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Want to visit Albania? Good choice! I did it last year and I loved it. It’s one of my favorite countries so far, and here are 15 reasons why everyone should visit Albania

It’s still a relatively unexplored country

How much do you really know about the Albanian country and culture? My guess, probably not that much. You might have heard things about the lovely Albanian Riviera and its beaches, but in general, it’s largely unexplored. That’s because it was having a bad reputation of being unsafe and unstable before, and the infrastructure isn’t the best either.

However, things are changing for the better, and the future is bright for this lovely nation. While the infrastructure still is struggling a bit, there is always someone who’s willing to drive you anywhere you want for a couple of Euros.

They are also very friendly, so it’s even possible to hitchhike and explore off the beaten path without having to worry.

Friendly Locals

The Albanian people are some of the most friendly locals I’ve met, and I’ve been to more than 40 countries, so that says quite a lot. You don’t even have to search for their attention. They are curious and love to talk. It’s a big plus if you can speak german, especially when speaking to elderly men because many of them have been working in Germany before.

The only “problem” is that some of them don’t speak English, but it doesn’t matter because they go out of their way to make you understand, and they always do it with a smile. (UPDATE: Younger Albanians do speak English, anyway, there was never any problem to be understood, with or without English).

Some of the best beaches in Europe

The Albanian beaches are very nice, and there are something that suits everyone, no matter if you prefer sandy bays, stone or pebble beaches, secluded or lively beaches. Albania has them all. My personal favorites lie around the cozy little resort town Ksamil, and there you can find both pebble beaches and bays with the finest white sand you could ever find in Europe!

READ MORE:  Useful Albanian Phrases and Words

Ksamil in Albania

Cheap prices

You want to travel, but don’t want to break the bank? I got news for you. When you visit Albania, you can splurge without breaking the bank. Prices are at least half of the rest of Europe, thus making it easy to get a good value for your money.

Lots of hidden gems

Are you getting excited about visiting Albania yet? GREAT! Because there are more perks and reasons to visit Albania. As if above reasons weren’t enough, I can tell you that Albania is housing lots of hidden gems that you will find off the beaten path.

Just a 15 minutes drive from Ksamil we found a beautiful bay with the most turquoise water you can imagine and the best part? It was without people. Albania has some beautiful nature, and not just beaches, but also hiking trails and lakes.

Delicious food

Feta, Gyros, Souvlaki, sure all of those Greek dishes are available, and while they are delicious in Albania too, they also have their own cuisine along with some Italian specialties, such as Pizza, Ravioli, Lasagna and much more.

Some local Albanian dishes that you should try: Fëgesë, Tavë Kosi, Perime Në Scarë, Burek and Speca me Glizë.

Best places to visit in Albania

Tirana

The Albanian capital is one of the least visited capitals in Europe. It’s also one of the few capitals where Islam is the dominant religion. That’s also why the culture is exciting and unique here. In Tirana, you can expect to find the best Baklava in Albania and a busy nightlife with some really cool clubs.

The residents of Tirana do know how to party!

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Ksamil

A pristine resort town that offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. You can choose more lively spots or find your own paradise with just an umbrella, two sunbeds and two pedalos. What could possibly be more romantic?

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Saranda

A beautiful coastal town, and the main port for tourism in Albania and boats from abroad. It’s here that you’ll arrive with the boat from Corfu. Besides from being a great starting point for exploring the Albanian Riviera, it’s a nice destination in itself with a lovely harbor, stores, many restaurants, and cafés.

saranda

Butrint

A historic place that even Julius Caesar himself admired because of its strategic position. Here you can explore the Roman ruins with an old amphitheater and much more. Getting to Butrint from both Saranda and Ksamil is easy.

butrint sarande

Syri I Kalter

A natural gem that shouldn’t be missed out when you’re traveling to Albania. It’s a short drive from Saranda, and here you can enjoy some mesmerizing scenery and one of the most turquoise waters I’ve ever seen. Syri i Kalter means “Blue Eye” translated into English.

