Albania is a mountainous country and the one of the smallest countries of Europe. The residents apparently descended from ancient Illyrians.
The culture of Albania is majorly influenced by that of the mainland Greeks especially in the urban locality; nodding one’s head means ‘no’ where as shaking the head means ‘yes’. To greet someone, handshaking is preferred, though Shoku Comrade was used before, which has been long forgotten now. People dress informally here. Swim suits are meant for the beaches, otherwise women are expected not to dress in a revealing outfit. When addressing someone prefix ZotiMr or ZonjaMrs before the name and always remember to carry some gifts when visiting someone, although flowers aren’t much acceptable. The guests are served with coffee, raki or sweets. Smokers don’t have to worry much, but they should avoid it where they see a sign of Ndalohet Duhani or Ndalohet pirja e duhanit.
Travelling within the country
Buses with relatively cheap fares operate in the main cities of the country or taxis are another option which provided service for some main hotels.
Visit Dajti Mountain and experience Dajti Ekspres Cable car for an unforgettable 15 minute ride passing through Dajt Oark to reach Tirana. The route is about 4.2 km long and the ride costs €6.5.Alpha Yachting provides crewed yacht which is a luxury in itself. Tirana Bank is the best place for withdrawing money as it allows use of Visa cards.
Restaurants are not always sufficiently heated, so always wear warm clothes if out in the night during winters. Foreigners are charged more than the locals. Both the entry fees as well as any merchandise will be on a higher scale, so it’s better not to reveal the fact that you are a foreigner when out on the streets.
If you enjoy canoeing, this is the right spot to be. You’ll find places right outside Tirana which is an amazing site for not just canoeing, but also rock climbing, hiking, and camping.
If you prefer a 5-Star ambience, try The Sheraton Tirana Hotel and Towers, which is situated at the center of a shopping and entertainment center. There are about 151 rooms and 56 suites. So, as well as the comfort, one can shop at once convenience here. Another hotel which gives all modern facilities is Hotel Mondial. It is located 1000 m away from the city and is also an example of traditional architecture.
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October 27 2010 06:48 pm | Uncategorized