Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a parliamentary republic in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east, Greece to the south and southeast, and Montenegro to the northwest, with a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. The capital, largest city, and financial capital of Albania is Tirana.
What to see & do
National Historical Museum (Albania) - Albania's national museum is also the country's largest museum, with an area of 27,000 square metres in use and 18,000 square metres available for expositions. The museum houses several pavilions, including Antiquity, Medieval, Rilindja Kombetare, Iconography, Culture of Albania, Albanian Resistance of World War II, and Communist genocide.
Rozafa Castle - The Rozafa Castle is located in northwestern Albania, near the city of Shkodër. It is situated on a rocky hill surrounded by the Boja and Drin rivers.
Butrint National Park - The Butrint National Park covers 85.91 square kilometres of area in southwestern Albania. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being one of the most significant archaeological sites in Albania, as it contains numerous artefacts, structures, and monuments that date back from the Bronze Age up to the 19th century. Included in the protected area are the city walls, late-antique baptistery, Venetian castles, and the great basilica.
National Art Gallery of Albania - The primary art gallery of Albania displays permanent and temporary exhibitions, and protects over 4,000 works of art by Albanian and international authors.
Berat National Ethnographic Museum - The museum in the city of Berat (capital of the District of Berat and the County of Berat in south-central Albania) contains objects throughout the thistory of Berat. The collection includes everyday objects such as furniture and household objects.
How to get around
The most common method of travelling by public transport is by utilizing bus or private minibus service. The private minibuses, called furgons, do not have a timetable and only depart when the vehicle (usually white or red minivans) is full of passengers. It can operate to the more remote areas that aren't covered by bus. The timetable for services leaving Tirana is provided by the tourist information office. It would also be a good experience to go on a journey via train, for a wonderful viewpoint for Albania's stunning landscapes and wild terrains. The most scenic route is the one from Lezhë to Shkodër. If you're planning to rent a car from the airport, Tirana proper, or through travel agencies, be very aware of the frequent changes in speed limit on highways. Always make sure you have your driving licences and proper insurance documents (the latter should be provided by the car hire company). Riding a bike is not recommended unless you're after the challenge due to the conditions of the roads, lack of bike lanes, and the fact that there are few places to park your bike.
How to get there
The only international airport in Albania is Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza. There are flights from Brussels, Athens, Belgrade, Bologna, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Ancona, London, Munich, Istanbul, and Prague courtesy of the airlines Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blu-express, British Airways, Germanwings, Jetairfly, Lufthansa Regional, Pegasus Airlines, SmartWings, Transavia.com France, and Turkish Airlines.