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Albania is one of the smallest countries in Europe, located in south-eastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece and Serbia on one side and Montenegro on the other side.

What will you find? Unspoiled beaches, challenging mountain ranges, unique traditions, unequivocal hospitality, delicious traditional cuisine, and the wild and peculiar atmosphere of the countryside.

Albania is home to three World Heritage Sites: Butrint, an ancient Greek and Roman city, Gjirokastėr, a well-preserved Ottoman medieval town and Berat, the 'town of a thousand and one windows'.

Counties in Albania : Berat, Diber, Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Gjirokaster, Korēė, Kukes, Lezhe, Shkoder, Tirana and Vlore.

Cities in Albania : Berat, Durres, Elbasan, Saranda, Shkodra, Vlora

Capital City of Albania: Tirana

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National parks in Albania / Albanian Marine Park

  National Parks of Albania at Tourism National Agency

  Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park
Small area along the coastlines of Karaburun Peninsula and Sazan Island near the Bay of Vlora. The marine park features ruins of sunken Greek, Roman and World War II ships, rich underwater fauna, steep cliffs and giant caves, ancient inscriptions of sailors on shore, secluded beaches, and breathtaking views of the coastline.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

 Thomas Cook

Create your trip to Albania  -   Flight, Hotel and Car

  Regent Holidays   -   Tirana City Break and classic Albania
This suggested individual itinerary begins in Tirana, where the hustle and bustle of Skanderbeg Square is best viewed over a raki from a pavement café. Travelling south to Saranda via Gjirokastra, birthplace of Enver Hoxha the former Communist leader, you will visit the Museum of Weapons and the imposing fortress rebuilt by Ali Pasha. Not far from the resort of Saranda lie the impressive ruins of Butrint. Ignored for many years, rambling creepers hid ancient masonry and buildings so effectively that a Roman Theatre and Baptistery have only recently been discovered. Leaving Saranda, the tour heads north along the breathtaking coastal road to Berat, which is known locally as the 'Riviera of Flowers'. Berat, so called the 'city of a thousand windows', is a striking hillside museum town dominated by its medieval citadel. Next stop is the coastal resort of Durres with its Roman amphitheatre and archaeological museum. After Durres, the tour continues to Kruje, a medieval town perched atop pine-covered mountains. Here, the cobbled 'Turkish Bazaar', ethnographic exhibition and the socialist-realist Skanderbeg museum are unmissable.

Albania (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 184162246XTravel Guides Albania / Related books

Albania (Bradt Travel Guide)
Gillian Gloyer (Author)
This edition places its emphasis on the cultural and outdoor activities of Albania rather than overdeveloped beaches. Tirana, the capital, is covered in detail, from Communist nostalgia and Skanderberg Square to nearby Mount Dajti National Park and the Krraba Pass. Albania covers sites such as Butrint with its complex ruins, dating back 2500 years, and the hilltop site of Byllis with its ruins of Illyrian houses, Roman buildings, and Byzantine basilicas. Full details on outdoor activities, including cycling routes and hikers' trails countrywide are also included.
Paperback: 272 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (15 May 2008); ISBN-10: 184162246X; ISBN-13: 978-1841622460.

Transportation / How do I travel to Albania

  Airport of Tirana [ TIA ]   -   see Sleeping Airports
Tirana airport is 25 miles from the city centre. Taxis are available from outside the terminal and a bus service is also available.

Malev Hungarian Airlines  
London-Tirana v.v.


  Tickets /  Bargain Flights
Flight tickets Tirana   -   price comparison possible

  HSH  - Albanian Ralways   -   see Ministry of Transport / Transportminesterium Albanien
  HSA = Hekurudha e Shqipėrisė [ Railways ]

  Boat  -   From Durrės ferries to Italy [ Bari 4-7 hrs., Brindisi and Trieste 23 hts., Ancona 16 hrs.] and to Slovenia [ Koper 22 hrs.]. More ferries between Vlora and Bari [ 11 hrs.], Otranto and Brindisi and also between Saranda and Corfu in Greece.

Bus from Tirana to Istanbul, Sofia and Athens v.v..

By car: from Greece, you can cross the border with Albania in Konispol, and Kakavija Bilishti.

