Albania is a rocky country and the one of the smallest countries of Europe. The residents apparently descended from ancient Illyrians.

Culture:

The culture of Albania is majorly prejudiced by that of the mainland Greeks especially in the urban locality; nodding one’s head means ‘no’ where as shaking the head means ‘yes’. To welcome someone, handshaking is favorite, although Shoku (Comrade) was used before, which has been long gone now. People dress informally here. Swim suits are meant for the beaches, otherwise women are expected not to dress in a enlightening outfit. When addressing someone prefix Zoti (Mr) or Zonja (Mrs) before the name and always keep in mind to carry some gifts when visiting someone, although flowers aren’t much acceptable. The guests are served with coffee, raki or sweets. Smokers don’t have to worry much, but they should keep away from it where they see a sign of Ndalohet Duhani or Ndalohet pirja e duhanit.

Travelling inside the country:

Buses with relatively cheap fares activate in the major cities of the country or taxis are another choice which provided service for some main hotels.

Visit Dajti Mountain and knowledge Dajti Ekspres Cable car for a memorable 15 minute ride passing through Dajt Oark to reach Tirana. The route is about 4.2 km long and the ride costs €6.5.Alpha Yachting provides Crewe yacht which is a luxury in itself. Tirana Bank is the best place for withdrawing money as it allows access to Visa cards.

Site Seeing:

If you get pleasure from canoeing, this is the right place to be. There are places right outside Tirana which is an amazing site for not just canoeing, but also rock climbing, hiking, and camping.

Eating Out:

Restaurants are not always adequately frenzied, so always wear warm clothes if out in the night during winters. Foreigners are exciting more than the locals. Both the entry fees as well as any produce will be on a higher scale, so it’s better not to reveal the fact that you are a foreigner when out on the streets.

Accommodation:

If you want a 5-Star ambience, try The Sheraton Tirana Hotel and Towers, which is situated in the middle of a shopping and amusement center. There are about 151 rooms and 56 suites. So, along with the comfort, one can shop at once convenience here. Another hotel which provides all modern facilities is Hotel Mondial. It is located 1000 m away from the city and is also a good example of usual architecture.

Getting There:

One of the best and the easiest way is to go by air. Albanian Airlines is the national airline which works in partnership with Tyrolean Airways, and provides service to almost all the big European cities. The airport, Mother Teresa, is 16 miles or 26 km away from the capital. A tourist bus is available every 3 hrs to get to the city center and takes concerning 30 minutes to get there. Taxis are available round the clock. While waiting for any transport service, tourists can check out the duty free shops, bank, eateries and car hire at the airport. A departure tax of $10 USD is imposed on all foreign nationals.

If trying to get there by sea, try the ferry services which are provided by Adriatic Line and Agoudimos. The main ports are Durres (has ferry connection to Italy, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, and Ancona), Vlora (has ferry connection to Bari, and Brindisi), Saranda (has connection to Corfu), Shen Gjini (has ferry connection to Bari).

Bus is a different option. Buses start from Istanbul, Athens and Sofia. Internal passengers have lots of options with bus services provided. If traveling by road in a private car, there is road network to the Kosovo region, but they are too dangerous to use because of the political tensions inside the region. Crossings at Hani I Hotit, Bllata, Oafa e Thaes, Tushemisht, Gorica, Kapshtica, and kakavija can be taken. If tired one can take halts at hotels or other designated areas. There is a network of 18,000 km, out of which only 7450 km are main roads, for local travelers. About 2138km stretch of these roads is in poor condition and has pot holes, and utmost safety measures should be taken when driving on such roads. Speed limit should be strictly followed on highways as well as within towns. Driving at night should be better avoided because of the absence of street lights on the road except for urban areas. Traffic should drive on the right-hand. There is a shortage of gas stations in the landscape, so filling the gas tank completely when transitory through urban area is recommended and since there is lack of national recovery system; travelers should be prepared for an emergency or breakdown beforehand. One should carry essential documents like International Driving Permit and national driving license.

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I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education. I love to share travel journey by writing. In order to be grateful for cultures of another nation, one need to go there, know the people and blend with the culture of that country.