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Looking for an affordable beach holiday? Head to eastern Europe
The Balkan countries of Croatia, Bulgaria, Albania and Montenegro have warm sunshine and great prices in the shoulder season of June and September

Mary Novakovich

17, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Memories of a very different Albania | Letters
Letters: In the 1970s, Clive Downs had his long hair cut at the border and Barbara Flannery was offered a trip to the Ho Chi Minh cotton factory


18, Aug, 2022 @11:20 AM

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Into the sun: Albania’s beaches, mountains and ancient towns
Despite its dark 20th-century past, the country is now a traveller’s paradise of amazing landscapes, coast and historic cities

Jamie Fullerton

06, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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UK tourists head to Albania for ‘sense of exotic’ without long-haul flight
Tour operators are seeing rise in bookings as people look for interesting culture and history at lower price than neighbouring destinations

Rachel Hall

29, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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My journey to Albania in search of Europe’s Muslim heritage
In this adapted extract from his new book, Minarets in the Mountains, Tharik Hussain discovers a historic centre of Islamic learning in the country’s scenic southern hills

Tharik Hussain

09, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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On the trail of the unexpected – a road trip around Albania
Strange, ancient and beautiful, there’s much to discover amid the cultural crossroads of a country that provides a real adventure

Fiona Dunlop

21, Jul, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Kala festival, Albania: party time in what feels like a paradise
A new arrival on the festival circuit, Albania is tempting younger holidaymakers to dance on its beaches and explore beyond its pristine shores

Will Coldwell

13, Jul, 2018 @5:30 AM

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Adventure in Albania: kayaking in one of Europe's final frontiers
With wild rivers, mountains and Unesco sites aplenty, Albania is emerging as an exciting Mediterranean destination – but its wilderness could be devastated by huge dam-building projects

Rachel Dixon

19, May, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Albania’s wine renaissance
The country’s wine industry has an image problem – even within Albania. But a new generation of winemakers are digging deep into their native grape stock, with impressive results

Tristan Rutherford

12, Nov, 2017 @12:00 PM

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Mountain highs: trekking without borders in the Balkans
It’s no easy stroll … but a spectacular new Balkan trail provides soaring peaks, lake views and memories of friendly locals – and real endeavour

Ben Lerwill

24, Sep, 2017 @6:00 AM

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How to plan a post-Brexit holiday – from Serbia to the Lake District
Where should Brits holiday after Article 50 now the pound is squeezed? Emerging destinations offer an affordable alternative to the Costa del Sol. Plus, there’s always camping ...

Kevin Rushby

27, Mar, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Albania’s bunker museums cast new light on a dark history
Bunkers from the postwar Hoxha era still litter Albania’s landscape and, in the capital Tirana, are being opened to the public as the country explores its communist past

Richard Eilers

25, Jun, 2016 @10:00 AM

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