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Albania, the hidden treasure

Tirana, Albania – Mention that you have decided to visit the birthplace of King Zog and Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, who shut the country off from the rest of the world for four decades, and people simply ask, “Why?”

Yet Albania, on the western side of the Balkan peninsula bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, Greece and Macedonia, and 72km from Italy, has a surprising amount to offer – from sandy beaches to great food, a number of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) world heritage sites, history going back thousands of years and 300 days of sunshine a year.

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Originally Published on Independent Online, 8th of October, 2013.