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Undiscovered Albania

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Independent just since 1912, Albania is rising as one of Europe's hottest―and least expensive―destinations. As it approaches a century of freedom from communist rule, its unspoiled beaches, snow-capped mountains, traditional cuisine, Cold War era artifacts, unique traditions, unrivaled hospitality and wild countryside are ripe for discovery by mass tourism. In 2014, the NY Times ranked Albania fourth among 52 recommended destinations. In 2011, Lonely Planet ranked it #1.
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SH64, Tushemisht, Albania
My Bike Beyond Boundaries tour of Albania's World Heritage Sites began at the Millennium Hotel, at the base of the Gramoz Mountains in tiny Pogradec. Set directly on Lake Ohrid, the Balkans' deepest lake, the tiny town begs for fishermen to plumb...
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Rruga Evlia Celebi, Gjirokaster 6001, Albania
If the walls of Gjirokastra's brooding castle could talk, they'd tell tales of Ali Pasha's 19th century reign, when the tyrant used his hilltop fortifications as a communist prison. What remains of their secrets is now revealed in gun-filled...
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Rruga Leskovik-Erseke Km 15, SH75, Albania
It was a roller coaster ride from Korcë to Gërmenjë on our Bike Beyond Boundaries UNESCO Tour of Albania. Climbing into the heart of the snow-capped Grammoz Mountains, we rode through a landscape of barren rock and high peaks punctuated with wild...
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On day seven of our Bike Beyond Boundaries tour of Albania's World Heritage Sites, we cycled from Gjirokastra, birthplace of feared dictator Enver Hoxha as well as renowned writer Ismail Kadare, over the steep Gjerë mountains to the straits of...
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Blue Eye, Albania
This place is in the middle of nowhere in Southern Albania. There is no bus stop. You just have to motion to the driver to pull over at the side of the road when you see a promising looking dirt trail. You take that trail off the main road, all...