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One of the most visited museums in the country, the Archaeological Museum in the ancient coastal city of Durrës is an ideal and comprehensive introduction to Albania’s rich history throughout the millennia. The largest...
One of the grandest in the Balkans, the Cathedral of Shkodra has had an extraordinary story of survival. The Cathedral of St. Stephen, the patron saint of the city of Shkodra, is also...
How many metaphors, Instagram posts, nostalgic longings have been inspired by windows? Below, let us count the ways in which windows make our lives more beautiful as we take a tour of the top window-gazing destinations in Albania. There is a reason that the ubiquitous operating system chose to be named after windows: they are [...]
Somewhere between blood orange, fuchsia, coral and red, lies one of the most undefinable and dazzling hues in the history of art, created by Albania’s own master iconographer, Onufri. Red is perhaps the color most associated with the Balkans, be it for the fields of blood-red poppies punctuating much of the region’s countryside or the [...]
One of the most popular Albanian journalists and author of a recently published autobiographical book, Iva Tiço shares her taste for routine, relaxation and a uniquely casual enjoyment of life in her favorite city and home of Tirana. Three spoons of coffee, no sugar, on my couch. On occasion, to replete the body’s sugar levels, [...]
With its historic cobble-stoned streets, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best cities to visit on a low budget as it has countless free sites and attractions that you can enjoy. Read our top selections below. Only 3 km from Gjirokastra, Viroi Lake is one of the most gorgeous sites in the [...]
IntoAlbania visits the studio of one of the most talented contemporary sculptors in the country. Albania has a disproportionate number of talented sculptors for its relatively small size. Though always present, the art of sculpture reached new heights during the socialist realism movement in Albania. Since then, this tradition has not only been preserved but [...]
One of Kruja’s famous talented craftswomen, Lindita works devotedly to preserve the valuable tradition of embroidery in her wonderful shop in the city’s bazaar. The art of embroidery is an integral characteristic aspect of Albanian culture and heritage. Fortunately, the preservation of this tradition remains a principal aim even in the frenetic pace of [...]
Otherwise known as the city of roses, Përmet amazes with its rich culture, delectable culinary tradition and spectacular landscapes. Below, IntoAlbania has selected the must-see destinations around this generous region. Bënja Thermal Pools Located near Përmet, the Bënja thermal pools are one of the most popular draws to the area. You will find two of [...]
With the Coronavirus pandemic locking everyone in, IntoAlbania thought to get some of the country’s travel bloggers and curious explorers talking about their most memorable destinations. Here is what they had to say. The self-proclaimed “Alberican” (i.e. Albanian-American) travel photographer has chosen this off-the-beaten path site as her top most memorable destination: “Finally got to [...]
Live cultural activities have been sorely missed during the Corona virus lockdown. Thankfully, events are restarting, but always in accordance with this new altered reality. Korça’s Carnival (July 4th) Korça’s mainstay tradition, the carnival, will not be canceled this year. However, due to the pandemic, the legendary event will have to wear a new kind [...]