South of the Archeological Museum, though you’ll need to curl west around the hill for access, is Tirana’s Grand Park, whose main feature is an artificial lake around which the Tiranese come for a spot of relaxation. Its population of tiny fish will munch the dead skin from your feet – a treatment you’d pay good money for elsewhere – but avoid swimming since villages on the far side of the lake empty their sewage into the waters. Note, too, that although the surrounding forest is full of beautiful fireflies come dusk, it is also teeming with snakes.

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