"The most adventuros destination in Europe." Top 5 Page for this destination Albania by cachaseiro

Albania Travel Guide: 2,166 reviews and 5,874 photos

Albania is one of the most interesting countries i have been to.
It is just coming out of decades of total isolation from the rest of the world and it is still a virgin place when it comes to tourism.
This is not your typical holiday destination where you find all the services you have at home, but it is true adventure with some of the most rugged and beautiful nature in Europe.
The albanians are also among the best people i have met.
Very freindly and honest and you can walk the streets of the towns late at night without problems.
The albanians are pretty mellow, but very curious about getting to know you as a foreigner.
They are very tired of the bad picture the media has painted about Albania and they are very eager to change that image.

Go there.
You wont be dissapointed.

Rebuilding a nation.

Albania has gone through some hard times, especially during the time when Enver Hoxha was a dictator and isolated Albania totally from the rest of the world.
During my stay i met some very active young albanians though, who were working hard to rebuild the country.
The guys i stayed with had recently opened an adventure tarvel agency,a cafe and they were just getting ready to open a restaurant.
One of the guys was also working on what will be the first albanian cartoon, ever to be published.
A story of albanian myths and legends.
Cartoons were forbidden during the Hoxha years.
It was really interesting watch this process of people who bellive they can change things for the better and do more than just talking aout it.

My 20 minutes of albanian fame.

I had come down to albania by bicycle to see Denmark play Albania in a world cup qualifying football match.
It showed out to be a big hit with the albanian media and i ended up being on 2 different talk shows during my stay there.
On one of the shows i got to meet the biggest albanian footballer of all times, Panajot Pano.
Very cool experience.
It was really a lot of fun being a mini celeb for a few days.
Especially in a place like Albania where the people are allready o freindly.

  • Last visit to Albania: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 23, 2011
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  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Albania is on my list .someday soon I hope to go but for now I can enjoy your pages.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I just read about a trip offered by Jack Wheeler, world reknowned traveler to adventure areas. He has a fabulous Alps trip for 7 days at $8,000 and you pay for airfare. The tips you provide are helpful to expand my knowledge

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    Hi Claus! Interesting Albanian journey you had! I also would like to visit there. L.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Really interesting page Claus. I enjoyed your intro - the young people you met sound inspiring, and what fun to be a celebrity for a few days ;-) It seems Albania would be a cool place to visit - but I don't think I'll be getting a tatoo!

  • pure1942's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Great Albania page Claus. Would love to go back to explore the country properly. Only made it Shkoder so only got a quick peek at this fascinating country. Thanks for sharing. All the best. Brian

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    nice Albanian photos. Wish to visit sometime.

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Was in Albania last year,FANTASTIC. Shoom bokor! Sweden was playing Albania when we were in Vlora and there was some Albanian famous footballer we met who had a bar in the main street. Can`t wait to rtrn soon.Loved yr comments.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2009 at 6:18 AM

    what a fascinating country

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:56 AM

    Great tips as usual Claus! very imaginative writing!

  • Tuna_ank's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2008 at 7:18 AM

    I wish I could see there as much as you. But it is not possible to reach you!


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