Albania Travel and Tourism Information on Travel Notes
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visitors to Albania.
Albania is known as Eagle's Country, Shqiperi in Albanian.
Tirana is the capital, with Durres Albania's major port on the Adriatic Sea.
Cheap Hotels and Hostels in Albania
Driving from Tirana.
Map of Tirana - The Capital of Albania
Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman
Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939 and occupied by
Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944.
Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until
1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended
46 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty
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One of the smallest countries in Europe, Albania is also very
mountainous and little known to outsiders.
Predominately an Indo- European people, descendants of the ancient
Illyrians, the Albanians are divided into two main groups: the Ghegs to the north of the
Shkumbi River, and the Tosks to the south.
Rome conquered the Illyrian Kingdom in 168 BC, and went on to rule for
more than five centuries. Some of the emperors were even of Illyrian descent, as the
region became a major transit route through Byzantium.
As the Roman Empire declined, Goths, Huns, Bulgars, and Slavs all
tried to fill the vacuum. Then came the Normans and the Serbs.
After the collapse of Stephan Dushan's Serbian Empire, and the death
of Scanderbeg, the feudal lords were soon overrun by the Turks.
Albanian language and culture were suppressed for almost 400 years
during Ottoman rule, although the Turks were never able to totally control the people.
Ismail Qemal led a series of revolts against Turkey, and on November
28, 1912, Albania finally gained independence.
Albania underwent a cultural revolution in the mid-1960s, when Western
influences were scorned, Soviet and Chinese systems were followed, and hardly anyone could
enter the country.
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Tirana Bank now has access to the Visa system. I withdrew some
Lek from a Skodra branch of Tirana Bank with no problems. It was a little un-nerving
to have a guard with a machine gun on duty 24 hours a day but much better than bringing in
By Ian Lawrence.
Albanian language and culture were suppressed for almost 400 years during Ottoman rule,
although the Turks were never able to totally control the Albanian people.
Located close to the town of Korca (South-east Albania), on the
Korca-Kolonja national road, the Tumulus of Kamenica is one of the most representative
monuments of the prehistory of Albania and of the wider region.
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