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Honeymoon in Albania

In the heart of the Mediterranean, on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Albania is fast becoming one of the world's most interesting getaways.

Still relatively unspoiled by globalization, tourists will notice an inspiring mixture of civilizations and cultures - making this European country truly unique.

About Albania

In the heart of the Mediterranean, on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Albania is fast becoming one of the world's most interesting getaways. Still relatively unspoiled by globalization, tourists will notice an inspiring mixture of civilizations and cultures - making this European country truly unique.

Nestled in between Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Montenegro, and across the Adriatic from Italy, Albania boasts blue and turquoise seas, beautiful beaches, snow peaked mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests. As well as stunning nature, Albanians themselves are famous for their hospitality, and tourists are welcomed with heart-warming generosity.

AlbanianAlbanian history and culture is fascinating. Butrint, one of the world's archeological wonders - and a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the south of Albania provides a glimpse of Mediterranean civilization from the Bronze Age through the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman periods - all atop a cliff overlooking Corfu. It's not to be missed!

Birthplace of both Mother Theresa and the great 15th Century hero Skanderbeg, Albania today offers not only beach and mountain holidays, but also a vibrant city life, a relaxing outdoor cafe culture and you will see that it's quickly evolving in a myriad of directions.

 

Albanian climate

Albania has a mild, Mediterranean climate. Many visitors will find that it never gets cold in the lowlands. The Ionian Coast, in particular, is very clement; with aver age winter temperatures of 8-10 °C (46-50F).

 

Currency

The Albanian monetary unit is called "Lek". The currency floats freely but is quite stable: at the time of writing exchange is about 130 leke to the euro, about 100 leke to the US dollar. Most boards exhibit the current exchange rate on the right side of the screen. On the rate boards in banks and exchange offices (kambim valuator) the initials ALL are sometimes used instead of the word “leke”.

For today’s rate of exchange, please use the rate posted by the American Bank of Albania.

Changing money

Cashpoint machines or ATMs which issue Albanian leke can be found in all major cities in Albania.

 

Cultural and Natural Heritage

Albania, with its cultural heritage values, continues to be an attractive and open “museum” for all visitors. Situated between two major ancient civilizations, the Greek and Roman, Albania inherits a invaluable treasure of cultural heritage, which naturally belongs to the world cultural heritage. This heritage can be found anywhere, in archaeological parks, natural parks, art galleries, photographic and film archives, castles and fortresses, religious monuments and vernacular architecture, in the stone paved paths and all over the country’s museums.

Our cultural heritage is well known abroad, it is admired by visitors who want to see the masterpieces of culture and art, to understand the testimonies of prehistory, classical period and Illyrian civilization, and the material blend of Illyrian, Greek and Roman culture.

Here are some of the main destinations in Albania:

  • Central Albania
  • Eastern Albania
  • Ionian Coast
  • Northeastern Albania
  • Northern Adriatic Coast
  • Northwestern Albania
  • Southern Adriatic Coast
  • Southern Albania
  • Tirana and surroundings

Coastal Tourism

Albanian festival

Adriatic Coast

The Adriatic coast starts in the delta of Buna River by the city of Shkodra.

By the Adriatic coast you will find clean sea waters, high quality service, traditional and modern cuisine, lagoons, lakes and rivers. There are great possibilities for nature lovers, eco-tourists and others. Hunting too can be practiced in the region's rich ecosystem.

Ionian Coast

The Albanian Riviera coastline has high temperatures and therefore a subtropical flora. The Riviera is one of the most picturesque places of the Mediterranean with a lot of tourist potential. In the last few years, the number of visitors has increased exponentially.

The presence of lakes, lagoons, rivers, deltas and seas in Albania points towards the development of water tourism. The Mediterranean climate offers ideal conditions for holidays in the deltas as well as elsewhere on the coast. Especially in the south, tourists start visiting the beaches in late April and stop in October.

Moreover, since the coastline has a long history of Greek, Illyrian and Roman settlements, visiting Albania's coast can be a great experience for history buffs.

Albanian Flora and Fauna

Due to its diverse climate and pristine landscapes, Albania has a great variety of plants and is home to a number of rare birds and animals that have either disappeared or are disappearing in the region.

The great plane and oak forests are home to wolves and foxes while the higher pine forests house bears, wolves, wild cats and other animals. Deer, wild goats and wild boar can easily be found in a number of regions.

In Albania visitors can also find a number of different kinds of reptiles. There are 260 kinds of fish.

Albania also has a rich flora with over 3,221 types of plants. Oak forests are typical and comprise 20 percent of the forested area of the country.

Albanian Mountain and Rural Tourism

The territory of Albania has several regions where mountain and rural tourism is well-developed. Among the most important are:
Albanian Alps: Western Alps - Razëm - Bogë - Theth - Vermosh

Albanian National Parks

Albania has significant national parks:
Dajti National Park, Lura National Park, Divjaka Pines National Park, Llogara Park, Fir of Drenova National Park, Valbona Valley National Park, Tomorri Mountain Park, Fir of Hotova National Park, Shtam Pass National Park, Zall Gjocaj National Park, Prespa National Park, Butrint National Park, Thethi National Park, Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park.

Food and Drink

Albanian foodAlbanian cuisine offers a truly unique blend of Mediterranean flavors. Representing a rich historical past, the food of modern Albania has been developed over millennia reflects a variety of influences. East meets west in many discernable ways throughout Albanian culture, but nowhere is it more evident than in the cuisine.

The mild climate is favorable for many agricultural pursuits. Among Albania’s most popular are: peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, and an assortment of legumes. The wide variety of fruits and vegetables grown here serves to further enhance this varied fare.

Milk and milk products play a large role in Albanian cuisine, as well. Yogurt is consumed daily by many Albanians and forms the basis for many sauces and other dishes.

Alcoholic beverages are interwoven with Albania’s history. The most popular and traditional is raki. It is often made from grapes, but can be distilled from a variety of fruits, including plums. The best raki is made in small batches by artisans who truly take pride in their craft. Regions in the south are noted for their grape raki production, while the colder regions in the north specialize in plum raki.

Cognac is also popular here, and a local brand, “Skanderbeg,” has won several international competitions.

Source: http://www.albaniantourism.com/

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