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Albania Destinations Travel Guide

Below is a list of Travel Destinations in Albania. Feel free to leave your comments or additions to any of the sites.

 

Language: Albanian

Currency: Lek (ALL)

Calling Code: 355

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Travel Destinations in Albania

 

Berat County (Albania)

Berat Castle

 

Much of the current Berat Castle you see today was constructed by Despot of Epirus, Michael Angelus Comnenus, cousin of the Byzantine Emperor.

Balibardha Castle

 

Balibardha Castle is a medieval citadel in Berat County of Albania. Modern location is fairly remote. Little remains from the original structure today.

Mbjeshovë Castle

 

 

Mbolan Castle

 

 

Peshtan Castle

 

 

Plënckë Castle

 

 

Prishta Castle

 

 

Skrapar Castle

 

 

 

Dibër County (Albania)

Burgajet Castle

 

 

Grezhdab Castle

 

 

Bruç Castle

 

 

Petralba Castle

 

 

Shkopet Castle

 

 

Scanderbeg Castle

 

 

Xibër Castle

 

 

 

 

Durrës County (Albania)

Durrës

 

Durrës is one of the largest cities in Albania with rich history and plenty of historic sites that date as early as the Antiquity to magnificent, but abandoned palace of the Albanian monarchs of the early 20th century.

 

Ishëm Castle

 

 

Kruje Castle

 

Krujë Castle became famous as the last resort of Christian resistance against invading Ottoman Turks. A small garrison of Albanian was headed by an Albanian lord George Kastrioti Skanderbeg.

Rodoni Castle

 

 

 

Elbasan County (Albania)

Elbasan Castle

 

Elbasan Castle is a Turkish citadel constructed by the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century. It controls Ancient Roman road Via Egnatia that was in use centuries after its construction.

Mengel Castle

 

 

Peqin Castle

 

 

Qafë Castle

 

 

Shebenik- Jabllanice National Park

 

Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park is a fairly new national park established in 2008. It covers 33,927 hectares of pristine virgin forests full of wild life.

     

 

Fier County (Albania)

Apollonia

 

Apollonia is an ancient city in Illyria was found in 588 BC by the Greek colonists from Corinth and Corfu. Although much of the city buried, its ruins are impressive.

Ardenica Monastery

 

Ardenica Monastery was found in 1282 on the orders of Byzantine Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos after he defeated Capetian House of Anjou that ruled Sicily.

Margëlliç Castle

 

 

 

 

Gjirokastër County (Albania)

Gjirokastër Castle

 

Gjirokastër Castle was originally constructed in the 12th century to guard the strategic route in the river valley below. Western additions were ordered by Ali Pasha of Tepeline in 1812.

     

 

Korçë County (Albania)

       

 

Lezhë County (Albania)

       

 

Shkodër County (Albania)

Rozafa Castle

 

Rozafa Castle is a medieval citadel near a town of Shkodër in Albania. It is most famous for its gruesome legend of its construction.

Shkoder

Shkoder in the North Albania is one of the most unique and interesting places not only in Albania, but in Adriatic basin.
   

 

Tirana County (Albania)

Mount Dajti National Park

 

Mount Dajti overlooking the capital of Albania is deemed as "balcony of Tirana" and offers a beautiful view of the capital.

Petrelë Castle

 

Petrelë Castle is located on top of the mountain overlooking Erzen valley in Tirana County. It was constructed as guard post in the fifth century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Tirana

 

Tirana, capital of Albania, is also the largest city in the country. It was found by the Ottoman Turks in 1614 by Sulejman Bargjini. In 1920, shortly after gaining its independence in 1912, Albanian capital was moved here.

 

 

Vlorë County (Albania)

Ali Pasha Castle

 

Ali Pasha Castle was constructed on the orders of Ali Pasha of Tepelenë in 1819. It was found on the base of the 17th century citadel that belonged to Corfiote family.

Butrint

 

Butrint is famous for its ruins of the ancient Greek and Roman city that are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Llogaraja Pass

 

Llogaraja Pass is a protected National Park that is situated between Vlora and Dhermiu nearby.

Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park

Karaburun- Sazan National Park is located in the South- West part of Albania in a Vlore Region. It covers a total area of 12,428 hectares with an offshore section of Karaburun peninsula equal to 9849 hectares.

Saranda

 

Saranda is a large Albanian port that is often called "the Southern gateway to Albania". It stands on shores of the Ionian coast opposite the Greek Island of Corfu.

The Blue Eye Spring

 

The Blue Eye Spring is a natural geologic formation in karst origin near Saranda, capital of the District of Saranda in Albania.

Vlorë

 

Vlorë is situated on the Albanian coast of the beautiful Adriatic sea. The city officially was found in the 6th century BC by the Greek colonists.

 

 

 

Geography of Albania

Albania is situated in the South Western corner of the Balkan peninsula. Albania mild climate is owed to the shores of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The country is bordered by Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece. Most of the country is covered by mountainous terrain with deep valleys.

Albania Weather

Albania is dominated by the subtropical Mediterranean climate. Its summers are dry and hot while its winters are cool and rainy. Average temperatures in summer range from 78F to 85F in July and from 26F to 46F in winters. Mountains are usually colder depending on the elevation.

Albanian Politics

Albania is a democratic republic. The head of the state is the president, head of the government is a prime minister. The legislative branch of the government is presented as an unicameral Parliament.

Albanian Language

The official language in Albania is Albanian, although many people understand and speak Slavic languages, Italian and Greek. Few people speak and understand English.

Religion in Albania

Albania is the only country in Europe that is predominantly Muslim. Sunni Muslims make up 70% of the population, Greek Orthodox make up 20% and Roman Catholic another 10%.

Office hours

Many businesses are open between 8am and 4pm. Restaurants usually work longer.

Tips

While on travel in Albania don't forget that tips are not included in the price of the order. If you find the service satisfying leave about 10% of the order after paying the bill. It is preferred to give the money directly to the waiter instead of leaving it on the table.

Albanians usually nod for "no" and shake their head from side to side for "yes". Don't confuse the two.

If you feel sick, broke your leg or have sharp unbearable pain at your lower left abdomen suck it up and be a man. Going to Albanian hospital will only make your suffering worse.

Emergency Numbers in Albania:

Police 19

Fire 18

Ambulance 17

Road Administration: (42) 23 600

Traffic Police: (42) 34 874

Interesting facts about Albania:

- Albanians call their land "Shqiperia" that means "land of the eagles". Legend claims that the ancestors of the first Albanians were in fact eagles who left their traditional homes in the mountains.

- Albania is the only country in Europe that had more Jews after the World War II than before its outbreak. In fact Albanian resistance issued a warning in 1943 to anyone who can defend Jewish refugees must offer any help they can. After all charity is one of the five pillars of Islam.

-Albania is covered by UFO looking structures scattered all around the country. These structures were constructed in the 1970's and 80's by the  paranoid government who wanted to provide a defensive structure for every Albanian family. It is hard to say if they succeeded, but they certainly came close. These forts can be found in every single corner of the city.

 

-Albanian King Zog I, Skanderbeg III of the Albanians survived 55 assassinations attempts during his long reign. On February 21st, 1931 he became the first head of the state who use weapon to defend against an assassin who tried to shoot him when he was leaving the Vienna State Opera House after performance of Pagliacci.

-Flag of Albania dates back to medieval times when it was a symbol of resistance of Albanian armies against Ottoman Turkish invasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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