Information, Accomodation and Tours in Albania

Outdoor Albania - Sustainable tours and outdoor activities the Albanian nature and culture

Travel Tirana - Portal to local accommodations and sustainable tours for the independent traveler in Tirana

Shkoder and the Alps - Your online guide to traditional guesthouses, outdoor adventures, and valuable travel information for Shkoder, Theth, and the northern alpine region of Albania

Zagradec Information Centre - click for more information on Lesser Prespa Lake


Practical tips for travellers by Eneid Lika

(have a look to all information about Albania on Alan Grant's Balkanology website)


Social Conventions

Normal Albanian etiquette is for people to shake hands the first time they see each other every day, and then again when they part. Between friends, a kiss on both cheeks is exchanged by men as well as women.

The usual way to indicate ‘yes' is by moving the head horizontally from side to side. ‘No' is usually signalled by a slight raising of the eyebrows, sometimes accompanied by a gentle click of the tongue.

Albanians usually remove their shoes inside their homes or other people's houses. If you are visiting an Albanian home, you will be offered a pair of slippers or plastic sandals to wear while you are indoors.

Smoking is widespread, and it is very unusual to find a non-smoking section in a restaurant, never mind a bar. However, smoking is not allowed on public transport, and this ban is almost always respected. On long journeys, the bus or minibus will stop for a cigarette-break from time to time.
Also note that it is unacceptable to exhibit yourself topless in the seaside, or worse, naked; of course, there are many isolated places where you can do this in private.

Albanians are friendly and very open towards foreigners that visit their country. If you are lucky enough to be invited to visit an Albanian's home, you will be treated as royalty. As written in The Kanun, the guest will be shown the highest respect by being offered a seat at the head of the table. The guest is then regaled with the best the family has to offer, usually taking the form of homemade raki, a traditional liquor.

Actualized 10/2011
Link to website of National Tourist Organisation of Albania