  Maps of Albania [ Uni Texas  -  Perry-Castańeda Library  -  Map Collection ]


  Tirana   -   Capital City of Albania

  Berat [ Berat, Kuēovė, Skrapar ]   -   with capital Berat
  Dibėr [ Bulqizė, Dibėr, Mat ]   -   with capital Peshkopi
  Durrės [ Durrės, Krujė ]   -   with capital Durrės
  Elbasan [ Elbasan, Gramsh, Librazhd, Peqin ]   -   with capital Elbasan
  Fier [ Fier, Lushnjė, Mallakastėr ]   -   with capital Fier
  Gjirokastėr [ Gjirokastėr, Pėrmet, Tepelenė ]   -   with capital Gjirokastėr
  Korēė [ Devoll, Kolonjė, Korēė, Pogradec ]   -   with capital Korēė
  Kukės [ Has, Kukės, Tropojė ]   -   with capital Kukės
  Lezhė [ Kurbin, Lezhė, Mirditė ]   -   with capital Lezhė
  Shkodėr [ Malėsi e Madhe, Pukė, Shkodėr ]   -   with capital Shkodėr
  Tirana [ Kavajė, Tiranė ]   -   with capital  Tirana
  Vlorė [ Delvinė, Sarandė, Vlorė ]   -   with capital Vlorė

  Berati   -   City of a Thousand Windows   -   see also
Berati, a city in south central Albania. Located near the Osum River, Berat is the commercial center for the surrounding agricultural region in which tobacco, grapes, and fruits are grown. The town of Berat, overshadowed to the east by mount Tomorr (2400m), is built on an ancient Illyrian dwelling site, which goes back to the sixth century B.C. Its innumerable monuments and beautiful and characteristic architecture of its houses have proclaimed Berat, a museum town.
One of Albania's oldest cities, the country's main sea port, the second largest industrial center after Tirana. Durres lies on a small peninsula on the coast of the Adriatic sea.
The legend says that it was founded by Epidamnos, the Illyrian King of the area, who called it by his own name and named the port area after his grandson - Dyrrah
Elbasan is the site of the ancient city of Skampa founded in the 1st century A.D. It came into being and developed during the construction of the Egnatia route - a main road artery in the land communications and trade and commercial interchanges between the Apennine Peninsula, on one side and the Balkan Peninsula and the East on the other.
  Gjirokastra   -   one of the most important cities in south Albania  -   declared Museum City
  Korca   -   largest city in southeast Albania
Peshkopia lies on the eastern part of Albania, on either side of the Black Drini river. The Drini valley is the lowest part of the district. The Korabi peak (2751 m) is the country's highest peak, which is situated in this district. Peshkopia has a population of 10,000 inhabitants. Mineral ores such as chromium, sulphur, marble have been discovered in this district. The thermal mineral water springs are situated in the vicinity of Peshkopia and have important medicinal values.
On the top of the hill overlooking Pogradec there is an ancient Illyrian fortress believed to have been known as Encheleana. In the Middle Ages this fortress was reconstructed and the place was renamed by the Bulgarians, who invaded Southeastern Albania at this time. [ Pogradec, Pod Grad - the place beneath the fortress ].
Saranda is situated in an open sea gulf, opposite the island of Corfu. The sea panorama, the variety of flora, favoured by the soft climate, make Saranda the preferred centre for rest and recreation and an important tourist town. Most Albanian couples come to spend their honey-moon in Saranda. That's why it is known in Albania as the town of the honey-mooners
Shkodra was known as an old artisan centre, as well as road and river junction with a considerable transit trade. Shkodra (formerly Scutari) is the third largest town in Albania. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe, having been in the third century B.C. the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom of the Ardians whose queen was the Legendary Teuta.
  Vlora   -   coastal town

  Devollit river

  Albanian Daily News
  Official newsagent Republic of Albania
  Radio Televizioni 21 

Cuisine   -   Albanian Recipes

  Recipes from Albania

History of Albania

Independent: 28th of November 1912 [ from Ottoman Empire ]

  Albanian History   -   Wikipedia
In the area that is today Albania, human activity has been present since the beginning of human history. The earlier inhabitants were probably part of the pre-Indo-European populace that occupied the coastline of most parts of the Mediterranean...

  Enver Hoxa [ 16 October 1908 – 11 April 1985 ]   -   Communist leader
Long time political leader and admirer of Stalin. During his reign until 1985 no room for freedom of religion and expression. See Wikipedia

  British Library   -   Albanian Collection
An overview of the Albanian Collections | Catalogues, printed guides and other resources | Albanian material elsewhere in the British Library.

Music, Arts & Culture

  Music from Albania
Characteristics, Folk music [ Northern Albania, Southern Albania, Albanian folk musicians (by alphabetic order ) ], Popular music [ 1930s Urban Song, 1950s and beyond, Albanian music in Macedonia and Kosovo ], Classical music, Albanian musical instruments.
  Albmuzika   -   Albanian music, art, culture, media and religion
  Shaban's Albanian Music site

  Culture in Albania
Dances, Dress, Education, Folklore, Fine arts, Music, Literature, Sport.

  Albanian literature
Renaissance, Early Modern literature, 18th century, National Renaissance, Modern literature [ Independence, Socialist Realism, Contemporary literature ]. See also [ This web site contains the largest selection of Albanian literature ever to have appeared in English translation].

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