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Things to see and do in Albania

Travel July 15, 2017

Hike through the Albanian Alps. Explore ancient archaeological sites. Cycle the mountains for unbeatable views. Be on the look out for birds of prey. Find fantastic frescoes in Voskopoja. Delve into Tirana’s communist past. Uncover the legend of Rozafa Castle. Meet Albania’s national hero at Kruja. Explore the Ottoman architecture of Gjirokastra and Berati. Reclaim the abandoned city of Butrint. Raft down Albania’s rivers. Stand in awe at the religious art. Set sail on the Lake Komani ferry. And many more attractions…

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Post-Communist Paradise in Albania

Travel May 14, 2017

Europe has a secret. It’s called Albania—a Maryland-size playground of rugged peaks, emerald seas, and ripping rivers. The only catch? It’s really poor, graft is rampant, and there’s little environmental regulation. Pack your bribe money for a warts-and-all jaunt through the wildest post-Communist state on earth. The Osum River flows out of Albania’s Korça highlands and hooks north to sluice through a 16-mile-long gorge called the Osum Canyon, one of Europe’s most spectacular white-water runs. A steady rain has riled the river into a Class III fury that’s now hurtling us through a particularly beautiful section…

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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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