20 March 2017

Ksamil Beach, hits the list of “20 best beaches to visit in May in Europe” by Telegraph Travel

The crystal waters of Ksamil Beach near Saranda are definitely becoming a hotspot for tourists all over the world. There’s something beautiful and magic on this beach and everyone who visits falls in love with this alluring beauty of Albania. No wonder that Telegraph Travel listed Ksamil among “20 deserted European beaches you must visit in May.

“Albania shows its best side at this delicious cove in the village of Ksamil, nine miles south of the resort town of Saranda. You can swim out to three islands near the bay, admire the outline of Corfu, or slumber after a morning at the Roman site Butrint.” –Telegraph Travel Uk

23 February 2017

Highlights of Albania recommended by a German Travel Magazine

A lot of Germans are visiting Albania, tempted by its beautiful beaches in the south and fascinating hiking trails in the north of Albania. The “Abenteuer Reisen”, is a travel magazine, promoting different places around the world. In the last edition there is an article dedicated to Albania wrote by Joachim Chwaszcza published on “Abenteuer Reisen” magazine, titling “Albanien Auf Entdeckertour” (Discover Albania Tour).

“Albania is more than Karl Mays says in “In the Gorges of the Balkans”, blood revenge, bunkers, and Balkan’s grey socialism. We show the fantastic beaches in the south, exciting hiking trails in the mountains and the modern Albanian cuisine”, says Joachim Chwaszcza.

 Albania, barely known and largely untouched in many regions, offers a worthwhile combination of classic round trip, fascinating nature experiences and cordial hospitality. Against the clichés, the country is colorful, loosely, versatile and relaxed. Albania is a good place also for people who want to stay in the wild and in pure nature. Thethi, once a deserted region, today the number of inhabitants has increased decuple thanks to hiking tourism. In addition to day hikes, botanical explorations and partly demanding climbs, the "Peaks of the Balkans Trail" offers the greatest challenge in the Albanian Alps.
Mysterious south of Albania is recommended as a great destination for hiking between coast and mountains. The cultural highlights, such as Butrint - the national park and the homonymous archaeological site with Greek and Roman relics are Unesco World Heritage sites - as well as the Ottoman fortress of Ali Pasha in Porto Palermo are settled in one day. The largely untouched nature is a big topic in Albania! "Mysterious South" - with this slogan presents the little known southern coastal region and the mountainous hinterland. 

Albanian nature, adventure tour to albania

And the last but not least, Albanian cuisine: Meat spits, lamb ribs, yoghurt and sheep's cheese - no one has to eat badly in Albania. Not in the north and certainly not in the south. Everything is always fresh, from your own garden, lots of vegetables, lots of fresh fruit, plenty of yogurt and sheep's cheese. In the mountains lamb meat and along the coast fish. Albania is a real culinary discovery.

31 January 2017

Forbes ranks Albania among 30 cheapest places to travel in 2017

Albania with its beautiful beaches has managed to be in the list of “30 cheapest places to travel in 2017” by Forbes Magazine.
Forbes brings to mind why Albania is a good destination for cheap travel, highlighting the fantastic beaches along its coastline. A good reason to be considered when travelling to Albania, it’s the cheap accommodation which starts from as little as $5 per person. But  Albania doesn’t have only beautiful  beaches, but  also  historical sites. “There's also some fascinating historical sites across Albania that are either free to enter or cost only $2-$5.”

Various travel magazines and blogs have described Albania, as an underrated travel destination, that needs to be discovered. “This forgotten corner of Europe is a wonderfully off-the-beaten-track budget destination in an otherwise very touristy and expensive continent. With fantastic beaches along its coastline, including the fishing port of Saranda, Albania gives visitors the chance to enjoy the Mediterranean waters for a fraction of the usual price. From the mountainous medieval town of Gjirokastër to the Roman ruins at Butrint, this is a diverse and very different side of Europe, which is definitely worth visiting before the crowds do.”

19 January 2017

Albania among Top Budget Destination for 2017 by Rough Guides

Rough Guide is a worldwide travel guide for more than 120 destinations and Albania is one of the destinations recently promoted on the their “Top Budget Destination for 2017” list. The Albanian coast is becoming very ‘famous’ and everyone who visits Albania shouldn’t miss exploring our beaches. Rough Guides put Albanian coast among top budged destinations, part of this list are popular destinations such as: Detroit (USA), Mexico, Greece, Cambodia, The Philippines etc.
Check out what Rough Guide says about Albania:

Albania retains one of the last unspoiled coastlines in the Mediterranean. Sun-drenched mountains and white-sand beaches spill into the bright blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, while Ancient Greek ruins and historic Ottoman villages punctuate the surrounding rural landscape.
You’ll find none of the usual high-rise resorts, crowded shores and high prices typical in the rest of the Med here, with fresh seafood, quality bars and comfortable accommodation available at a fraction of the cost.
And with more affordable flights due to connect Tirana with the rest of the continent in 2017, Albania is set to be even more accessible for travelers on a budget.

