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Ekathimerini on Albanian tourism

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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 13:15

The beaches on the southern coast of Albania. The neighboring country expects 3 million tourists this year. 

On the outskirts of the archaeological site of Butrint, a few kilometers from Saranda, a group of tourists from Western Europe followed their guides. The Dutch Bregi Bimans and János Peter, along with their one year old daughter were coming down the hill. Peter has organized a ten-day trip in the Albanian Riviera, as it is called in the guides of Saranda, the coast which is opposite to the area of Corfu, northwest of Vlora. 
Peter works as an engineer in Amsterdam. The package for his family he came to cost 1400 €, but for him this is a reasonable price (accommodation, breakfast and tickets). Six years before, he had visited the island of Crete: "... What attracted me were the articles of the Dutch newspapers that advertise Albania as" one of the last paradises unknown in Europe "- said Peter. 
Several months ago, the New York Times had included Albania among the 52 major destinations for 2014. 'You can swim near the abandoned castles and enjoy yourself fresh fish. This is Europe, where it is cool and ... cheap. "Can this new trend of visiting Albania cause risk to Greek tourism? Could the tourist resorts of the Albanian Riviera "capture" the visitors from Greece and the Ionian Islands in particular? We traveled to confirm this ....

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