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Albania is still one of those nations that is off of the average person’s radar when it comes to holiday planning, but that may soon change.

Although fairly isolated due to its location, the culture, spirit, and heritage of this nation is quite rich. It is also a place where your hard-earned money can stretch further than you might imagine during your next holiday.

Traditionally, Albania has been 70% Sunni Muslim, 10% Roman Catholic (mostly in the north) and 20% Albanian Orthodox, making it the only European country to have a Muslim majority. From 1967 to 1990 it was also the only officially atheist state in the world, and many churches were converted into cinemas and theatres.

The spiritual vacuum left after the fall of communism was in part being filled by US evangelists, but new churches and mosques were springing up all over the country.

The Numerous Ancient Ruins

Everyone loves a good set of ancient ruins. UNESCO has named many around the world as Heritage Sites to help protect them. Albania has several that are protected as well, but because of the isolation they aren’t as busy as other European locations. Imagine visiting a 13th century town in its authentic splendor for the cost of a sweet treat – and you’ll likely be the only people there too.

Incredible Castles

The castles of Albania seem like they belong in a detective story rather than a fairy tale, but that doesn’t change their splendor at all. Some are even completed restored to help visitors see the storied past that this nation has encountered. You’ll find castles on beaches, at mountain summits, and sometimes even in the middle of a grassy field surrounded by livestock.

Thousands of Bunkers

Albania was once ruled by a man named Enver Hoxha. This dictator was more than a little worried about someone trying to conquer his country, so he built almost 1 million concrete bunkers to provide a land-based defense against invading armies or falling nuclear weapons. These stand as just one interesting testament to the decades of Communist rule that can be experienced today.

Albania is easily one of the most diverse and tolerant nations in the world today, making it an inviting place to explore. If you’re ready to be an explorer instead of a tourist for your next holiday, then make this nation your planned destination. It’s a decision you’ll cherish forever.

City A-Z

Berat

Berat with 45.000 inhabitants is a city in south-central Albania, Berat is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities abd you find the old part of the city onon the UNESCO World Heritage List. Berat, which is also known as Antipatreia, was designated as a world heritage site in 2008. It is one of the best places in Albania to see the work of several different cultures and civilizations from past centuries. There is an old fortified city, numerous frescos and murals, and plenty of...

Borsh

You’ll find Borsh in the heart of the Albanian Riviera. It may be a small community, but it is filled with numerous opportunities. The waters are beautifully blue, the sands are warm and white, and there are several different historic discoveries waiting to be found. The beach at Borsh is the longest in the entire Ionian Sea, stretching out for 7km. You’ll have plenty of space to find a quiet spot, stretch out in the sunshine, or stroll through the cool,...

Dhermi

The beaches you’ll find in Dhermi stand out as some of the best you can find in all of Albania. It is one of those destinations that make you feel like you’re right at home. It is gorgeous, calm, and incredibly welcoming. Bring a book, enjoy an afternoon on the beach, and enjoy something from the local bakery. There are plenty of adventures to find during your stay in Dhermi as well. Climb the stairs until you reach Saint Mary Panajia...

Durrës

The beaches of Durres seem to stretch on for an eternity and unlike other areas along the Albanian coast, they are fully developed. It's an ancient city that sits on one of the narrowest points of the Adriatic Sea and the ports of Italy are just an afternoon's boat ride away. The main port of Albania is in Durres and it's a major university town. With a confirmed founding in the 7th century BC, it has been continuously inhabited for...

Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster is one of those cities that is often overlooked by the casual traveler. Once you see its many wonders and natural beauty, you’ll find yourself addicted to what you find here, like many who have come before. The old town of Gjirokaster is listed as a world heritage site, with roots found in the 14thn century. The city was built on a slope which surrounded the initial defensive structures, with the city walls being built as early as the 3rd...

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Official holidays in Albania

Below you can see a list of the official holidays

DateEnglish nameAlbanian nameRemarks
01 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
02 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
14 03Summer DayDita e VerësFixed
NovruzNowruzDita e Sulltan NevruzitVariable
Easter Monday - CatholicCatholic EasterPashkët KatolikeVariable
Easter Monday - OrthodoxOrthodox EasterPashkët OrtodokseVariable
01 05May DayDita Ndërkombëtare e PunonjësveFixed
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrBajrami i Madh (Fitër Bajrami)Variable
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaBajrami i Vogël (Kurban Bajrami)Variable
19 10Mother Teresa DayDita e Nënë TerezësFixed
28 11Independence DayDita e PavarësisëFixed
29 11Liberation DayDita e ÇlirimitFixed
08 12Youth DayDita Kombëtare e RinisëFixed
25 12ChristmasKrishtlindjetFixed
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List of Airports in Albania IATA

Below you can see a list of IATA airports in Albania, sorted in International, Domestic and Regional airports. Use the search field if you need information about a specific airport.

CITYCOUNTRYICAOIATANAMETYPE
Tiranë (Tirana)AlbaniaLATITIATirana International AirportInternational
List of Albanian IATA airports

Largest city in Albania

Below you can see a sortable list of the largest cities in the country

RankNamePop.
1Tirana622.190
2Durrës203.917
3Vlorë135.032
4Elbasan124.179
5Shkodër111.686
6Korçë86.994
7Fier84.638
8Kamëz81.688
9Berat63.132
10Lushnjë53.507
11Sarandë40.736
12Paskuqan39.553
13Kavajë39.478
14Pogradec38.642
15Gjirokastër33.346

What is the capital of Albania

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Tirana, capital of Albania

Tirana is a city that has its roots planted firmly in the soil of the Ottoman Empire. Founded in the 17th century, over time the city grew to become the capital of Albania. The area itself has been settled since Biblical times, as excavations in downtown Tirana discovered a Roman homestead that had later been converted into a church without aisles. The town itself saw many battles throughout both World Wars, culminating in a final battle between the home Communist parties and the...

