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Welcome to Albania

Albania

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Considering that Albania is a small country, it has a lot to offer.

Booking your holiday with JiveHippo.travel, you will be able to experience all of the undiscovered beauties that lie within Albania.

Situated in the Llogara National Park is one of Albania´s most famous places, The Llogara Pass. The road through the pass provides one of the most amazing drives in the world, and is home to animals such as the golden eagle, the European wildcat and the fallow deer. Head to the top of the pass where you will find a hand full of restaurants with breathtaking scenery. 

A must visit for anyone travelling to Albania would have to be Kruja, home to the Kruja castle. The castle offers incredible views of the Adriatic Sea and inside you will find the national ethnographic museum and the Skanderbeg museum and is one of Albania´s most important and popular tourist attractions. 

To be able to experience Albania like one of the locals, then you must visit Shkodra, the largest town in the north and what is considered to be the cultural capital of the country. The town is home to a famous historical castle, that is known for its important role through out the First Balkan War, as well as Carnival, the Children´s Festival, Shkodra´s Jazz fest and Lake day. While you are there it is worth visiting the market place and the beautiful lake.

Climate

Albania borders the Adriatic Sea, which is on the mediterranean. This gives Albania hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters, mainly in the lowlands. 

Snow is known to fall between November through to March, which makes visiting the mountain towns very cold at this time of year. 

Duty Free

Albania´s duty free regulations are similar to the rest of Europe.

No more than 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco. No more than 1 litre of spirits with an alcoholic content of 22% or 2 litres containing less than 22% alcohol and 2 litres of wine. 250ml for your eau de toilette or 50ml perfume.

your personal goods, gifts and souvenirs must be within the value of 30.000 Lek, or 15.000 Lek for children under 15.

Getting Around

As well as the normal buses and trains to get around in Albania, you also have the options of taxis and by boat.

The train service is limited and you will not be able to enter or leave Albania by train.

The public bus service does run daily to the major destinations, but be aware if you are out of the main areas then the buses and services are much less reliable.

You wil be able to catch a ferry daily to certain places as well as over night ferries to others. 

Beware when driving by car, most of the roads, although are improving are in poor conditions. 

Language

The main spoken language in Albania is Albanian and is an Indo-European language which is spoken by over five million people. Albania have two dialects, Tosk, which is spoken in the south and Gheg, which is spoken in the north.

Beacsue of the growing level of tourism in Albania, many of the population speak English, German, French, Greek, Italian and Serbian.

 

Money

The currency in Albania is called the Albanian Lek. You will not be able to use or exchange the Lek anywhere else but Albania.

You will be happy to hear that in some places they do tend to accept currencies such as the Euro, the Pound and the American Dollar. 

The main credit and debit cards are accepted in banks, the larger supermarkets and the hotels. Small businesses and public transport will only accept cash.

Only use banks or established bureaux de change, when exchanging your money, as you will come across street money-changers who operate illegally.

Safety

Just like anywhere in the world, Albania have also had their reports of crime.

Although Albanians are very hospitable to tourists, crime and violence does occur in some areas. Not many reports have been made that specifically target tourists and foreigners, however there have been reports of luggage being stolen from hotel rooms and on public transport, so do try and be vigilant.

The public security is generally good, especially in the area of Tirana.

Do be aware and make sure that you have your holiday insurance and all your papers in place before travelling just in case of any inconvenience that may occur.

Time

Albania is in the Central European Time Zone (CET +0100 UTC) and is one hour in front of the UK (+01:00 GMT)

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