And that’s exactly what you’ll see, not literally, but in the water, you’ll see bubbles and where the water is most turquoise you there’s a blueish dark color that reminds you of an iris.

Lake Ohrid

Another big reason to visit Albania is the magical Lake Ohrid, that makes up the natural border of Macedonia and Albania. While most people go to Macedonia to visit Lake Ohrid, it’s definitely possibly to go here from the Albanian side, and it’s cheap to get here by local furgons.

Shkoder

Another beautiful lake. Shkodër is however, located in the northern part, close to Montenegro. Here await hiking trails and beautiful scenery.

Gjirokaster

Fancy some more historic places? Then head to Gjirokaster, which lies halfway to Tirana from Saranda. Gjirokaster is on the UNESCO heritage list, and a quaint little town, mostly known for its fortress and stone houses.

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Valbonë Valley National Park

Love being outdoors? Albania won’t disappoint you. Especially not if you’re heading to the national park of Valbonë.

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valbone national park

My personal opinion on why you should visit Albania

First of all, why not? I mean, the major cities and destinations in Europe will probably stay the same year after year, but Albania is an upcoming destination, and it’s now that you can really experience the authentic Albanian culture. Tourism in Albania was largely just for nationals, and it wasn’t until recent years international tourists started to visit Albania.

Travel companies from the Nordic countries are now offering direct flights and packages to Ksamil and Saranda, which means more tourists are on their way to explore Albania and all of the hidden gems.

That’s probably the main reason why you should visit Albania. But also, because it’s such a lovely place to travel. It doesn’t matter that the locals rarely speak English, it doesn’t matter that Mastercard isn’t accepted, and it doesn’t matter if a local taxi driver hustles you on 1 or 2 Euros while driving you 1 hour away for just a couple of Euros.

Albania is dirt cheap and it’s freaking awesome. I had the best Burek in my life for as little as 1 Euro and I had a really nice Frappucino for 1 euro down in the harbor of Saranda. We went on a 6 hours bus ride for 5 Euros where we even got ourselves a local old lady who was eager to show us all of the old castles, despite the fact that she didn’t speak a single word in English.

It’s one of the least explored countries in Europe, and that’s why you should visit Albania. It’s really beautiful, and cheap!

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I hope this post got you inspired to Visit Albania, and if you’ve been already and have some more tips, feel free to share them in the comment section as well!

February 25th, 2017|

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83 Comments

  1. Ilir Davidhi 02/28/2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    We have wonderful spots around Albania for a amazing guide for Paragliding,or just a tandem fly from Vlora or Llogara i will help with very much pleasure
    https://www.facebook.com/extreme.illyricum1

    • Lini 03/01/2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Everything you said it’s so true
      And I am glad you were happy with your visit to Albania I went back there after 8 years and what a difference loved it and it is truly cheap and beautiful I travel a lot also but that’s definitely a place not to be missed

      • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

        Thanks for your comment Lini, I agree! One of the best places I’ve been to in Europe.

  2. Me 02/28/2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    This was a nice article. It seems like you enjoyed visiting Albania! I would like to point out something though: talking about religion in Albania can be tricky! Statistics are not reliable, because they are based on misleading definitions. For e.g. define what is an Albanian “Muslim” – a person, who most of the time does not really care about religion, has no idea about Quran, drinks alcohol and eats pork, but still claims him/herself to be Muslim. Very rarely you find “real” Muslims in Albania as people around the world define them, which means you cannot talk about majorities etc. Especially in Tirana. This way you might misinform the readers. However, I really enjoyed reading your article and hope you and many other tourists go visit Albania again- it is really worth a trip, or more …:-)

    • Alexander Waltner 02/28/2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your informative and nice comment! That is true, we have the same in Sweden. People say that we are Christians, but most of us never go to the church and such, we just enjoy the Christian holidays. I understood from my visit and Albanian friends back home in Sweden that religion is a bit tricky. I hope many more discover the Albanian country as well :)

