3 Reasons To Visit Albania This Year

Let me ask you first, what you know about Albania. Many experienced travellers haven’t heard much about this country. It is still a white spot on the touristic map of Europe. Do you want to discover hidden gems on the Balkan Peninsula surrounded by the top tourist destinations in Europe? More and more people want to do that, so you should hurry up. If you want to see untouched territories and sincere hospitality of Albania, you should go there as soon as possible. Keep reading you will know top 3 reasons, why experienced travellers recommend traveling around Albania already this year.

Untouched country

Even though Albania has access to Adriatic and Ionic sea sides and attractive geographical location, it still remains to be untouched. Let’s figure out the main reason of it! Did you know, that Albania used to be a true North Korea in Europe? It was really difficult for foreigners to enter the country during half of the 20th century. Even if you visit Albania year, you might still have the feeling of untouched country.

National Park Prokletije
National Park Prokletije

There are about 750 thousand concrete shelters all around the country, which remind its communist period. One day a communist dictator Enver Hoxha ordered every family to build a bunker in order to defend citizens in case of any attack. Although the attack never happened, the bunkers became a peculiar symbol of the country. You can find some museums, hotels and souvenir shops inside some of them.

A bunker in Saranda
A bunker in Saranda

Travelling around Albania you have a chance to find even more military artifacts, abandoned constructions and multicolored buildings. When it comes to nature, there are a lot of wild trails in Albanian mountains. You can be the first, who discovered these places. Keep in mind, it is recommended to visit untouched Albanian beaches, visit the country in the period from May to October, when water is still warm. Explore the beaches with clean water, and you will fall in love with this country.

Friendly people

Have you ever been impressed by people while travelling? Even if it hasn’t happened to you yet, you will find real hospitality in Albania. Albanians are proud of Mother Teresa - the woman, who sacrificed her life to people all over the world. Yes, she was Albanian. Local people are proud of their national hero and want to be like her.

As you already know, access to Albania for foreigners has been restricted for many years and many local people are not used to seeing tourists yet. That’s why local people do their best in order to help foreigners as much as they can. They will do it sincerely and you will feel that. These people want to create positive image of their country and attract tourists.

Even though you meet a lot of friendly people in cities, go to rural areas in search of the real Albanian hospitality. If you go far from touristic places, you can easily surprise local Albanians, with your visit. Most of them haven’t met many people from abroad in their lives, so every foreigner is a gift for them. Good to know, that local people treat foreigners as humans, not as a source of income.

Do you want to know more about Albanian lifestyle? Simply stay with local people for a while, learn Albanian language and integrate into their leisurely culture. You will know, how a cup of coffee might help you to solve difficult problems and find creative solution. The Albanian recipe is easy: seat, relax, then - think over your problems as if you have unlimited time. When it comes to Albanian spirit, it is joyful, understanding and a little bit lazy.

Albanian Coffee
Albanian Coffee

If you dare to visit Albania this year, you will have a chance to see true Albanians, who are not spoiled by the tourist industry yet and let’s hope it will never happen to them.

Cheap country

Admit it, travelling is like an addiction. People want to travel more and more every year, so there is no point to waste money for nothing. That’s the reason, why you should choose a cheap country for traveling, such as Albania.

A beach in Golem
A beach in Golem

Albania offers a lot of options for how to transform your vacation into a trip of your dreams. There are the same attractions as in the neighboring countries with cheaper price. If you think Albania is too small, pay attention to compact allocation of Albanian attractions. Go to the north-west and breathe in the freshness of mountains in national parks shared with Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia. It is not that easy to find that wilderness in Alps or Dolomites. Buy food for your trip and enjoy the nature for as long as you can.

Visit the southern part of the country in order to take in the sun like in Greece. Imagine, tourists come from the Greek island Corfu for cheap shopping. And if you are already in Albania, it means you are already in the paradise for travellers on budget.

Take a break in Tirana drinking coffee in a local café like in Italy. It would cost you at least three times less, but the quality remains the same. It is said, Albania is a small a small Italy thank to lively cafés, emotionality and of course the coffee. So, yes, you can get the same service in Albania as in overseas, but for a reasonable price. And one more tip: don’t forget to bargain, if you need to save money.

South Albania
South Albania

Have you got an understanding of Albanian peculiarities? Keep in mind, you are not the only person, who got that. So, what are you waiting for? Be adventurous and find the cheapest flights to Albania for this year. Don’t put off your dream, because you never know what might happen tomorrow. Just go for it!

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