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Ten Great Things To Do When You Visit Albania

Mar 4, 2008
Albania is a great place to visit in Europe as it is very rich in history and culture, and in fact, some archeological attractions in Albania are as old as the Stone Age era. Not only that, Albania has also served as a crossroads for some of the world's greatest armies and civilizations so it is rich in historical monuments and archaeological sites. Albania literally means "the land of the eagles," and this meaning can be seen in their national flag, so here are 10 places you can visit when you visit Albania:

1.) The Fortress of Gjirokastra

Otherwise called the "Silver Fortress," the 4th century fortress is the biggest as well as the one of the most preserved constructions in Albania. The Fortress has an amazing view of the countryside. You can also see the Drinos Valley when you visit this historical site.

2.) The National Museum of Weapons and the Museum of Folk Culture

These are must see attractions inside the above mentioned fortress. Here, you will find weapons and arms displayed dating from World War II to as far back as the Neolithic era. You will also find artifacts such as clothing, utensils and others in the Museum of Folk Culture showcasing how the people lived in earlier times.

3.) The Butrint Archaeological Site

Located at the southwest coast of Albania, Butrint is included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. It serves as a testament to the place's beauty and history. Here, you will see glimpses of the cultures of the Bronze Age, Roman, Greek, Ottoman, Venetian and Byzantine Periods.

4.) The Rozafa Castle

The Rozafa Castle is one of the most famous castles of Alabania. It has existed since the lllyrian times and was used as a base for attacking Rome during historical times. This castle's name arises from a legend about one of the builder's wife being sacrificed so as to appease the god's and make the castle walls stand.

5.) The Theatre of Butrint

The Theatre of Butrint is yet another one of the sites you will see in Albania dating back to the Roman Period. This well preserved theatre is one of the most famous as well as the most preserved sites in Albania. Of course, this is a favorite tourist spot that is a must-see.

6.) The National Museum of Medieval Art

This museum is located in Korca. The National Museum of Medieval Art showcases over seven thousand cult and art items. Here, you will see medieval works on art ranging from sculptures, metal works, textiles and others.

7.) The Ionian Coast

Here, tourists can lie down on the beach, explore underwater life through diving, take part of speedboat tours or eco tours, hike, etc. Famous spots for diving are the Cape of Rodon and Cape of Lagji. The beach of Dhermi also offers sites like wrecked ships, corals as well as a rich flora and fauna.

8.) The City of Berat

Berat City lies at the banks of the Osum River. It is considered a museum city of Albania for its wealth of historical buildings and diverse architecture. In this city, you will find the Berat Castle, the Onufri museum, the ethnographic museum as well as the Medieval Center.

9.) The Lekures Castle

It is a castle located along the Ionian coast. This impressive monument has a great view of the Saranda Harbor and has two round towers along the north-west and southeast corners. You will also find in this castle a famous restaurant that serves local cuisine.

10.) The White Spring

This spring is located between the mountains of Didha and Kunora. This spring is said to have curative properties for such ailments in the kidneys, urinary tract, larynx, stomach, and thyroid glands. This place is also a great eco-tourist attraction.
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Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV - the place to share travel videos. Visit http://www.destinationguide.tv/albania to view or share Albania travel videos.
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