  3. Mira 02/28/2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Nice article, I want to add that most of the Albanians of age 30- speak English fluently, and I agree with one of the comments above regarding the religion. Albania is not really a Muslim country, we have 3 religions: Muslim, orthodox, and catholic. There is a misconception saying that Albania is a Muslim country, because the Albanians who say that are Muslim, really do not follow strictly the Muslim religion, as the people in the Muslim countries do, because we actually are not a Muslim country. Being Muslim is mostly a saying than a religion in Albania for 90 percent of Albanians who say that they are Muslim. If you noticed, you don’t see women with hijab, or things like that. Albanians are very relaxed regarding religion. So, I believe that defining Albania as a Muslim country is biased. I am glad that you enjoyed your time in Albania. Cheers from an Albanian!

    • Alexander Waltner 02/28/2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks, that might be true, but I didn’t experience anyone speaking fluently English, but it can be a coincidence as well that I didn’t meet some who did. In Tirana, our hotel guy spoke English well, but down at the Riviera, not so much. And very true about religion, it’s not Muslim as in the Arabic countries, and no hijabs and such things.

      I will be happy to go back, and hike in the mountains :) Cheers!

  4. Mick 02/28/2017 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Nice blog. We also enjoy Albania every time we travel there. Our aim id definitely the mountains this time.
    I agree with the above comments regarding the association with Muslim religion. It is more a product of history (thanks to long rule of Ottoman empire) rather than a religious identity of people. Albanians are some of the most atheist people I know.

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Hey, thanks for your comment! Yeah, that will be my next goal when visiting Albania :) the Mountains seems magical and unexplored!

      • Miri 07/01/2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

        Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice article and all what you mentioned is true. It is also true the religious term because I am a muslim and I believe in God but to be sincere I rarely go to the mosque and things like that.
        But as for the English is concerned , it is the second, officially language in all schools and most of youngsters know at least how to communicate to foreingers. If you come to Saranda, as you have mentioned above, you’ll find the communication easy.
        Mountains are unexplored but some of them are accessable for tours so I hope you ‘ll enjoy hiking next time you’ re here.
        Once again thanks again for the article. :)

        From an english tourist guider :)

        • Alexander Waltner 07/01/2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

          Hey Miri, thanks! Yes I only found English communication with 35+ a bit difficult sometimes, but you can always use body language, so not really a problem. And those who work in restaurants and so on will of course also know some english. I would love to come back to Albania and explore the mountains!

  5. Kari 02/28/2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    What a lovely write up on Albania! I am going there in October/November this year. One of my best friends lives in Albania and I have been learning Albanian for about 4 years now. I’m super excited to see all of the towns and cities you listed PLUS try the byrek! :D

    • Alexander Waltner 02/28/2017 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kari! Appreciate it :) You will love it. It’s super nice to be a tourist in Albania, no crowds, and only smiles wherever you go. And the Byrek is awesome :D we also bought some interesting flavors of Magnum Ice Cream for as little as 1 euro. In Sweden they cost almost 3 Euro!

    • Geni 03/01/2017 at 2:36 am - Reply

      Hi Kari! People might have a chuckle with your name in Albania

      • FloFlo 03/02/2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

        That’s totally true. Kari should use an nickname, just in case.

        • Kari 04/06/2017 at 11:10 pm - Reply

          Është e thuksuar “keri” jo “kari”

          • Shkelzen 09/15/2017 at 7:18 pm

            Hahaha. I love your answer ?

      • Kari 04/06/2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

        A e ke idenë se sa herë njerëzit ma kanë thënë këtë gjë?

  6. Laura 02/28/2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with you Mira!!! And another thing I would like to add is that most of albanians speak italian not german. Of course there are some of them who speak german. Actually, albanians have been all over the world so you would be surprised to hear them speaking any kind of language! Cheers from another albanian! ?

