When you rent a car in Albania you are free to explore the towns, cities, beaches and mountains that make up this spectacular landscape...
The ancient port of Butrint is in the south-west of Albania, close to the Greek border, and one of the most spectacular sites on the Ionian and Adriatic coasts. Inhabited since prehistoric times, it was a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric before falling into disuse in the Middle Ages. Also in southern Albania is Byllis, a city established in the 4th century with a stadium, gymnasium and many other buildings.
The medieval towns of Kruja, Gjirokastra, the so-called White City of Berat, Saranda and Korca are all worth a visit as there are plenty of castles, ancient buildings and monuments to explore.
Tirana, rapidly becoming a commercial centre, combines the historic with the modern. One notable feature is the controversial Pyramid of Enver Hoxha that celebrates Albania's former communist leader. During Hoxha's 44-year rule as a Stalinist dictator, the films of British slapstick comedian Norman Wisdom were the only western entertainment allowed. Wisdom was granted the freedom of Tirana in 1995 after the fall of communism. Albanians plunged into mourning when he died in 2010 and still revere the comedian.
Albania is becoming a popular destination for activity holidays. You can go hiking or cycling in the Tomorri Massif mountains or across the Albanian Alps in the north. You can also try white-water rafting through the canyons of the Osumi River or go walking in the 2,500 acres of the Llogara national park, where the trees have been oddly shaped by the winds.