They say the most beautiful places on Earth are places where you can see the mountains and beaches at the same time. That sounds crazy, right? It’s absolutely possible though!
Think France. Think Vancouver. These beautiful locations allow you to somehow ski and sunbathe.
We’re here to tell you that Albania is another gorgeous locale with this geographical perk. It’s got amazing beaches by the Riviera and absolutely statuesque mountains. Perhaps the biggest benefit, though, is that it’s affordable.
Read on to find out why traveling to Albania is one of the best things you could do for your wallet and to revitalize your spirit.
Benefits of Traveling to Albania
Are you into hiking and nature? Are you into affordable, delectable cuisines you haven’t tried? You have to try what’s offered in Albania.
The country has just 2.8 million people, but it absolutely makes up for that in hospitality and a fantastic travel experience.
1. Accessibility and Safety
Albanians are super friendly. Most of them speak English, so as a travel destination, Albania is super accessible from the get-go.
You never have to be afraid of asking about directions; someone will be happy to guide you on your way.
If you’re a solo traveler, Albania is quite safe. There is a low risk of natural disasters or violent crime, and the only area officials caution tourists to avoid is their border with Kosovo.
Many know that traveling in Europe can get expensive. Eastern Europe, though, has a lot to offer–for a price that’s gentler on your wallet.
You can probably budget $50 per day for a solo traveler, with an extra $25 if you choose to stay in a hotel instead of a hostel.
Who knows, if you find someone you like on Albanian personals maybe you could work together to cut costs.
3. Gorgeous Beaches
Did you know that Albania is actually famous for the beaches along the Riviera?
You’ll find gorgeous stretches of sand and stone, bordering crystal clear waters. Why want the beaches of Italy and Greece, which are packed with tourists? Albania’s beaches are severely underrated while rivaling its European sister’s beaches in beauty.
You’ll want to check out the Drymandes and Ksamil beaches. These feature live music, beach bars, and national parks.
Remember what we said about the beaches and the mountains? Yes, Albania’s got both.
You have a choice between the Albanian alps, or for more variety the Sharr and Pindus ranges.
Just look them up on Google. You won’t regret it.
5. Delicious Food
The food in Albania is delicious and affordable. What more could you want? Haven’t you had enough of paying through the nose for some overpriced frozen sushi back at home?
You’ll want to try these dishes while you’re there; we promise the taste is fresh, homemade, and unforgettable.
- speca me gjize (peppers with cheese)
- tavë kosi (lamb with yogurt, rice, and eggs)
- byrek (flaky puff pastry with different fillings)
- trilece (like an Albanian tres leches)
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Some destinations really are overdone.
You can’t go wrong with traveling to Albania, though. It’s the people that make the place, and the warmth and hospitality you’ll find in Albanians will make your experience unforgettable. Remember there are few places on Earth with gorgeous mountains and beaches at an affordable price point.
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