If you think you know Albania, think again
This addictive country has a myriad of faces. In the rugged north, the Alps are so fierce they're 'accursed', while the south enjoys one of the least known and most beautiful coastlines in all of Europe. Tirana is filled with craziness, from its traffic to its nightlife, but on its doorstep are mosques, citadels, Ottoman architecture and a stunning dose of medieval Balkans. The real surprise of Albania is the people. Their warmth to strangers is infectious and you’re bound to find yourself swapping stories over a glass of raki or three.
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Albania at a glance
Tirana (population 300,000)
(GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb
Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)