15 Things to Do in the Albanian Riviera

The line of villages along the Albanian coastline is known a Bregu to the locals, and the Albanian Riviera to the rest of the world. Starting in Palasa and ending in Lukove, tourists flock to the area each year in search of what Frommer’s named the Top Value Destination of 2012.  Filled with isolated pockets of undeveloped […]

Traditional Food of Albania

The dishes of Albania have their roots with the ancient Ottoman Empire. The combination of richly fertile land, proximity to the sea, and blurry cultural lines with their neighbours have culminated in a modern cuisine that is both diverse and simple. Modern day influences include Greece, Italy, and Turkey. Meat and vegetables are the staple, along with […]


Lezhë to Lundër: northern Albania for foodies

With nearly 500km of coastline abutting expanses of rugged mountains, centuries of Ottoman rule and a brief but impactful Italian rule, Albania – and indeed its cuisine – is a mélange of old- and new-world influences. While it would be impossible to crown any one region culinary king, a recent slow-food revolution has swept from […]

History and hedonism in Tirana

As far as travel hubs go, Tirana has a perfect setting. Albania’s capital is squeezed between the Adriatic Coast beaches and the hiking trails of the so-called Accursed Mountains, part of the larger Western Balkans’ Dinaric Alps. But don’t be fooled – this is no gateway town. Visitors stay awhile because the city bustles with […]

Albania: the theatre of politics

According to the umpteenth architectural project of the Rama government, the building housing the National Theatre risks demolition. Once again, the history and memory of the country are in danger. A comment Born in 1938 as an “Italian-Albanian club”, the building that now houses the National Theatre was one of the first architectural interventions by […]

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Albania, country in southern Europe, located in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula on the Strait of Otranto, the southern entrance to the Adriatic Sea. The capital city is Tirana (Tiranë). Albanians refer to themselves as shqiptarë—often taken to mean “sons of eagles,” though it may well refer to “those associated with the shqip […]

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