 627 B.C. making it the most ancient city in the country. It was settled by the Corinthians and later by settlers from Corcyra who invaded the then Illyrian land of Taulants.
Durres houses many archeological sites and discoveries, with the most notable attraction, the Amphiteater of Roman Emperor Hadrian, which seats 15,000, making it the second biggest amphitheater in the Balkans.
It is also a hot tourist spot with its clean white beaches along the Adriatic coast.