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Try Albania, you will find a land to discover. This small gem of the Mediterranean takes you through the mystery of its ancient and rich history, the mesmerizing virgin nature and the vibrant and fascinating life of the metropolitan.

Lonely Planet 2011

 

Top 10 Places for 2011

No.1: Albania

 

Picture a place where rulers have names like King Zog, Enver Hoxha and Bamir Topi. Set the scene with coastal cliffs, snow-capped mountains and jungle-wrapped ruins. Cast some female 'sworn virgins' to fill the roles of men who have been lost in ancient blood feuds. Let the spoken dialects be known as Tosk and Gheg. Make it that daily life is governed by a code of conduct with 1262 instructions including 38 on hospitality towards guests.

It may seem like you've just conjured a medieval fantasy novel rather than an up-and-coming travel destination, but this is Albania in all its epic, eclectic glory.

The defining Albanian experience

If you are a journey-over-destination kind of traveller, take the road (and a sick bag) from Korça to Gjirokastra. The road climbs along the Greek border to the highlands, slices through pine forests along the edge of the Gramoz mountains before crossing the Barmash Pass (1759m) and descending dramatically into the narrow valley of the Vjosa River and up the Drinos valley. Recover down south on the beach at Dhërmi or take the ferry from Saranda across the Ionian sea to the Greek Islands - just because you can.

 

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New York Times 2014

 

4. Albanian Coast

 

On a rugged shore, Europe at its best

What if you could combine the rugged beauty you’d find on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast with the ruins of an undiscovered Turkey or Greece, all wrapped in the easygoing nature characteristic of rural Italy — at a fraction of the cost? Turns out you can, on the coast of Albania. The roughly Maryland-size country, between Greece and Montenegro, sits about 45 miles east of Italy on the eastern shores of the Adriatic and has limestone-ringed beaches, ancient ruins like Butrint and waterfront inns where you can stay for less than $50 a night. Rampant development threatened to turn it all to concrete in the years after Communism, but a new government took office in September on promises of keeping the coast authentic. Head to villages like Qeparo, within sight of Corfu, where you can kayak past Cold War submarine tunnels, swim by abandoned forts and watch the tide rise during a dinner of fresh fish at an inn called the Riviera. This is Europe when it was fresh and cheap.

 

— TIM NEVILLE ,New York Times

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Albania has a lot to offer; in every season you will find a handful of activities and interesting things to do and explore, suitable for every tourist and lifestyle. When feeling adventurous and daring, take pleasure in spending those hot summer days in the wonderful, turquoise-colored, pristine beaches of the Ionian and Adriatic Sea, or cherish the fall by exploring the spectacular high mountains, the picturesque river valleys and the breathtaking natural landscapes. Along your journey, you will meet a lot of friends and will feel at home by the warm hospitality of Albanians.

 

Albania, with its language, history and traditions is one of the most ancient civilizations of the World. Experience the historical journey among the ancient cities of Durres, Gjirokastra, Berat or Shkodra, discovering old city ruins, castles and unique architecture.

 

More and more tourists are visiting Albania, and the world’s most famous journals and tourism websites, such as New York Times and Lonely Planet, have listed it among the top must-see destinations, continuously since 2011.

 

As a post-communist country, Albania has taken significant steps in its path towards European development, which along with the busy metropolitan lifestyle, have brought about a significant number of relaxing and high-end luxury resorts. From the north to the south of this captivating country, on mountains, near lakes, rivers and along the seaside you can rest in these 5* resorts for a surprisingly affordable price.  Try Albania, you will love it!

Lonely Planet on Tirana

 

Lively, colourful Tirana is the beating heart of Albania, where this tiny nation's hopes and dreams coalesce into a vibrant whirl of traffic, brash consumerism and unfettered fun. Having undergone a transformation of extraordinary proportions since it awoke from its communist slumber in the early 1990s, Tirana is now unrecognisable, with its buildings painted in horizontal primary colours, and public squares and pedestrianised streets a pleasure to wander.

Trendy Blloku buzzes with well-dressed nouvelle bourgeoisie hanging out in bars or zipping between boutiques, while the city's grand boulevards are lined with fascinating relics of its Ottoman, Italian and communist past – from delicate minarets to loud socialist murals. Tirana's traffic does daily battle with both itself and pedestrians in a constant scene of unmitigated chaos. Loud, crazy, colourful and dusty – Tirana is never dull.

 

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