13 January 2017

Bradt Travel Guides: Five Reasons To Visit Albania

“Bradt Travel Guides” has often promoted Albania as a great destination to go, and recently they have published an article highlighting five reasons to visit our country. Bradt Travel Guides has partnered up with Albania Holidays DMC, leading incoming tour operator, to showcase Albania alongside some of other favourite destinations as part of our Exceptional Places campaign.

Through the article people are invited to visit the country which offers a captivating blend of the ancient and the brand new, from sprawling archaeological sites and age-old mountain codes of behaviour to the riotous colours of the thriving capital, Tirana, and beaches to rival anywhere else in the Mediterranean. Visit Albania for the eclectic capital of Tirana. Even a great reason for outdoor lovers, Thethi is the best to experience a magic trip in the Albanian Alps. The Lura Lakes, between Rrësheni and Peshkopia, and the Lunxhëria and Nemerçka ranges in the southwest, are more remote but offer fantastic hiking or cycling opportunities for those with more time at their disposal.

“Those who are interested in archaeology and history will find Albania full of delights. In the southwest of the country, the ancient city of Butrint already draws thousands of visitors every year across the Corfu Channel. It richly deserves its status as the country’s best-known archaeological site, but there are many other interesting Illyrian, Greek and Roman remains. No visit to southern Albania would be complete without the ancient cities of Gjirokastra and Berati, with their hilltop castles and unique architecture”, says Bradt Travel Guides.

Berati and Korca is a must for lovers of medieval arts where they will be in awe by magnificent frescoes in various churches.
What about a world-class bout trip in Albania? Yes, a journey along Lake Komani is one of the reasons why you should visit Albania. “Lake Komani is narrow and twisting, with sheer cliffs right down to the water in some stretches, complete with breathtakingly high waterfalls”.

05 January 2017

Touristic Albania in the focus of world media during 2016

Over the past years Albania has attracted many tourists from solo travelers, bloggers, photographers and journalists. The tourism infrastructure is improved and so hidden gems of Albania have been discovered and capture attentions of the world known travel magazines where Albania has been listed as great destination to go. According to the statistics of National Bank of Albania, the tourism contribution to GDP for the 2016 was 25% higher than in 2015. For 2016 the number of tourists rose by 19.7 % comparing with the previous year. For the 2017 the hotels are already full with reservations, which show that this year Albania will see a boom of tourism. This is also due to the improved tourism infrastructure , but also to better promotion of Albania as a potential touristic destination, more international fairs, more familiarization trip with media etc. The last week of December (24- 31 December), the National Albanian Agency of Tourism, (AKT) broadcasted a spot “Albania go your own way” in three prestigious world Media: BBC, Euro news and Travel Channel. The video was seen by millions of viewers who are programming their vacancies and holidays for 2017. It was a great moment to attract the attention of all tourists over the world to know Albania and its touristic values. Apart from the three important world media, many articles are published during 2016 to promote Tourism in Albania. Let’s see here some of the main articles published:

 Let’s hope for a better tourism season in 2017, projections are good so far.

19 December 2016

City of Himara, Albania among to 6 Balkans destinations for 2017- by Vogue.com

Vogue: The sleepy town of Himarë awaits you
This time Himare, Albania is among 6 Non-Touristy Balkans Destinations That Should Top Your 2017 Travel Lists by Vogue. It seems that the town of Himara and beaches on the Ionian Sea has captured the attention of Michaela Trimble, a travel writer and photographer who works for Vogue. Vogue describes Himara as a town which offers dramatic scenery and beautiful beaches. If you go outside Himara, you will find so much to see and do, enjoying the panoramic view from coastal Mountains and if you want you can hike and cycle in the wild.

Llamani beach 

“On the Albanian Riviera, the sleepy town of Himarë awaits: Situated on the Ionian Sea and an accessible base point to sparsely visited alcoves like Gjipea Beach and Grama Bay, this town offers dramatic scenery you won’t tire of. The Ceraunian Mountains serve as the backdrop to crystal-clear beaches, and local outfitters like Zbulo deliver travelers to the nearby Llogara National Park, a stomping ground for those seeking to hike and cycle in the wild and spot indigenous species like native wolves, wildcats, and eagles. During a visit, meander up and down the Southern Albanian Coast, opting for a stay at Drymades Inn in Dhermi or Jaroal Hotel in Saranda. Roam the streets of Himarë to find a café that calls to you, and don’t miss a chance to dine at Veranda in neighboring Qeparo, where you can enjoy a homemade meal alfresco, underneath a blanket of shade trees and ivy.”
Mountain view, Albanian riviera