Beautifully situated in the Balkans, Albania welcomes tourists to beautiful sandy beaches, stunning mountains, lakes and rivers and atmospheric cities. These are experiences that contrast with Albania during the communist decades of the 20th century, when the country was almost closed to the outside world.

That time is over and now you can really enjoy the sights starting in the capital Albania. The old political elite district of Blloku, where Enver Hoxha's house is located, has become a place where cafes, bars, restaurants are located and where the street life unfolds.

Cities such as Gjirokaster, Shkodër, Sarandë are beautiful and very diverse provincial cities where you can experience Albanian culture and history. Gjirokaster is a top spot and the old town is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, while Shkodër's elegant city center and castle overlooking Shkodër Lake are fantastic as well.

The coastal city of Sarandë is located on the Albanian coast, which attracts many visitors with the lovely beaches of the warm waters of the Adriatic. If you go east in the country, you can enjoy the Albanian mountains and mountain lakes that are breathtaking with their beauty. Lake Ohrid is perhaps the most famous of them.

Biggest cities
  • Tirana: 421,286
  • Durrës: 122.034
  • Elbasan: 100.903
  • Vlorë: 89.546
  • Shkodër: 88.245
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  • January 1-2: New Year
  • March 14: Summer Day
  • March 22: Nowruz (Persian New Year)
  • Date varies: Catholic and Orthodox Easter
  • May 1: May 1 celebrations
  • October 19: Mother Theresa’s Day
  • November 28: Independence Day
  • November 29: Liberation Day
  • December 8: Youth Day
  • December 24: Christmas Eve
  • December 25: Christmas Day
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Tirana, Durrës County, Albania

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  • Official name: Republika e Shqipërisë
  • Capital: Tirana / Tiranë
  • National anthem: Himni i Flamurit
  • Language: Albanian
  • Population: 2,821,977 (2011)
  • Primary religion: Islam
  • Currency: Play (ALL)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .al
  • Phone code: +355
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC + 1)
  • Power and plugs: 230 V / 50 Hz, plug type C, F
  • Area: 28,748 km² / 11,100 sq mi
  • Highest point: Maja e Korabit 2,764 m / 9,068 feet
  • Longest river: Drin, 355 km / 221 mi
  • Largest lake: Liqeni in Shkodrës, 370-530 km² / 143-205 sq mi
  • Largest island: Sazani 5 km² / 1.9 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: Montenegro. South: Greece. East: Northern Macedonia, Kosovo. West: Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea.
  • Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu: Prince and National Hero, 1405-1468
  • Lekë Dukagjini: Prince, 1410-1481
  • Gjon Buzuku: Priest, 16th century
  • Gjergj Fishta: Monk, 1871-1940
  • Zogu I: King, 1895-1961
  • Enver Hoxha: Head of State, 1908-1985
  • Mother Teresa: Nun, 1910-1997
  • Azem Hajdari: Student Leader, 1963-1998
  • Inva Mula: Soprano, 1963