Hospitality is a hallmark of Albanian culture dating back hundreds of years. It was written in the Ancient Albanian civil code, the Kanun of Lekë Dukagjini, “The house is always open for guests.” Albanians are friendly people and make visitors feel very welcome. Located at the crossroads of ancient Rome and Byzantine Empire, many conquerors have passed through the region, leaving traces of their cultures. Today, are still visible the treasures and the remains of some of the world’s great civilizations, including Hellenes, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, Venetians and modern Italians. Tourists have the opportunity to touch the ruins of some of these mighty civilizations, at our archaeological parks.
“The land of the eagles”, Albania, is an attractive tourist destination, not only due to its varied landscapes, but also thanks to its rich cultural and historical treasures. An assortment of Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches, mosques, monasteries with valuable frescoes and icons, old Ottoman-style bridges and other monuments, will all enrich your visit to Albania.
Crowning the heights of many of the country’s rugged mountains, there are castles dating back to the time of the Illyrians and into the Middle Ages. The cities of Berat and Gjirokastra, with their traditional architecture, have also been highly praised throughout the centuries by the countless visitors who traveled through Albania. Fans of archaeology will surely marvel at the mystic atmosphere of Butrint and will enjoy the beautiful panorama of the ancient city of Apollonia.
UNESCO has also honored Albania by adding three sites to the culturally prestigious World Heritage List. But Albania’s culture does not stop there – artisan practices are alive and flourishing and the country’s tradition of iso-polyphonic singing, under the protection of UNESCO, is recognized as unique in the world.
Albania’s living connection to its rich cultural heritage is also complimented by its commitment to keep in pace with a highly vibrant and contemporary life, echoing its affinity and presence in the European cultural environment. Albania is a place where different religions have peacefully coexisted side by side, during the all history and has been lauded as example of religious harmony worldwide.