Albania Tourist Traps

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    Sarande
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    Old leks
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    by rogert1978

Albania Tourist Traps

  • Sarande and beaches

    I had heard so much about Sarande and was rather disappointed when I saw this town that is almost exclusively covered with ugly hotel complexes and full of tourists. Sarande does not have any curiosity or anything typical of Albania whatsoever. The only really beautiful thing is the beach promenade with its palm trees and lanterns illuminated at...

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  • entry fee - not anymore

    I'm American and I was told that you do not have to pay that entry fee anymore, since it must have been incorporated with your other fees into your airplane ticket. I did not pay anything entering Albania with an American passport this summer.

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  • Entry fee

    When entering Albania, Europeans supposedly have to pay a 10 Euro p.p. "Entry fee". While this seems to be officially sanctioned, you don't get a receipt, so it most likely goes directly into the pocket of the border guard.

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  • Beggers

    Watch out for the beggers (i know you get them everywhere) at the airport and in Tirana. We saw some man in a wheelchair going into the road inbetween the cars knocking on their windows trying to get money!!! Other people use their kids to go out on the streets to try and get some money for them. It is sad and i do feel sorry for them, just beware.

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  • Do not give money to children

    Sometimes it is hard to see the poor children and not give them money.But you don't really help them if you give them money.Then you have also a more relaxed trip.If you start to give money they tell each other and you will be followed .. Be friendly and say no. If you really want to help this people give some money to an organisation when you...

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  • Changing Money

    Don't bother changing money in bureaux de change or hotels. There are unofficial money changers on street corners near large hotels, they can be recognised by the large wads of cash in their hands. They are at least semi-legal and you will get a better rate from them. However it's always wise to ask the exchange rate (they'll show you on a pocket...

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  • Vendors

    the vendors will give you one price and then the price goes up the longer it takes you to decide whether or not to buy it or if you walk away the price goes up, if you come back for it the price has gone up due to the fact it now must be worth more since you come back for it. We didn't shop in the market areas that where inside a big warehouse type...

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  • Special Taxi price for tourists

    Some Taxidrivers want more money / higher price from tourists.At the ferry port in Durres there is cartell of taxi drivers they all want the same high price! Pay the price they want to. It is not possible to pay less. Always negotiate a price before you get in the taxi.In Durres you can walk to the train station.

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  • Currency

    Don't pay in Euro or USD it will always be more expensive! It is your own fault if you pay with € or USD.If you have no other possibility make the best. Try to pay less. Alway pay in local currency Leke.Leke are available at ATM and in the exchange office of the bank.In front of the bank some private exchangers will give you a better rate.

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  • Import Diesel

    Some filling station are selling imported Diesel . I was told that there is no different between the “local” and the imported Diesel, except 10 Leke per litre.The picture is showing and minivan with a large tank inside selling probably smuggled Diesel.

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  • about the albania/greece border....

    leaving albania to greece,if you aren't albanian or greek citizen,but other E.U citizen: don't file out!go to the customs offices without waiting for your turn...!and you'll go through so easily.... don't join the queue!!!greek and albanian customs officers are teasing themselves each other....

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  • Albanian Riviera

    The Albanian Riviera is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions in Albania. The Adriatic and Ioanian coast of Albania are of a dramatic beauty. The coastline stretches for over 450 km. The Adriatic coast, about 300 km long has shallow water and long sandy beaches. The Ionian coast about 150 km is rugged and dramatic, with steep...

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  • BUTRINTIThe city of...

    BUTRINTIThe city of Butrinti (Bothrota) is one of the fragments which form the fabric of Albania's ancient cultural landscape. Nestling in the highlands in the far south of the country and surrounded by dense vegetation, Butrinti was doubly protected by nature and by the fortifications which its inhabitants built in ancient times. However, this was...

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Albania Hotels

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  • Sheraton Tirana Hotel and Towers

    Having spent approximately 5 months in the Sheraton-Tirana, I know the "ins" and the "outs" of the...

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  • Hotel Berati

    Rr. Veli Zaloshnja, Berati Lakes, Berat, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Grand Hotel Europa

    Sheshi 2 Prilli, Shkoder, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Agimi Hotel

    Rruga Butrinti, Sarande, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Arvi

    Lagjia 1. Rruga "Taulantia", Durres, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Dardha Touristic Village

    Dardhe, Korce, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Liro

    Rr, Uji i Ftohte, Vlore, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Drymades Hotel

    Dhermi, Vlore, Albania

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Rapo's Resort Hotel

    I thought 55 euros was far too much for a room with no phone, no a/c, lukewarm water and light bulbs...

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