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Albania Travel Guide
Between the rugged cliff lines that tumble into impossibly turquoise seas, ancient Ottoman towns that clamber up hillsides and wild mountains that call to be explored, Albania is a destination with something to satisfy every type of traveller. Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Tirana, become a beach bum in Himara, step back in time in Shkodra, hike in the Albanian Alps, and explore the city of a thousand windows in Berat – there is surely something for everyone in this wonderfully diverse country.
Dining in Albania
The most famous food in Albania is byrek, a tasty salty pie made with filo pastry. You will find it everywhere in the country, in different sizes and types. Fërgesë is one of the tastier and best Albanian foods made with peppers, tomatoes and cottage cheese. You’ll find it mostly in Tirana and surrounding areas, because it is a typical dish of the central region of Albania.
With miles and miles of stunning coastline, Albania is of course famous for its wonderful seafood. In the coastal restaurants and in the main towns through the Riviera, such as Vlora and Saranda, you can eat fresh, excellent fish while admiring the fabulous sea panoramas.
Attractions in Albania
Ottoman, Greek and Roman Empires have all played their part in Albania’s history – archaeology fans will marvel at astonishing ruins, as fabulous as anything that exists in Greece – but with a fraction of the tourists. Explore the UNESCO-listed Ottoman town of Gjirokaster, and beautifully restored bazaars, or explore more recent history in Tirana – with its crumbling, communist murals.
Albania driving routes
There are a number of fantastic driving routes in Albania, such as the spectacular Llogara Pass, and the road between Permet and Korce via Leskovik. Click here to read the perfect one-week Albania road trip itinerary. Albania is a dream destination for road trips; towering mountains sit majestically above endless Mediterranean coastline, and the crystal-clear water sparkling invitingly below as you weave your way along amazing mountain roads.
Albania car rental
Rent a car in Albania to explore the gorgeous coastline, tiny villages and mountainous countryside, affording you the flexibility to stop off at every pretty cove and epic view that passes by your window.
Speed limits in Albania are generally 40kph in towns, 80kph outside built up areas, 90kph on major roads, and 110kph on motorways. In Albania you drive on the right hand side on left hand drive vehicles. Albania is a mountainous country and therefore care must be taken on the relatively narrow winding roads.