Albania is a small country in southeastern Europe on the Balkan peninsula. It lies on the Adriatic and Ionian seas and is bordered in the north by Montenegro and in the east and south by Macedonia and Greece.
Albania is mostly mountainous, with Mount Korab being its highest point at 2764m. Lake Shkodër is its largest lake, with a surface varying between 370 km² and 530 km².
In ancient times Albania was populated by Illyrian tribes. Albania became part of the Roman empire after 167 BC and later part of the Byzantine empire. An independent Albanian state formed at the end of the 12th century, then in the 15th century Albania was occupied by the Ottomans. Albania became independent again in 1912.
The capital of Albania is Tirana.
Albania has a developing mixed economy, with a GDP per capita standing at 30% of the European Union average (PPP 35%).
The cost level in Albania is still relatively low, making travelling in Albania quite affordable. The tourist sector is rapidly growing and contributes 8.4% to the GDP.
01 Mosaic on national history museum 02 Et hem Bey mosque 03 Statue of Skanderbeg 04 Statue of Skanderbeg
05 Opera 06 The Plaza hotel 07 The Plaza hotel 08 Toptani shopping mall
09 Pedestrian area 10 Taxis 11 Toptani shopping mall 12 New mosque 13 New mosque
14 Tirana skyline with mosque 15 Toptani shopping mall 16 The Plaza hotel 17 The Plaza hotel
18 People having dinner 19 St Paul cathedral 20 St Paul cathedral 21 St Paul cathedral
22 Cloud pavilion 23 Cloud pavilion 24 Pedestrian area 25 Historical centre
26 Theatre 27 Ministry of internal affairs 28 Red building 29 Red building 30 Clock tower
31 National history museum 32 Skanderbeg statue 33 Opera 34 National history museum
35 Mosaic on national history museum 36 Mosaic on national history museum
37 Skanderbeg square 38 Historical centre
39 Resurrection of Christ orthodox cathedral 40 Resurrection of Christ orthodox cathedral 41 Dome of resurrection of Christ cathedral 42 Jesus mosaic in resurrection of Christ cathedral
43 Interior of resurrection of Christ cathedral 44 Chandelier in resurrection of Christ cathedral 45 Resurrection of Christ orthodox cathedral 46 Virgin Mary image in resurrection of Christ cathedral
47 Park 48 Channel 49 Tree-lined street 50 Park
51 Enver Hoxha pyramid 52 Enver Hoxha pyramid
53 Theatre square 54 Hotel Vila 1928 55 Hotel Vila 1928
56 Ice cream 57 Ice cream 01 White building in Epidamn street
02 Illyria square with fountain 03 Illyria square with fountain 04 Big mosque
05 Aleksander Goga square with fountain 06 Aleksander Goga square with fountain 07 Sfinksi dam at sunset
08 Sunset 09 Beach promenade 10 Venetian tower 01 Access road to Rozafa castle 02 Access road to Rozafa castle
03 Rozafa castle gate 04 Rozafa castle gate 05 Rozafa castle gate 06 Rozafa castle walls
07 Buna river and Shkoder lake 08 Bridge over Buna river 09 Shkoder
10 Rozafa castle walls 11 Rozafa castle ruins 12 Rozafa castle walls
13 Fatih Sultan Mehmet mosque 14 Rozafa castle 15 Buna river and Shkoder lake 16 Merlons in Rozafa castle
17 Rozafa castle ruins 18 Rozafa castle 19 Rozafa castle
20 Rozafa castle gate 21 Rozafa castle 22 Rozafa castle
23 Rozafa castle ruins 24 Merlons in Rozafa castle 25 Merlons in Rozafa castle 26 Central mosque 27 Bookstore
28 Mother Teresa statue 29 Hotel Colosseo 30 Hotel Colosseo 31 Pedestrian area 32 Pedestrian area
33 Open air cafe 34 Catholic church 35 San Francisco restaurant 36 Silver jeweller shop 37 Open air cafe
38 Open air cafe 39 Beauty Point perfumery 40 Advertising column 41 Pedestrian area 42 Pedestrian area
01 Kruja castle 02 Panoramic view of Kruje 03 Bazaar 04 Bazaar
05 Bazaar 06 Castle 07 Kruja castle 08 Castle gate 09 Skanderbeg museum
10 Skanderbeg museum 11 Skanderbeg museum 12 Skanderbeg museum 13 Skanderbeg museum
14 Castle 15 Kruja fortress 16 Kruja 17 Castle tower
18 Castle tower 19 Tower 20 Skanderbeg bas-relief 21 Skanderbeg museum 22 Kruja castle
23 Bazaar 24 Bazaar 25 Bazaar
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