Not exactly a custom but at night time it seems like all the Albanian's come out! They spend the evening having a slow walk along the promenade with family or friends taking in the atmosphere. They are always wearing nice smart and dressed up clothes. They tend to go out later like in most of the med.
Many older people in Saranda speak Italian as a second language rather than English, possibly because of the Italian occupation of Albania during WWII. One elderly man in a shop in a side street, from whom we bought a number of postcards, thanked us in both Albanian and Italian. He also put his right hand flat on his chest while bowing slightly, which we were later told also means thankyou!
In 1988, the terraces of Lukove were amongst the greatest prides of Enver Hoxha's regime and I have a 25 pages booklet that was given for free. The mountain around Lukove was prepared, terraces build, watering channels built by "volunteers" from all over the country, including 75,000 schoolchildren. As much as 650,000 olive trees, orange trees and other fruit trees have been planted and watered by the "volunteers" on a 10 years period.
I have heard that most of this work had not lasted and that there remained only a few of these terraces and trees. I hope to go and check that next summer.
If you enlarge the photo, you will understand that each of these dark heaps is actually a load of boxwood, each on top of a donkey. I wonder for what it is collected. Not for cattle food as it is mildly toxic. May be for a litter, or just for burning in the fire place.
The Albanian currency is the Lech but is not worth much. they prefer to use American dollars or Greek drachma so it is always a good idea to take your money in either of those currencies.
As you leave the boat and step onto Albanian soil you will be approached by a couple of soldiers. A quick search and then they will stamp your passport. A souvenir in itself!!