Albania - General Information
Area : 28.748 sq. km.
Local time : GTM +1 (GTM+2 between the end of April and the end of October)
Capital : Tirana (population 553.435)
Language : Albanian ( part of Indo – European family)
Political System : Parliamentary Republic
Religion : Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic
Airport :’ Mother Teresa’
Geography and Borders
Albania situated on a border with Montenegro and Kosovo to the North and North East, FYR Macedonia to the East and Greece to the South. It is washed by the Adriatic and Ionian seas to the West and separated from Italy through Otranto 78 km.
Albania surprises the tourists with the diversity of its landscapes, which change quickly and dramatically.
Landscapes range from typical Mediterranean in West and South West, to mixed landscapes in central area, to steep mountains in the inner part of country. On the beautiful 460 km virgin coast line and fine sandy beaches . The country is jeweled with plenty of beautiful inland lakes, natural lagoons, reserves, hunting grounds
Albania has Mediterranean climate because of its mountainous character and broken relief , the climate varies throughout the country.
Albania is characterized by hot and dry summers, with bright sunny days and generally mild winters with abundant rainfalls.
In Albanian Alps, in the northern part, the winters are cold and summers chilly. Normally the period from June to September is characterized by hot and sunny weather, while from October to May the weather is cool and wet.
Notwithstanding that Albanian beauty can be appreciated around the year the best months to visit Albania are April, May and June as well as the period from mid-October.
Required clothing : light clothing in summer and warm clothing in winter.
Currency Exchange : Many exchange bureaux will change foreign currency, but Banks offer the best exchange rates about 140 Leke per 1 Euro and 94 Leke per 1 US Dollar with slight variations
GTM 1 ( GTM +2 between the end of April and the end of October)
Postal and Communication Services
Country code: ++355