Last updated: 24 December 2017
Emerging from a restrictive Communist regime, Albania has remained relatively obscure, and is one of the least developed countries in Europe. It is also one of the least expensive. Albania’s unspoilt beaches rival any of those on the Mediterranean.

With more than four hundred kilometre of coastline on the Ionian and Adriatic Seas, this small country is also home to the Albanian Alps with peaks of more than two thousand seven hundred meters. In some places the mountains fall steeply into the blue crystal clear water of the sea below.  The country is full of lakes and torrential rivers, where water falls down deep gorges crashing onto the rocks below.


This is a country with a rich cultural and historical background. Just 70 km across the sea from Italy, ancient Roman ruins scatter the landscape. Dating back to the 7th century BC the well-preserved ruins of a city boast elegant buildings, columns and mosaics.  Byzantine architecture shares the hillsides with charming Ottoman villages.

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