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Tourism in Albania

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Vlorė

Tourism in Albania is still in its infancy. Albania was under a communist regime which did not allow tourism to become established for a long time. It is a country of great natural beauty which includes sandy white Mediterranean beaches, rocky mountains, fertile plains, big and small lakes, natural monuments, and remote, pristine areas.

Albania has an old history dating to the Illyrian civilization and there are many old ruins and other treasures reflecting the old civilizations. Due to its history, Albania is home to many different styles of architectural, religious and cultural influence.

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Syri i Kaltėr (The Azure Eye) in Sarandė

Some of the most visited cities include:

Some of the problems keeping tourism from flourishing in this beautiful country stem from the political instability. There may still be armed bandits in the remote northern regions and pollution from illegal construction is ruining some of the most popular areas. Its proximity to Kosovo in the northeast means that unexploded ordinance may be hazard for unguided tours about the countryside. At present the security situation in Albania is thought to be improving [1] (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/albania/).

Furthermore, poor infrastructure greatly limits tourism. Electrical brownouts are still fairly frequent. Alabania only has one true highway (connecting the capital city of Tiranė to Durrės) and most of the other roads, while improving, are in very poor condition. Independent bus and minibus (furgon) operators provide inexpensive transport between most large communities, but schedules and prices are not fixed. Train service is also limited and sporadic.

See also

External links

  • Ministry of Territorial Planning and Tourism (official site) (http://www.albaniantourism.com)
  • Article on Albanian tourism (http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1016058,00.html)
  • A New York Times article on Albania (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/02/travel/02albania.html)
  • Albania (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/europe/albania/) at Lonely Planet
  • Photo Albums: [2] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/berati.php) [3] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/butrinti1.php) [4] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/elbasani.php) [5] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/foto-gjeo.php) [6] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/jugu-leon.php) [7] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/riviera2001.php) [8] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/shkodra-lezha.php) [9] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/vlora.php) [10] (http://www.shqiperia.com/foto/vlora-lg.php) [11] (http://2ie.mpl.ird.fr/mm/albania/photos/tour) [12] (http://forumi.bisedoni.com/album_cat.php?cat_id=2)

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