An Albania city break provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to sample the ever-increasing vibrancy and colour of this fascinating, ex-communist country. Shaped and influenced by a host of civilisations including the Greeks, Romans and Turks, Albania is an archaeological and cultural marvel set against a backdrop of imposing mountains and olive tree-lined hills amidst a pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Travellers on a city break in Tirana, Albania's capital, will find an emerging and dynamic centre firmly broken free of its former reputation as a somewhat drab communist outpost. That is not to say the country has been distorted beyond recognition by changing attitudes and globalisation, far from it. Proud of its heritage and old customs, Albania has retained a sense of uniqueness not found easily elsewhere in Europe.
Though Tirana has gone under a much needed makeover, transforming its soulless, grey socialist-era exteriors into something considerably more colourful and interesting, you will still find streets lined with old relics, bustling Turkish bazaars and stalls selling distinctive Albanian folkloric crafts.
A city break in Albania will give you more than ample time to explore Tirana in full, taking in sights such as the restored Et’hem Bey Mosque, Natural History Museum and Skanderbeg Square where there is a delightful selection of eateries serving traditional local cuisine and snacks.
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