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Food & Restaurants

The Albanian cuisine is fantastic, boasting fresh produce often harvested directly from the garden or the nearest farmer. If the waiter recommends the seafood plate, it is a good idea to choose this, as the fisherman probably just left a delivery.

Climate

300 days of sunshine a year and a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers with a temperature that can rise to above 40º C. Relatively short and mild winters. The climate can vary greatly from zone to zone in terms of temperature, precipitation, sunshine, humidity, etc.

Currency

Albanian Lek (ALL)

Cash is the most common form of payment in Albania. Many restaurants do not accept cards, so always bring extra cash.

Cash & Exchange

You can exchange from EUR to ALL at any currency exchange office, even from SEK to ALL at the larger brances. At ATMs you can withdraw LEK and EUR. The airport in Tirana has both ATMs and currency exchange offices.

Tips & Gratuity

It is custom to leave tips in Albania for services. At restaurants, we recommend approximately 10%.

Airports

Tirana International Airport, Tirana Corfu International Airport, Greece (by bus and ferry to Sarandë)

Ferry Ports

Durrë is the largest ferry port in Albania with five ferries per day to Italy in high season. Second ferry port is Vlorë with several weekly connections to Italy. The third ferry port is Sarandë with connections to Corfu several times per day. Here you can take the fast ferry and only in 45 min you are at your destination. There is also a normal ferry that takes 1 hour and 15 min.

Taxi Service

We offer taxi services in the region Tirana, Durrës, Vlorë. Taxi is reasonably priced in Albania. The drivers are very honest and there is no need to be worried. Ask for price to where you go and they will give you approximate prices. They drive in taxameter and you pay with cash.

Driving

Until 1991, there was a government ban on privately owned cars in Albania. Thus, the greater part of the population did not start driving until the 20th century. This naturally has implications on the style of driving in the country. It is important to follow the traffic and not blindly follow the traffic rules that you are used. You need to learn to read the traffic, dance with the other drivers. If you do this it is fairly easy to drive in Albania. One rule exists though – the hungriest goes first. Infrastructure is still in a stage of development in Albania, roads and highways included. Highways are not very common, and drivers are generally not used to driving at high speeds. On roads with two lanes, people often drive in the left lane because there are less potholes and the exits and entrances are often short and without good sight. Also be careful in the right line of bicycles without lights, tractors, donkeys and shepherds with goats.

Public Transport

The public transport is not yet developed in all parts of Albania. Bus stops were introduced not so long ago across cities and rural areas. Still today, you can stand practically anywhere along the side of the road and the bus will stop to pick you up. Timetables don’t really exist. It is best to ask around for information and people will be happy to help you.

Language

Albanian is the language of the country, and many Albanians also speak Greek and/or Italian. English is spoken mainly by the younger generations. A portion of humility and an open heart also tends to take you quite far.

Greeting Phrases

Hello – Përshëndetje
Goodbye – Mirupafshim
Thank you – Faleminderit
Please – Te lutem

Religion

Albania is a country where all religions coexist in harmony without one pronounced state religion. Albanians are spiritual, but they not necessarily follow a religion, in which case it is kept a rather private matter. Many traditions from different religions are officially  celebrated in the country.

Culture

The Albanian culture is strong and old. Albanians are a proud people. The mountain people are historically seen as very strong, and have protected the country from attacks from invaders. The music scene is very strong and it is told that the Albanian language was preserved during years of occupation through its folklore.

History

Albania has a unique and fascinating history. We recommend that you do some research before you visit the country, as an understanding of the past will enrich your stay.

Map

We collect places, interviews, experiences, travel diaries, articles and much more that we want to share with the world. Check out our Instagram account for a colorful collage of Albania, our films on YouTube and read our stories on the blog. We hope you enjoy Albania through our eyes!

Durrës

Tirana

Vlorë

Sarandë

Theth

Rrogozhine

Blue Eye (Syri i Kaltër)

Kepi i Rodonit

Gjiri i Lalzit

Bla bla bla bla länk

Lake Ohrid

Berat

Pogradec

Tepelenë

Gjirokaster

Dardha

Korçë

Divjakë-Karavasta

Brezovice

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