- Albania Luxury holidays
Albania has around a thousand years of history - although the very early days of this are open to some doubt. In 1080, a historian referred to the tribe of Albanoi, believed to be related to the modern-day nation. Even before this time for another millennium, the area was inhabited, and the origins of the country can be traced back as far as about the 4th century BC.
Albania tourism on the increase
A visit to Albania is a link in a chain that is still growing in size, as the already important tourism sector continues to contribute more to the nation's economy. Roughly a tenth of Albania's GDP derives from tourism, with substantial increases in visitor numbers with each passing year.
The coasts are the main destinations for most tourists, along both the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic, and this entire region has come to be known as the Albanian Riviera as a result. The close proximity to Corfu is a useful reminder of exactly where these resorts are located in the world, and highlights that Albania is a well-kept secret which is still enjoyed by many visitors with more privacy than some of its neighbouring destinations.
See Albania on foot
This is one location where it's well worth setting out on foot to do some exploring, and Albania has an abundance of national parks that provide the perfect scenery for a trek or hike. Tomorr National Park is a 10,000-acre mountainous area, with views over the city of Polican. Head to the Valbona Gorge instead, and you can make the journey from the gorge's entrance as far as Rogam.
For a faster pace of entertainment, consider attending a sporting event, as many of these are followed enthusiastically by local residents. This includes not just football, but also rugby, tennis, basketball, swimming, gymnastics and volleyball. The country has a national futsal team, competing in a kind of five-a-side football usually held on small indoor pitches.
When should I visit Albania?
The variety of different climates in Albania mean that the best time to visit depends largely on where exactly you are going. In the mountains, temperatures can be cooler, especially in the winter; in the river valleys, daytimes can be very hot; and nearer to the coast, the climate becomes more moderate and consistent, with a smaller range of temperatures.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to Albania are a chance to unwind and indulge in the finer things in life. If you feel like enjoying a bottle of champagne while the sun sets over a spectacular mountain range, it won’t be a problem. If you want a room overlooking a stunning beach, it’s there for you. You should be provided with everything you want on a luxury holiday in Albania, to ensure that your experience is one to remember for a lifetime. Occasionally paying a little extra for a luxury package is well worth it. Remember that the level of service you receive is entirely up to you, and while you may not have a tropical climate, you will have some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery on your doorstep, and the faultless attention to detail which Albania is known for.