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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for Albania

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Albania that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Albania Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: ALBANIA Population: 4 Million: Telephone Code: 355 Time Zone: +1 : 28765 sq km Language(s): ALBANIAN Capital: Tirana (1 million), Ethnic Groups: ALBANIANS, Highest Mountain: KORAB (2751 m) President: Sali Berisha, Government: Parlamentary Republic: Exchange LEK Rate: 98 LEK = US$1 Health Risks: nothing to mention. Electricity: 220 v: Country Name in other languages: SHQIPERI (native language)

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Albanian coast... It is one of the most attractive parts of tourism and sport in Albania. It has an extension of about 450 km and is generally clean. The largest part of the coast is bathed by the Adriatic Sea. Along the entire coast, shallow beaches offer relaxation to the people and are well preferred by the community. In the northern part of Adriatic, the main beaches are those of Velipoja and Shen Gjini. From the Bay of Vlora to the cape of Stillo at the border with Greece extends ... more

Maps

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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

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AIR : Through “Mother Tereza” International Airport, 25 km northwest of Tirana. Linkage with the city is provided through taxi services , taxi fares mounting to approximately 20 USD “ Mother Tereza” airport Tel. + 355 4 371 201, 362 137 BY SEA Albania can be accessed by sea through its main ports: Durres, provides linkages with the italian ports of Ankona, Bari, Brindisi and Trieste Vlora, provides linkage with the italian ports of Bari and Brindisi Shen Gjini, provides lin ... more

Accommodation

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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

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Lekë, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Passports: A valid passport is required to enter in Albania. Identity cards are not accepted. Visas: By a Decision of the Prime Minister of the Republic, the citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter in Albania: E.C. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland , Italy, Luxembur, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden,United Kingom, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus. EFTA Countries ... more

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Backpacker’s day trip to Apollonia In the midst of the Mediterranean, bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, Albania has recently emerged as one of the world's most interesting traveling destinations. And Apollonia, is certainly one of them. The famous Roman orator Cicero, astonished by the beauty of Apollonia named it in his Philippics, “magna urbs et gravis” - a great and important city. While, Octavian Augustus studied philosophy in Apollonia until he heard news of Caesar's murder ... more

Photos

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Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas... Some of the nice places around: Rock Cafe, well this is the nicest place for the authentic music lovers, you'll find great music performed live every Friday and Saturday, the owner is a nice guy to and the atmosphere is real friendly. Mumja, this the newest night club in Tirana, it's more of a Lounge in fact, but real cool and you can find the most attractive and hippest crowd around, music is usually, chill out house, lounge, lati ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Media

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Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official Country Website:
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