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7 Popular Winter Villages in Albania

Famous for their amazing natural landscapes, hospitality and delicious food, these villages are accessible relaxing winter tourism spots. Albania’s spectacular Ionian coast may be the country’s main destination during the summer but, in the winter, these traditional mountainous villages top every traveler’s list. Gorgeous landscapes and fresh air, organic foods and warm hospitality, make the [...]

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Agrotourism Day in Reç

At the end of October, Reç Village in Shkodra truly came alive with energy and countless activities thanks to Agrotourism Day. This event was organized as part of a framework which promotes local products and agro-touristic values of the area. Various traditional dancers, form the Malësi e Madhe region, performed their folk dances throughout the entire fair. Visitors also had the chance to experience the spectacular Chestnut Forest and  nature in Reç. Below, enjoy [...]

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23 Awesome Photos that Will Make you Want to Visit Albania Now!

From north to south, the cities and places to visit in Albania are many. Below are some of our favourites. Check out these inspiring photos and make plans to go there!    

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Albanian Sustainable Tourism through the National Geographic Lens

From North to South, the Open Explorer Team experiences the food, nature, and hospitality of traditional Albanian farms, wineries, and guesthouses, in their search for inspiring people and places. Is Albanian tourism prepared for sustainability? Is there a foreseeable future for a kind of tourism that aims to protect the environment, distribute profits directly to [...]

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10 Events Not to Miss this November in Albania

It is officially November and, with Halloween behind us, we are ready to dive into some late autumn fun! From the largest book fair in the country to the most important national holiday of all, Independence Day, November serves up some nice celebratory fun and a variety of events that are a pretty great warm-up [...]

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Sali Shijaku Villa: Welcome to Tirana’s Most Unique and Intimate Art Gallery

This 300-year-old traditional villa, where the famous Albanian painter Sali Shijaku works and lives, is an invaluable art gallery for the capital. Situated along Vildan Luarasi road, off of Siri Kodra Street, we enter the quarters of one of the most well-preserved “treasures” of Tirana and the residence of perhaps the greatest Albanian painter of [...]

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Belsh: Make the Most of Your Weekend

An underrated natural wonder until recently, Belsh, with its renovated center and surrounding lakes, promises plenty of outdoor sports and beauty in the coming years. If you find yourself without a plan on a pleasant weekend, you would do well to take some notes. Belsh, with an impressive total of 80 lakes surrounding it, is [...]

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National Surfcasting Championship

On the first week of October, Spille Beach took on an entirely different appearance than the one it normally has. The transformation was due to the National Surfcasting Championship, which saw approximately 20 fishermen lined up along the shore for its final round. This entertaining competitive event lasted the entire evening, beginning at 4 pm [...]

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Fly Fishing in Albania: When and Where to go?

Considering the relatively small geographical area it occupies, Albania is exceedingly rich in lakes, rivers and seas. With that in mind, it’s quite a catch for all things fly fishing. Increasingly popular but at present rarely practised in Albania, fly fishing is a specialised fishing technique which utilises an artificial insect or ‘fly’ as bait. [...]

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