Monday, 26 September 2011
The Alphabetical Tourist: Albania
The country has been undergoing change since communism although some aspects of its infra-structure such as healthcare may have suffered under the regime changes. Now it is the world's fastest growing tourist destination voted number one top tip for travel by Lonely Planet in 2011. At the moment it seems to have parallels to the unspoilt Greece that hippy travellers 'discovered in the 1960s'. There's glorious unspoilt beaches, archaelogical remains, four of which merit UNESCO World Heritage Site status, part of the Alpine mountain range, friendly people and yes, that Boy's Own dream of old military hardware that you can climb about on. I know this because, coincidentally Albania was featured on yesterday's Top Gear in the part of the programme where those uber-sensitive lads wreck cars on a roadtrip in distant climes. Don't quote me on this but I think that I've sussed out from a very helpful website called gearthhacks.com that there is a MIG graveyard beside the road south of a town called Kucova and discarded rusty old submarines are to be found at Orikum.
Wikipedia, that I now would have difficulty living without.
http://www.albaniantourism.com: Welcome to Albania - a great introductory tourist website
http://www.albania-hotel.com:: Does what it says on the tin!