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Albania Flag The Republic of Albania is a country in southeastern Euorope. It borders Greece, Kosovo (which is claimed by Serbia), Macedonia, and Montenegro, as well having a coast on the Ionian Sea (which is an arm of the Mediterranean).

As of 2008, the population of the country was estimated to be 3,170,048. The capital and largest city in Albania is Tirana, which had an estimated population of 570,837 in 2009. In that same year , there was only one other city in the country with a population of over 100,000, namely Durrës, although there were a number of small cities.

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Albania Country Details


Country Name Albania
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southeastern Europe
Flag Albania Flag
Principal Language Albanian
Capital Tirana
Major Towns/Cities
  • Berat
  • Durrës
  • Elbasan
  • Fier
  • Kavajë
  • Korçë
  • Lushnjë
  • Shkodër
  • Tirana (Capital)
  • Vlorë


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    Himara region of Albania

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    Albania (Bradt Travel Guides)
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    The most comprehensive guide to Albania available is published in a new edition, updated throughout and with re-drawn maps to show newly constructed and upgraded roads. New material has been added to expand coverage of outdoor activities. Albania boasts several world heritage sites and thanks to the increasingly stable political situation tourism to the country has grown rapidly in recent years, especially amongst backpackers, archaeology enthusiasts, outdoor activity fans and ornithologists. The author has lived and worked in Albania, speaks the language well and continues to visit regularly.
    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Peter Dragicevich, Tom Masters & Anja Mutic

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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the castles and mountains of Transylvania, walk the walls of Dubrovnik's picturesque old town and relax on the beaches of southern Turkey, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southeastern Europe and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Southeastern Europe Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - covering history, popular culture, food & drink, literature, wildlife and landscapes
    • Over 80 maps
    • Useful features - including Itineraries, Month by Month (annual festival calendar) and extensive Language section
    • Coverage of Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

    • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out the relevant Lonely Planet Travel Guides, our most comprehensive guides that both cover the top sights and take the roads less travelled, or Lonely Planet's Discover Guides, which are photo-rich guides to those destinations' most popular attractions.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Marika McAdam, Alexis Averbuck, James Bainbridge, Mark Baker, Chris Deliso, Peter Dragicevich, Mark Elliott, Tom Masters, Craig McLachlan, Anja Mutic, Tamara Sheward

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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    High Albania
    By M. Edith Durham

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    High Albania
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    The Balkans were a dangerous place in the early twentieth century.

    The Ottoman Empire was on the verge of collapse, losing control of areas like Albania where the people were calling for political rights.


    Disease, the threat of violence and war were looming over the people who lived in primitive conditions.

    Yet, it was into this world that Mary Edith Durham, a thirty-seven-year-old Edwardian lady dressed in boots, long skirt, umbrella, and straw hat, entered.

    She would go on to spend the next twenty years of her life travelling through the Balkans, focusing particularly on Albania and Kosovo, some of the most underdeveloped regions of Europe.

    High Alabania is Durham’s most famous work and confirmed her position as the pre-eminent expert on the customs and society of the Balkans.

    Through this work Durham explains the history of the region, geography, and cultural interactions including their almost medieval blood honor system, which led feuds between families to persist for generations.

    Durham was a staunch supporter of the Albanian people and is still revered in the country, for example the fourth President Alfred Moisiu described her as “one of the most distinguished personalities of the Albanian world during the last century".

    Her work provides fascinating insight in this colorful region with its troubled past.

    “a tremendous sense of honor, justice, and humor. Her verve and funniness make her irresistible.”The New York Review of Books

    “her perceptions remain so pertinent that we know a correspondent who operated there [in 1999] with an old edition of this book in lieu of a Nato briefing.” The Guardian

    Mary Edith Durham was a British traveller and author who wrote a number of anthropological accounts of the Balkans in the early twentieth century. High Albania was published in 1909 and Durham passed away in 1944.
    Albania Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights
    By Elizabeth Lawrence

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    Albania Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights
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    Albania is a European country located on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea. Listed as the best tourist destination by Lonely Planet in 2011 and fourth best by the New York Times in 2014, Albania is no longer ‘Europe’s Last Secret’. With its increasingly popular Adriatic Riviera, unspoiled Albanian Alps, and an architectural heritage dating from Greek and Roman times, Albania is fast becoming one of Europe’s best new tourist destinations. Albania Culture - Location & Orientation - Climate & When to Visit - Sightseeing Highlights - Tirana - Clock Tower - Et’hem Bey Mosque - National Historic Museum of Albania - Berat - Gjirokaster - Ottoman Houses - Zekate House - Birthplace of Enver Hoxha - Gjirokaster Mosque - Durres - Albanian Alps - Albanian Riviera - National Parks - Castles - Recommendations for the Budget Traveller - Places to Stay - Brilant Antik Hotel - Capital Tirana Hotel - Serenity Hotel - Bujtina Kodiket Hotel - Hotel Nais Beach - Places to Eat - Restorant Melograno - Serendiville - Piazza - Mangalemi - Castle Park Restaurant - Places to Shop - Citypark Tirana - Kruja Shopping District - Natyral & Organik - Art Studio Skhodra - Qender Tregtare Pazari
    Albania in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication
    By Peace Corps

