Albania is probably one of the most misunderstood and underrated vacation spots in the world, but believe us when we tell you this country has so much going for it that you would be pleasantly surprised at what you see when you get there.
To call it an interesting country would be an understatement. We’ll give you a bit of information about the place, then you decide if it’s not worth your time.
- Deep & Interesting History
Reading up on this history of Albania won’t be amiss. For one, you would know a little bit more about the country you’re planning to visit. And for another, you can understand more about the people and why the term, “Great Albania”, is so often used and repeated. Plus, Albania’s history is a rich and interesting one, which should make it a pleasant read.
- Bunkers Galore
How often do you visit a place with over 700,000 concrete bunkers dotting the landscape? Albania is one such place, so don’t be surprised when you see them as your bus drives around the towns. The bunkers are relics of a time where paranoid leaders ruled.
Many Albanians regard these bunkers as much more than just round slabs of concrete though. These people see the bunkers as cultural artifacts. Others even see them as business opportunities because they have transformed the bunkers into tattoo parlors, hostels, restaurants, storage facilities and even nightclubs.
- It’s All About the Zeroes
You might find this odd but Albanians have a habit or adding an extra zero to the end of a number. So, when you go to buy something and you’re told the price is 1000 lek (official Albanian currency), ask again just to ascertain that’s the real price. For all you know, what you want might actually be 100 lek, not 1000 lek
We’ll point out right now that Albanians don’t do this to be shady or cheat people out of money; rather, it’s more like a habit they find hard to get rid of. Most of them apologize to you the moment they realize their blunder.
- A City of Colors
Tirana, Albania’s capital city, is a very colorful place. It stands out from any other place in Albania. You can’t help but be impressed at the city’s use of colors to express itself.
Unlike Bucharest, which is washed with grey and with concrete everywhere, Tirana is green with a color riot that you have to see to believe. It’s going to be a pleasant sight, that much is given.
The city might be more expensive than other places in Albania but it’s still more affordable than western European capitals, so the prices should not be much of an issue.
As we said, Albania may not be the first country that comes to your mind when you think up vacation spots, but you’ll like what you see when you head there. Lifetime Travel in Greenville, SC, is prepared to guide you throughout your vacation planning to Albania. We will make sure you make the most of your time there. Just give us a call whenever you’re ready and we’ll help you make all the necessary arrangements.