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Country Albania – A Wealth of Historical and Cultural Sites

The tourism of Albania is burgeoning due to its wealth of historical and cultural attractions. Despite being ruled by communists for many years, which severely retarded its development, Armenia has still a lot to offer to its tourists. Its white sandy Mediterranean beaches, fertile plains, scenic mountains, natural monuments and lakes, etc, allures tourists from all over.

History of Albania:
Albania has remained isolated for much of its history, especially after the World War II when the communist government took over Albania. It was in 1992 when the communist party finally relinquished Albania and democracy was established. Today, the country is making fast progress towards achievement of growth and development.

Popular Places and Attractions:
Albania has been richly influenced by its past which can be confirmed by a visit to Butrint, the ancient city of Albania. The city is also known as “city of ruins” and was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992.

The ancient testimony of the city of Tirana is The Fortress of Tirana which served as an administrative residence during the Middle Age. Another popular tourist attraction in Albania is its elegant Ottoman stone footbridge, known as the Bridge of Tabakeve. The reason for its massive popularity is its harmonious architecture.

Another monument displaying Albania’s historical values is the Mosque of Tirana which was built in 1823. The frescoes of the mosque depict waterfalls, trees, and bridges. Other attractions include the city of Berat, Rozafa Castle in Shkoder, Mt. Dajt in Tirana, Military Museum and Art Gallery in Gjirokaster, Korca Brewery, etc. The capital city of Albania is Tirana and some of its major cities are Durres, Fier, Gjirokaster, Berat, Sarande, Shkoder, etc.

Getting Around in Albania:
People in Albania travel by a public bus or by private minibuses known as “furgons”. A guide is to using the public buses is to have some small notes and coins handy to pay the exact fare. It is okay to travel by road in Albania as the road network is well connected, so car hire is alos very popular with tourists.

Places of Entertainment:
Shopping in Tirana is a pleasure. Some of its well known shopping centers are Casa Italia, CityPark Tirana, Galeria Mall, Sheraton Plaza, etc. For an ecstatic nightlife experience, Tirana has a lot to offer. Nightlife scene in Albania can be best observed in the coolest bars of Tirana such as Living Room, Charl’s Bistro, Flex, etc.

Accommodation Options:
You don’t have to worry about accommodation in Albania as every town of Albania has at least one hotel of international repute. The capital Tirana has the widest range of accommodation options ranging from budget hotels to family run establishments like bed & breakfast, business hotels to backpacker youth hostel.

Currency and Language:
The official currency of Albania is Lek. 1 Lek = 100 qintar. It is available in both – paper notes and coins. Albanian, an Indo-European language, is the national and official language of Albania. Check the news and internet for the latest exchange rates.

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