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    • Capital: Tirana
    • Climate: Mild Temperate
    • Currency: ALL - Albanian Lek
    • Dialing Code: 355
    • Drives on: Right
    • Emergency (Ambulance) #: 17
    • Emergency (Fire) #: 18
    • Emergency (Police) #: 19
    • Internet Top Level Domain: .al
    • Land Mass (km2): 28748
    • Official Language(s): Albanian
    • Plug Configuration: F,C
    • Population (est): 3,011,405
    • Time Zone (of capital): CET (UTC/GMT +1 hour) NO DST
    • Plug Configuration F
    • Plug Configuration C

    Albania

    Major Tourist Attractions: Koutammakou, Lake Togo, Lome Grand Market, Togo National Museum, Fazao Mafakassa National Park

    Albania has had a rough twentieth century. After nearly fifty years under the iron curtain of communism, they've only recently emerged back into the wider world.

    Albania has had a rough twentieth century. After nearly fifty years under the iron curtain of communism, they've only recently emerged back into the wider world. During those dark years, Albania under Enver Hoxha was unaligned with the Soviet Union or Yugoslavia; it instead existed as it's own culturally untouched cultural enclave. As a result, modern Albania is a country with a fascinating history and stunning natural beauty that is virtually untouched by mainstream travelers.

    Although it hasn't become a popular tourism destination just yet, Albania has plenty to offer intrepid visitors. The Ionian and Adriatic coasts feature white sand beaches and translucent water, while the Albanian Alps are great for hiking. The hillsides are dotted with crumbling castles and magnificent mosques (Albania is one of just a handful of Muslim countries in Europe). Not a bad bang for your buck, which incidentally stretches much farther in Albania than in most of Europe.

    It is not all smooth sailing for visitors yet. The travel infrastructure in Albania is still being developed and train services are limited. Bus is the primary mode of transportation, particularly to areas off the beaten path. That said, Albania is considered to be very safe, and it's people are particularly welcoming to tourists.

    Some of the many unique activities found only in Albania include:

    • Visit the town of a thousand windows, the historic Ottoman city of Berat.
    • Sample locally made feta cheese.
    • Travel overland to one of the world's newest countries: Kosovo.
    • Photograph throwback communist architecture, like the Piramida in Tirana.
    • Eat dinner at a 2000-year old castle, Petrela Castle.
    • Knock back some raki, Albania's locally-distilled national drink.
    • Visit ancient Roman and Greek ruins in Butrint and Durrës.
    • Soak up the sun on the Albanian Riviera.

    Embassy Contact

    Address: Rruga e Elbasanit No. 103
    Tirana, Albania
    Phone: +(355) 4 2247 285

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