Albania is located in Southeast Europe of the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea within the Mediterranean Sea. The country was ranked the 13th best-performing country on the Happy Planet Index by the United Nations. No wonder the Albanians are happy because taking good care of their nature and its inhabitants come naturally. It’s a community not just for being humans but also for the precious animals as well. The lovely culture of Albanians evidently shows through being united and being harmonious in their relationship built with respect. This gave way for a strong foundation of traditions shown to its guests and to every person in the world. As the city’s location is coastal, beautiful beaches surround the country that is worthy to visit and explore. The Albanians are known for their superb cuisines and is a special and unique treat amongst its visitors. Traditional musical gatherings are the best way to know more about and understand their culture and traditions through attending festivals. Every little thing about Albania is worth discovering.
1. Protector of Native BiodiversityAccording to the 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index, Albania ranks at the 24th greenest country in the world. Being in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, the favorable conditions for the endangered animals and the vast array of flora and fauna led the country to be a biodiversity hotspot of Europe. The luscious mountains and hills endowed with forests and trees are essential to the lives of many endangered animals especially the Golden Eagle. Its characteristics of being the fastest and liveliest bird in the hilly areas of Albania became one of the reasons why it is the national symbol of Albania. In order to provide the best protection for the animals, the country is responsible for providing, maintaining ensuring and contributing to the protection of areas for the long survival of these animals.
2. Harmonious Relationship of the AlbaniansKultura Shqiptare is a term that embodies the artistic, culinary, literary, musical, political and social elements of Albanians. They are culturally and linguistically separated into two; the Ghegs and southern Tosks. Gheg is spoken in Northen Albania, Kosovo, northwestern Republic of North Macedonia. Tosks are also widely spoken in the southern dialect group and the basis of the standard Albanian language. With these cultural differences, it’s amazing to see that Albanians still keep a strong national identity, colorful ethnic culture, and a harmonious relationship despite the differences.
3. Strong Foundation of TraditionsThe Albanians are well-known for their hospitality. Besa, a medieval Albanian code of honor to look after their guests and strangers’ needs is an act of recognition and appreciation. The Albanians also keep their promises faithfully and fulfill their obligations in life. They are very helpful to those in need regardless of any religious, racial connections, and social status. They follow the four pillars of Kanun as a guide to how to live their life, which is Honor, Hospitality, Right Conduct and Kin Loyalty. For the Albanians, they do not need much in anything for return. They only expected to be fully respected in return. Nothing more. Nothing less.
4. Enticing and Alluring BeachesGoing to Albania means that ‘beach is life.’ Along the coast of Albania, there are plenty of beaches to choose from budgeted hotels and fine restaurants nearby. The idyllic clearness of water entices every guest to just dive in and enjoy its glorious waters. Every spot is breathtakingly beautiful and pristine with its turquoise-colored bay. Every guest and traveler will be surprised with cool waters, fantastic views, relaxing sound of the ocean and a breather from the bustling cities as the sound of waves call everyone to enjoy what the beaches offer.
5. Delightful and Enjoyable CuisinesMuch of the Albanian cuisines’ influences are Italian, Turkish, and ancient Illyrian, Roman, and Greek. Different parts from all over the country enjoy a unique blend of ingredients from the excellent growing conditions of herbs, vegetables, and spices. A famous specialty is the Petulla, fried dough and served with powdered sugar or sweet fruit jams. Krofne, is in demand during the cold winter months as it is paired with different versions of coffee to provide heat to the cold weather. You can never go wrong with tea as it is both enjoyable and noted for its medicinal properties. Wine is the most popular amongst all. The Albanian wine as produced in several regions has the oldest winemaking traditions. Its location means cheap fish and it is a staple to the national cuisines.
6. Precious Music and Art FestivalsThe Magical Song Festival or Kënga Magjike is one of the anticipated musical gatherings from Albania and its neighboring countries such as; Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and other areas. Famous Albanian singers and artists from other countries contribute to the lively music scene and party. Another event to watch out is the Gjirokastër National Folklore Festival, you need to set your yearly schedules as this anticipated festival takes place every five years only. Its goal is to promote Albanian traditional music, national costumes, art, and its inhabited lands. It is regarded as one of the most important events in Albania. Learning about the tradition of the country is easy and fun as this goes with enjoying what the country has to offer.