Albania is a small country (yet with a long history), rich in archaeological and cultural heritage, which has remained unknown until lately for many travelers, considering its communist past. Its pristine beaches and many untouched natural beauties found on the shores of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, offer visitors a unique experience, combining cultural visits and summer beach holidays. Its history is influenced from the Greeks, Romans and Ottomans and traces of communist period are still noticed in some parts of the country as a vivid testimony of the past.
Albania offers a variety of activities depending on the season such as kayaking and canoeing, boat tours, hiking and camping tours. Eating is very inexpensive in Albania and it cuisine is part of the Mediterranean. Albania it is known for its hospitality, deriving from the medieval Albanian code of honour, called Besa, which resulted to look after guests and strangers as an act of recognition and gratitude, therefore, it is not infrequent for visitors to be invited to eat and drink with locals.
Accommodation in Albania is very affordable and traveling as well. Tourism in Albania has been a key element to the country’s economic activity and is constantly developing. In 2011, Lonely Planet ranked Albania as the number 1 destination to be visited.