Not that long ago one of the most sequestered dictatorships on earth, as of the early 1990's Albania has rejoined Europe and has some dramatic scenery and sites to offer -- not to mention bargains!

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The beautful beach destinations of Albania's Ionian Coast – the 'Abanian Riviera'

master2 Albania is one of the most underrated and least touristed corners of Europe, with fantastic history, cuisine, and scenery, and a prime example of that scenery is the Albanian Riviera along its 172-kilometre (107-mile) Ionian Sea coast, a place where the sun stretches across the deep sea 300 days per year; where there are splendid configurations of rocky and isolated small beaches; and the mountains and hillsides are covered in Mediterranean vegetation and dotted with charming villages…

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Why is Albania on ourblogger's list of '10 Remarkable Places to Visit Before You Die'?

It's a wide world full of wonders, and articles "places to see before you die" have become commonplace in recent years. Thinking about the question, I have my own list, and it includes not just the expected, but also some places you might not expect. Let's have a look - and if you agree, disagree, or have your own bucket-listers, please tell me about them in the comments!read post

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Visit Gjirokastra - Europe's Last Secret

Through these discussions i am going to publish short articles about the Albania Major Attractions. There is a lot to see in this country of Eagles, which this year is celebrating the 100 years of Independence. November 28th 1912 - November 28th 2012. Gjirokastra, the Stoned City Published in Gjirokastra is a town in southern Albania, which in 2005 was included in the list of World Heritage by UNESCO. It is a historical city and placed on slopes Drino River valley, has…

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  • Another great look at what Albania has to offer these days, from The Guardian:
    Into the sun: Albania’s beaches, mountains and ancient towns
    Despite its dark 20th-century past, the country is now a traveller’s paradise of amazing landscapes, coast and historic cities
  • Snaking across the south of the country, the Vjosë River is one of Europe's only remaining undammed waterways, and the Albanian government is about to protect it by establishing a national park around it:
    Albania is protecting one of the world’s last wild rivers |
  • In her site, travel writer Tamara Elliott just posted a great one-week itinerary hitting many of Albania's highlights:
  • A great overview of travel in Albania just came out in Britain's The Independent:
    Albania travel guide: Everything you need to know before you go
    Much overlooked in eastern Europe, Albania has beaches, unique history, lush sunshine and a scene low on tourists
  • Several months ago, The Guardian highlighted 40 of Europe's best beaches - and believe it or not, one of them was on the "Albanian Riviera":
    40 of the best beaches in Europe
    From flamingo-pink shores to wild coastlines and everything in between, our travel writers pick the continent’s finest sands, and places to stay near…
  • A fellow Tripatini member has a question about transportation in Albania. If you have any advice/observations to contribute, we'd ask you respond not on this wall but at this link to our Ask A Travel pro forum. Falënderim!

  • Hey everyone, I have a question for y'all.

    How difficult would it be to get a group of like-minded travel agents and tour operators who specialize in Albania to get together so we could offer a series of summer charter flights from North America to Albania?
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