Albania is not often thought of as a place of discovery or beauty. However, the charming capital Tirana awaits you. Albania is a country ripe for exploration. It offers you a chance to discover Ottoman cities and be stunned by the mountain scenery. Albania also offers a cuisine to whet your taste buds as well as surprisingly delicious wine.

If you want a holiday to keep everyone occupied then Albania is definitely the place to be. The Tomorri massif is splendid for hikers and bikers that want to explore the country’s terrain. Butrint and Byllis have archaeological sites for you to appreciate Albania’s history. To continue finding out about the Ottoman history you should also head to Berati and Gjirokastra, which are preserved museum cities.

Art lovers will be thrilled to find spectacular collections of religious art located at Tirana, Korça and Berati. The abandoned city of Apollonia offers an interesting glimpse of the rich cultural past. The absolutely breathtaking castle, Rozafa Castle, is located in Shkodra. History lovers should not miss it.

If you fancy some excellent souvenir shopping, head to Kruja; the large medieval castle is home to two museums. Outside the castle you will find a good range of souvenirs. If you want to see some of the natural beauty of Albania, head to Lake Komani. The Osumi River offers white water rafting or you can enjoy breathtaking views on a trip through the Gramoz Mountains.

There are plenty of hotels in Albania. Although they are not always up to international standard, you should be able to find something to suit you. The star grading is not always used correctly so don’t be fooled! Outside of the bigger cities, accommodation is generally in the form of large guest houses or renovated old communist hotels. Prices are reasonable compared with the UK.

You can reach Albania by flying from Gatwick all year round or Heathrow during the high season months of July to September. From London, it takes three hours to Tirana International Airport. Alternatively, you can arrive by ferry from Greece or by catamaran from Italy.