Tirana is a mixture of Western Europe and old Russia, interspersed with influences from the Middle East. The city has overcome its recent troubled past and risen as a gem of Eastern Europe. The modern Tirana is full of restaurants, nightlife and hotels, and has rediscovered itself and become an energetic, vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is worth exploring.
AlbaniaWhile visitors to Albania must still prepare to walk some seriously uncharted paths, to dismiss a country that brags a pleasantly unpolished Mediterranean coast and some serious Ottoman and Roman heritage (tangible and not) would be a major lapse in judgement. It took Albania many years to recover after Communism, hardships of yesteryear being forgotten as some of the country’s ubiquitous bunkers become transformed to hostels and cafes.