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.
Before we get down to dissenction of individual places, let's us sum up some practical tips and information first.
The best way to get to Albania is by plane. Even though there are not many inbound flights, the traffic in Tirana's only international airport has been increasing. Fortunately. Alternatively, you can ride down here from the north from Greece or travel by car.
What about getting around in Albania? The best way is to rent a car. Roads leading to major spots ahve been renovated and are in good condition. On the other hand, traveling to remote places is rather difficult. We highly recommend to rent an offroad car. Just in case.
You can get around by buses or local vans. Prices are very pleasant. The most popular areas are really easy to reach. However, traveling by public transport is quite an experience.
When to go to Albania? The best weather is, surprisingly, in summer. To enjoy the country without tourist crowd, it is better to travel there off season.
Prices in Albania are low. The food is usually cheap and quite of high quality. Out of the most tourist heavy areas, accommodation can cost you about 15 euro for a room per night with a breakfast for two.
In our upcoming series, we present you the capita of Tirana, the port city of Durrës, the south riviera, the historic town of Berat, and thermal spa near Tepelene town.
If you are fond of hinking in the mountains consider traveling to the northern part of the country where the Albanian Alps are. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to get there during our stay. The Czech volunteer project Albanian Challenge creates there a vast network of marked tourist trails which run in breathtakingly beautiful nature and villages otherwise completely separated from the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.