Albania Travel Guide

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Tirana

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381,984,51

Sarande

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124,264,9

Shkoder

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143,292,3

Durres

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64,184,17

Korce

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47,217,2

Vlore

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56,147,6

Kruje

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38,104,0

Gjirokaster

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99,210,0

Berat

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145,426,3

Permet

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11,39,0

Qeparo

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15,33,0

Butrint

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105,219,0

Voskopoje

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36,144,0

Ishull-Lezhe

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20,52,0

Dhermi

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Vlores/Dhermi-736100/TravelGuide-Dhermi.html

39,146,1

Dardhe

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Korces/Dardhe-736148/TravelGuide-Dardhe.html

35,135,0

Fushe-Kruje

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14,33,0

Elbasan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Elbasanit/Elbasan-735984/TravelGuide-Elbasan.html

3,16,0

Divjake

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Lushnjes/Divjake-736089/TravelGuide-Divjake.html

5,16,0

Pogradec

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Pogradecit/Pogradec-734382/TravelGuide-Pogradec.html

7,37,0

Lezhe

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Lezhes/Lezhe-735043/TravelGuide-Lezhe.html

17,43,0

Konispol

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Sarandes/Konispol-735303/TravelGuide-Konispol.html

16,31,0

Fier

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Fierit/Fier-735957/TravelGuide-Fier.html

21,57,0

Borsh

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Sarandes/Borsh-736359/TravelGuide-Borsh.html

1,6,0

Bajram Curri

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Tropojes/Bajram_Curri-736554/TravelGuide-Bajram_Curri.html

9,14,1

Kukes

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Kukesit/Kukes-735192/TravelGuide-Kukes.html

5,6,0

Himare

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5,14,1

Delvine

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7,9,0

Vuno

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20,27,0

Tushemisht

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3,22,0

Tepelene

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Tepelenes/Tepelene-733722/TravelGuide-Tepelene.html

0,11,0

Llogora

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Vlores/Llogora-734996/TravelGuide-Llogora.html

18,34,0

Burrel

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5,6,0

Pregj-Lure

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0,3,0

Peshkopi

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2,5,0

Fushe-Lure

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Dibres/Fushe_Lure-735902/TravelGuide-Fushe_Lure.html

0,8,0

Tirana

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Sarande

See all 124 Sarande Tips
  • Blue Eye - Syri i Kaltër

    Sarande Off The Beaten Path

    Syri i Kaltër or the Blue Eye is a unique spring near Sarande, half way between Sarande and Gjirokaster actually. It's the source of the river Bistrica, whch springs out from the deep 50 meter hole with its crystal clear water. Blue Eye has a discharge of 18.4 m3/s. The beauty is stunning!

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  • Hotel Mediterrane

    Sarande Hotels

    I had a room with a great view. The hotel is situated on a hill at the top of the entry road to...

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  • THE END OF THE ODYSSEY

    Sarande Favorites

    I never thought I would ever see Sarande without being shot dead. In 1986 I stayed in a resort on the Greek island of Corfu. One night I looked out across the water and I could see a dark and rugged coastline across the water. A waiter walked up to me because he saw me staring at this piece of land in the distance. I asked him if it was some rural...

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Shkoder

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  • To Rozafa Castle by taxi

    Shkoder Transportation

    As we were a bit short on time we decided to go by taxi to Rozafa Castle, which is situated on a small hill about 2,5 km southwest of Shkoder's city centre.Taxis can be found around the square Sheshi Demokracia (former: Sheshi 5 Heronjte) and it seems to be quite common that they don't have a taxi metre, so the fare has to be negotiated. As our...

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  • Grand Hotel Europa

    Shkoder Hotels

    Sheshi 2 Prilli, Shkoder, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Rozafa Castle

    Shkoder Things to Do

    The Rozafa Castle was probably founded by Illyrians. Later it was rebuilt several times by Romans, Venetians and Ottomans. The castle ruins consist of 3 courtyards and a few buildings. The oldest still standing structure on the castle grounds is the St. Stephen's Church, which dates back to 1319. One of the main reasons to visit the castle is its...

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Durres

See all 64 Durres Tips
  • Buses and minibuses.

    Durres Transportation

    The bus station is right by the railway station. There are buses to a lot of places, as well minibuses as fullsize buses. You pay to the conductor on the bus, and the price is very low. A trip to Shkoder costs 400 Leke (less than 3 Euro) as of May 2014. It takes 2,5 - 3 hours on quite good roads. Better roads than in Sweden anyway despite our high...

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  • Hotel Arvi

    Durres Hotels

    Lagjia 1. Rruga "Taulantia", Durres, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Holes in the pavement.

