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Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania. A visit to the country's capital will be on most people's list for travel to Albania.

Albania isn’t high on many traveler’s lists…but maybe it should be. The country has had a long and storied history. Throughout the country, you’ll find Greek and Venetian/Italian influences. Despite suffering for years under a paranoid, Communist regime led by Enver Hoxha, the country is now flourishing. Officially a Muslim country, it is peaceful and tolerant. Once the butt of jokes across Europe, the country is transforming and embracing its future.

For the traveler, Albania offers so much. There is a rich cultural heritage, first-rate museums, and incredible architecture blending new perspectives on old-world charm. There’s also a temperate climate, world-class beaches, amazing wines, incredible food featuring delicious fresh vegetables and grilled meats…and all at ridiculously low prices. Albania may well be the most affordable travel destination in Europe. The country is way off the radar for a lot of travelers, but we found it was a great off-beat destination at reasonable prices. Here are some of our favorite things about Albania.