Albania is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
This small country in south-east Europe is a dream destination for adventurous travellers, and people who want to explore a relatively unknown corner of the continent.
Everywhere you look in Albania, there is breathtaking natural beauty. From the crystal clear, warm waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas to the towering, snow-capped Albanian Alps in the interior, Albania is a place that takes your breath away.
The country is peppered with ancient Greek and Roman archaeological sites, castles, and stunning medieval Ottoman towns. Its capital city, Tirana, is modern and vibrant. Though in the countryside, you’ll come across sleepy, rustic villages where the pace of life hasn’t changed much for centuries.
Albania is a perfect destination for a road trip. It’s also very affordable compared to most other European countries. The food is delicious – Mediterranean with a distinctly unique twist – and the local people are incredibly welcoming.
The years of Enver Hoxha, the paranoid communist despot who kept the country closed off to the outside world for much of the 20th century, are firmly in the past. Today, Albania is very much open and waiting to be explored.
Despite all this, still relatively few foreign tourists come here. But you should. And soon, while it’s still undiscovered.
|Approximate Area:||29,000 km2|
|Approximate Population:||2.8 million|
|International Dialling Code:||+ 355|
|Drives on the:||Right|
Where to go
Albania is awesome. Really awesome. This little country in South-East Europe has everything. Extremely varied scenery, mountains, forests, stunning beaches on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, crystal clear waters, and beautiful architecture. In this post I’ll set out some ideas for