    • Alexander Waltner 02/28/2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura, thanks for your comment :) The eldery men we met all tried to speak in German to us (like men who was 50 or older), so that’s just from my experience. Yes, there are many Albanians in Sweden :) Cheers!

  7. Marcy 02/28/2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I would like to add 2 things ,first: Albania is a country with religious tolerance , not Muslim and second :90% or more speak fluent Italian and Spanish for sure :) in the South,so in saranda where you have been is more popular Greek language .

    • Alexander Waltner 02/28/2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      Yes, everyone was very friendly, and we met both Muslims and others :) Wow, so many speak Italian and Spanish? That’s awesome :D Then I can come back and practice my Spanish ;) Yes, but I’ve been other places as well, both North and South. Cheers and thanks for your comment!

  8. Lexuesi 02/28/2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    The religion discussion is misleading at this point.

    Please, do read about the beatiful nature and friendly people :-)

    And don’t forget Byrek, you have to try it :-P

    • Alexander Waltner 02/28/2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      Agreed, the beautiful nature is amazing and people are so warm and welcoming :D and the food is great too (and cheap compared to other countries in Europe)!

      • Enver Gjoniku 03/01/2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

        Alexander Waltner
        Thank you very much for describing my country in the best way you just did. We really appreciate that. People who have never been in our country might have that mentality that in Albania you will not be safe or Albanian mafia ect. But that’s until they go there and prove themselves wrong that our beautiful country is quite the oposite in fact. I have met an English young girl from London on her own traveling the north cycling and I told her if you decide to stay for a night any where there just knock in any door and they will welcome you in and treat you like a princess. I said don’t worry this is world’s safest place you can be. She said tell me about it I am really fascinated how friendly, warm and welcome your ppl are.
        One English travel writer wrote about Albania that was straight after the communist regime had fallen. She said Albanians have nothing but they SHARE everything with their guests.
        And that makes me very happy and proud to be Albanian. A small country with a great history unfortunately not discovered yet.
        Thank you Alexander keep doing the good job buddy… :-)
        ONCE YOU GO TO ALBANIA you always will after that.

  9. Laura 03/01/2017 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Thnx for your article Alexander! It makes me feel proud to hear such good reviews about the country I was born and raised, especially now that I am living abroad. :)

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 2:54 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, and I’m glad you’re proud because it’s really a lovely country :) Where in Albania are you from?

  10. Michael W Travels 03/01/2017 at 2:54 am - Reply

    We traveled through Albania and some other Balkan countries in August 2013. The sites were incredible and mostly empty but the food was not good. The pizzas were probably the worst we ever had.

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 2:58 am - Reply

      Sorry to hear you had a bad food experience. We only tried pizzas in Saranda and Ksamil. In the other places, we opted for more local food :) One of our favorite were cooked lamb and stuffed eggplant prepared in the oven. We also had a lot of various Byrek.

      • Eddie Albania 06/29/2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

        Alexander Waltner you have to try “LAKROR” next time witch is the “Byrek” family but made only in Pogradec and Korca…you’ll love it more than Byrek…remember the name!
        And thanks once more for advertising my beautiful country
        ?✌?

    • Rusald 03/01/2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Sorry to hear you had a bad experience Michael. I think you may be generalizing things a bit though. While there certainly are places where the food may not be prepared well, you should try quite a few places. In ang case, its all personal tastes too.

      For the record, most people do enjoy the food. Especially at those prices.

      • Bruno 07/01/2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

        You haven’t mentioned Divjaka national Park that has one of the most beautiful lagoon in Europe. With Flamingos and Pelicans and thousands of other wild birds. You can do wind surf in the beach if you come with a camper and visit the forest that looks like a little amazona!

