Why Albania

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Why Albania

Albania sees around 4 million visitors enter its borders each year, significantly less than other closeby countries such as Italy (50.7m) and Greece (23.6m). However, with its Mediterranean climate, golden beaches, mountainous landscapes, interesting history, affordable prices, delicious local cuisine, and friendly people, the country has everything a tourist could possibly want from a European adventure.

In the last year, I was kindly invited to spend time in Albania with a friend’s family on two different occasions, and have had the opportunity to learn so much about its culture and people through the locals themselves. So I thought it was about time I passed on my new found knowledge of the country I previously knew absolutely nothing about to convince others to also visit this amazing place.


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Experience Albania

Reason 1

Albanians are proud of their country

The first thing you should know is that Albania is the English name, Albanians actually call their country Shqipëria. So don’t freak out and think you’ve flown into the wrong country if you hear a local call it this!

No matter where you go in Albania you will see flags hanging from windows and buildings, and locals are always keen to tell you about the country and its interesting history.


Reason 2

Albanians are the friendliest people

I may be slightly biased as both times I have visited Albania I have been staying with a friend’s family, however, Albanians are honestly some of the friendliest people I have met on my journeys all over the world.

From the moment I arrive in Albania I am greeted with hugs and kisses and many, many offers of food. Everyone is constantly trying to make me feel welcome and offering any assistance they can. I get spoilt rotten during my visits to Albania and I am always made to feel like a part of the family (which is a big deal as Albanian families are extremely close).

Even the locals I have met outside of the family have always been friendly and welcoming, from the helpful staff in restaurants to these old men who were playing a game of chess on the street and allowed me to take a photo.


Reason 3

Albania is extremely affordable

If you’re coming from a country like the UK to Albania, you’ll easily be able to live like a king on a backpackers budget.

Albania is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll receive poor quality. You get great value for money when spending in Albania, with beautiful 5* beachfront hotels for as little as £40-50 a night and dishes such as a giant Nutella and fruit filled crepe for under £1.


Reason 4

But remember to get some cash

You could take around €50.00 per day to Albania for your holiday. This €50.00 per day will cover accommodation, meals and transportation. These amounts are based on averages from Lonely Planet and the Budget Your Trip website.

If you are travelling on a budget, you do not have to worry about accommodation. Because finding affordable accommodation is easy. Within the €25 – €40 per night price range, will give you plenty of hotels to choose from.

Similarly, it is easy to save money on food and drinks in Albania. You will be astonished to see how cheap the local bakeries, little supermarkets and local restaurants are.



Reason 5

Hiring a car is the best way to get around

The most common mode of transport in Albania is driving.

Hiring a car is also the best way to get around when visiting Albania as a tourist, but be careful of bad drivers and uneven road surfaces. Before the fall of communism in early 1992 there were very few cars in Albania, and these were used only by government officials, so driving is a newer phenomenon and therefore drivers may be a little bit on the erratic side.

However, this shouldn’t put you off driving as Albania is a beautiful country to explore by car, just be careful, don’t drive too fast, and always be aware of what and who’s around you.


Reason 6

Albanians take pride in their food, and rightly so

Remember to bring your elasticated trousers when visiting Albania as you WILL eat A LOT!

Albanian’s take great pride in their food, especially their traditional local dishes, so it’s only polite to give them all a try. Everything I have ever eaten in Albania has been delicious and full of unique and amazing flavours, and trust me I have eaten a lot! Plus, it’s all super cheap so you can keep eating to your heart’s content.


Reason 7

Albania is safe

As mentioned above, a major thing I noticed during both of my times in Albania is that there aren’t many touristsat all, especially compared to every other European country I’ve visited.

One reason for this is that many people still believe that visiting Albania as a tourist isn’t safe. Well, I can safely tell you that that is not the case at all. I’ve always felt extremely safe when walking around anywhere in Albania and, as I mentioned earlier, the locals are very friendly and welcoming towards tourists.

If you’re anything like me, the only danger when visiting Albania as a tourist is returning home 2 stone heavier than you arrived

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