Albania is only recently opening to tourist and it has a lot to offer. Country was closed for decades and it has opened to show its charming villages, mighty castles and unspoilt beaches and mountains
South Eastern Europe. Bordering Montenegro, Kosovo (Serbia), Macedonia, Greece and Adriatic Sea
28.748 sq km
Albanians (95%), Greeks, Macedonians, Montenegrians, Aromanians, Roma
Albanian, also some Serbian, Vlach and Macedoninan is spoken. Many people speak Italian.
Tirana (600.000 inhabitants)
1912 Independent Albania, 1998 New constitution, Member of NATO
Part of Illyria in Ancient times. In 15C fight against Turks - national hero Skenderbeg. Later strong Turkish influence. 1912 Independent kingdom. 1944 Communist country under Ever Hoxha-isolation. 1992 democratisation
typical Mediterranean along the Ionian sea, in the highland mixture of mediterranen and continental climate. Weather varies from North to South.
Kruje, Tirana, Berat, Shkoder lake, Gjirokaster, Saranda and Ionian coast
Alabania can be divided in 12 regions. But geographicaly we can divide it in littoral lowlands (W) and highlands (E).