  11. Steve Chomo 03/01/2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Without a doubt the best two weeks of my life. Spent five days in Tirana and toured south ending in Korce for three days. Then on to Sarandë and back to Tirana.
    So many great things to share: the food, the people, the mountains and of course the beaches.
    Don’t hesitate.

    • Enver Gjoniku 03/01/2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you Steve
      Very kind of you and glad to hear, that you enjoyed your holiday so much in my beautiful country

  12. bes 03/01/2017 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Since some of you were talking about hiking, they have a nice guide that takes people hiking from Theth, Shkoder to Valbona valley through the mountains. A few hour trip i believe and i heard its awesome.

  13. Brian Crossman 03/01/2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Great and spot on article. This is such a great place and deserves a look from anyone considering Italy or Greece as a holiday destination, here history can be explored and touched, hands on in most UNESCO sites is still the norm, no roped off partitioned areas usually. Prices are much cheaper than anywhere else in the region and the beaches are beyond beautiful.

  14. Emiljano 03/01/2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I’m afraid that the most beautiful historic city of Berat is not included in the list of the other attractive places to visit…
    Berat is another UNESCO site in Albania, along with Gjirokastra and Butrint. There is the National Iconographic museum inside the ancient Berat castle. For more:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berat

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      That is true, unfortunately, I haven’t been to Berat yet, so that’s why it’s not included :) But I’m sure it’s a great place to visit!

    • Elona 03/05/2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Yeah ?
      Not just because Berat is my city but because Berat is a very important destination to everyone, Albanians and foreign visitors :)
      History, attractions, food ?

  15. Tony 03/01/2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Majority Muslim??? Sorry this has thrown me completely, and with all due respect, it’s inaccurate at best.

    The vast majority of people are agnostic, with a strong atheist core.

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

      I haven’t claimed the majority of Albanians to be Muslims, but it’s one of the dominant religions, just as Christianity is the dominant religion in Sweden. That doesn’t mean that everyone or the majority are going to Church/Mosque or praying every day or live according to the bible or Quran.

    • Rei 03/01/2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Almost 59% of Albanians are Muslims, so I don’t think he is very inaccurate.

  16. Leandrit Ferizi 03/01/2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Lovely article.

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you :)

      • Bek 03/31/2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

        Hi Alexander!
        First, and formost I thank you very much indeed for both viziting ALB sightseeing and writing the true article.
        Second. We feel proud that our people despite the religion faith treat turists, and foreigners as they should be treated even much better! It is related to our history, values, and culture.
        In addition in terms of religion ALB is a good example in the world, where religion coexistenc is another value among the other important ones.
        Third, I have visited Stockholm in 2005 for a short term training, and overalls everything was wonderful, people were friendly, modern infrastructure, besides mongolian restaurant in downtown, sorry if I can’t call the right name.
        Forth, next time do not forget to visit Kruja, Berat, Durres, Apollonia site at Fier County, these cities in my point of view are even better.
        Additionally, relevant albanian Institutions are working around the clock to make infrastucture the best in the region, and I am certain they will succeed.
        Last but not least the food is organic at the most venues, a few hotels, and supermarkets are the best in Europe.
        Thanks again, and I hope next time you will enjoy even better!

  17. Zefi 03/01/2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I was thinking about going to Albania. I wear the hijab. Is it safe to go to there?

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Yes, it’s a safe country :) I wouldn’t be worried.

    • Atidnil 03/03/2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Albanians are not muslims. Religions has been non-existent for a long time as Albanians were not allowed to practice religion under the Communist regime. I can say very few albanians, which you can count with fingers may practice Muslim religion today. In North of Albania the dominant religion is Catholic and south of Albania is Orthodox. The so called Muslims were converted to Muslim religion because of tax relief when Albania was part of Ottoman empire. My family is supposed to be Muslim but I have never seen any grandmother or great-grandfather using hijab or practicing Muslim religion. As per say, hijab is not a sign of being a Muslim. It is more cultural. The media in Europe has always given ignorant facts of Albania as a Muslim country which upsets many albanian as it sets us Albanians to be prejudiced by other Europeans. In Albania, no woman wear hijab as there is no reason why. Enjoy your trip to the most beautiful country in Europe.

