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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A precious gem

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me introduce you to my home country *drum rolls* 


This is Albania, located in Southeastern Europe's Balkan Peninsula.
Beyond vague recollections of its Communist past, few travellers know much about Albania. Its rippling mountains and pristine beaches, lands littered with historical Roman ruins and pretty Ottoman towns remain largely undiscovered. Most never see the alluring azure lakes or the picturesque valleys occupied by immensely hospitable locals, and instead bypass the country for its far more popular neighbours.
Following decades of isolationist rule, this rugged land still doesn’t seem to fit into the grand continental jigsaw, with distinctly exotic notes emanating from its language, customs and cuisine. But it’s those idiosyncrasies that make it such an intriguing and rewarding corner of Europe begging to be explored.
Those seeking to take Albania’s true pulse should head to the mountainous hinterlands, particularly sleepy hillside towns of Berat and Gjirokastra – both essentially open-air museums of life in Ottoman times. Keen hikers will want to explore the valley of Valbona, where karst limestone mountains harbour astonishing biodiversity, and as the snowcapped peaks of the interior drop down to the ocean, the immaculate beaches along the Ionian coastline are among the Mediterranean’s least developed sands.

What should you visit?
According to TripAdvisor you should go to: 
  1. Butrint in Saranda
  2. Blue Eye in Saranda
    Blue Eye (Syri Kalter)
  3. Berat Fortress in Berat
    Berat Fortress
  4. Ksamil Village in Saranda
    Ksamil Village
  5. Mount Dajti in Tirana
    Mount Dajti
  6. Apollonia in Fier
  7. Shkodra Lake in Shkodra
    Shkodra Lake
  8. Voskopoja Village in Korça
    Voskopoje Village
  9. Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello in Himara
    Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello
  10. Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja
    Skanderbeg Museum

If you Google for Albania Destinations you will see a variety of cities you should visit where each of them gives you the opportunity to see and taste our culture. 

Source: Rough Guides, CNN, Trip Advisor

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