Republic of Albania
Republika e Shqipërisë
Gjirokastra - Clock Tower - Albanian Riviera - Tave Kosi - National Park - Lake Ohrid - Et’hem-Bey-Mosque - Lake Scutari - Raki - Dajti Express - Mount Korab
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Albania is a country in Southeastern Europe and spans 28,748 square kilometres. Tirana, the country's capital is also the most populous city and main economic and commercial centre. Durrës, Vlorë, Sarandë, Shkodër, Berat, Korçë, Gjirokastër and Fier are other big cities.
Located in the southwestern portion of the Balkan Peninsula it borders Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. Across the Strait of Otranto, which connects the Adriatic to the Ionian, it is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy.
Albania is mostly mountainous, including the Albanian Alps in the north, the Skanderbeg Mountains in the center, the Korab Mountains in the east and the Ceraunian Mountains in the south. The country's coast touches the Adriatic Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea to the southwest that forms the Albanian Riviera. Albania offers a remarkable array of unique attractions of past epochs. Due to its location between ancient Rome and the Byzantine Empire, many conquerors such as the Romans, Hellenes, Byzantines and Ottomans have left their mark. Forgotten archaeological sites and idyllic villages where time seems to have stood still can be found here. From the thriving capital of Tirana to the Albanian Riviera and its beaches to rival any elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Albania offers everything a country has to offer. From breathtaking natural landscapes, delicious food, beaches, history and culture to stunning mountain scenery.