By Visit Vlora at January 16, 2014 | 18:08 | 0 Comment
New York Times list of places to visit in 2014 included the Albanian Coast
Newly the New York Times posted its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014. Surprisingly for us the Albanian Coast was suggested at nr. 4 of this long list. This 4th position makes us feel proud of our beautiful country and fills us with responsibility and happiness in the same time.
Here is what The New York Times Travel journalist Tim Neville writes about the Albanian Coast.
4. Albanian Coast
On a rugged shore, Europe at its best.
What if you could combine the rugged beauty you’d find on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast with the ruins of an undiscovered Turkey or Greece, all wrapped in the easygoing nature characteristic of rural Italy — at a fraction of the cost? Turns out you can, on the coast of Albania. The roughly Maryland-size country, between Greece and Montenegro, sits about 45 miles east of Italy on the eastern shores of the Adriatic and has limestone-ringed beaches, ancient ruins like Butrint and waterfront inns where you can stay for less than $50 a night. Rampant development threatened to turn it all to concrete in the years after Communism, but a new government took office in September on promises of keeping the coast authentic. Head to villages like Qeparo, within sight of Corfu, where you can kayak past Cold War submarine tunnels, swim by abandoned forts and watch the tide rise during a dinner of fresh fish at an inn called the Riviera. This is Europe when it was fresh and cheap. — TIM NEVILLE
Find the whole list of 52 Places to Go in 2014
By Visit Vlora at October 31, 2013 | 13:48 | 0 Comment
Visiting Albania for the first time
by Amy Guttman
For decades, Albania this small country, on the western side of the Balkan Peninsula, surrounded, on one side by sea, and the other by Slavic dictatorships, was shut off completely to the outside world.
In five to 10 years, luxury may be in the offing, but along with it, will come the hoards of people. Go now, before everyone else does.
For the intrepid traveler who prefers beating a new path rather than following one, Albania offers some of Europe’s last undiscovered beaches, as well as surprising culinary appeal.
We begin with a lunch of fresh oysters from the Ionian Sea, washed down with white wine from Albanian’s biggest vineyard, Cobo. (more…)
By Visit Vlora at September 2, 2013 | 19:01 | 0 Comment
Udhetim ne Shqiperi dhe rikthimi me biçikletë
Një vit e gjysmë pas udhëtimit të parë me biçikletë në Shqipëri vendosa të rikthehem në një sezon shumë më mikpritës. Në ndryshim nga ai fundvit, të cilin e kalova duke pedaluar rrugët malore të mbuluara nga akulli, nga rrethinat e Tiranës e deri në Liqenin e Ohrit, itinerari i ri ishte përgjatë gjithë bregdetit të Jugut, nga Vlora në Butrint, parku arkeologjik i përfshirë prej vitesh në trashëgiminë e UNESCO-s. Motive të ndryshme më shtynë të rikthehesha në Shqipëri, disa prej të cilave lidhen me bukuritë e vendit, të zbuluara fillimisht përmes kërkimeve në internet. Por edhe arsye të tjera praktike, që kanë mjaft rëndësi. Do ta filloj nga këto të fundit.
Shqipëria është e lehtë të arrihet me traget nga Italia, një zgjidhje relativisht e lirë (70 € nga Brindisi) që ju lejon të transportoni biçikletën tuaj pa pasur nevojë për ta çmontuar dhe paketuar nëpër qese, siç ndodh gjatë udhëtimeve me aeroplan apo trenat rajonalë.
Shqipëria është shumë ekonomike e të lejon të provosh çdo luks pa prekur rëndë financat, çka në këtë kohë është gjithnjë e këshillueshme. Neve nuk na mungoi asnjëherë asgjë: mbrëmjet në hotele, darkat në taverna dhe udhëtimet në vendet më interesante. (more…)
Albania , Blog - Shqip (Albanian)
By Visit Vlora at September 2, 2013 | 14:15 | 0 Comment
The republic of Albania
Albania is one of the youngest European states and the last country to emerge from the collapse of Ottoman Turkish power at the beginning of the 20th century. Underlying Albania’s often-turbulent history is an extraordinary archaeological heritage of international significance, the evidence of which is to be found everywhere in the cities and countryside, hills and mountains.
Tourists visiting Albania
Each year, thousands of tourists visit Albania, drawn primarily to the vast archaeological site at Butrint – now almost forgotten, but viewed by historians as the Marseilles of its time as late as the Middle Ages – but also experiencing a number of the other archaeological and heritage sites which Albania has to offer, including Shkodra, Apollonia, and Berat. In addition to these sites, there are a number of lesser-known, but nonetheless exquisite sites and monuments which visitors are often unaware of.
Archaeological guide og Albania
This guide provides a unique introduction to 50 of Albania’s archaeological sites, enabling visitors to enjoy the best-known sites, but also to venture out to the more remote monuments, many in stunning locations. This book will lead the visitor in the footsteps of Odysseus, Caesar and Lord Byron, through Illyrian valleys and over breathtaking mountain passes to explore the beautiful country of Albania and its archaeological heritage.