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Albania has natural beauty in such abundance that you might wonder why it took 20 years for the country to take off as a tourist destination since the end of a particularly brutal strain of communism in 1991. So backward was Albania when it emerged blinking into the bright light of freedom that it needed two decades just to catch up with the rest of Eastern Europe. Now that it has arguably done so, Albania offers a remarkable array of unique attractions, not least due to this very isolation: ancient mountain codes of behaviour, forgotten archaeological sites and villages where time seems to have stood still are all on the menu. With its stunning mountain scenery, a thriving capital in Tirana and beaches to rival any elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Albania has become the sleeper hit of the Balkans. But hurry here, as word is well and truly out.
Old bridge at Langarica Canyon
The Church of Sotira
© photographies from official tourist site (albania.al)
The Albanian Riviera was a revelation a decade or so ago, when backpackers discovered the last virgin stretch of the Mediterranean coast in Europe, flocking here in droves, setting up ad hoc campsites and exploring scores of little-known beaches. Since then, things have become significantly less pristine, with overdevelopment blighting many of the once-charming coastal villages. But worry not, while Dhërmi, Jal, Himara, Qeparo, Borsh, Saranda and Ksamil may be well and truly swarming, with a little persistence there are still spots to kick back and enjoy the empty beaches the region was once so famous for.
For more than two decades, GG Travel has offered great traveling deals for Balkan Penisula. From 1993 to 1996, GG Group Inc. was the European General Representative of the Albanian Airlines. Today, Albania with its wild and stunning nature are still waiting to be discovered, and we can arrange great deals for traveling in the most unspoiled rugged coastline.
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