Top Ten Albanian Attractions

Top Ten Albanian Attractions


       Albania is a country in Southeast Europe, in the Balkans region. It is bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia and Greece. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Seato the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea. Albania is a member of the UN, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organization, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and one of the founding members of the Union for the Mediterranean. Albania has been a potential candidate for accession to the European Union since January 2003, and it formally applied for EU membership on April 28, 2009. Albania is a parliamentary democracy with a transition economy. The Albanian capital, Tirana, is home to approximately 600,000 of the country’s 3,000,000 people. Free-market reforms have opened the country to foreign investment, especially in the development of energy and transportation infrastructure. Albania was chosen as the top country in Lonely Planet’s list of ten top countries to visit for 2011.

  1. Tirana
    Tirana is the capital and the largest city of Albania. Modern Tirana was founded as an Ottoman town in 1614 by Sulejman Bargjini, a local ruler from Mullet, although the area has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. Tirana became Albania’s capital city in 1920 and has a population of over 600,000. The city is home to many universities and is the center of the political, economical and cultural life of the country.
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  2. Butrint
    Butrint was an ancient Greek and later Roman city in Epirus. In modern times it is an archeological site in Sarandë District, Albania, some 14 kilometers south of Sarandë and close to the Greek border. It was known in antiquity as Βουθρωτόν Bouthroton or Βουθρώτιος Bouthrotios in Ancient Greek and Buthrotum in Latin. It is located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel and part of the Butrint National Park. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of an Epirote city, a Roman colony and a bishopric.
  3. Historic Centers of Berat and Gjirokastra
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    The Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastër, in the cities of Berat and Gjirokastër, Albania,
  4. Ancient Daorson
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