In the 1970s and 1980s Albania had an extensive rail network with connections between all major cities. Now entire lines are turning into Lost Places.
The south is the most beautiful part of Albania. Between Vlorë, Berat and Sarandë there’s the sea, mountains, villages, national parks and beaches.
The power plant in Fier was the largest combined heat and power plant in all of Albania. Operations ceased more then ten years ago, and now it is rotting away.
Albania’s dictator Hoxha ordered the construction of 750,000 bunkers to protect the country. About 170,000 were built. Most are still in place and rotting away.
In the town of Krujë everything is about Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. Not just the museum, but even the mountains are named after him 🙂
Anyone staying in Tirana can hardly ignore the dictators’ pyramid. From 1988 to 1991 the former Enver Hoxha Museum had “more or less everything Enver Hoxha had ever touched” on display.
Until almost 100 years ago Tirana only had a few thousand inhabitants, but under the Communist Regime it grew to half a million people.
Albania doesn’t make the list of the most popular travel destinations. But we had no problems finding enough to do for two weeks!
Recently I was traveling across Switzerland and and made a little detour to Locarno. In April 2019 an unexpected cold front brought half a meter of fresh to the mountains, and so everything turned into a bit of a snow hike…;)