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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 boost my immune system the way humans were meant to,” she writes of her visit to Kostenjë. You can find the beautiful region near Elbasan, only 40 km from Tirana. Check it out.
The journalist has an especially nostalgic bond to Shkopet, as it is her birthplace. Well, it doesn’t hurt when your birthplace has such a spectacular landscape. Located about 60 km from Tirana, the area has a simple bucolic yet mountainous beauty with the calming Mat River flowing through it. Stop and stare.
Many travel experts surprisingly opted less for the sensational and more for the intimate and easily accessible route. We tend to agree, there is a certain appeal to the spontaneity of the day trip, to barely stepping out of one’s familiar backyard and finding the new. A nearby spots that granted our explorer a day “full of emotion” is Prush in Vaqarr, a village in the outskirts of Tirana.
Famous for birdwatching and home to the rare Dalmatian pelican, this lagoon is an internationally famous and highly coveted destination among those “in-the-know.” And, “in case you don’t know, this place has the most beautiful sunsets in the entire country,” our lagoon enthusiast writes. See for yourself.
Çika mountain is evidently a climber’s paradise, voted as a top destination among both our readers and travel experts. The Çika Peak offers perhaps the most awe-inspiring view of the entire country: a panorama of the spectacular Ionian and that famous shoreline of the Riviera.
The climb to Morava mountain generated the first and most inspiring memory of all our travel experts. Climbing the Morava peak is a way to meet God, our traveler says, as here is “the greatest of all creations, the most vivid of hues, a perfection that heals your eyes.” Sounds good to us.
From funny to nonsensical, from nature’s blessings to superstitions about sneezing, from loving to not being able to actually say it, here are some fun facts you don’t often hear about Albania. Mountains, rivers, lakes, gorges, canyons, seas, thermal springs, waterfalls, lagoons – you name it, Albania has it and probably more than one. The [...]
In the heart of southern Albania, only 30 km from Tepelena, sits Nivica, the charming village that is stealing the hearts of local and international tourists. Nivica is the largest village of the beautiful Kurvelesh province, with an area of 150 square meters. As if suspended on air, the village sits at 750 meters above [...]
Every population of the world, even counting the variety in individual personalities, has its quirky characteristics that make it unique. These often comical traits make people nod their heads in approval and laugh out loud. As you think of all the Albanians you have known or will get to know, keep these five things in [...]
The quieter beaches of Albania often get less of the limelight but they are where we find the tranquility and intimacy we crave without sacrificing any beauty or fun. We understand that many of you would like some peace and quiet this summer. That’s why IntoAlbania has traveled from the north of the country to [...]
A new gem has been added to the already beautiful and quickly-expanding chain of services in Petrela, the lovely village right outside the capital of Tirana. Once you visit, you will agree that this place will lend a fresh new flavor to your Saturday, spent pampering yourself with delicious food and fresh air in the [...]
The largest bookstore chain in Albania handpicks the must-reads of summer 2020. Compiling a summer reading list is one of the most challenging tasks when it comes to vacation preparation. Up there with picking the right destination and booking the room with a view, selecting which books to take with you, or upload to your [...]
Vacationing has definitely changed this year so IntoAlbania pitches in to offer some inspiration for a fun and safe summer in the country. All we can think about in the warm summer months is how to best spend them before they end. Some of us may have already planned our vacations while others are more [...]
Its stunning mountains and beautiful landscape guarantee that you will find an amazing variety of plants in Kukës. Besnik Hallaçi, a biologist and the director of the Administration of Protected Areas in Kukës, has selected 10 of the oldest and most unique plants of the area for IntoAlbania. This perennial herbaceous plant, is found in [...]
Entrance nr. 18 on Him Kolli St. in Tirana will be, from now on, not only the newest publishing house for Albanian up-and-coming authors but an ideal workspace where everything is about books. Let’s begin with the name of this new cultural hotspot: Berk. If it sounds a lot like “book,” that’s because it coincidentally [...]