Albania may be a little country but there is a lot to see and do in this exciting location. Inaccessible for tourists for a long time, it is becoming a truly unspoiled jewel on the Adriatic coast. Pristine beaches, unspoiled nature, interesting Ottoman architecture and plenty of budget-friendly hotels make it one of the best European destinations.
The beautiful turquoise spring near a town of Muzine is a source of a river Bistrice. Its name Syri i Kalter means "Blue Eye". The deep subsurface well is located in Albania’s Delvinë District.
It's unique for its appearance as a deep sapphire hole beneath the surface of more tranquil turquoise water. This stunning, seemingly bottomless deep blue pool is very cold. Divers have made it down 50 meters into the water, but its true depth has yet to be revealed.
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How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In Tirana, we encourage you to stay at 4* Hotel Autostation with excellent reviews. This 4-star hotel is located 15 km from Skenderberg Square. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom fitted with a hairdryer, while some rooms also boast a balcony. All units at Hotel Autostation have air conditioning and a desk. The property offers a bar and free WiFi. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine. Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include English and Italian.
In Sarande you can stay in top-rated 3* Guesthause Villa Joanna&Mattheo. This property is just 16-minute walk from the beach. Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, the guesthause is situated in Sarandë in the Vlorë County Region, 35 km from Corfu Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Certain rooms include views of the garden or city. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. The guesthouse features free WiFi. You will find a shared lounge at the property. This property has water sports facilities, bike hire and car hire. Glyfada is 50 km from the guesthause, while Paleokastritsa is 52 km from the property.
What to do:
Enjoy supremely clear Mediterranean air and stunningly fabulous beaches.
Have fun at the nightclubs of the Albanian Riviera or take part in one of the international music festivals, like Turtle Fest or Soundwave.
Explore the ancient beech forests of north-eastern and central Albania, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The Gashi River in Tropojë and Rrajcë in Perrenjas demonstrate the postglacial expansion process of such forests.
Drive the Llogara Pass – one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It travels to over 1,000 metres above sea level in the Llogara National Park.
Go hiking or cycling in the Valbonë Valley National Park in the Albanian Alps and enjoy its mountainous landscapes, glacial springs, waterfalls and various rock formations. You can try rafting or river hiking.
Take the Lake Komani ferry tour from the hydro-electric dam at Koman to the port of Fierza. In this area you can observe from close the continuing life of people with a prehistoric method of life in nature.
If you like history, you should visit the Amphitheatre of Durrës, the Royal Tombs of Selca e Poshtme or Apollonia.
See the picturesque Mes Bridge, with its intriguing round slick stones and stone plates. This monument of Postribs culture is located about 5 km (3.1 mi) north-east of Shkodër, in north-western Albania.
Go to Lake Ohrid, located between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania. It is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem.
Discover Fier’s Ship House that looks like a gigantic water vessel, permanently grounded in the flatlands of inner Albania.
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