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Albania

INTRODUCTION

Located in southeastern Europe, the Balkan nation of Albania lies cross the Adriatic Sea from Italy. Albania has a population of about 3.5 million people and Tirana is the capital city.

HISTORY

The Roman Empire

The Romans ruled Illyria for about six hundred years and brought great change to society during that time. Art, culture, and the school of philosophy in Appolonia became well-known. The Illyrian culture and its language survived through the years and many words became an integral part of the Albanian language.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

An entry tax must be paid upon entry to the country by air, sea or land. The amount varies for different nationalities. The amount for North American and EU citizens is US$5. An exit tax is required at Rinas Airport, which is US$10.

Capital: Tirana

Currency: The Lek, exchange rate of about 95 lek per U.S. Dollar.

Languages: Albanian and Greek.

Passport and Visa requirements: Passport with minimum validity of 6 months required. No visa is required for citizens of the United States, member countries of the European Union, New Zealand, Australia, and EFTA member countries. A 3 month entry visa is given upon arrival, which can be extended. Citizens of other countries must obtain a visa at the nearest Albanian embassy before departing for the country. Embassy of the Republic of Albania, 202-223-4942

An entry tax must be paid upon entry to the country by air, sea, or land. The amount varies for different nationalities. The amount for North American and EU citizens is U.S. $5. An exit tax is required at Rinas Airport, which is U.S. $10.

Power: 220 V, 50 Hz

Time Zone: DST +0200 UTC

Cities

Tirana

Durres

Shkodra

Kruja

Vlora

Gjirokastra

Korca

Berat

ATTRACTIONS

Kruja

Saranda

Vlora

RESTAURANTS

There is no shortage of restaurants in Albania and all of them have great menus to explore. You will NEVER get tired of the food! Try out these places:

Sofre e Ariut: A unique restaurant with an interesting array of animals on display.

Lion Park: Traditional Albanian food with a great Italian mix, live entertainment, and a lovley garden bar.

Juvenilja: Pizza, Italian, and Albanian food are offered at this restaurant.

LODGING

Tirana

Sheraton: A beautiful 5 star hotel that offers everything from 24hr room service and childrens facilities to inhouse pools and even facilities for your pet.

Saranda

Andon Lapa Hotel: A lovely 3 star hotel located close to the centre of town and only a 5 minute walk to the beach. On site swimming facilities are also available.

Berat

Hotel Castle Park: This gorgeous 3 star hotel offers villas and rooms and there is a beautiful park attached to the hotel. The area is well-known for its hunting, fishing, climbing, and rafting activities.


 
 
 
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