Albania is still a land of adventure. It only really opened up to tourism in the 1990s. Due to a lack of economic and political development, it suffers from four main evils: roads in poor condition, poorly developed heritage, random housing conditions, and lack of environmental management. In some areas, tourist activity is now very strong, but remains focused on low-cost, attracting visitors from the Balkans (mainly Kosovo) and Western Europe at group rates. The most frequented region, the "Albanian Riviera", alone has most of these pitfalls: concreting the coasts, discharging waste water into the sea, dangerous roads, unattractive hotels, etc. That being said, the country retains a real authenticity and some beautiful assets.
A summary of wealth :
On an area no larger than that of Brittany, Albania has a mosaic of peoples and languages, mountains, lakes and two seas, large cities and very remote regions, religions that coexist harmoniously, beautiful Mediterranean landscapes.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette