Shkodra – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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Shkodër  is a city and municipality in northwestern Albania and the seat of the county with the same name. It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, as well as an important cultural and economic centre.

During many different epochs it has retained its status as a major city in the wider region, due to its geostrategic positioning close to the Adriatic and the Italian ports, but also with land-routes to other important cities and towns in neighbouring regions.

The present municipality, which now extends from the Albanian Alps to the Adriatic Sea, was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Ana e Malit, Bërdicë, Dajç, Guri i Zi, Postribë, Pult, Rrethinat, Shalë, Shkodër, Shosh and Velipojë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the city Shkodër.[1] The total population is 135,612 (2011 census), in a total area of 872.71 km2. The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 77,075.

Its importance is heightened by the Lake of Skadar to the west of the city—the largest lake in Albania and Montenegro—that straddles Albania and neighbouring Montenegro. The population of Shkodër municipality at the 2011 census was 77,075, while Shkodër County had a population of 215,347.

Saranda – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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Saranda or Sarandë (Greek: Άγιοι Σαράντα, Agioi Saranda, Italian: Santiquaranta) is a town and municipality in Vlorë County, southern Albania. It is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. It is situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the central Mediterranean, about 14 km (8.7 mi) east of the north end of the Greek island of Corfu. The present municipality was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Ksamil and Sarandë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Sarandë. The total population is 20,227 (2011 census), in a total area of 58.96 km2. The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 17,233, however the population according to the civil offices is 41,173 (2013 estimate). Near Sarandë are the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sarandë has a Greek minority and is considered one of the two centers of the Greek community in Albania.

Porto Palermo Castle – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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Porto Palermo Castle located in the Vlora region was built by Ali Pasha Tepelena in the late 18th century CE.This castle is located at a very attractive position, in a small peninsula in the heart of the small tectonic bay of Porto Palermo. The peninsula where the small castle is found is covered by dense Mediterranean vegetation. Ali Pasha built up this castle as a control point to the sea and dedicated it to his wife Vasiliqia. The walls of the castle are 20 meters high.

Lezha – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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The city dates back to at least 8th century BC. Around 385 BC, a Greek colony was found by Dionysius I of Syracuse by the name of Lissos (Λισσός), as part of a strategy by Dionysius to secure Syracusan trade routes along the Adriatic. Diodorus calls it a polis. The city was separated into sectors by diateichisma (Greek: διατείχισμα, “cross-wall” and there are elements of Syracusan architecture in part of its walls. At a later time it came under Illyrian rule. In 211 BC, Philip V of Macedon captured the citadel of Akrolissos, and Lissos surrendered to him. The town was later recovered by the Illyrians. It was in Lissos that Perseus of Macedon negotiated an alliance against Rome with the Illyrian king Gentius, and it was from Lissos that Gentius organized his army against the Romans. Lissos maintained a large degree of municipal autonomy under both Macedonian and Illyrian rule, as evidenced by the coins minted there. The city was of some importance in the Roman Civil War, being taken by Marc Antony  and then remaining loyal to Caesar. In Roman times, the city was part of the province of Epirus Nova, its name Latinized as Lissus.

Dachstein Ice Palace – Best Place To Visit In Austria

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The Dachstein Ice Palace is a seductive and mystical world of ice and snow deep inside the Dachstein glacier. Be enchanted by a journey through Styria – the green heart of Austria – six meters under the eternal ice. Created in 2007, the Ice Palace astounds visitors with intricately detailled carved figures, ice pillars & a crystal dome.

The Ice Palace is just a three-minute walk away from the mountain station of the Dachstein Glacier cable car and is open daily.

Dachstein Suspension Bridge – Best Place To Visit In Austria

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Thrills with a view are guaranteed on the Dachstein suspension bridge, which including the “stairway to nothingness” offers breathtaking views across the mountains and down the rockface.

Austria’s highest suspension bridge is directly linked to the Dachstein Ice Palace. The suspension bridge amazes with a view over Austria’s highest peaks and an unrestricted line of sight 400 metres downwards over the rugged rocks of the Dachstein Massif.

Dachstein Sky Walk – Best Place To Visit In Austria

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Beneath your feet: the 250-metre sheer rockface of the Hunerkogel. Around you: an unforgettable mountain panorama. Welcome to the Dachstein Sky Walk, the most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps!

skywalk_sommerExperience unique views outwards and downwardsPerhaps with a few butterflies in your stomach – but don’t worry, the Dachstein Sky Walk is perfectly safe. Alongside the viewing platform there is a circular trail around the mountain station of the Dachstein Gletscherbahn cable car. This offers the most attractive views of the impressive south face of the Dachstein and the loveliest peaks in the Alps.

Korca – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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Korçë is a city and municipality in southeastern Albania, and the seat of Korçë County. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Drenovë, Korçë, Lekas, Mollaj, Qendër Bulgarec, Vithkuq, Voskop and Voskopojë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the city Korçë.[1] The total population is 75,994 (2011 census), in a total area of 805.99 km2 (311.19 sq mi).[2] The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 51,152.[3] It is the sixth largest city in Albania. It stands on a plateau some 850 m (2,789 ft) above sea level, surrounded by the Morava Mountains.

Gjirokastër – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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The museum City of Gjirokastra. Declared as a “Museum City” by the Albanian state in 1961. Declared as a world heritage in 2005. Gjirokastra is a unique testimony of a cultural tradition of life during the XIV – XIX centuries.

It is the main city of the southern part of the country. This city impresses everyone who visits it, as a result of the architecture, the surprising images of Drinos valley, and the spectacular crown ridge of calcareous Bureto and Lunxhëria.

Dhermi – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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Dhërmi is a village in Vlorë County, Albania. It is part of the municipality Himarë.[1] The village lies 42 kilometers south of the city of Vlorë and about the same distance north of the southern city of Sarandë. The village is built on a slope of the Ceraunian Mountains at approximately 200 meters in altitude. It comprises three neighborhoods: Gjilek, Kondraq (also known as Kallam), and Dhërmi itself. The mountains descend to the southwest into the Ionian coast and Corfu in the distance to the south. Nearby is the village of Palasë. The inhabitants of Dhërmi speak a variant of the Himariote dialect, characterized by archaic features not retained in standard Greek.[2][3] Recently[when?], the coastal area has seen a boom in the construction of accommodation facilities, such as wooden villa complexes. In addition, it is considered by the Albanian youth as a nightlife destination.

Butrinti – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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National Park of Butrint. Declared “Monument in Protection” by the Albanian State in 1948. Registered as an UNESCO world heritage in 1992. Inclusion in the List of Monuments at Risk in 1997. It was further expanded in 1999.

The national importance of Butrint’s assets and cultural heritage was recognized and confirmed in the world by UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 1992. Registration of Butrint by UNESCO was based on cultural criteria as a unique and exceptional testimony of a cultural tradition and civilization that disappeared.

Butrint was an ancient city in Epirus, during the VII century. The main objects in Butrint are: The Temple of Aeskulapius, the theatre with 1500 seats, nymfeu, bathrooms, basilica, the Lion gate, the gate lake, the Venetian towers and the fortress of Ali Pasha etc. A series of items can be found at the Museum of Butrint.

Caldea – Best Place To Visit In Andorra

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Caldea is the biggest thermal centre in Europe. It is located in a mountainous area, surrounded by a privileged natural site, in the town of Escaldes-Engordany, the Principality of Andorra.

Caldea is a real paradise where thermal water provides visitors with all its properties. This thermal centre is the ideal place to get rid of problems and recharge batteries. On its huge facilities you’ll get relaxed while your problems evaporate, or at least get frozen.

From steam to ice, Caldea offers all the properties of thermal water, allowing you to enjoy the most comfortable feelings while you get rid of problems and stress.

Among its facilities you’ll find an exterior lagoon of 32º-degree-hot thermal water, stream, standing up jacuzzi and bubble beds; a great interior lagoon with thermal water at 34º, jacuzzi, swan neck, masks with vaporised water for facial moisturizing and whirlpool baths; fitness rooms, Icelandic bath, area for water massages, Sirocco bath, saunas with relaxing lights, hamman and Wood light (makes you be relaxed with negative ions); infrared rays relaxation room, exterior terraces with deck chairs, and indo-roman baths with 36ºC thermal water and a 14ºC cooling bath.

Caldea also offers a large list of services and facilities outside the water, standing out ayurvedic treatments, Doiji massage and four-hands massages.

Regarding to restoration, Caldea offers a large variety of offers, where you’ll enjoy the best cuisine from Andorra and international from only 12,90€ per person.

Berat – Best Place To Visit In Albania

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Berat lies on the right bank of the river Osum, a short distance from the point where it is joined by the Molisht river. The old city centre consists of three parts: Kalaja (on the castle hill), Mangalem (at the foot of the castle hill) and Gorica (on the left bank of the Osum). It has a wealth of beautiful buildings of high architectural and historical interest. The pine forests above the city, on the slopes of the towering Tomorr mountains, provide a backdrop of appropriate grandeur. The Osumi river has cut a 915-metre deep gorge through the limestone rock on the west side of the valley to form a precipitous natural fortress, around which the town was built on several river terraces.

According to an Albanian legend, the Tomorr mountain was originally a giant, who fought with another giant, called Shpirag over a young woman. They killed each other and the girl drowned in her tears, which then became the Osum river.

Mount Shpirag, named after the second giant, is on the left bank of the gorge, above the district of Gorica. Berat is known to Albanians as the city of “One above another Windows (a similar epithet is sometimes applied to Gjirokastra), or The City of Two Thousand Steps. It was proclaimed a ‘Museum City’ by the dictator Enver Hoxha in June 1961. [check quotation syntax]

Registered as a world heritage in 2005 and ratified in 2008. Berati is the city where can be found traces of the Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods, rich in old churches with wonderful wall paintings, icons and wood engraving. In 1961 the city was put under the protection of the Albanian state and was declared a “Museum City “.