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    Albanians are descendants of the ancient Illyrians, and their history can be traced back to the Bronze Age in about 2000 B.C. Their name comes from the Albanoi tribe of Illyrians, and their language forms its own branch of the Indo-European language phylum, a group also containing the Slavic, Celtic, Germanic and Romance languages. The history of Albania is one of occupation, including periods of administration or rule by Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire— the latter beginning in the 14th century and continuing until 1912. The modern borders of Albania were drawn by the European powers during the First Balkan War in 1912, and excluded about half the former Albanian lands and 3 million Albanians. Albania had a brief period of independence from 1912 until 1939, after which it was occupied by the Italians. It was during this period that Ahmet Bey Zogu declared himself King Zog I. During World War II, the Germans replaced the Italians and a resistance movement began in the south under the leadership of Enver Hoxha. Hoxha and his supporters took over the country in the aftermath of the war and established a socialist republic. Foreigners were expelled and their assets nationalized, churches and mosques were closed, and agriculture and industry were collectivized. Hoxha was a doctrinaire Stalinist who broke away from Marshal Tito and Yugoslavia in 1948; from the Soviet Union in 1960, when Nikita Khrushchev abandoned Stalinism; and from China in 1978, when China established diplomatic relations with the United States. All outside economic assistance ended in 1978. From that time until his death in 1985, Hoxha made Albania one of the most isolated and repressed countries in the world. At one point, Hoxha had 700,000 reinforced-concrete bunkers built throughout the country to defend against a multifront attack, each equal in cost to a two-bedroom apartment. Albania was the last country in Central and Eastern Europe to be caught up in the collapse of communism, introducing its first cautious reforms in 1990. Even after his death in 1985, Hoxha’s successors in the Communist Party continued to govern the country until elections in March 1992. The period from an election victory by the opposition Democratic Party in 1992 to the current day has been challenging and often tumultuous. The Democratic Party’s Sali Berisha governed the country from April 1992 until mid-July 1997, when the Socialist Party’s Fatos Nano formed a new government. Manic investment in a number of pyramid schemes marked the period from February 1996 to February 1997. When the pyramid schemes began to fail in late 1996, demonstrations erupted and soon turned violent. With increasing concerns about safety and security, the Peace Corps evacuated its 73 Volunteers in March 1997 and closed the post shortly thereafter. With the help of Greek and Italian peacekeeping forces, the government reestablished order and eventually led a successful effort to pass a new constitution in 1998. During the spring and summer of 1999, Albania sheltered more than 450,000 Kosovar Albanians who had fled Kosovo to avoid the actions of the Milosevic regime and the dangers of the NATO action against it. With Kosovo declaring its independence in 2008 there is renewed hope that the northern areas will be safer for travel and a Peace Corps presence. Local elections in October 2000 and October 2003 and parliamentary elections in June 2001 and July 2005 were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and were judged to represent some progress toward meeting democratic standards. The elections of 2007 saw more democratic participation. National elections will take place in June of 2009 and there is hope for a smooth process. Albania was accepted into NATO in 2009 and has her eye on joining the European Union in the next several years. Both of these actions will bring recognition and stability to Albania.
    Albania, 4th (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Gillian Gloyer

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    Albania’s unspoilt mountain scenery, cultural sites and beaches make it increasingly popular. This affectionate guide covers the length and breadth of the country, discovering remote villages and out-of-the-way towns. It features detailed information on wildlife, national parks, hiking routes, beaches, and the main archaeological sites and Byzantine art. 2012 marks the centenary of Albania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire and is likely to be marked by several major events.

    Greater Than a Tourist – Albania: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
    By Redina Zela

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    Greater Than a Tourist – Albania: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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    Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. Greater than a tourist – Albania by Redina Zela offers the inside scope on Albania. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series this book will give you tips and a bunch of ideas from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater than a tourist is a series of travel books written by locals. Travel like a local. Get the inside scope. Slow down, stay in one place, take your time, get to know the people and the culture of a place. Try some things off the beaten path with guidance. Patronize local business and vendors when you travel. Be willing to try something new and have the travel experience of a lifetime. By the time you finish this book, you will be excited to travel to your next destination. So grab YOUR copy today. You'll be glad you did.
    Lonely Planet Eastern Europe (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Mark Baker, Emilie Filou, Anthony Ham & Andrea Schulte-Peevers

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    Lonely Planet Eastern Europe (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Eastern Europe is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample a locally brewed beer in the heart of Prague's perfectly preserved Old Town, marvel at the masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum or explore Croatia's sparkling coastline by boat; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Eastern Europe and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Eastern Europe Travel Guide:

    • Full-colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, landscapes, wildlife and cuisine.
    • Over 71 colour maps
    • Covers Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Eastern Europe, our most comprehensive guide to Eastern Europe, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

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    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.


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