    Durres Warnings and Dangers

    All over Albania you have to look out for holes in the pavement due to the fact that people have stolen the covers to sell the metall.

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Korce

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  • Bus from Korçë to Librazhd

    Korce Transportation

    There are many minibuses from Korçë to Librazhd, on the way to Tiranë, from 06:00 AM to 03:30 PM.

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  • Regency Hotel Albania

    Korce Hotels

    Breakfast here is FABULOUS - the best I had in Albania - and the staff are extremely helpful. (A...

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  • Parku Vangjush Mio

    Korce Things to Do

    We had a short stroll through Parku Vangjush Mio during a day trip to Korce in March 2012.This rather sorry looking park is located in the centre of the city, just a short walk away from the Old Bazaar.In fairness, we visited at a time when the city was just emerging from the cold weather of winter. There was still a significant covering of snow on...

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Vlore

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  • Dancing to Maya and Juli Baka

    Vlore Nightlife

    Although we had eaten a huge meal at our hotel, my companion wasin the mood for anything, so she ordered a huge pizza, I thoughtwell many good, would soak up some of that raki, I was no mood in carrying 65 kilos 1.5 kilometres along a dimly lit stretch of beachfrontlate at night...A passed out blonde might draw undue attention!Well the pizza...

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  • Hotel Liro

    Vlore Hotels

    Rr, Uji i Ftohte, Vlore, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Dancing to Juli Baka

    Vlore Nightlife

    Next destination was to find one of the discossupposed to be open after mid night on that lovely Saturday night.A black van cruised by, it was the local police patrolling the area.I gave them a wave....we walked and walked past various Hotels andcafes along the seafront. One had a policeman outside watching a weddingparty in a large resteraunt, I...

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Kruje

See all 38 Kruje Tips
  • The Man with the Goat's Head Helmet

    Kruje Things to Do

    Albania's historical hero, Skanderbeg is eulogised in the Skanderbeg museum, inside the walls of the Krujë castle. Its collection includes lots of 15th century military artifacts related to the Albanian-Ottoman wars, during which the castle was besieged four times by the Ottoman army. There is also a virtual shrine to Skanderbeg with modern...

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  • The bazaar

    Kruje Things to Do

    Kruje’s old bazaar is a charming place with cobbled streets and colourful shops... Mainly souvenir shops where you can buy traditional Albanian costumes, books, musical instruments, and different items from the communist days... Very relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and no aggressive salesmen... Just be a little careful when walking through...

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  • National Ethnographic Museum

    Kruje Things to Do

    The National Ethnographic Museum opened in 1989, in an old traditional house from 1764. It is two stories high, and consists of 15-16 small rooms; kitchen, sleeping room, living room, guest room, workshop area, and much more... All rooms are filled with old furniture, daily life objects, tools, and machines - giving a good view of how life was in...

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Gjirokaster

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  • A must place to visit

    Gjirokaster Things to Do

    The museum inside the citadel is a wonderful place to have nice views over Gjirokaster. Inside you will see the old jail and a tank plus an airplane.

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  • The Characteristic Bar Restaurant

    Gjirokaster Restaurants

    Bar- Restaurant “Kerculla” is located on top of one of the hills of this magical town, even above the age long castle level. From this beauty spot the tourist has the possibility to set eyes on and admire the museum city, the magnificent castle, the Drino valley, the region of Lunxheria and at the same time relax in the rich greenery of grass and...

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  • Statue of Çerçiz Topulli

    Gjirokaster Things to Do

    The square is named after Çerçiz Topulli (1880-1912), a national hero that fought for the independence of Albania together with his brother Bajo Topulli. I have found that in 1908, he led an uprising against the Ottomand and that he played a main part in the battle of Mashkullora, a mountain village 7 km north to Gjirokastra, outside of the valley,...

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Berat

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  • Look for bunkers.

    Berat Things to Do

    What most people know about Albania is that there are a lot of bunkers, leftovers from the Cold War, scattered "all over" the country. Most bunkers were built in the -70s on order of Enver Hoxha. The purpose was to use them as a defence line, manned by partisans coming down from the mountains plus every male person who could possibly be able to...

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  • Tomori Hotel

    Berat Hotels

    My first visit to Albania was in 1994 along with a friend of mine, but we just visited Tirana....

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  • Wine making.

    Berat Favorites

    Albania has a very long history of wine making, in fact one of Europe's longest. Already Pliny the Elder, who lived in the 1st century, talked about the Albanian wines, and in a very positive way. Berat and Korca stand out as the best regions. The most famous vine yards around Berat are Cobo and Luani.I post two links to the Cobo winery here, and...

