Welcome to our beautiful country,land of the eagles. Albania is anattractive tourist destination, notonly due to its varied landscapes,but also thanks to its rich culturaland historical treasures.Albania is located in a veryimportant section of the BalkanPeninsula, facing “ancient Rome”and en route to Byzantium and the“capital of the world” at that time,Istanbul. As such, many conquerorshave passed through the region,leaving traces of their cultures.The treasures and remains of theregion’s great civilizations are stillvisible today, including the Hellenes,Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans,Venetians and modern Italians.And at our archaeological parks,you will have the opportunity totouch the ruins of some of thesemighty civilizations.An assortment of Byzantine andpost-Byzantine churches, mosques,monasteries with valuable frescoesand icons, old bridges and othermonuments will all enrich yourvisit to Albania. And crowning theheights of many of the country’srugged mountains are castles datingback to the time of the Illyriansand into the Middle Ages.The castle cities of Berat andGjirokastra, with their traditionalarchitecture, have also beenhighly praised throughout thecenturies by the countless visitorswho traveled through Albania.Fans of archaeology will surelymarvel at the mystic atmosphereof Butrint castle and will enjoythe beautiful panorama of theancient Roman city of Apollonia.UNESCO has also honored us byadding three of our sites to theculturally prestigious WorldHeritage List.Albania’s living connection to itsrich cultural heritage is alsocomplimented by its commitmentto keep in pace with a highlyvibrant and contemporary life,echoing its spirituality andpresence in the European culturalenvironment.We are happy you have chosen tovisit, and we hope you will have apleasant stay. In this brochure you
will nd a summary of our choice
recommendations for sites to visitduring your stay.
Welcome to Albania!