The country of Albania lies on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, with Montenegro and Serbia/the Republic of Kosovo to the North, Macedonia to the East, and Greece to the South. With a total area of around 28 000 square kilometers, Albania consists of two major regions: a mountainous highland region (North, East and South) constituting 70% of the area and a Western coastal lowland region that contains most of the country’s farmlands and is the most densely populated part of Albania.
The abundance of Albania’s natural beauty might make you wonder why it took over 2 decades for the country to become the tourist destination it is today since the end of a particularly brutal strain of communism in 1991. Albania was left so far behind when it started to regain freedom, that it needed 20 years only to catch up with the rest of Eastern Europe. Now, having done so, Albania offers an amazing variety of unique attractions, to some extent owing to this very isolation: ancient mountain codes of behavior, forgotten archaeological sites and villages where time seems to have stood still are all to be found here. With its breathtaking mountain landscapes, a fast-paced capital in Tirana and beaches comparable if not better than those in the Mediterranean, Albania has become the dark horse of the Balkans. However, it is highly recommendable you hurry before everyone else comes here before you do!