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Albania is an fascinating history

The history of Albania is really interesting. It inhabited already during the Upper Paleolithic period and one of the evidences of this is the unique archaeological monument Konipol Caves. In ancient times, Albania was inhabited by Illyrian tribes, who likely were the ancestors of modern Albanians. At the beginning of the XIII century, the crusaders founded the kingdom of Albania with the capital in Durres. In 1368, the principality of Albania appeared and was led by the first Albanian prince Karl Topia. Since the end of the XIV century, Albania has been constantly attacked by the Ottoman Empire. A special role in confronting the Ottomans was played by Skanderbeg, who is the national hero of Albania. Albania spent 3 centuries under the Ottoman Empire (from the end of 16th century to the beginning of 20th century). In 1912, in the city of Vlora Albania's independence was proclaimed, but the Republic of Albania appeared only in 1946 and was headed by Enver Hoxha. In 1967, Albania became the world's first atheistic state. After Khoja's death, political changes began and in 1992 the communist regime finally fell.

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Albania is a tender sea

Albanian coasts are surrounded by the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. The total length of the sea coast is 362 km. Among many beautiful beaches of Albania: the beaches of Vilipoye and Shengina, the beaches of the Albanian Riviera, the beaches of Durres and the beach of Ksamil should be underlined. It is worth noting that the beaches of the Adriatic Sea are sandy, so tourists and children prefer to rest here. The coast of the Ionian Sea is mostly rocky, the beaches are pebbly, therefore such places as Cape Rodon and the Peninsula Karaburun attract attention of divers from all over the world. To date there are only few resort-cities in Albania, where all conditions for a comfortable stay are created. But some of them are of the most popularity, for example Durres - the closest city to the only Albanian international airport Rinas. Nevertheless cities of Vlora, Saranda, Vilipoie and Shengjin are also very popular. The holiday season in Albania begins in May, and by the middle of summer the temperature of the sea reaches 25-26 ° C. High season in Albania starts in June and finishes in mid-September: at this time a huge number of tourists from around the world come, so it is better to book a hotel in advance if you are planning a trip to Albania in this period of time.

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Albania is an amazing mountains

Majestic mountain ranges of Albania deserve special attention. They stretch from the north-west to the south-east of the country. • The mountain Dity is located near Tirana, its height is 1613 meters. From its slopes and peaks one can see a perfect panoramic view of the Albanian capital. To come up tourists can use the funicular or a narrow paved road; • The mountain Sary Saltiki is located in Kru. From its top one may see beautiful architecture, green landscapes or a reconstructed castle and the citadel of Krui; • The Northern Albanian Alps definitely worth seeing. It is one of the most remote mountain ranges in the Balkans. Since ancient times they were called "cursed mountains". The top of the Northern Albanian Alps - Jezerets – is a mountain with an altitude of 2,694 meters; • In the east the Mount Korabi the highest point of Albania is situated (its height is 2764 meters); • Near to the northern part of the country lies the Pindus massif, which was considered a sacred place in the time of the ancient Greeks because of Apollo; Today the authorities of the country pay more attention to mountain tourism, therefore in the near future this direction will actively develop. This will open for the tourists new Albania and will definitely bring bright emotions.

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Albania is a tasty food

Albanian cuisine is a unique combination of centuries-old traditions of Greeks, Turks, Italians, Slavs. Therefore, the dishes of Albanian cooking are appreciated by all sophisticated gourmets. The basis of traditional Albanian cuisine is: seafood, meat, vegetables and cheeses. Accordingly, seafood prevails on the coast. Tourists can enjoy fresh seafood in numerous cafes and restaurants which stretch along the coast. Grilled shrimp, prepared in various ways, octopuses and squid, oysters and mussels, dorado and sea bass - all this can be found at the Albanian coast. In mountains Albanian chefs will gladly offer stewed beef or mutton dishes, a variety of cheese, fresh vegetables and fruits, honey and delicious roast river trout. Speaking about Albanian cuisine, we also should mention coffee. After all, Albanians drink this drink almost round the clock and really know how to do it. Coffee lovers can get a real pleasure drinkin Albanian espresso, macchiato or cappuccino in one of the coffee houses, which are everywhere.

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It’s easy to travel around the Albania!

Albania is one of less known European countries for travelers, lying in the western part of the Balkan peninsula it is washed by 2 seas: the Adriatic sea and the Ionian sea. Having being isolated for decades, nowadays Albania is ready to open its soul for its visitors. 70 per cent of the country’s land is covered with magnificent mountains and forests – that’s a great choice for extremely active tourists. Alpinism, rafting, cycling, paragliding and even parachuting activities are offered on spot. In summer Albania welcomes tourists with its white sandy and pebble beaches and magnificent azure sea impressing tourists with the pristine beauty of its nature. Moreover, subtropical Mediterranean climate with a hot summer contributes to a great holiday time for those who travel to Albania. The coastal Albania is represented by a number of resorts of the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. The Adriatic coast is rich in sandy forelands, cozy lagoons, gulfs and shallow sea. This area is suitable for a family vacation. The most popular resorts are Lalzit Bay, Durres, Vlore, Shengjin. As for the Ionian sea coast, it is known by its rocky bays with a narrow coastline with the steep mountain slopes hanging over. The picturesque sea bottom, steep slopes and secluded beaches attract those who prefer diving and alpinism activities.

The highly popular resorts of the Ionian coast are Dhermi, Saranda, Ksamil, Himara. However, pristine beaches and blue seas are not the only heritage of Albania. The country is rich in cultural and historical sights due to its many century history. There are a number of ancient and medieval fortresses in Albanian cities. Some towns’ history is dated back to over a century, such as Durres and Shkoder, which have left a great cultural heritage and traditions to present day life. Shkoder is one of the oldest cities in Europe which memories date back to the V century BC as a town lying on an ancient trade way. Rozafa castle is located near the city. Durres is one of the oldest cities of Albania, which nowadays hosts the main country’s sea port, Roman time ruins, a great amphitheater and the Venetian Fortress. The beautiful nature of Albania is represented by the reserved areas and national parks lying not only in the mountains, but in the coastal areas as well. Albania is a land of several UNESCO sights – an archaeological park of Butrint and the historical centers of Berat and Gjirokaster. If you have not yet visited Albania you are likely to ask why to do it. And the answer is – for impressive emotions and memories, for the beauty of the surrounding nature behind the clean sea and beautiful beaches. And we hope that our web site www.albaniatravel.today will be a reliable guide in your journey!

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