Albania remains a place of mystery to many. A former Communist state closed off from the world between 1946 and 1991, much of it under the leadership of Enver Hoxha who built thousands of pillboxes still visible today to guard against invasion. The coast remains wild and undeveloped and there are many ancient castles and fine architecture dotted across the country.

There are several beautiful national parks which are perfect for a remote getaway. The handsome city of Berat in the south is know as the 'city of 1000 windows'. Lonely Planet chose it as its top country to visit in 2011 and it is easy to enter from any of its neighbours.



Why you should go:

Go before it gets spoiled.

Why you shouldn't:

You are in a hurry. It takes a long time to get anywhere in Albania.

Map of Albania