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Increasing numbers of tourists

Lying across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Albania is a southeastern European country of astounding natural beauty that includes rolling plains and beautiful beaches. This Balkan nation is bordered by Greece to the south, Macedonia to the east, Kosovo to the northeast and Montenegro to the northwest. Albania Holidays have risen in popularity in recent years as increasing numbers of tourists have discovered the country’s delights. Tirana is the capital and is in the north-central part of the country; it has interesting cultural and historical attractions, and is a great place to explore. Albania’s only international airport, Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza, is named after the late missionary nun Mother Teresa, who was ethnic Albanian

Culture

The culture of Albania is majorly influenced by that of the mainland Greeks especially in the urban locality; nodding one’s head means ‘no’ where as shaking the head means ‘yes’. To greet someone, handshaking is preferred, though Shoku (Comrade) was used before, which has been long forgotten now. People dress informally here. Swim suits are meant for the beaches, otherwise women are expected not to dress in a revealing outfit. When addressing someone prefix Zoti(Mr) or Zonja(Mrs) before the name and always remember to carry some gifts when visiting someone, although flowers aren’t much acceptable. The guests are served with coffee, raki or sweets. Smokers don’t have to worry much, but they should avoid it where they see a sign of Ndalohet Duhani or Ndalohet pirja e duhanit.

Travelling in Albania

Buses with relatively cheap fares operate in the main cities of the country or taxis are another choice which provided service for some main hotels.
Visit Dajti Mountain and experience Dajti Ekspres Cable car for an unforgettable 15 minute ride passing through Dajt Oark to reach Tirana. The route is about 4.2 km long and the ride costs €6.5.Alpha Yachting provides crewed yacht which is a luxury in itself. Tirana Bank is the best place for withdrawing money as it allows access to Visa cards.

Getting There

One of the best and the easiest means is to go by air. Albanian Airlines is the national airline which works in collaboration with Tyrolean Airways, and provides service to almost all the big European cities. The airport, Mother Teresa, is 16 miles or 26 km away from the capital. A tourist bus is available every 3 hrs to get to the city center and takes about 30 minutes to get there. Taxis are available round the clock. While waiting for any transport service, tourists can check out the duty free shops, bank, eateries and car hire at the airport.

If trying to get there by sea, try the ferry services which are provided by Adriatic Line and Agoudimos. The main ports are Durres (has ferry connection to Italy, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, and Ancona), Vlora (has ferry connection to Bari, and Brindisi), Saranda (has connection to Corfu), Shen Gjini (has ferry connection to Bari). Check out www.adriatica.it and www.aqoudimos-lines.com for more information.

Bus is another option. Buses start from Istanbul, Athens and Sofia. Internal passengers have lots of options with bus services provided.

Interesting sights and cities

There are great places to stay during your Albania holidays, starting with the capital, Tirana. The sole international airport is just 20 minutes outside the city, making Tirana a natural choice for many visitors, whether staying there or moving later to other parts of the country. The Albanian Riviera is a stunning location, with mountainous areas sweeping down to the sea, and is the choice of lots of tourists as it has wonderful beach resorts all along it. The city of Berat in the south-central part of the country is another good choice. Known as the ‘City of a Thousand Windows’, the old part of the town is World Heritage-listed

Tirana

Tirana is the capital of Albania and has a population of a little over 300,000. The city is an eclectic mix of traditional European structures, soviet style five story buildings and mid-east influenced architecture. Relatively small, Tirana is a city with a small town feel.

Korca – Rugs, Rugs, Rugs

Korca is a city located in the east of Albania close to the border of Greece. Built high up on a plateau, Korca is a must see if you love Turkish style rugs and carpets. The entire city seems to be devoted to the manufacture and sale of every size, color and type of rug. If you’re staying overnight, Hotel Iliria is your best option.

Petrela Castle

Dating back to 500 AD, Petrela Castle is an ancient structure, which is in relatively good shape considering the history attached to it. At one time or another, Petrela was the primary defense of the city of Durres. It has been held, used and conquered by Romans, Greeks, Turks and other. Seriously off the beaten path, getting to Petrela requires a sturdy Jeep or Landcruiser. It is a very bumpy road, but the view is more than worth it.

Albanian Riviera

If you’re spending your Albania holidays on the Riviera, you’ll find it’s like the more famous French Riviera – only better. It’s cheaper, the beaches are more beautiful and the locals are friendlier! Among the most stunning beaches along the coast are those at Ksamil, Himara and Borshi.

National Historical Museum

Visit the National Historical Museum in Tirana and get a flavour of the country’s heritage and past. It’s the biggest museum in the country and has a large amount of items of archaeological interest.

Butrint National Park

Butrint National Park in the far southwest is well worth a visit. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an area of archaeological importance. A number of ancient structures are still standing, including a Roman theatre, city walls and a basilica.

National Art Gallery

The National Art Gallery of Albania is another worthwhile stop on the tourist trail, and should not be missed. It’s also in the capital and has thousands of works of art by Albanian and foreign artists.

Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and is an extremely picturesque setting. About one-third of it is in Albania and the rest is over the border in Montenegro. There’s lots of wildlife in the area, including rare European pelicans.