04 August 2018

Albania Holidays brings luxury cruise with USA investors in Saranda

Albania Holidays, one of the most reputable incoming tour operators in Albania has brought 200 members of Chief Executives Organisation (CEO) in Saranda. Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama visited their cruise and meet with owners  of big companies in USA. They travelled with ‘Le Lyrial’  one of the most luxurious cruise in Europe to the shores of Saranda, south coastal city of Albania

The aim of the meeting with PM Rama was to explore and discuss investment opportunities in Albania from USA investors.

After the meeting CEO members  visited Saranda and Butrint –UNESCO site.

Albania Holidays, a leading Destination Management Company in Albania organizes tours, events, team building activities for corporates as well as shore excursions and other incentives.

31 July 2018

The 'living' legend of Osman Taka and his dance

Have you seen or heard about the dance of Osman Taka? Well the dance is so popular until noways while the protagonist Osman Taka and his story become a legend now, passing to all generations.
Osman Taka was a real person, lived in Konispol in the border between Albania and Greece and belong to "çam community" and he was a warrior fighting ottomans in the years 1848-1887. Osman Taka was arrested during that time and sent to be executed in front of Vali of Ioannina. Before he being executed, he was asked to say his final wish. And Osman Taka's final wish was to dance.

He was with some other companions and asked them to dance together. It was a short dance, but so intense and touching, full of pride and melancholy, of power and grace, which left everyone speechless. It was the wife of Vali who first broke the silence, and protested that such a good dancer should not be hanged. So finally the governor, who, like the others, had admired in his heart that dance never seen before, publicly declared that the young man deserved to live, so that he could continue to dance, in that way, with those steps, in that inimitable way. Then, availing himself of his powers, he canceled the sentence, and sent Osman Taka alive, with his companions, to Konispol.

This dance is still so popular, and last almost 3 minutes..
During this dance the protagonist, supported by a hand by one of his companions, kneels and it slowly folds backwards, until it touches the ground with the nape of the neck, thus arching the chest upwards. On that chest, then, another dancer rests his foot, and rises above it with all his weight. But here, just when the dance seems over, another companions do the same. It is an amazing dance, a fantastic intangible heritage for Albanians.

See the original article for Osman Taka here 
See the famous dance below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=Mzu_cmXTfNc

12 July 2018

The Sun: Swap Corfu for Dhermi in Albania

Albanian Riviera has attracted quite a lot the attention of world-known medias and travel magazines. This time, the coastal town of Dhermi beats the Greek Corfu island.
The prestigious British media “The Sun” recommends to its readers the budget destinations in Europe, among them is Dhermi Albania.
Photo: Getty Images
Dhermi over Corfu

Corfu is a classic destination for Brits to head to, but it has a much more affordable neighbor.
The Albanian Ionian coast is just across from that of the Greek island of Corfu and you can glimpse Albania from the shore in Corfu – and its beaches are just as idyllic.
But if you want to mix things up then why not visit Albania?
A plus point is that it’s far cheaper than that of its much-loved but tourist-packed neighbour.
With a pint costing as little as 58p in Albania as opposed to £1.80 in Corfu, it’s a no-brainer.

Read full article here!

03 July 2018

The unexplored waters of Albania are filled with artifacts

The undersea treasures of Albania were the focus of an article of the famous British media on line www.thetimes.co.uk
The journalists were here on a mission to explore the underwater treasures in order and to raise awareness to save one of Europe’s last secret underwater treasure troves before it is plundered.
The underwater world here combines Albania’s recent isolationist past with its ancient history..

“It’s incredible what’s down there,” said Mateusz Polakowski, 29, an underwater archaeologist at Southampton University. “We don’t even know about a tiny fraction of it.” He is part of a team of archaeologists and technicians working feverishly to map out Albania’s underwater riches unexplored for decades because the country was ruled for four decades by the  dictator Enver Hoxha.

Enver Hoxha, whose communist forces seized power in 1945, ran Albania as a hermit kingdom, the most repressive and ideologically driven regime in Europe. It was the North Korea of its day. Its coastline is less than two miles from the beaches of Corfu, but it might as well have been on the moon.
Thanks to the diving ban, however, the waters off its coast are an archaeological time capsule, unrivaled across the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.
Underwater heritage experts hope Albania will avoid the fate of Greece and Italy, whose historical richness have been pillaged by treasure-hunting divers. Further north in the Adriatic, in the seas off the former Yugoslavia, armies of looters have used scuba apparatus to plunder artefacts from beneath the waves.

