Albania is the least known of the Balkan countries due to the self-imposed isolation under closed communist rule for 47 years. Since the fall of communism in 1991, it has very gradually been working toward economic and democratic reform. Borders have opened and the country is slowly getting accustomed to tourists, most of who stay close to the beaches along its 500 km of coastline.
The interior of the country is incredibly diverse. Dramatic, wild, rugged and beautiful, it is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise where waterfalls, mountains, canyons and gorges offer breathtaking views. Ancient archeological sites, Ottoman castles and the recent communist regime make for an incredible history.