Albania is a land to be loved. In this small Mediterranean country, virgin nature and cultural mysteries
combine to create a unique sense of place. From the snow-capped mountains in the winter to the fields
covered in spring by red poppies, Albania’s landscape is ever-changing with the seasons, offering visitors
the opportunity to enjoy a warm summer beach holiday or a mountain trek in the crisp and cool air of
the fall. In Albania, visitors are welcomed as guests as part of the country’s rich cultural traditions and
heritage. The warm hospitality of the Albanians, known worldwide, will make every traveler feel at
home in this small wonderful land. There are many clean beaches, spectacular mountains, scenic river
valleys, and many other natural surprises for visitors.

FLAG

The national flag of the Republic of Albania represents a black eagle with open wings situated in the
middle of a red background.
ECONOMY
Since the fall of Communism, the development of the Albanian economy has been fueled primarily by
the service and construction industries, though tourism has recently played an increasing role in the
economy and is growing rapidly.
Many people are curious to explore a country whose borders were closed to travel for many years.
Given the continued development of both summer and winter resorts, people all over the world have
begun to think of Albania as a tourist destination.

RELIGION

In Albania, there is a peaceful coexistence of those practicing a variety of religious faiths. Muslims,
Orthodox, and those following the teachings of the Catholic Church comprise the majority of people
adherent to religion. In 1967, religious worship was prohibited and the country became the world’s only
official atheist state. Since the end of the Communism, Albanians have been guaranteed the freedom of
religion and have exercised that freedom in various ways.

CLIMATE

Albania has a Mediterranean climate with each season offering distinct, yet pleasant weather. Some
features of the climate vary by region: The coastal areas have a Central Mediterranean climate with
mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The alpine areas have a Central Continental climate with cold,
snowy winters and temperate summers. The lowlands have mild winters, averaging about 7°C, and
summer temperatures average 24°C. Lowland rainfall ranges from 1,000 mm to more than 1,500 mm
annually, with greater rainfall in the north. Nearly 95% of rainfall occurs in the winter and rainfall in the
upland mountain ranges is heavier. Despite the rain, Albanians enjoy a great deal of sunshine. The
overall climate is pleasant and favors outdoor activity.
1- Coastal areas: Central Mediterranean, mild and wet winter, hot and dry summer.
2- Alpine areas: Central Continental, cold and wild winter, wet summer.

CURRENCY

ATM Availability: larger towns.
Credit Card Acceptance: Credit cards are not widely accepted in Albania.
You can also withdraw cash with your credit card, but (usually) not checkout in shops and restaurants.
Make sure you, especially in the mountain villages, have enough cash to pay for your meals.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

Albanian is an Indo-European language and it represents a separate branch of this family on the bases of
its idiosyncrasy. The Greek geographer, Ptholemeous, had witnessed the existence of Albanians and
Albanian language in the second century AD. The name “Shqipëri” (Albania) replaced the “old” name
“Arberi” (or Arbani) by the end of the XVII century, due to the new historical conditions created, and
aimed at giving importance to the connection between the nation notion and the use of the Albanian
language, which was by that time called “Shqip”. The Albanian language is also used (written & spoken)
in the parts of Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia, where ethnic Albanians live.