Albania

The Republic of Albania (Albanian: Republika e Shqipërisë, or simply Shqipëria) is a Balkan country in south-eastern Europe. Its motto is "Justice is Truth in Action."

Albania is a land to be loved. In this small Mediterranean country, virgin nature and cultural mysteries combine to create a unique sense of place. From the snow-capped mountains in the winter to the fields covered in spring by red poppies, Albania’s landscape is ever-changing with the seasons, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a warm summer beach holiday or a mountain trek in the crisp and cool air of the fall. In Albania, visitors are welcomed as guests as part of the country’s rich cultural traditions and heritage. The warm hospitality of the Albanians, known worldwide, will make every traveler feel at home in this small wonderful land. There are many clean and pristine beaches, spectacular mountains, scenic river valleys, and many other natural surprises for visitors. Several of country’s main cities are situated along the pristine seashores of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. An important gateway to the Balkan Peninsula, Albania’s ever-growing road network provides juncture to reach its neighbors in north south, east, and west. Albania is within close proximity to all the major European capitals with short two or three hour flights that are available daily. Tourists can see and experience Albania’s ancient past and traditional culture.

HIGHTLIGHTS

BERAT,located in south-central Albania, is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Located between a hill and a river, with it`s houses lined towards the hill to the castle, earning it the title of 'town of a thousand windows'. Town is one of the country`s most beautiful places. It is a well-preserved Ottoman town and is also on the list of Unesco World Heritage sites.
It is very nice to walk around or to walk upwards the hill to the Kala, a 13th century castle. Town has two interesting areas: a traditionally muslim erea nort of the river called, and a traditionally Orthodox Christian area Gorica south of the river.
Byzantine Churches, dating from the 13th century and several Mosques from the Ottoman era can be found around the city.
TIRANA,capital of Albania, with population 811,649.
City is known for its colorful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture. City is easily discovered in one day, many concrete houses are painted in colors. One of Tirana main points and city center is Skanderbeg Square, called by the national hero, which in 15th century ensured Albania Independence from the Ottoman empire. Statue of a Skanderbeg on horseback is located in the middle of the square, on the north side is National History Museum and on southeast is located  Et’hem Bey Mosque from late eighteenth century.It has lanscape mosaics and is one of Albania most famous buildings.To the south is the National Arts Gallery and a Pyramid - Piramida, a concrete building from the Communist period. It was build in 1987 as a museum for a dictator Enver Hoxha.Nearby is Blloku where Enver Hoxa lived, which is now center of nightlife and place of expensive hotels and trend cafes. Above the city is Mount Dajti National Park, accessible by bus or by cable-car ride for panoramic city views.