It may not top any most-popular-destinations lists, but don’t overlook this enticing corner of Europe. Destined to attract the attention it deserves, use our map of Albania to get ahead of the crowd and start planning your trip now. Boasting unspoilt mountains, beautiful beaches, Ottoman architecture and cultural sites, there’s plenty to explore in this diverse country. After decades of isolationist rule, Albania’s remote villages, Byzantine art and archaeological sites are finally open to curious travellers, although its language, customs and cuisine help the country retain a distinctly exotic air.

From the luridly painted buildings of the capital, Tirana, to the UNESCO listed stone city of Gjirokastra, the urban centres of Albania provide ample opportunities for espresso-sipping with hospitable locals. For mountain scenery, head to the peaceful hillside town of Berat, where the well-preserved Ottoman houses and old citadel transport you back to the Ottoman Empire. Behind Berat, snowcapped peaks descend to the Ionian coast, where pristine stretches of sand offer some of the Mediterranean’s most untouched beaches.

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7 things you didn't know you could do in Albania

7 things you didn't know you could do in Albania

Albania often doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. The country still suffers from the echoes of its Communist past: few people travelled in or out for decades d…

26 Oct 2016 • Lottie Gross insert_drive_file Article
An Instagram journey through Albania: 11 beautiful pictures

An Instagram journey through Albania: 11 beautiful pictures

During two weeks researching in Albania for the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, Web Editor Lottie Gross took over our Instagram account to document her trav…

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10 reasons why you need to visit Tirana

10 reasons why you need to visit Tirana

Albania’s capital used to regularly top lists for Europe's worst city. Decades of Stalinist rule left Tirana grey and grim, lacking in both infrastructure and…

27 May 2015 • Garth Cartwright insert_drive_file Article
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