This verdant, castle studded land on the Ionian and Adriatic coastlines has often been overshadowed by its famous neighbour Greece, but this is changing fast as Albania becomes more popular. Suggested Daily Budget: £5,149 Albanian Lek or £37 ($48).
Travelers spend in average £11 ($14) on meals for just one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are theveal stew (ferges), roast beef in fermented milk sauce (rosto-misalche-kosi), cabbage rolls (sarma), and sheep pluck stuffed with meat and vegetables (kukurech).
Albania offers a decent selection of clean, good-value hotels and you should be able to find a double room for under £30. There are also hostels in bigger cities where you should get a room for £12 ($15) in average.
– The Albanian Riveria – It’s a great place for beautiful stretches of golden beaches, turquoise seas and even a music festival or two.
– Visit the Capital Tirana – The city is famed for its colourful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. Pastel buildings surround the city’s focal point, Skanderbeg Square, which is named for its equestrian statue of a national hero. Don’t miss the National History Museum, covering prehistoric times through Communist rule and the anti-Communist uprisings of the 1990s.
– Explore the Llogara National Park – Try and spot the golden eagles, European wildcats and fallow deer.
– Wander in the city of Berat – See the ancient architecture in the 14th century town of Berat; ‘the City of a Thousand Windows’.
– Marvel at the sight of the ‘Blue Eye’ – The “Blue Eye” is a water spring and natural phenomenon located in southern Albania. The clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a depth of more than fifty metres. It’s a mysterious place as no one knows what the actual depth of the karst hole is.