Albanie vakantie

Ervaar Albanie

Best Places to Visit

Holidays to Albania are steeped in history. The UNESCO World Heritage sites of Berat and Gjirokaster are the oldest towns in the country, and house some interesting and informative sites. Berat is an architecture buff's dream. Known as the 'town of a thousand windows', Berat features many buildings which display magnificent examples of Ottoman design. The same can be said for Gjirokaster, whose castles, museums and art galleries define the Ottoman period in the country's past.

Albania is home to several castles and other ancient archaeological sites which make for a difficult decision when choosing what to see. There is one site, the Rozafa Castle, however, which should definitely be paid a visit. Located near the city of Shkoder and standing on an impressive hill, the castle was used as recently as 1912. Not only does the castle provide a great vantage point from which the city of Shkoder can be seen, but the building itself provides great insight into the Albania of old.

Tirana is the capital city of Albania and probably the first experience of the country that most tourists will have. Tirana is one of the more naturally beautiful cities, being surrounded by a plethora of luscious trees and gorgeous mountains. Mount Dajti is one of the most popular tourist sites in the country, offering a stunning view of the city from its summit, which can be reached via an exciting ride in a cable car.

Located in the south-eastern region of the country, Korce is the place to be for Albania holidays during the peak summer tourist season. Filled to the brim with culture, Korce is the best place to experience authentic Albanian music and dance. It is also home to a mountain, from which the stunning landscape can be viewed. The highlight for most travellers to the region in August is the annual Beer Festival which is hosted by the local brewery, and offers a chance to immerse yourself in some local culture - and local colour.

Travellers looking for a burst of culture should make their way to Shkoder, the largest town in the north of the country. The city boasts several attractions, including the popular Rozafa Castle and Shkoder Cathedral. In addition to these architectural gems, the city is known as a pioneer of many events. The first football match in the country was held here and the city's Migjeni theatre was the first theatre established countrywide.

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Need to know

Language

The official language of Albania is Albanian, while Italian is also commonly used. English is not altogether popular, only primarily spoken in the capital, Tirana. In southern regions, tourists can expect to hear Greek. Additionally, Albania has a large emigrant population that speaks several different European languages. Stick to the main tourist resorts if you want to avoid any language barriers.

Currency

Albania's official currency is the Albanian lek (L), which comes in denominations of L5,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100 notes. Currency can be exchanged at large banks in most cities and at official bureaux de change offices in large towns. ATMs are readily available, with even the smallest of towns boasting at least one, and accept most major credit and debit cards. Credit cards are accepted at luxury hotels and some restaurants, while international prepaid currency cards should also provide a handy alternative.

Visas

Citizens of countries belonging to the European Union, including citizens of the United Kingdom, are permitted to enter Albania visa-free for a period of no longer than 90 days. These travellers still need to be in possession of a valid passport or national ID card. All other nationals should check with their nearest Albanian embassy prior to departure as to whether a visa is necessary or not, as should Brits who want to stay for longer than the permitted 90 days visa-free.

Climate

Albania has a varied climate, being heavily influenced by the Adriatic Sea to its south, the Balkan landmass to its north and its high-lying latitude. Coastal regions near the Adriatic tend to display Mediterranean weather characteristics, while the climate inland is more continental. Winters, which are harshest in November and December, are quite mild inland, boasting temperatures no lower than 7C. In summer, which is hottest in July and August, the mercury rises to highs of 24C. This should still be quite pleasant if you stay out of direct sunlight for extended periods during the hottest part of the day - take sun cream and light, loose cotton clothing.

Main Airports

The country's main gateway is Tirana International Airport, or Mother Teresa International Airport as it is more commonly known. This is the only international gateway in the country and many international carriers have services here. While there are other domestic airports in the country, there are no regular domestic flight services at present, which means that transfers to other regions need to be completed overland.

Flight Options

Travellers from the United Kingdom can catch flights from a number of carriers to Tirana, from both Manchester and London. The average flight time of a direct trip between London and Tirana is 3 hours.

Travel Advice

Albania is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination and during the peak summer season, especially in the months which coincide with UK school holidays, attractions here become busy. It is advisable to book both flights and accommodation far in advance to avoid sharp rises in prices.

Other Transport Options

It is possible to take a ferry to Albania from one of the surrounding ports. Travellers from the UK need to make their way to Italy, from where sea connections to Albania depart. The ports of Bari, Ancona and Trieste all have connections to the Albanian port of Durres. Travellers have a choice of catamaran, ferry or hydrofoil services.

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Feiten

  1. Vlak na 1990 had Albanië drie miljoen inwoners, maar slechts 5000 privé-auto's, omdat deze verboden waren onder het communistisch bewind. Tegenwoordig zijn er veel meer auto's in het land.
  2. Je zult in Albanië één internationaal gemak moeten missen aangezien het land, net als Armenië en Vaticaanstad, geen McDonald's heeft.
  3. Vertrouw niet op lichaamstaal om de taalbarrière te overbruggen. In Albanië betekent met het hoofd schudden 'ja' en knikken 'nee'. Dit heeft door de jaren heen meer dan genoeg problemen opgeleverd voor toeristen.

Feiten

  1. Vlak na 1990 had Albanië drie miljoen inwoners, maar slechts 5000 privé-auto's, omdat deze verboden waren onder het communistisch bewind. Tegenwoordig zijn er veel meer auto's in het land.
  2. Je zult in Albanië één internationaal gemak moeten missen aangezien het land, net als Armenië en Vaticaanstad, geen McDonald's heeft.
  3. Vertrouw niet op lichaamstaal om de taalbarrière te overbruggen. In Albanië betekent met het hoofd schudden 'ja' en knikken 'nee'. Dit heeft door de jaren heen meer dan genoeg problemen opgeleverd voor toeristen.

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