Disclaimer: These pages are not actively maintained, and some of the practical information on the site is out of date. I am working on a new version of the site that will focus more on my photos and memories of travel in Southeast Europe, and less on practical details that too easily become obsolete. In the meantime, please treat the information here with caution.
Albania :: Links
The sites listed on this page are specifically about Albania. Many of the more general sites listed in the Overview of the Balkans are also useful for planning a trip to Albania.
Albania - In Your Pocket
It's not easy to find information about Albania on the Web, so the Tirana city guide from the ever-reliable folks at In Your Pocket is particularly welcome. There is also a guide to Shkodra, with some useful practical information about transport connections in northern Albania, including the scenic ferry route from Koman to Fierze. Coverage of Korça and Pogradec has recently been added.
National Tourist Organisation of Albania
This site has improved a lot in the last year or so - there are still quite a few links leading to empty pages, but if you persevere you'll find a number of interesting suggestions for places to visit and activites to enjoy.
The Butrint Foundation's excellent site should whet your appetite for a visit to the National Park, with detailed descriptions and photos of the Roman ruins. I particularly like the pages on "Walks around Butrint" in the "Beyond Butrint" section - following the four trails outlined here (and in the leaflets available at the ticket office) adds a lot to the experience of a visiting the area.
Balkans Peace Park Project
The aim of this project is to create a cross-border park in the remote mountainous area where Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro come together.
This organisation offers excursions to some of Albania's hard-to-reach mountain areas.
Information about Albania's tourist attractions in English and Slovak. Includes some interesting photo galleries.
Transport and Practicalities
Albania Minibus Schedules
Formal bus stations and printed or online timetables are almost unknown in Albania, so getting hold of timetable information can be tricky. This page is a very useful list of bus and furgon (minibus) routes and timetables. Naturally it is entirely unofficial, but it's very useful for getting a reasonable idea of frequencies and departure points on particular routes. The page is editable, so if you have been in Albania recently you can contribute with up to date information.
Timetable details for the rather limited rail network. The home page (when the site is functional, i.e. only some of the time) features a picture of a high-speed train. You probably won't be surprised to hear that real Albanian trains don't actually look like this.
Ferries from Durrës to Bari and Vlora to Brindisi respectively.
This company operates ferries from Corfu to Saranda, and (in season) to Himara - see the "Lines" section of the site for timetables.
Tirana International Airport
Find out about the small but growing range of flights to Tirana at this site.
One of the few sites where you can make online reservations for hotels in Albania.
Run by the same team as Outdoor Albania (see above), this website offers accommodation booking and activities in the capital.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Entry requirements for foreign visitors.
From the Travel Pages
A Balkan country sheds its secret pastSeattle Times, 17 July 2010
Tirana: a city struggling to reach year zeroThe Independent, 28 February 2010
Remote Albania mountains now drawing the tourists (Theth)Reuters, 14 August 2009
2009's backpacking secret is AlbaniaThe Observer, 26 April 2009
This valley needs you! (Volunteering in Thethi)The Guardian, 7 March 2009
Albania is heavenly for history buffsThe Times, 20 September 2008
Charmed by TiranaThe Independent, 13 September 2008
Albania comes alive (Mainly about Tirana)The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 August 2008
The beaches are clean. And they're almost empty! (Saranda and Butrint)The Independent, 15 June 2008
Albania offers melange of weirdness and charm (Berati)San Francisco Chronicle, 01 June 2008
Albania: once and future gloriesThe Telegraph, 19 March 2008
Trying to paint over the cracks (Tirana)The Telegraph, 11 November 2006
Wild Albania: Coming in from the Cold (Southern Albania)The Independent, 01 October 2006
In Albania, a capital full of contradictionsThe New York Times, 09 July 2006
Albania: Europe's last secret (Tirana and central Albania)The Times, 15 April 2006
Greece and the Balkans all in a day (a day trip from Corfu to southern Albania)The Times, 15 April 2006
Albania steps in from the cold (Tirana)The Observer, 09 April 2006
Albania's capital gets a new coatThe New York Times (requires free registration), 14 August 2005
Secret Europe (Saranda)The Guardian, 19 March 2005
Albania's Unexpected RewardsThe New York Times (requires free registration), 02 May 2004
Albania: on the wild side (Walking in the Southeast)The Independent, 12 February 2003
Albania's weekly English language newspaper.
Albanian Literature in translation
Robert Elsie's collection of translations of Albanian writing from the 16th century to the present day, and of folktales and legends. There are linked sites about the language and history of Albania.