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Albania Travel Guide
“The true history of mankind will be written only when Albanians participate in its writing.”
– Maximilian Lambertz
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The Land of Eagles
From the Albanian Alps to the Albanian Riviera, it seems the best way to wrap your head around a country that was off-limits to outsiders for so long is by drawing comparisons. In reality, there’s no place on earth quite like Albania.
Small in stature but lofty in every other sense, this country offers a perfect balance between culture and adventure. A trip to Albania might take you from the soaring peaks of the Accursed Mountains then plunge you into one of the country’s iconic blue eye water springs before you land a spot under a beach umbrella – or perhaps a seat at an outdoor cafe in Tirana, the capital city.
From Mother Theresa to Enver Hoxha and General Skanderbeg riding in on his steed, the history of Albania is complicated and fraught. This country owns its past while moving forward with great momentum – you only need look to Tirana, where nuclear bunkers have been transformed into museums and galleries – to see that. From the language to the costume and the delicious cuisine, Albania is distinct from its Balkan neighbours.
Albania loves a good epithet. There’s UNESCO-Listed Berat, the City of a Thousand Windows, Gjirokaster, the City of Stone, and the City of Serenades, Korca, near the border with Greece. Old bazaars, Ottoman aqueducts, Roman ruins and colossal castles (there are more than 158 fortresses around the country) all hold vigil over Albania’s historic cities.
Albania Travel Essentials
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