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Permet

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Qeparo

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  • Unexpected famous Qepariot

    Qeparo Off The Beaten Path

    George Tenet, the former Director of CIA (from 1997 to 2004) was a Greek-American. While his father came from South Greece, his mother was born among the Greek minority in Qeparo. He once said “My mother escaped from southern Albania on a British submarine just as the Iron Curtain was closing - never to see her family again”. I have not found the...

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  • Old and new currency

    Qeparo Tourist Traps

    When I asked for the bill in Moliana restaurant, the waitress wrote it on a piece of cardboard. As this was not our first day in Albania, I knew it should be in the 2000-3000 lek range and I handled her three 1000 lek bankenotes without taking care to the zeros and she gave me my change back. Later, I had a closer look at the bill and my first...

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  • Fresh fish at Moliana restaurant

    Qeparo Restaurants

    When we arrived in the middle of a busy road work, with heavy engines working everywhere, we found this small restaurant (photo 1), built over a small stream (what we discovered later) but what we saw was a road sign that said “feshk” (fish). As it was in the middle of such a turmoil (photo 2), we would not have considered having dinner there but...

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Butrint

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  • The cable ferry.

    Butrint Transportation

    To cross the Vivari strait you will have to use the small cable ferry. It runs whenever a vehicle comes. Pedestrians travel for free, but they have to wait until a car or even a bus needs to be ferried over.

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  • To get there by bus.

    Butrint Transportation

    You can use the regular bus service to get from Saranda to Butrint. The journey will take about 45 min. Bus stops are located at the main town square as well as in front of the Hotel Butrinti.

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  • What is this?

    Butrint Off The Beaten Path

    If coming from Saranda you will probably see some strange structures in the water of Lake Butrint, on your left hand side. It is mussel beds.

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Voskopoje

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  • A quiet and shaded place

    Voskopoje Restaurants

    Taverna Mishel is a few kilometers away from Voskopojë, on the way back to Korcë. The tables are scattered under small roofs in a green meadow. The place is quiet and pleasant, the owners very welcoming See next tip (not enough space for the photos)

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  • Great Arman gathering, 12-15 August 2010

    Voskopoje Local Customs

    In 2010, there was a great Arman (Vlach/Aromanian name themselves Arman) gathering in Voskopojë/Moscopole and in Korcë/Corcea. There are almost 500.000 Armans in the Balkans.From Moscopole 2010 : In order to commemorate and relive the experience of the past of Moscopole (222 years since the city was entirely distroyed by Ali Pasha in 1788) on the...

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  • Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe Gabriel

    Voskopoje Things to Do

    I do not usually report on VT about something I have not seen but there is no map of Moskopojë (or at least I did not found any) and this report might help other travellers not to miss Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe GabrielHere is the transcript of the post standing on the main square of Voskopojë :Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe Gabriel (Church of...

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Ishull-Lezhe

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  • fresh Seafood

    Ishull-Lezhe Restaurants

    Very nice and friendly ,beautifull location , very fresh food, wee serve all tradicional Albanian foods, fresh fish ,and drinks , wee cook with wood, Welcome Steaks & Fish its fresh very testy, very cuality service,and Less expensive than average.

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  • Restaurant Gjuetise

    Ishull-Lezhe Restaurants

    Should I advise you to try Restaurant of Hotel Gjuetise ? Undoubtoudly yes. I have full described in several separate tips our adventures. I can understand that going to the hotel is not for everybody but the restaurant is a very different thing. There is not much choice but what they serve is excellent. As a starter, we had a tomato salad with...

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  • King size kalimerre

    Ishull-Lezhe Off The Beaten Path

    The device shown on the photos is a kalimerre. During our 1988 visit, I saw a man using a small one, hand launched ( Rrethi i Lezhes. The device is made with a square net that is dropped into the river. The device is let at the bottom of the water for a while and drawn up to catch fishes. This device, under various names, is used widely in the...

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Dhermi

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  • Relaxing at sunset and lively at night

    Dhermi Nightlife

    Lively atmosphere during the day, cool people, great cocktails, chill out, bossa nova at sunset, dance music at night - right in front of the beach of Drimades None

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  • Drymades Hotel

    Dhermi Hotels

    Dhermi, Vlore, Albania

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Leaving Dhërmi towards the north

    Dhermi Things to Do

    These three photos were taken from the road that leads to Palasë and Llogara pass, leaving Dhërmi.Photo 1 shows the central part of Dhërmi with the main part of Gjilek district.Photos 2 and 3 show the part of Gjilek district that overhangs the see. On photo3, in the background, a small part of the beach district can be seen. I have made an...

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  • HertaH's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I'm from Albania and belive me,you're gone be surprised.Wonderful places(specialy in north and in south)and lovely people that will always help you.

    • giampiero6's Profile Photo
      Jan 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I must say, I had a very nice and favorable impression of Albania when I was there last year.

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