  18. Rusald 03/01/2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Alexander your article is great and I want to thank you for your comments.

    I certainly hope you get a chance to visit Albania again soon.

    I want to just add 1 thing for any readers out there. While all the places you mentioned are beautiful, it should be noted that almost every place you will go to in Albania has something to see. There are castles everywhere, mountains with great views, mountain climbing spots, rafting, etc. Central & northern albanian mostly speak a second language, generally Italian, and the souther / southeastern cities people speak greek.

    Whoever else is questioning whether they should visit, dont hesitate!

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you!

      That is very true, we saw lots of castles along the way when traveling from the Southern part to Northern part :) And I totally agree, there should be no hesitation about visiting Albania.

  19. Morsico 03/01/2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Despite the comments of some complexed albanians here, yes, Albania is the same Muslim majority country that saved Jews during the second World War. A country where tons of mosques stand by Catholic and Orthodox churches and where Mormons preach freely in the streets. So wellcome to this beautiful country and feel loved.

    • Rid 06/22/2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      You are correct about the reaction from “complexed” Albanians when it comes to religion and it’s usually because of how casually this is mentioned by others and because of our not very positive (to us, Albanians) history. It has also been used by our neighbors to our detriment. In reality, while there might be some similarity in saying ‘majority Muslim’ as one would characterize Sweden as ‘majority Christian’, the majority of Albanians do not claim affiliation with any religion and are a bit wary about being called Muslims given that Islam did not spread in Albania until 17th century or so and we were one of the earliest Christian peoples (for sure much longer that we were Muslims. That being said, such discussions are simply distractions from the fact that Albania is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy. I go back every few years or so and find it a much better place every time I do and I can only imagine it will be a different place, filled with tourists, not too far in the future.

  20. Edlira 03/01/2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Hi Alexander,
    Thank you for your article and writing what you exactly saw!
    Like you didn’t get enough comments about the religion part, here’s one more to clarify even further :)!
    During the ottoman empire a lot of Albanians agreed to adhere to the Muslim religion as was a constrain to have access to education and food. For Albanians it was just a name or a tittle as it is now! Saying that, you might think- 500 years of ottoman empire should be enough to completely dominate a country’s religion and culture! Well,thinking this actually makes sense- but Albania during that time was divided in regions led by Albanians independently and vastly populated by Albanians even though under the occupation. Once the ottomans were thrown out the Communism kicked in which lasted for about 50 years – here every religion was declared obsolete! After Communism fell as in other European countries, Albania opened doors to the west and with that many religions poured in. As a consequence the first ones to arrive in majority with wealth were some of the Islamic states and the turks (again)! Using the pretexts of Albania being historically Muslim before communism, they build tons of Mosques and some business as well all over in order to propagate a religious dominance back! Albanians being naive and in need of financial support (going through an adaptation process after a harsh Communism) governments back then and even now accepted in giving building permissions for the mosques! That explains the large number of mosques in Tirana or in obvious sight. Not getting political here, when is the last time we heard a country in Europe going against a Muslim or other religious institutions nowadays :P!!! Due to education or lack of knowledge on real historical facts few Albanians assume they’re Muslim by tittle as that’s what they remembered last!
    Nowadays, there are a lot of churches as well, but not as obvious as the Mosques, perhaps because the priest or the church choir doesn’t use megaphones :P! Bottom line in Albania religions are highly tolerated, we are a laik country, people are still genuine and the country is beautiful! Go and visit!

    • Alexander Waltner 03/01/2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Hello Edlira,

      Thank you for your informative comment :) It brings a lot of value to the subject and educates others.

