Albania is a small, mountainous country in the Mediterranean that is bordered by Montenegro, Kosova, Macedonia, and Greece. It is actually called Shqipëria, which means “land of the eagles” by its people, instead of Albania as most people know it. It has a very long and interesting history, beautiful landscapes, and is rich in culture. I highly recommend you put this little country firmly on your list of “places to see” and then see it sooner than later…before everyone else discovers it.

For four decades Albania was under the rule of Communist leader Enver Hoxha and was characterized by isolation, poverty, and, most of all, paranoia. Thankfully since the early 1990’s that has changed and it is now building itself back up and has opened its doors to visitors from all over the world.


Visa Requirements to Enter Albania

If you are from one of the following countries, please visit these links for information about visa requirements, passport validity and other entry requirements, health and vaccinations, safety and security, laws and culture, and assistance from embassies.

U.S. Department of State Information

Government of Canada Information

Foreign Travel Advise from UK Government


In May 2015 we joined Cosmos Tours for their Mystical Albania tour and it was awesome!

As visitors to Albania we were treated to stunning scenery from mountains (lots and lots of mountains), rivers, lakes, and then scenic coastal drives along the Adriatic and Ionian seas with their sandy or pebbled beaches. Along with all this beautiful scenery we visited historic Ottoman-Era towns, like Berat and Gjirokastra, and modern cities like Tirana and Durres. There are Byzantine churches alongside Muslim mosques, and then monasteries to explore. We visited natural wonders, like the Blue Eye, which is a water spring that bubbles up from more than 50 meters below as the source of the Bistricë river. We then learned about Albania’s more recent history of the people’s life under communism and all those bunkers. Then, the icing on the cake, we visited ancient Greek and Roman ruins and two UNESCO World Heritage sites.

At the end of each day we relaxed in some nice hotels, some with stunning views, and tried each and every new Albania dish we were offered. Delicious!

All in all it was an amazing week visiting a little country, that although not very well known yet, is one I’d encourage everyone to add to their travel list. I don’t think you’d be disappointed.

To see more of what Albania has to offer please feel free to read through my posts about our trip through Albania.


UNESCO logo (resized)For a small country Albania is big on history and culture and has several sites on the UNESCO list, or submitted on the tentative list.

Sites marked with are sites we visited.

Tentative Sites:




KRUJA: Hotel Panorama || My Review            VLORA: Hotel Partner || My Review

SARANDA: Hotel Brilant || My Review            GJIROKASTRA: Hotel Kalemi || My Review

DURRES: Hotel Bleart           TIRANA: Hotel Doro City



Albania UNESCO Sites


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