Albania has beaches, ancient sites, towns tucked into mountainous wonderlands and vibrant cities. The biggest difference between Albania and one of the more well-known European destinations is that everything that Albania has is less spoilt, less overrun by tourists and more laid back and interesting. Explore the Ionian coast starting with a visit to the town of Saranda. Discover Albanian culture through ancient citadels and towns such as Berat. Experience modern day Albania in the city of Tirana, emerging as one of the new exciting places to be in Europe. Albania has moved beyond its communist past to become a travel-friendly and totally relaxed country to visit.
Albania translated means ‘Land of Eagles’; hence the National flags emblem is of a two headed eagle.
The total area of Albania is 28,500 square kilometres with 40% of that being forest.
Butrint, Albania’s most ancient city is a World Heritage Site.
Located only 72km from Italy, Albania is one of the smallest and poorest and least developed countries in Europe, but is does have a high literacy rate and life expectancy.
One very confusing thing to be aware of on a visit to Albania is that nodding the head means no and shaking the head means yes.
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