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Albanian road trip: history behind the bunkers

Travel May 30, 2017

While ‘the land of eagles’ may be better known for its stormy communist past (with some 750,000 concrete bunkers still scattered around to prove it), it has a rich and diverse historical and cultural legacy. The best way to take in Albania’s ancient castles, lived-in World Heritage Sites and ethnographic museums is on a road trip, especially if you have limited time or aren’t keen on working out the country’s bewildering bus system. Start your cultural exploration of Albania in the north. Once an important trading town due to its favourable geographical position at the meeting point of two rivers and very close to the Adriatic Sea, Shkodra is considered the country’s cultural capital thanks to its music and literary traditions…

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The Best Value European Destination You’ve Never Heard Of

Travel September 5, 2016

Prizren, the country’s second-largest city (with less than 200,000 people), is a medieval beauty at the foot of the Sar Mountains. A few of the attractions around the city are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 14th-century Dečani Monastery and three other medieval buildings. Some are currently under renovation, but you can gain access if you know the right people; or you can just wander around and enjoy them from the outside. As the city is doing its best to improve these sites for tourists, please be patient and understand that these things take time — but still go and check them out…

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