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Albania - Hidden Corner of Europe

Albania, coastline 450 km, with geographic coordinates: 41N, 20E, with 28.748 km2 (11.100 sq miles), with population of 3.260.000 and density of 113.4 population/km2 is wild and mountainous, with extensive forests, sandy beaches and many beautiful lakes. It shares borders with Montenegro and Kosovo to the north, with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the northeast and Greece to the south. To the west lie the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.



 

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Albania is one of the most mountainous countries in Europe with a rugged mountain terrain which covers 75% of the territory.
The average altitude is 708 m, two times higher than that of Europe.
It's major mountain ranges include the Northern Albanian Alps, Korabi Mountains and Pindus Mountains.







































 

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Albania is very rich in biodiversity values.
There are 13 National Parks, 4 Protected Landscape Areas, 4 Strict Nature Reserves, 26 Managed Nature Reserves, 4 Natural Monuments and other protected areas.

 

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Albania's Coastline offers a variety of beaches from rocky to sandy white in its stretch of Adriatic and Ionian Waters.

 

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Wonderful Albanian Lakes



Albania has many different types of lakes. Its major lakes are Shkodra, Ohri, Lura and Prespa.

Shkodër Lake is the biggest lake in Albania and also in Balkan Peninsula. It has an area of 368 km.sq. Shkodra lake in the Albanian territory is characterized by the diversity of shores and the land .The eastern shores are low with marshes while the southern shores are high and with rockies. The water of lake is rich with different kind of fish species , such as elk , etc. There are two tourist spots , Shiroka and Zogaj. They have fish restaurants and small hotels in Shiroka .

Ohri Lake is the second lake in terms of area ( total 362 sq.km, one third belongs to the country) and the deepest both in Albania and Balkan Peninsula ( max 287 m deepth). The water of the lake is very clear . Rich in rare species of the fish , worth mentioning is the fish KORAN , hardly to be found in other lakes of the world over. Along the shores of the lake there are several tourist spots. The city of Pogradec is a resort center, preferred because of its beautiful beach and the fresh summer climate. The other tourist spots are Lini village, Pojska, and Driloni. The visitor can find here the basic facilities.

Lura Lakes The glacial complex of Lura lakes are one of the most beautiful pearls of Albanian nature. The glacial lakes of Lura have a general surface of 100 ha. They are located in the northeastern part of the countru in the district of Dibra. In winter these lakes freeze , taking the view of natural skiing lanes. The lake of Flowers is really astonishing with the big white water lilies in summer, leaving the impression of a big garden created by the hand of a mastermind. Lura is a National park.

Prespa Lake is the highest tectonic lake in Albania and also in Balkan peninsula, 853 m above sea level. It has an area of 285 sq. km , 39 km. Sq. belongs to Albania. The Prespa lake has a panoramic view , full with small bays and high shores. It is rich in fish , among which the delicious small herrings. There are several villages on the shore of the lake. In front of Liqenas village there is a small island of Maligradi. There during the the fourteenth century the church of St Mary had been constructed within a cave. Some byzantine painting are found there. All area of Prespa between Albania, Greece and FYROM is proclamated as Natural Park.
 

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Tirana is the Capital and Largest city in the Country. Its colourful painted buildings have earned it the nickname "City of Colors"



 

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Albania's Rinas International Airport has direct links with major european cities like London, Rome, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul... etc
For american travelers, there are direct flights between Tirana and New York via JFK.

 

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very beautiful pictures :)
 

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Albania has always been a sort of 'empty quarter' on my map of Europe, it was so tightly shut off from the rest of the world during the Communist era, yet it is now one of the USA's strongest supporters in all of Europe with many things like street names and monuments dedicated to USA people and places.

What are its prospects and potential timelines of EU and NATO membership, adoption of the Euro, motorway and improved railway connections with the rest of Europe, etc?

Mike
 

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Albania has always been a sort of 'empty quarter' on my map of Europe, it was so tightly shut off from the rest of the world during the Communist era, yet it is now one of the USA's strongest supporters in all of Europe with many things like street names and monuments dedicated to USA people and places.

What are its prospects and potential timelines of EU and NATO membership, adoption of the Euro, motorway and improved railway connections with the rest of Europe, etc?

Mike
Nato Membership hopefully within 3 years. EU entry at my best estimation will be somewhere between 2015-2018.
Our major issue is Infrastructure. We've made great progress the last 10 years but a lot more needs to be done. Our Railway Network was solid during Communism, now it's in the brink of collapse. There's no funds to fix old stations, add new routes with neighbouring countries and even buy new trains.
 

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*pleasantly surprised* i love the new look of tirana ! ^_^
 

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Beautiful scenery. I would like to go there when things are improved (infrastructure, and i don't mean only roads and railways).

However it's quite a drive from the Netherlands. I think some 2000km.
 

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waow :eek::eek::eek2:

beautiful :drool:
 
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