Albania is divided into 12 administrative counties but it can be also divided into three regions – Coastal Albania, Southeastern Albania and Northeastern Albania. Moving around each region, especially from one attraction to another can be time consuming as all the planned highways are still not completed. However, driving on the local roads gives you the opportunity to admire the amazing Albanian landscape and numerous charming towns, especially on the Albanian 10 to 30 kilometers wide and 362 long coast along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
Unlike its southern and northern neighbors of Greece and Montenegro, Albania has kilometers of breathtaking beaches that are not crowded with tourists as the country has not yet fully established itself as a tourist hotspot. On the other hand, that may about to change very soon because Albania tourist guide has become increasingly sought after item when the country was declared the number 1 of the Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations for 2011.
There are four places on the Albanian coast you do not want to miss at any cost – Sarandë, Vlorë, Durrës and Lezhë. Sarandë is a city that is located on the Ionian coast and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It offers everything you can expect from a sea resort and is only few kilometers from the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint which is famous for spectacular ruins from ancient Greek and Roman period.
Vlorë is the second largest port city in the country after Durrës and the place where Albanian Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1912. The building where independence was proclaimed was heavy damaged during the Greek bombardment in 1912 and was demolished in 1930′s. The area was later turned into large open space and renamed the Independence Square.
Durrës is the secondlargest city in Albania after Tirana. It is one of the oldest cities in both Albania and Europe, while its main attraction is the Roman amphitheater from the 1st century AD. Lezhë, located in northwest Albania is famous as one of the country’s most ancient cities as well. There can be still found remains of buildings from the Roman period as well as the grave of the celebrated Albanian national hero, Skenderbeg.
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