Albania is one of the best places to visit in Europe with its natural beauty and adventurous landscape. If you are one of those who love to travel to little known and popular places then Albania should be on the top of your list. The country is a perfect destination for the modern day travelers who love the unpredictability and surprises. There are few things that you should be aware of before travelling to this picturesque country of Europe.
Transportation Is An Issue
Transportation is one of the challenges that you have to face during your visit in Albania. There is lack of international rail connection. If you are one of those people for whom comfortable travelling is one of the pre-requisites for any plan, then make sure that you have some sort of arrangement. Also, there are tourists who prefer to stay at Tirana due to travelling issues in Albania. There are buses and mini buses that can drop you to Albania but then you will have to track the timing and be there on time. There is no proper bus station and rather they are scattered everywhere which is why you will have to spot the one that sees more frequent arrival of the buses.
Fancy A Day In A Bunker?
There are around 700,000 concrete bunkers scattered around Albania built during the dictatorship era of Enver Hoxha. The purpose was to protect the country from the invasion and of course it never happened. However, many of the bunkers are now transformed and available on rent. For a change, one can definitely hire one of those bunkers to stay in a unique way and enjoy Albania holidays.
Get Ready For An Extra ‘0’
Make sure to ask if the price is quoted in Old Lek or New Lek. Under Old Lek, one extra zero is added to the number, giving jitters to many who want to buy a definite product. Albanians, most of the times correct themselves even before you will notice but is cases where you feel that a particular product is little too pricey, do not hesitate to ask if it is in Old Lek or New Lek. Shopping in Tirana is pretty interesting and good, though you should not go with abrupt hopes of the place being as good as Paris or London. There are few big malls and there are free shuttles available at some of the malls. If you are looking to buy some legit, second hand branded products then visit Rruga e Elbasanit which is very near to George W. Bush street.
Sweets And More
You are one of the luckiest people on earth if you have sweet tooth and going for Holidays in Albania. Yes, sweet of this place is addictive. Cookies, pastries, cakes and various other local sweets are mouth watering and a must try. Coming to prices, most of us think that Macedonia is the cheapest country in Europe. However, after travelling to Albania, you will realize that prices in Albania are similar to that in Macedonia and sometimes even lower. Therefore, visiting Albania would be one of the most unique experiences of your life.