Porta Palermo, Albaniahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albania,_Palermo_2.jpg
is a small Mediterranean country in southern Europe. The countries that share a border with Albania include Macedonia
to the north, Montenegro
to the east, Greece
to the south, and across the sea is Italy
to the west.
Fast Facts about Albania
- Official Name: Republic of Albania
- Capital: Tirana (353,000)
- Population of Albania: 3,079,000
- Currency: Lek
- Languages spoken: Albanian (official), Greek
- Religions: Islam, Albanian Orthodox, Roman Catholic
- Size: 27,400 sq km (10,579 sq miles)
Places in Albania on this website
Major cities in Albania
Capital and biggest city in Albania.
Described as the City of A Thousanhd and One Windows, Berat is also inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
The second largest city in Albania is also the most ancient and economically important.
City in central Albania, located on the Shkumbin River.
Described as the City of Stone, Gjirokastër is inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
City in southeastern Albania, also the capitel of Korçë District.
Hometown of Albania's national hero Skanderbeg, Krujë is a picturesque mountainous town which is becoming a tourist attraction..
A town in the mountains of northern Albania.
City in southeastern Albania, famous for having produced many Albanian writers and poets.
City near the World Heritage Site of Butrint, popular as a honeymoon destination in Albania.
City on Lake Skadar in northwestern Albania.
The second largest port city and developing beach destination in Albania.
Categories of Sights in Albania
From the end of World War II until 1992, Albania was a communist country. However, after the death of its communist leader Enver Hoxha, the communist party finally relinquished power and this led to the establishment of a multi-party democracy in Albania.
After years of isolation, Albania is working towards closer integration with the EU, and hope to be invited to join NATO in 2008. Travellers to Albania can expect a country that is pristine, or rather locked in time. Most visitors come to Albania to enjoy its coastal resort, though some venture further inland. There is only one international airport in Albania, and it's located in the capital of Tirana.
Albania is best visited in late spring or early autumn, when it is neither too hot. September is the best month to visit Albania, when fruits are in season, and the coastal resorts are less crowded than say July or August.
It is hottest in July (31 deg C) and coldest in January (6.7 deg C). The driest months are July and August while the wettest are November and December. Annual rainfall is 47 inches.
Cathedral of Korçë, Albaniahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korce_310.jpg
Church of St Mary of Vllaherna, Albaniahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Church_of_St_Mary_of_Vllaherna.jpg
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