  21. Adriatik 03/02/2017 at 6:41 am - Reply

    I totally agree Edlira
    And good job Alex.
    Thanks for sharing this
    I heard that once you go in Albania u become an Albanian…
    Is that true?

  22. Irdi 03/02/2017 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Hello Alexander,
    Thank you for this articel. Those words that you have written are very true.
    I would also recommend to visit places like Driloni, Tushemishti,Voskopoja,Dardha,Liqenas that are located in south-east of Albania.
    Ujevara e Sotires and kanionet e Osumit are also amazing places to explore.
    Best wishes!

  23. miri 03/02/2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    U past out a city pogradec..

  24. ADA 03/04/2017 at 2:46 am - Reply

    VISIT THE CITY OF KRUJA ALSO IF YOU WANT TO SEE A BEAUTIFUL CASTLE, MUSEUM, AND SUPER DELICIOUS FOOD INCLUDING GOING UP ON THE MOUNTAIN ….. ALSO THERE IS A SACRET PLACE INSIDE THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE LIGHT A CANDLE & PRAY….AND NEXT TO IT THERE IS “FREE” ACCOMMODATION IF U WANT TO SLEEP IN THE MOUNTAIN .. U CAN JUST TIP FOR FUN.

  25. Egli 03/04/2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Nice article. Although you forgot to mention Berati also. Really nice place to visit.

  26. Kozeta Cuadari Cika 03/04/2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks Alexander…for being truly positive. But for sure you have to come to Albania a couple more times to see it all. Korca region has got some wonderful mountaneous places; Berat as the oldest city of Albania and Skrapar for its canyons, Thethi in the northern part has got great nature and food. Valbona river, Kruja city with Scanderbeg castle, our national hero during Turkish invasion; Vlora beach and then Llogora which is less than one hour far, has got some good hotels and delicious food. Many changes happening in Tirana and in its infrastructure will make our capital a more lovely place. And for sure there are very welcoming people wherever you go. Thank you again.

  27. Georgiea 03/09/2017 at 5:24 am - Reply

    I think in Albania there are no Political Correctnes thought police like in Sweden and 55+ No Go Zones because they don’t wan’t to hurt the feelings of refugees that pillage their citizens. Tolerance of evil. Its madness.

  28. Flori 03/19/2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you for noting us. You are welcome anytime anywhere in Albania. We are very welcome to tourists unlike with each others. That has a reason from back to history. All the best!

  29. Albert 03/30/2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Did Albania made it into your top 10 countries? Hälsningar! :)

  30. Abel 04/01/2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Welcome in Albania!

  31. Lora 04/08/2017 at 1:30 am - Reply

    I’m very happy that a foreign person explores the Albanian country, my home town Tirana, before us, Albanian themselves do that. It was very nice of You, Alex, Swedish Nomad,talking very nice about Albania and indeed it is true about everything you mentioned here. My son lives in Sweden by the way, buy he is missing his own home country so much since the weather in Albania is warmer too, lol .. We are really friendly people,hard working and smart, like also love to succeed in life by developing different kinds of businesses all over the world and within Albania too,since we suffered a lot from the communist isolated regime. We are not too much religious people because of our communist regime being in our country for a long time ,even though we like to call ourself religious and mostly our roots are from Roman Chatolic. No matter what, we still believe in GOD and good things. We know how to behave and love each other, we know how to respect friends and family and good people, we do know how to support and be faithful to a wonderful guess like you too. Thanks again ?

  32. Dr.K.RAGHU, COIMBATORE,INDIA 04/24/2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

    My son is currently trekking in Albania and i was looking up the web for more info.And i came across this blog.
    Seems like a wonderful place. I travel widely and definitely will visit Albania. I live in India , the land of sunshine,people,heritage and some incredible culture. Dont be put off by the noise and dirt, we still need to improve on those.So while appreciating your unexplored country and its beauty, I welcome everyone to visit India sometime. And if i am not mistaken Mother Teresa the saint was born in Albania and made India her home. We are proud of her life and work.

