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Photogallery: Albania – Europe's Forgotten Corner
Albania – Europe's Forgotten Corner
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Albania is a wild, mysterious country dotted with national parks, majestic castles, lakes and high mountains. Even though tourists don't head there that often, they are slowly getting into the list of sought-after destinations. You can travel here alone on your own. In today's photo gallery, you can visit the places visited by traveler Matouš Vinš. A trip to national parks, the capital city, but also to Durrës gourmet paradise or medieval romance in Berat. This all and more awaits you.
Text: Lenka Bauerová
Photos: Matouš Vinš
Albania – A Sail on Komani Lake and Visiting Kruja
Although Albania is the poorest country in Europe, it is all the richer in natural beauty and history. Thanks to this, tourism in this country is on the rise. So let's take a look at what the forgotten corner of Europe has to offer its visitors. We chose Durrës for our holiday to be by the sea, but also within easy reach of nature, mountains and monuments.
Albania, A Country of Two-Headed Eagle
Whatever you've heard about Albany, it won't stop luring and repelling, enticing and discouraging you. Nevertheless, I gave her a chance and went to form her own opinion of this contradictory country. Full of enthusiasm and expectations, I took a trip from Tirana to the nearest Quafstama National Park by jeep.
Albania, A Land of a Two-Headed Eagle II
From a trip to the mountains, I return to the concrete jungle of Tirana. The next day I plan a trip to Lake Komani. We drive towards the town of Shkoder, but in front of it we turn along the "yellow" road to the village of Komani. Then we go through the tunnel and get on a super small boat. I feel like I'm in another world. The mountains all around remind me of Norway, but the heat and water remind me of Thailand. Not beautiful.
Albania, A Country of Two-Headed Eagle III
After a week we return to the Onufri Museum. Upstairs we discover the unusual painting The Last Judgment. We are also interested in the icon of Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena. I have never seen such an icon anywhere. After the tour, we walk through the labyrinth of alleys to the upper fortress, where there is a beautiful view of Mount Skodre, where dictator Enver Hodža had his name etched by acid.
Albania, The Land of A Two-Headed Eagle IV
We say goodbye to Albania today. Let's start again with a history that is inextricably linked with local monuments. Among the most important politicians after the founding of the Republic of Albania in 1912 was the Muslim Zog. He became Albanian president in 1924 and declared himself king four years later. He realized that Albania was too small a country to prosper on his own, so he established a relationship with Italy.
Albania, Tirana – Vibrant City – VIDEO
Albania is a small and quiet country. Tirana, its capital, has very calm feel unlike many other European cities. No wonder. It is home to "only" about half a million people. Streets are vibrant and Tirana's magic is unlike of any other city.
Albania, Berat – A Romantic Trip to the Middle-Ages – VIDEO
Hars nature, mountains, clear water, and the grandiose castle guarding a medieval town. This is Berat, one of the most pouplarp places in Albania and a proud gem on UNESCO's world heritage sites list. Let's take a look.
Albania – Llogara National Park – VIDEO
Near the south Albanian town of Vlorë stretches Llogara mountain national park. Leaving only half-a-day for the park during preparations for my Albanian tour, I regreted this decision when approaching the park already. It is considred one of the most beautiful places in the country. Making treks into the mountains brings great, unforgettable experiences.
Albania – Shebenik-Jabllanica National Park – VIDEO
Close to Ohrid lake, large Shebenik-Jabllanica national park is situated by Macedonian border. It is one of the most remote places in Albania. Its peaks rise up to 2 200 meters and there live many rare animals and plants such as Balkanian lynx. Let's visit the park together.
Albania, Albanian Riviera – Relaxing on the Beach and Beautiful Nature – VIDEO
Albania is not just a country with interesting history and wild nature. There are beautiful beaches scattered almost all along its bcoastline. Today we take a look at the most beautiful section of the coastline, the Albanian riviera in the south of the country.
Albania, Durrës – Food Paradise – VIDEO
Mere 30 kilometers from the capital of Tirana, there is Durrës, an easy-going coastline town. Many Albanians would claim there is nothing interesting about Durrës. They are right but go there nevertheless. Why? Local Mediterranean cuisine is simply stellar and the prices as well.
Albania, Përmet – Crystal Blue River, Canyon, and Thermal Springs
When I asked my Airbnb host in Tirana where should I go in Albania, he sent me to the small town of Përmet and the Bredhi i Hotovës national park near to it, both in the south of the country. The River Lengarices dug a grandiose canyon there which features thermal springs.
Albania: The Land Waiting to be Discovered – VIDEO
Amazing beaches, high mountains, beautiful national parks, lakes, traidional farmers, grandiose castle. Albania is a country of many great attractions and sights and it still retains its status of a land not yet discovered by mass tourism. Our following series will take you to some places which are worth traveling to.
Albania, Përmet – Tale River, Canyon and Thermal Springs
Today we take you for a trip to the small town of Përmet Bredhi i Hotovës national park in the s...
Albania – Shebenik-Jabllanica National Park
Today's video takes us out of civilization into Shebenik-Jabllanica national park which is one of...
Albania, Albanian Riviera – Relax on the Beach and Beautiful Nature
The Albanian riviera situated on the south of the country is popular mostly for its teal sea and ...
Albania – Llogara National Park
Llogara National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the country. You may take many trips...
Albania, Durrës – Gastronomic Paradise
Durrës is situated about 30 km from Tirana. According to the Albanians, there is nothing interest...
Albania, Berat – Romatic Trip to the Middle-Ages
Berat is one of the most popular cities in the country also listed in UNESCO. Visitors may see he...
Albania, Tirana – Vibrant City
Unlike other European cities, Albanian capital is very quient. Many contrasts rule in Tirana. The...
Albania: The Country Waiting to Be Discovered
Albania was only little affected by the tourist industry, however, this will change soon. The cou...
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