Albania

Albania

Country profile

Albania is a breath of fresh air. Its towering mountains and golden beaches are uncrowded, but word is slowly spreading that the country is on the tourist map. Visit fortress towns and discover ancient sites of Greek and Roman settlement, or take in colourful Tirana, a city shaking off its communist past with vibrancy.

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Tirana
Visa requirements: No visa required for stays of up to 90 days 
Time zone: GMT + 1 
Language: Albanian
Currency: Lek
Population: 2.87 million
Electricity: 220V and 50Hz 
Tipping policy: Appreciated but not obligatory. It is common practice to round up your bill at restaurants 

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Tirana (average flight time: 3h): 
London Gatwick, London Luton
Indirect flights to Tirana (average flight time: 8h): 
Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Castletown, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Jersey, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Blue Eye water spring
Butrint National Park
Bunk’Art war museum
Gjipe Beach
Dajti mountain

MAJOR EVENTS
National Festival of Urban Folk Songs, March
Kala Festival, June
Korça Beer Festival, August
International Festival of Modern and Contemporary Dance, October
Tirana International Film Festival, November 

WEDDINGS
Documents needed:
Passports;
Birth certificates;
Divorce decree, if applicable;
Proof of eligibility to marry.

Same sex or LGBTQ marriages are not legal in Albania.

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