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Welcome to albania brochure 2013

  1. 1. Welcome to Albania!
  2. 2. …still a unique unknown country with fascinating history and culture, emense natural resources and friendly and helpfull people…
  3. 3. Location & Access • Easy access by land, sea and air  Easily accessed from main capitals and other cities of Italy, Greece, Turkeay,  Direct flies from London, Wien, Munich< Paris, etc  Regular ferry service from ports of east Italian tows, and from Corfu to Saranda
  4. 4. Visitors in 2011 Foreign visitors 2,734,000 Non-resident Albanian visitors 1,267,000 Total arrivals 4,001,000
  5. 5. International Tourism to Albania Europe 92% America 5% Asia 2% Others 1%
  6. 6. Why to Invest/Visit Albania?
  7. 7. Variety of destinations & attractions
  8. 8. 10 – archeological protected areas 9 – archeological parks Over 1600 cultural monuments Over 300 fortresses and castles More than 200 churches and mosques Over 130 cultural prime attractions 3 UNESCO protected sites Rich Historic Heritage
  9. 9. Since 1992, Butrint is registered as an UNESCO world's estate and as a World Heritage site in 1999 Archeological Parks Butrint
  10. 10. The Baptistery of Butrint, constructed in the early 6th AD, is the second largest baptistery in all the Eastern Roman Empire.
  11. 11. Butrint, the head of Apollo, a roman copy of a probably disappeared model of Polykletes.
  12. 12. Synagoge of Saranda (Onchesmos)..
  13. 13. Apollonia Founded at 6’th Century BC “…a magna urbis et gravis” - a great and important city - (Cicero).
  14. 14. Ancient city of Bylis First stllement was founded by Neoptolemus, the son of the famuas Achilles In 350 BC it become a stronghold city with a circling wall 2500 m long
  15. 15. Durrës, founded as Epidamnos in 627 BC, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Durres Amphitheatre is built in the 2nd century AD. The Amphitheatre; used to have a capacity of 15 000 to 20,000 people, During that time, Durres developed as an important port, trade, culture center.
  16. 16. Durrës, “The Beauty of Dyrrachium”: A mosaic of river gravel with apulian motifs (4th c. BC). One of the most beatiful mosaics of the pre-roman antiquity.
  17. 17. The UNESCO World Heritage Town of Gjirokastra sinc 2004. “It was a strange city, and seemed to have been cast up in the valley one winter’s night like some prehistoric creature that was now clawing its way up the mountainside. Everything in the city was old and made of stone, from the streets to the roofs of the old houses covered with grey slates like gigantic scales. That was only natural, for it was a stone city and its touch was rough and cold Ismail Kadare, Chronicle in Stone
  18. 18. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Historic Town of Gjirokastër
  19. 19. …the magnificent and famos Castle of Gjirokastra is an ancient building of stone, erected along a high ridge of rock. It stretches from east to west, a length of 600 m wide and a width of 100 m. The long crowned cortains give it the appearance of a galley ship… Evliya Çelebi, Seyahatname, november 1670.
  20. 20. Berat
  21. 21. Berat “...the Town of a thousand windows…”
  22. 22. Castles & Fortresses …Castle of Shkodra …Kruja Fortress..
  23. 23. …unique spiritual heritage… Albania is renowned for the religious harmony…designated to be a hub of civilizations , (the Illyrians, the Greeks and the Romans ), a meeting point of cultures (Albanian, Byzantine, Slavic, Turco-Persian), a place of coexistence of rival faiths and religions, nurtured in this historical cradle the harmony and respect for each other.
  24. 24. Orthodox Church in Korca
  25. 25. Monastery in Apollonia
  26. 26. Muradie Mosque, Vlore Mosque in Berat
  27. 27. …on an Albanian spring day, dozens of Muslims, Catholics and Orthodox Christians toil together up a steep, winding slope to St Anthony’s Church , Lac…. …different faiths all hoping for a miracle…
  28. 28. …a great variety of seaside relaxation, from sandy to pebbly and rocky beaches… Sun & Sea Tourism
  29. 29. • Over 400 km of coastline out of which approx 200 km of sandy beaches • Lakes and Lagoons, sand belts and sand dunes • Eco-tourism and bird watching • Diving, fishing, sailing and swiming • Easy direct access rom inland and abroad
  30. 30. ...Albanian Riviera, a Frugal Paradise... ..NY Times June 2011..
  31. 31. “ Grama” beach, Ionian Coast
  32. 32. “ Uji i ftohtë” Vlora Bay
  33. 33. …unspoiled beaches.. Lalezi Bay
  34. 34. …nearly 13,4% of the Albanian territory is comprised of natural parks and protected areas such as forests, lakes, lagoons, pastures, etc. …map of protected areas in Albania “Bredhi i Hotoves” National Park
  35. 35. Natural Protected Areas
  36. 36. Karavastaja Lagoon One of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea (nearly 3900 Ha). The lagoon is famous for the rare Dalmatian Pelican – nearly 5% of the world's population of this type of pelican is found in this lagoon Lagoons Eight lagoon ecosystems, covering nearly 10,900 Ha, supporting traditional fisheries, fish farming and salt production
  37. 37. Narta Lagoon Which since 1290 converted to a commercially operated salina
  38. 38. Viluni Lagoon
  39. 39. Kune – Vain Lagoon
  40. 40. Shkodra Lake
  41. 41. • Prespa lake • Consists of Great Prespa (285 km) and from Prespa e Vogel (44 km2). The Lake stretches between Albania, Greece and Macedonia
  42. 42. Prespa Lake
  43. 43. Butrinti Lake and ancient city
  44. 44. Nature & Adventure • 77% mountains and hills • Great potential for winter sports, trekking, climbing, rafting etc. • Albanian Alps in North near Shkodra • Mountain villages and guest-houses in Albanian Alps and in the southeast
  45. 45. Rafting, Osumi Canions
  46. 46. Air Sports, Pass of Loogora over Vlora Bay
  47. 47. Winter Sports …Valbona Valley…
  48. 48. Trekking
  49. 49. “Rally Albania” - the second largest racing activity in the Balkans, with the participation of about 30 European countries.
  50. 50. Speleology
  51. 51. Fishing
  52. 52. Dynamic Capital - Business Travelers - Seminars and Conventions facilities - Museums (Historical, Archaeological, etc.) - Art Galleries and events - A thriving nightlife
  53. 53. ..a culinary experience, rich of high nutritional values and delicious tastes. A visitor may enjoy plenty of traditional dishes as well as delights from all over the world, including Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and other international tastes…
  54. 54. Have a nice stay in Albania!

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