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Overview to Albania: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Cheap, fun and often more than just a little eccentric, travelers rarely forget Albania in a hurry. Its range of historical attractions (the country was home to some of history’s greatest civilizations) is marvelously offset by stunning Adriatic beaches and a vibrant café culture.
There’s a widespread time-warp feel in Albania, and travelers shouldn’t expect gleaming modernity – even in the capital, Tirana. But therein lies much of its charm – although it’s undoubtedly modernizing rapidly, ancient customs and intriguing folk culture still abound.
The pristine white beaches of Sarande are lapped at by the warm waters of the Adriatic. Nearby lies the UNESCO protected site of Butrint, includes a well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre, a Byzantine Basilica, and a mosaic-encrusted Roman temple.
The small islands of Ksamili lie close to Sarande, and the strong swimmer can easily navigate the small strip of sea between to access a mini-archipelago of perfect – and near-deserted – beaches. Remote and away from the tourist hordes, it’s in such areas that Albania excels.
Inland and to the north, the Albanian Alps provide for some wonderfully scenic trekking – yet another in a series of small yet endearing adventures. Remote, untouched and gloriously beautiful, Albania is independent travel in all its unfettered glory.