With all of its trouble and turbulence, 2020 has not been short on extremes and unexpected events as it similarly has had no shortage of awe-inspiring vistas and extreme beauty.
Always beautiful, Albania’s landscape, flora and fauna flourished during the tumultuous year that put everything on hold. A year of rare full moons, emptied beaches, the newly invigorated life of birds and blooming flowers, the discovery of new exotic destinations and the setting of new plans and adventures for the upcoming year. This was Albania in 2020 in 20 photos.
A couple enjoying the last rays on the Ionian shore of Ksamil. Photo by Cecília Fazekas.
The rare sight of a swan flying around Tirana. Photo by Ilir Ciko.
The spectacular healing thermal pools in Bënja, Përmet. Photo by Afrim Tahiraj.
A hot air ballon floating over the old town of Berat. Photo by Cecilia Fazekas.
A moonlit hiking trail in the awe-inspiring Shebenik-Jablanica National Park. Photo by Jurgen Kushta.
Sunset in Tirana. Photo by Ilir Ciko.
Paddleboats floating on the Ionian shore of Ksamil. Photo by Fiton Dalipi.
The Selca Baths nestled by the mountains in Kelmend. Photo by Afrim Tahiraj.
Sunset at Rinia (Youth) Village near Durrës. Photo by Klajd Papadhimitri.
The Dalmatian Pelican returns home to Karavasta Lagoon. Photo by Granit Hyseni.
Canoeing in the Drin River. Photo by Jurgen Kushta.
Rosi Peak (2,524 m) on the Montenegrin-Albanian border. Photo by Granit Temaj.
A flamingo colony in Narta Lagoon. Photo by Arian Mavriqi.
The otherworldly Lëpushë Village in the Albanian Alps. Photo by Albjola Maloku.
Moon rising over Dajti Mountain. Photo by Ilir Ciko.
Narcissus fields in Kukës. Photo by Ermal Hallaçi.
The dimly lit road to Pogradec flanked by fields of snow. Photo by Klajd Papadhimitri.
The 2020 popular destination of the Eye of Shegan in Shkodra Lake. Photo by Erald Halili.
One of the many churches in Dhërmi Village. Photo by Cecília Fazekas.
The Trail of Colors in Korab-Koritnik National Park. Photo by Ermal Hallaçi.