Visiting Albania for the first time
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…)