  33. Pjerina 06/30/2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Heiiii… an Albanian that live in Scandinavia here ? Next time that you visit Albania i can be your guide . You should definitely visit north Albania ,Theth has a blue eye in the middle of mountains and the food is the purest that you will ever eat, they produce everything at home , vegetables and meat. And for local and traditional Albanian food a little bit out Elbasan in the mountains is a restorant that have only home made products and food. Also you shouldn’t miss the Kanionet e osumit. Best time to visit both north and kanion end of spring. Warm but not crazy hot , and not a lot of turist or Albanian that live abroad and visit home.

  34. Svennebanan go home 09/16/2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

    There is more muslims in Sweden as in Albania. There is more burka and covered faces in Sweden as in Albania. Muslims in Sweden are more dangerous against other religions . Albanians are getting more dangerous from religion doctrines from other countries . An Albanian muslim is muslim because is payed for that , How it sound this to you Mister Walter???
    Go fix your country first before you speak for some other country Mr Walter.!
    Sweden is a nation that no one admire it. there is a degenerate society !!! A society without Class. a nation without future for no one ….. is hard to find someone in sweden that feels happy . you have a fake society. In Albania in fact is not hope but everyones is happy . Albania is somehow a poor country but everyone have a home in propiety somewhere . in albania you see more luxury cars as in sweden.

    • Alexander Waltner 09/16/2017 at 2:40 am - Reply

      First of all, get some manners if you want to be taken seriously. Secondly, my name is Waltner and not Walter. I don’t see why you get so upset. These are official numbers from your government, be upset with them if it’s not accurate.

      And also, write your real name if you’re not afraid to speak up instead of hiding behind fake names on the internet.

      Sweden is not perfect and nor have I claimed it is either. People like you are making Albanians look so bad and unfriendly. It’s a shame because there are many friendly people in Albania.

  35. himara watertaxi 03/30/2018 at 8:33 am - Reply

    you can visit himara in albania

  36. Ketiona 03/30/2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Hi All,

    Another thing that needs mentioning about why visiting Albania, is dental tourism.
    You visit Tirana, get your oral health fixed with cheap prices and a competitive quality and at the same time visit place.
    Here’s a nice article that compares the prices:

    http://ketident.com/it/blog/turismo-dentale-in-albania/

    Cheers

  37. Mariglen 03/30/2018 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Just a short comment..
    Albania have more then all peoples know but is just a matter of infrastructure…
    Thank you for this article..

  38. Dubufeetfak 03/31/2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    ” despite the fact that she didn’t speak a single word in English.”
    Thats not a good reason to give up conversation with a foreigner for any Albanian who doesnt speak English. Somehow you get to understand a lot of what theyre trying to say

    • Alexander Waltner 03/31/2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      Who said anything about giving up the conversation? You don’t need verbal language to explain basic things in life. We spoke different languages, yet had a memorable experience and conversation.

  39. Amanda Zdrava 03/31/2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I appreciate all your words for us. It’s a small country, but with beautiful places 😍

  40. Helena 05/26/2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Alexander, I wanted to ask you about travelling by buses. We are planning to go from Thessaloniki to Sarande by bus, stay there a couple of days and travel to other destinations in Albania

    • Alexander Waltner 05/28/2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Hello Helena,

      There are buses going all over the country. From Saranda, you have minibusses going to the capital and the northern parts. And then you have regular buses going to Ksamil and Butrint on a regular basis daily. It’s very easy to get around, and if you want to travel to another city, just go to one of the tour agencies and they can arrange tickets.

  41. Alketa 05/29/2018 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    A lovely article, I am glad to hear so much positive feedback from everyone who has been in Albania. Thanks very much!

  42. Julianna Kovacs 06/18/2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    My love is so deep, that I represent now the Albanian National Tourism Agency in Hungary!!! It was love at first sight!!!

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