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The Republic of Albania is a small, mountainous country on south-eastern Europe's Balkan Peninsula, bordering the Adriatic Sea to the west and with land borders to Greece to the south, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedoniato the East and Montenegroand Kosovo to the North.Albania occupies an important strategic location in the Balkans along the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.Albania literally means "the land of the eagles," and this meaning can be seen in their national flag

 

Albania is a country with vibrant cities, Roman ruins, gorgeous beaches, cheap food and beer, and – particularly appealing to indie travelers for whom personal interaction is a primary reason for traveling – a population that is eager to welcome visitors and show off their country

It was the last of the central and eastern European countries to accept the democratic and free market reforms. Today,Albaniais a great place to visit and to enjoy its architecture and other amenities..Albaniais a very unique country with fascinating culture, friendly, warmth, and wonderfull people. Albanians are the descendants of Illyrians, the first settlers in the Mediterranean region and Europe

 

The real attraction of the country though is the mountains which in winter turn into the snow covered Albanian Alps. For serious trekkers Albania’s Accursed Mountain trip provides a trip of spirit and great adventure where trekkers can explore outstanding, unspoiled and virtually impenetrable sites. You can travel and discover lakes, rivers and gorges, whilst hoping to spot some of the still roaming lynx, wolves and bears..

Albania has preserved its unique culture, and has tons of things to offer for those looking for interesting attractions that contain the flavor of a country..

  

Attractions:

  

Berati and Gjirokastra

Berat and Gjirokastra are inscribed as rare examples of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period. Located in central Albania, Berat bears witness to the coexistence of various religious and cultural communities down the centuries

 








Kruja

The historic town of Kruja is located 32 km northwest of Tirana and 20 minutes by car from the international Airport of Rinas.

The town of Kruja rises 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sari -Salltiku mountain. It provides to the visitors the great view of majestic landscape and a rich collection of historical and cultural objects.

 



Rozafa Castle

Rozafa castle is a castle near the city of Shkodër, in north western Albania. It rises imposingly on a rocky hill, 130 meters above sea level, surrounded by the Buna and Drini rivers, as it offers panoramic view of the northern border of the now Albania. Being a relatively virgin land of little development, the views are almost untouched..

 





Voskopoja

Voskopoja lies in a beautiful landscape surrounded by high hills and fern forests. This area has many natural resources like valleys and plateaus, slopes and massive areas of forests mainly from pine, beech and oak

  







The Tirana Clock Tower

The Tirana Clock tower, built in 1830 sits next to the mosque of Ethem Bey (built in 1793) right in the heart of Tirana,Albania's national capital. It is probably one of the most photographed buildings in all of Albania.

 

 






Et'hem Bey Mosque

The Et'hem Bey Mosque іs located іn the center оf the Albanian capital Tirana

Construction started in 1789 under the direction of Molla Bey, and it was finished in 1823 by his son Ethem Pasha (Haxhi Ethem Bey), great-grandson of Sulejman Pasha. The frescoes of the mosque are still life paintings of trees, waterfalls and bridges, a rarity in Islamic art.

  




National Museum of History

The National Historical Museum-Albania is situated in the capital Tirana , on the Skanderbeg Square. The square is named after an Albanian national hero. In the National Historical Museum-Albania, visitors can admire over 4750 historical objects. The exhibition presents objects from the Stone Age through the ancient times until the 15th century.

  





Dajti National Park

Dajti National Park is one of six national parks of Albania, declared under protection in 1966. Located to the east of Tirana, Dajti National Park covers an area of 3,300 hectares. Dajti National Parkis 50 km far from the international airport or 26 km from Tirana. The park has a number of 200 year old beech trees that are really worth visiting. Dajti National Park is frequented by daily visitors and it is considered Tirana's "natural balcony"

 


Church of the Holy Evangelist

The Orthodox Church of the Holy Evangelist was constructed in 1964, but it functioned as a place of worship for only three years. The building was used as the Tirana Sports Club until 1990. The Orthodox Church of Albania became self-governing in 1922. The church suffered during the communist period, but it revived afterAlbaniagained independence in 1992.

 


Butrint

The Albanian Archaeological city of Butrint is one of Albania's major archaeological centers and is protected under UNESCO as a World Heritage Site

Linked to the Mediterranean Sea, Butrint was settled in a prime location for the establishment of a commercial center. The settlement quickly became an important stop along the merchant trade routes, and by the fourth century B.C. became one of the major maritime and commercial centers of the Ancient World. Throughout its history, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Venetians have inhabited this location.

 

General info.


Capital: Tirana

Population: 3  million

Language: Albanian (official)

Currency: Lek (Lk)

Religion: Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic 10% (est.)

Climate: Albania has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters in the lowlands. In the highlands, snow can fall from November until March; mountain towns are very cold at this time of year.

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