Full of gorgeous natural beauty and with a fascinating history, Albania is an underrated destination in Europe. However, there are a few things that you need to know before you go to Albania, you guessed it.
Albania is Cheap
Albania is a very cheap travel destination in Europe. You can spend just 50 euros a night for a four-star hotel with breakfast, whilst meals are as cheap as five euros in local cafes, museums and attractions are often under five Euros too. Whilst a fancy restaurant will cost around 15 euros per person.
When to Visit Albania
The next thing to know about Albania is when to visit. April to June and September to October are the best times to go to Albania. So you can avoid the extreme weather and enjoy walking, sightseeing water, sports and cycling at your own leisure.
The people in Albania are incredibly friendly, which is just another reason why this country has to be visited. It was actually voted one of the friendliest countries in the world.
So a reason you have to visit Albania is, for the beaches, make sure to visit at least one beach on your visit. They are gorgeous and easily rival some Of the best beaches in Europe, plus they are considerably quieter than the beaches you will find in Italy, Greece, or Croatia.
Go Beyond The Beaches
That being said, make sure you go beyond the beaches. In Albania, go beyond and explore the rest of the country, visit the mountains, see the archaeological sites, get lost in the forest, and visit the picture-perfect Ancient towns.
Another thing to know about Albania is the food, so we love trying food as we travel, and Albania is no exception to that rule. Make sure to try their slow, cooked stew and their lamb and rice dish, baked in yogurt and eggs, and try their Pizza. Albania's make incredible pizza With the Italian influence rubbing off on the nearby country. There are many pizza restaurants in Albania, with amazing pizzas, at reasonable prices.
How To Get Around in Albania
The next thing that you need to know about Albania is how to get around so getting around. Albania can be a challenge. There are no international rail connections, so that you will be flying into the country. There are very few national trains too. So if you are looking to visit other places outside of the country's cities, you will even need to rent a car or use the buses. Something to know before you go to.
Learn About The History
Something to know before you go to Albania is the history. When visiting Albania, it is important to understand that its past until the 90s Albania was under communist rule, with strict restrictions. After communism fell, two-thirds of the population had lost their savings in a pyramid scheme resulting in rioting, government collapse, and a seven-month civil war. So when you are visiting the historical sites of Albania, think about the history and understand its relevance.
Albania is very much a cash society with very few places taking cards. The currency in Albania is lek, but most businesses will take euros too. However, remember that ATMs will charge a fee for cash, so take out what you need for your trip when you can, so we hope you have a fantastic time in Albania.