Albania is a country that our travel friends had been raving about and we were both keen to see if it would live up to the hype. We hopped on a cheap Wizz Air flight from Barcelona to Tirana and were met at the airport by Genti, the amazing owner of Rental Cars Tirana. He gave us a free ride to our hotel in town and agreed to meet us the next morning to drop off our rental. Our first night in Tirana certainly impressed with an incredible mixed seafood pasta dish for dinner. Prices in Albania were definitely easy on the wallet and we immediately understood why this country has become a budget backpacker’s favorite destination. From Tirana, we decided to do a clockwise loop around the country to see the highlights of Lake Ohrid, Korçë, Gjirokastër, Sarandë, the Albanian Riviera, Berat, Shkodër, Krujë and back to Tirana. Our original plan had us hiking the Accursed Mountains in the northern part of Albania but sadly, we were here too early for the hiking season as the trails were still snowed in. Our whirlwind week in Albania proved that this is a country that has so much to offer – amazing sights, pristine beaches, phenomenal food, affordable prices, and very friendly people. We will definitely be back as we plan to spend more time here going at a more leisurely pace.
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