Albania's rugged mountains, pristine beaches and welcoming people have been hidden from Western travelers for centuries. But with a developing democracy has come an influx of visitors—and an increasing knowledge that this is a world-class destination worthy of any adventurer's must-sees.
So special is Albania, in fact, that the Southeastern Europe republic ranked No. 1 on Lonely Planet's list of top 10 countries to visit in 2011. Of particular allure is Albania's sandy coastline, which stretches for more than 200 miles from the Adriatic Sea in the west to the Ionian Sea in the southwest. The western lowlands benefit from a typically Mediterranean climate: mild winters and spectacular sunny and dry summers.
Durres vacation rental apartments are located within a short drive of the beaches and offer spacious accommodations that include a fully equipped kitchen, a terrace or balcony, and a large and luxurious shared pool. Durres, Albania's second-largest city and former capital, includes an array of historical sites worthy of a visit, including a Roman amphitheater and the waterfront Archaeological Museum.
Other places to explore on an Albania vacation include Berat, the "town of a thousand windows." The communist government took great care to preserve this mountain city, which includes a fortress, Byzantine churches and Ottoman-era mosques, as well as an impressive collection of tiered, two-story white houses.
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