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Kir River Valley, a Must-See Destination in Shkodra
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Kir River Valley, a Must-See Destination in Shkodra

TIRANA, November 20 When summer is over, little-known towns and villages become the perfect destination for those who want to escape from big cities. Usually, the types of visitors that go to those places are people somehow related to the destination or adventure seekers exploring the unknown. Given the geographic size of Albania, such places...

Northern Albania Hardest Hit by COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism
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Northern Albania Hardest Hit by COVID-19’s Impact on Tourism

TIRANA, November 19 As tour operators and accommodation facilities already counted their losses for 2020, the Institute of Statistics confirms their gloomy assessment for the third quarter (Q3). July-September coincides with the peak tourist season in Albania and also with the easing of lockdown measures. Despite that, and even though holders of Albanian passports couldn’t...

Albania’s Best Fall Hiking Trails in Times of COVID-19
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Albania’s Best Fall Hiking Trails in Times of COVID-19

TIRANA, October 27 Solitary, challenging, and refreshing. Is there anything better than walking the trails covered in golden leaves and chestnuts in autumn? Getting a healthy dose of fresh air is a must especially in times of coronavirus. The temperature is pleasant, hiking is not as demanding as in the hot summer months while keeping...

Discover Boga Glacial Valley
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Discover Boga Glacial Valley

TIRANA, August 27 Northern Albania is packed with dramatic mountain ranges and stunning valleys with rivers and lakes. Some 142 km away from capital city Tirana, on the Way to Thethi National Park, visitors travel through the u-shaped glacial valley of Boga, 700 meters above the sea level. The Valley is named after the alpine...

Albania Sees 67% Drop in International Arrivals in July
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Albania Sees 67% Drop in International Arrivals in July

TIRANA, August 25 Albania hosted 387,000 international visitors as of the end of July, down from 1.1 million in the same period last year, the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) confirmed on Monday. The data show that the numbers decreased by 67.1 percent due to travel restriction and quarantine requirements in place because of the COVID-19...

Medical Tourism, Finding the Fountain of Youth in Albania
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Medical Tourism, Finding the Fountain of Youth in Albania

TIRANA, August 13 General healthcare and aesthetic medicine in Albania are like night and day, particularly during a world pandemic. With a highly favorable location and affordable prices, Albania makes a great European option for health tourism compared to distant destinations like Thailand, Dubai, Brazil, or Mexico. Not to forget the fact that overseas countries...

Gjirokastra Celebrates 15 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Gjirokastra Celebrates 15 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

TIRANA, July 14 This year the museum city of Gjirokastra is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. With its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List during the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee, the old town of Gjirokastra and its historic center joined the list of...

Tourists to Get Free Entry to Museums in Gjirokastra
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Tourists to Get Free Entry to Museums in Gjirokastra

TIRANA, May 14 As Albania lifts restrictions museums, art galleries, and archeological parks are set to reopen for the public on May 18, International Museum Day. So far in 2020 tourism is one of the worst-hit sectors in Albania. According to the data provided by the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), the number of visitors to...

Take Free Virtual Museum Tours in Albania
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Take Free Virtual Museum Tours in Albania

TIRANA, April 9 It’s springtime! The sun shines and the task of the world population is to stay home. Meanwhile, the challenge is to stay entertained during the coronavirus outbreak. Technology makes it easy to stay socially distanced and connected at the same time as quarantine entertainment is at arm’s length. From binge-watching to some...

Winter in Albania: Where to Go?
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Winter in Albania: Where to Go?

TIRANA, March 2 There is a good deal of untapped potential for winter tourism in Albania, yet lack of investments, infrastructure and communication ties between the public and private sectors, possible exposure to climate change, and increased competition from neighboring countries significantly affect this underdeveloped sector. Albania’s tourism industry is a major contributor to the...