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Albania

Albania Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Albanian lek (L)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = L92.45
💬Language Albanian
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Tirana
👥Population 2.8 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs C, F
🕑Time Central European Time (UTC+01:00)
🍽️Must-Try Byrek, Tave kosi, Qofte, Bakllava, Flija

Backpacker Budget: US$26 (L 2,404)

Hostel Dorm US$10 (L 925)
Takeaway Meal US$5 (L 462)
Public transport US$1 (L 92)
Long-distance bus US$10 (L 925)
Entrance Fee US$5 (L 462)
Beer US$2 (L 185)

When to go?

April - May Spring
June - August Summer
September - October Autumn
November - March Winter

What's unique?

Welcome to Albania, a hidden gem in the Balkans. Nestled between Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Greece, this small country offers a unique blend of history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality. Albania boasts a rich cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years. From ancient Illyrian ruins to Ottoman-era architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Berat and Gjirokaster to communist bunkers, history lovers will be enthralled.

What sets Albania apart is its diverse natural beauty. With the Adriatic Sea to the west and the rugged Albanian Alps to the north, outdoor enthusiasts can embark on thrilling adventures. Explore picturesque beaches along the Albanian Riviera or hike through breathtaking national parks such as Theth and Valbona.

But it's not just about history and nature; Albania has a vibrant culinary scene too. Indulge in traditional dishes like fërgesë (a cheesy baked dish), byrek (savory pastry), or qofte (grilled meatballs). Pair these delectable delights with local wines for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Whether you want to relax on pristine beaches, immerse yourself in fascinating history, or challenge yourself with exhilarating outdoor activities, Albania has it all. Don't wait too long to visit - once the secret is out, Albania might become as crowded as Montenegro and Croatia during high season.

Gjirokaster
Gjirokaster

Must-See Albania
(3 weeks)

  1. 1
    Shkodër

    A charming city with a rich historical and cultural heritage

  2. 2
    Theth

    Visit the Albanian Alps and hike from Theth to Valbona

  3. 3
    Krujë

    The birthplace of Albania's national hero, Skanderbeg, known for its historic castle

  4. 4
    Tirana

    The vibrant capital city of Albania

  5. 5
    Berat

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved Ottoman architecture

  6. 6
    Gjirokastër

    Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its well-preserved Ottoman-era houses

  7. 7
    Butrint

    An ancient city and archeological site that dates back to the 7th century BC

  8. 8
    Himara

    A small coastal town with beautiful beaches. More chill than Saranda.

The 1000 Windows of Berat, Albania
The 1000 Windows of Berat, Albania

Fun Fact

Albania is the only country in Europe with a breed of dog named after it.

FAQ

Is Albania safe for tourists?

Yes, Albania is generally safe for tourists. However, it's always important to take normal precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

What are some popular tourist destinations in Albania?

Some popular tourist destinations in Albania include Tirana, Berat, Gjirokastër, Saranda, and Butrint National Park.

What is the official language of Albania?

The official language of Albania is Albanian.

What is the driving side in Albania?

The driving side in Albania is right.

Are there ATMs without a fee in Albania?

CredinsBank ATMs charge no fee for cash withdrawals.

Travel Tips

  • Money Card payment is often possible, but not always
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge fees, but you can find fee-free ATMs
  • Free ATMs CredinsBank
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) Raiffeisen
  • Do show respect for elders
  • Do remove your shoes when entering someone's home
  • Don't wear revealing clothing in religious sites
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