AlbaniaFlying Flag of Albania





Sarande and Butrinti ruins - Shaun and Alison - 1995

Map of Albania showing Sarande  Map of Albania with flag

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Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Having been the sight of fighting for many centuries (as it still is today) Albania has suffered in recent years from a Communist regime that was so isolationist it would have nothing to do with any other country except China. Until the early 1990s there were no land routes into Albania from any of its neighbouring countries.  Albania's capital city is Tirana.

Much of the interior is mountainous and the country has a long way to go before it becomes a tourist destination, particularly in the north where ethnic tensions exist with neighbouring Serbia, particularly over the Kosova disputed territory.

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Sarande and Butrinti Ruins - Shaun and Alison - 1995

From Corfu we travelled by ferry to Albania for a day.  Here are the pictures Alison took; some more words will follow soon.

Sarande, Albania from the Ferry

Sarande from the Ferry

Going through Albanian Customs

Going through Albanian Customs, Alison was about to be waved at annoyedly!

Steps in Sarande

Steps in Sarande (featuring Shaun, centre of picture in baseball cap)

Typical Albanian Transport?

Typical Albanian Transport??

Butrinti AmphitheatreButrinti, Albania

Two shots from a brochure of Butrinti (at the time, Albania's only UNESCO listed Heritage Site)

Germadha Ruins

Butrinti Ruins

Ruins in Albania

Butrinti Ruins

Shaun at Butrinti

Shaun at Butrinti

The Goat Man in Sarande

The Goat Man in Sarande

Photos - Alison Runham

Back to Eastern Europe

Back to Eastern Europe


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