Albania is still an undiscovered part of Europe. It has beautiful sights, amazing landscapes, a fantastic coastline and a rich culture. It is a top destination in development. Albania is roughly 2000 km from the Netherlands between Italy and Greece. There are regular direct flights from the Netherlands to Tirana in Albania. The country is easy to travel by car or bus. Albanians are a proud people with a good sense of humor. Albanians love their traditions, this makes the country feel pleasant and authentic.
The Albanian Riviera has a Mediterranean climate. The warmest and driest months are July and August with an average temperature of around 26 degrees but with a nice sea breeze, the coldest months are January and February with an average temperature of 9 degrees.
Albanian Riviera is a beautiful seashore in the Mediterranean Sea. There’s so much to explore in this gorgeous part of Albania, such us: stunning beaches with deep and very clean waters, turquoise bays with fascinating scenery, beautiful caves, traditional villages, mountain passes ,breathtaking viepoints along the rugged coast, and a lot of groves of oranges, lemons and olives. You will have the most unforgettable experience!
Beautiful Regions and Rich History
Saranda is located on the coast and in a hilly area, 15 kilometers south of the coastal town is the UNESCO world heritage site Butrint. The town overlooking the Greek island of Corfu has a rich nightlife and many good restaurants. It lies between the hills and has the most beautiful beaches in Albania. Durres is the oldest city in Albania and dates from the seventh century BC. Durres is the city of beautiful beaches and sea. One of the main historic sights is a ruin of a Roman amphitheater.
Tirana is a fresh modern city that is fully equipped. Since 1992, she has undergone a considerable renovation. Now there are many coffee houses, bars and restaurants. The influences of communism are still noticeable in the form of an abundance of beautiful historic buildings and luxurious finishes. Visit the beautiful squares, bunkers and many excellent museums and art installations.
If you go further north you will come to Berat, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This city with more than 2000 years of history has strong influences from the Ottoman Empire. There is a castle and beautiful white houses. Gjirokastër is often called the twin city of Berat. Just like Berat, Gjirokastër also has white houses in the Ottoman style. The fortresses and stone houses are worth a visit.
Albania was part of the Ottoman Empire, making a large part of the country Muslim. In 1912 it proclaimed its independence and from 1925 Albania became a republic led by Ahmet Zogu, a former warlord who crowned himself Zog. Religion was banned during the time of communism. The country is on the rise, it is still recovering from the communist regime that has ruled it for over 40 years. This only came to an end in 1992 when Albania became a republic.