In the Bay of Vlore, on Albania’s southern coast, where the Hercules was last week searching for shipwrecks, the waters ran red when Caesar clashed with Pompey’s forces during the Great Roman Civil War of the 1st century BC.
When the Ottoman Empire was threatening Italy during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, its fleet gathered in the bay. Jews expelled from Spain during the late Middle Ages escaped to Vlore via Italy. All have left their imprints on the sea bed.
“We’re trying to find this little guy,” said Polakowski. Leaning back in his chair, he pointed at a map of the sea floor, marked with a green line showing the location of a wreck from about the 1st century BC. “We can identify the age by the type of amphora it carries. This one would have been carrying things like olive oil or wine.”
This search of Albania’s waters has been going on unheralded for the past decade.
A day’s sail away from this shipwreck lies Butrint, which, according to the Roman poet Virgil, was founded by refugees from ancient Troy, who escaped the sacking of their city more than 3,000 years ago.
In the modern era, the Albanian coast was an important supply line during both world wars.
“It’s like looking under the ocean with a flashlight,” said Polakowski. “It’s so vast. We’ve still only surveyed less than 1% of the area. You can swim a site 10 times and you can still be 10 metres off a shipwreck and miss it.”
Scuba diving is technically still not permitted, but three years ago the Albanian Council of Ministers allowed recreational diving in defined areas along the coast.
Now treasure-hunters from Italy and Austria have been seen in Albanian waters, as well as enterprising locals equipped with scuba equipment and a desire to make fast cash.

29 June 2018

Kala Festival-hundreds of young people gathered in Albanian Riviera

Kala Festival, an international music festival was organized in Albania for the first time from 20-27 June 2018.
Kala was set at a seaside location in the Albanian Riviera where the Adriatic meets the Ionian Sea. The 7-day summer festival was a full success. Albania Holidays, one of the best incoming tour operator in Albania was the local partner of this big event. 
Photo: Kala Festival
Dhermi was packed with young people from Europe and region to celebrate this summer festival.
A British tourist was noted saying:"I came to Albania for the festival, but the expectations went beyond. Albanian Riviera is stunning, the food is amazing and the friendly people always dressed with a smile. One of the organizer at Albania Holidays office said: "It was so difficult to accommodate 1500 people in small places like Dhermi, where there are only small hotels and guest houses, and we had to deal with all of them. But, I am happy we did it at the end and the festival turned into great event, the only of its kind in Albania"

Photo: Kala Festival
Kala, debuted this year on the Albanian coast, and the festival lasted seven days of dancing by a gorgeous beach and a lineup featuring exactly the kinds of music you’d want to hear in the sunshine: from deep house DJ Jayda G to legendary reggae crew Trojan Sound System, not to mention the man behind one of the greatest summer anthems of all time, Roy Ayers “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” .
Photo: Kala Festival
Following such a huge success, a Kala 2 is planned for the next year. Stay tuned with Albania Holidays.
Photo: Kala Festival

26 May 2018

Albania Holidays awarded with Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Albania Holidays announces with great pleasure that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018, reflecting the great reviews that we have  consistently earned on TripAdvisor. This is a  recognition from Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site. We are very happy to receive it and  will continue working toward making the most for every visitor or group of tourists that choose Albania Holidays.
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The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.

More info about Albania Holidays:
Albania Holidays a leading Destination Management Company invites you to be part of a unique experience, discovering an unknown but fascinating country. Albania has much to offer: a sunny Mediterranean climate, delicious food, kind and welcoming people, a laid back attitude, a rich history, an old culture, unique traditions, beautiful landscapes with mountains, rivers and a magnificent coastline. Visitors to the country describe Albanians as warm and inquisitive, happy to see foreigners.

Albania Holidays can assist you to discover the country in the most authentic way by offering tailor made solutions for groups & FIT-s, with a focus on the local elements: history, culture, traditions and way of life. We provide professional arrangements for: tours, events, venue selection, team building activities, shore excursions for cruises and more.

24 April 2018

The historical wedding of Skanderbeg returned back after 567 years

The Kanina Castle was transformed into a beautiful wedding-festival to remember and brought back in memory the wedding of our national hero “Skanderbeg” with his bride Donika. Looking back 567 years ago, here is the place, where Skanderbeg took his bride with a big ceremony.

The Albanian artist, Fate Velaj wanted to realize his dream of improvising the wedding of Skanderbeg as it was written in the history. He organized this “wedding” in collaboration with “Kanina” Patriotic  Association, “Albanian National Nest” Movement and Vlora Municipality.

For visitors this was an amazing opportunity to remember a traditional wedding from our past and it’s good for new generations to learn more about history.

With the participation of a delegation of 60 people, coming from the Arbëresh of Italy, including Loris Castriota Scanderbeg - Gjergj Kastrioti's great-grandfather, was celebrated the 567th anniversary of the most historic wedding of the Albanian nation and the 590th anniversary of the birth Donika Gjergj Arianiti in Kanina.

After celebrations in Kanina, they went to Ardenica Monastery, where Skanderbeg and Donika made the vows.
This ceremony is worth returning to the annual celebration attracting more visitors and tourists in Kanina. This event was part of many planned activities on the Year of Skanderbeg. The activities will continue throughout all this year and will culminate on 28 November, which is the Independence Day of Albania, but also a very important day when Skanderbeg raise the Albanian flag in the Castle of Kruja.. Skanderbeg is the National Hero of Albanians, the most important figure of our nation.

Watch video here