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A Gap Year in Albania

Why go backpacking in Albania?

It may not sit at the top of many backpacking itineraries, but Albania is one of Europe’s top up-and-coming travel destinations.

Albania once served as a crossroads of civilisation, and it shows to this day. History buffs can get lost in ancient landmarks like the Rozafa fortress, which overlooks Shkoder, a city dating back to the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Nature lovers can wander the massive Tomorr National Park, while sun-seekers will adore the unspoiled Albanian Riviera. If cities are more your thing, capital city Tirana offers a unique blend of Communist past and contemporary chic.

Albania has been overlooked for too long in favour of nearby Greece and Italy. It’s time to add it to your bucket list and visit one of the most incredible countries Europe has to offer.

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