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Boston Globe : Albania, an undiscovered gem!

Albania and the city of Berat are considered by Boston Globe as a touristic destination for 2016. The author of this article, Christopher Muther refers to Albania as an undiscovered gem.

The author describes the lack of infrastructure, the bad condition of roads, not a good public transport and the limited access on the internet.  But according to him these are the reasons why this country is worth visiting.

In his article he also mentions’ the beautiful Albanian Riviera, referring to it as breathtaking.

Description of the Boston Globe:

This is not a place for tourists in search of luxury, or for inexperienced travelers, but I can assure you that what you get for the price you pay is really great. If you are not sure about traveling there by your own, you can contact a travel agency. For many years Albania was an isolated country, but since the fall of the communist regime it is a well - known travel destination. In Albania you may notice lack of infrastructure, bad road conditions, not a good public transport and limited internet access. But exactly because of these you should visit this undiscovered gem. The beaches along the Riviera are breathtaking.

Direct flight? NO. Best time to travel to Albania? September.          

I survived Albania

“I survived Albania. If you don’t visit this place you are really missing out”.

It took an English cyclist, two months 5000 km and lots of other troubles to finally finish his adventure of cycling from London to Athens.

His journey was incredible as well as at times frustrating, but this guy made it. Despite all the difficulties during his trip he got to discover new places, one of them was Albania. He recorded his voyage to Albania and he posted his video on YouTube under the name “I survived Albania”. The cyclist, Yolo Nathan states that he discovered a wonderful place, perfect to travel by bike, especially because the streets are well maintained.    

In his Facebook page he writes as follows: I found out that Albania was a very safe place, the people are fantastic and it has the best streets of the world. Everybody kept telling me that it was dangerous to cycle in Albania. But I ignored their advice by continuing my trip in this wonderful country.

   

 

See Videos : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdc6djbDrE4

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Source : http://yolonathan.com/cycle-route-across-europe/

 

 

Why Albania should be high on your travel list

Why Albania should be high on your travel list

 

From a trading city founded in 8th century BC to stunning Unesco World Heritage Sites: Why Albania should be high on your travel list (and not just for the Adriatic beach parties)

 

As the sun went down, a line of men in felt hats, baggy shirts and scarlet sashes performed a joyous dance on the terrace of a hilltop castle. 

Across a narrow ribbon of sea, the silhouette of Corfu ebbed into purple shadow. I had to remind myself that this wasn’t Greece but its less visited neighbour, Albania.

A two-hour taxi ride along roads lined with oleander bushes had brought me across the border from Greece’s Preveza airport.

A visit to the hillside town of Gjirokastra, a Unesco World Heritage Site, should be on the list of any holidaymaker in Albania

A visit to the hillside town of Gjirokastra, a Unesco World Heritage Site, should be on the list of any holidaymaker in Albania

Diana trying the First and Second World War weaponry displayed at the Gjirokastra fortress
The fortress is one of the city's most famed attractions

Diana (left) trying the First and Second World War weaponry displayed at the Gjirokastra fortress, one of the city's many attractions

A stunning night view of Berat shows that the fun is definitely not over as night falls at the Unesco World Heritage Site

A stunning night view of Berat shows that the fun is definitely not over as night falls at the Unesco World Heritage Site

Sheep and goats grazed under olive groves – a timeless pastoral scene were it not for a few small domed concrete bunkers on the hillside, survivors of the 700,000 built by Albania’s obsessively isolationist dictator Enver Hoxha.

How much had Albania changed in the 30 years since his death, I wondered? 

Arriving at the Adriatic resort of Saranda, pulsating techno music, squeals of children delightedly dodging a giant foam gun at a beach party, and people on jet skis zipping over an improbably blue sea suggested an answer.

From Saranda we set off for Butrint, a trading city founded in the 8th century BC, according to legend, by people escaping Troy. 

From there we wound through stark limestone mountains to Gjirokastra, a Unesco World Heritage site, where a massive oval fortress squats over a jumble of steep, narrow lanes and stone-roofed Ottoman houses.

The fortress is intact, but what surprised me most was the collection of First and Second World War weaponry displayed in its high-vaulted rooms.

From Gjirokastra we followed a river valley northwards to Tepelene, where a plaque commemorates the visit of Lord Byron to the castle of warlord Ali Pasha. 

Albanian men gather at the Old Bazaar Quarter in Gjirokastra with its trademark cobbled, narrow streets

Albanian men gather at the Old Bazaar Quarter in Gjirokastra with its trademark cobbled, narrow streets

Why not visit the Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelene in the bay of Porto Palermo between Qeparo and Himare while in Albania?

Why not visit the Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelene in the bay of Porto Palermo between Qeparo and Himare while in Albania?

Continuing along quiet roads with fruit sellers dozing in the shade, we reached Berat.

So many limestone Ottoman homes cluster the steep, cobbled streets that their windows have earned it the name ‘city of a thousand eyes’. 

Berat’s fortress also has eyes – 27 watchtowers. 

On an adjacent mountainside is the word ‘NEVER’ – a rearrangement of stones which once spelled Hoxha’s first name, and an affirmation that the bad times must never return.

That night at my hotel, I drank merlot from Berat’s Luani winery. 

It went down very well with the buttery pumpkin pie and lamb’s liver cooked with tomatoes and herbs. 

Plenty to do: The bustling port of Saranda has pulsating techno music, beach parties, and people riding personal watercraft

Plenty to do: The bustling port of Saranda has pulsating techno music, beach parties, and people riding personal watercraft

Gjirokastra is famed for its castle, roads paved with  limestone and shale- and slate-roofed houses that look out to the Drina Valley

Gjirokastra is famed for its castle, roads paved with limestone and shale- and slate-roofed houses that look out to the Drina Valley

In fact all the food I tasted was delicious, especially the fried mussels, known as midhje.

Peach and melon vendors hawked their wares along the road to Albania’s capital, Tirana. 

Driving in, I looked for signs of its communist past. 

A few dour barrack-like buildings remain, but modern Tirana seems lively and upbeat, with wide roads, sleek new buildings and smart shops.

My week was nearly over but a final pleasure remained – the coastal drive south back to Saranda. The shoreline was at times wild and rocky, at others dulcet and full of golden sands.

I hadn’t known what to expect of Albania but I was very glad I’d come.

Source : Daily Mail