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Albania

Though small in size, this unique country has plenty of character.

Situated on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, Albania is a mix of sweeping coastlines, mountainous terrains and archaeological sites, attracting history enthusiasts, active travellers and food lovers alike.

Since the fall of communism in the early 1990s, Albania has come a long way and grown tremendously.

Rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty, this biodiverse gem offers mainly hot, dry summers and mild winters. It shares the same rugged coastline as Croatia and borders Greece, making it the perfect destination for sun-seeking travellers.

For those looking for a vibrant atmosphere, the country’s capital, Tirana, offers bustling squares, cafes and restaurants. Quieter folk should head to Albania’s countryside, where they’ll find beautiful, timeless villages, plenty of charm and a reassuring sense of rustic homeliness.

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Featured Trips

  • From the Schönbrunn Palace to the mighty Parthenon in Athens, learn the stories of an area steeped in history.

  • This is where the sway of the Mediterranean meets Central Europe and blends with the exotic East. From the Danube to Dracula's castle, there is history at every turn.

Facts:

  • Don’t expect to catch a bus in Albania on time. They don’t have a timetable and depart when they are full.
  • Shaking your head means yes in Albania, while a nod means no.
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mother Teresa, was Albanian.

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 14˚C57˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 24˚C75˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Rain

    Av temp: 16˚C61˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: 7˚C45˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT + 1hr

  • Currency

    Euro (EUR, €)

When to go: June-September for a warmer climate and clearer skies; November-December for amazing Christmas markets.

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