13 June 2016

National Geographic: Why to go in Albania

Over the past years Albania is attracting the attention to worldwide known travel magazines and media. This time the National Geographic has listed Albania among 10 Places that deserve more travelers. Firstly they describe the situation on the ground. “For decades, Albania was among southeastern Europe’s least visited—and least accessible—countries. A virtual fortress under the isolationist tactics of communist dictator Enver Hoxha (who spent four decades building over 700,000 needless, and largely useless, defensive bunkers across the country), Albania collapsed into chaos after Hoxha’s death in 1985 and the subsequent fall of the U.S.S.R”.

And after that they present Albania how it is today, Albania is no less safe than its more well-trodden Adriatic counterparts. A burgeoning tourist industry—centered around its meticulously preserved UNESCO-listed Ottoman towns, including Berat and Gjirokastra, and the stretch of land now known somewhat archly as the Albanian Riviera
, —now brings in almost 3.5 million tourists a year. This article reveals Albania how it really is and the reason why go now.

Why Go Now: While Adriatic beaches in nearby Italy and Croatia have largely been transformed into crowded, hypermodern resort complexes, Albania’s coastal beaches, dotted with ruined Greco-Roman amphitheaters and whitewashed, icon-filled Orthodox churches, are among the few in Europe where it’s possible to stretch out on the shoreline, even during high season. South of Vlorë, the somewhat concrete-feeling coastal hub, ethnically Greek villages like Dhërmi, Vuno, and Himarë—with terrace cafés, waterside squid-hawking fishmongers, and narrow pedestrianized pathways—are inundated with family-run B&Bs that go for as little as $25 a night. Travelers from outside the Balkans are still rare but vigorously welcomed. Don’t be surprised if your B&B host insists on taking you on a dizzying motorcycle tour along the coastline or challenges you to a staggering rakia-drinking competition.

National Geographic has listed which places you shouldn’t miss in Albania, such as: Butrint, the city of Saranda, Byzantine basilicas, and Roman mosaics etc.

See full article: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/ten-places-that-deserve-more-travelers/

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