Untouched is the word that comes to mind when thinking about Albania. In fact, the capital city, Tirana, doesn’t even have a McDonald’s. Albania might not have the best reputation, but it is welcoming, intriguing, and safe. It is also very affordable. That's why Albania is an inviting destination for travellers looking for a unique holiday. Visitors to Albania always leave feeling nostalgic. Albania's reputation stems from its former dictatorship. But the country is moving toward integration. Albania received EU accession candidate status in 2014.
Albania's Best Destinations
Tirana, the capital of Albania, is a vibrant and unique destination. Not many places in Europe still feel this untouched. The city stands on the brink of a tourist boom, so now is the perfect time to visit before the crowds arrive. You’ll find a variety of cultural influences. You'll see Mediterranean and Arabic styles in the architecture and the cuisine. Just outside the city, the Dajti mountains are perfect for hiking. You can get breathtaking views over Tirana and the countryside.
A country of diverse landscapes
Albania has something for everyone. Choose from inviting cities, beautiful mountains and coastline. Travellers in Albania will love visiting the stunning beaches of Ksamil. They are the perfect place to unwind. They also offer easy travel options for visiting Corfu by ferry. Nearby you'll find the impressive UNESCO-listed Butrint, an ancient Greek settlement. In the southern region of Albania, you can explore the beautiful city of Gjirokastra. It boasts an iconic white-painted Old Town. Since the prices are low, you can enjoy a level of comfort that might not be available in western Europe.
We took a group of 5 bloggers to Albania in 2016 as part of the JayWayBalkans Press trip. They loved their working holiday in Albania. See the article to get a feel for what the country is like.
Visit a neighboring country
If you want to see more than one country when you're in the region you've got plenty of choices. We often combine Albania with neighboring Macedonia. You could also see Montenegro and Croatia in the same trip. If you're happy to take an overnight ferry you could also spend some time in Italy's Puglia.
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Public transport in Albania is very basic. But the cost of a private driver is more than reasonable, so you’ll travel in style. Traveling in Albania may be different from what you are used to, but it is thrilling. Our local guides will be on-hand to assist all vacationers. Wherever you want to travel in Albania, we can make it happen. Visit Gjirokastra, Ksamil, Butrint, or all of them. Contact us for a free travel consultation. Or request a call back at your convenience. We'll start planning the perfect Albania vacation, just for you.
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Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Albania
Our suggested itineraries in Albania and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our Albania vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
Get off the beaten path of European destinations and visit once-forbidden Albania and the least-well-known former Yugoslav Republic, Macedonia. You'll be amazed by the food and scenery and enchanted by the warm welcomes. read full itinerary
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