Make your way to Skenderbeg Square, where you’ll meet a local guide and get fitted with a bicycle. Start by looping the square, taking in the National Theater, a towering statue of Albania’s national hero, the clock tower, and the Et’hem Bey Mosque.
Pedal towards the Pedonalja, a pedestrian area adjacent to the 6th-century Tirana Castle, where Byzantine foundations are surrounded by vine covered Ottoman-era fortifications. Continue to the Parliament, the new Mosque of Tirana, Tanner’s Bridge, and the Pyramid of Tirana, a crumbling landmark that Communist-era dictator Enver Hoxha built as a museum.
Stop to see a Communist bunker that dominates Tirana’s main street, and learn about life under the strict Communist regime that ruled until 1991. Visit the trendy Blloku neighborhood to see some of Tirana’s most vibrant bars and clubs, then finish the tour at Mother Tereza Square, where you’ll refuel with beer and qofte, the spiced, fried meatballs that are Albania’s national dish.