British media "Daily Express": Albania - discover some of the most beautiful coasts of the Balkan country
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Hidden behind the "Iron Curtain" for years, Albania welcomed tourists at the beginning of the 21st century, transforming gloomy communist blocks into lively urban landscapes filled with trendy cafes, writes Aurora Bosotti in an article published in the British daily "Daily Express".

The Balkan country's coasts – once overshadowed by more popular destinations – are now considered some of Europe's most beautiful.

The coastal village of Ksamil – on the Albanian Riviera – has been compared to the Maldives by TikTok users and travel bloggers.

Ksamil's white-sand beaches, calm waters and beachside thatched huts certainly echo the allure of the famous tropical paradise – all offered at a much more budget-friendly price.

Ksamil's growing tourism sector offers a range of accommodation options, including rooms starting from just £19 a night.

TikTok user '@The Travel Mum' raved about the Mediterranean destination, comparing the European country to the Maldives - 'much more popular and expensive'.

"When people see pictures of this country, they immediately think of the Maldives! But luckily for us, it's much closer to home," she said.

"Add it to your list of destinations for 2024," recommended another tourist.

Popular activities along the coast include diving and swimming – but for those looking for a longer stay relaxing, there are plenty of sun loungers dotted around the coast to soak up the sun.

The average cost of a beer in Albania is just £1,78, while the summer season tends to be nice and warm, with temperatures averaging up to 25°C.

In Ksamil you will also have the entire Albanian Riviera "on your doorstep", a beautiful area, relatively still untouched by international tourism, which boasts UNESCO world heritage sites, charming towns and friendly locals.

Major tourist attractions include the Salt Lagoon on Lake Butrint, the enigmatic Kreshmoi Cave and the ancient Byzantine city of Gjirokastra.

A historic city nestled among the mountains, the capital, Tirana is well worth a visit for those who want to enjoy a city break, with its vibrant mix of old and modern providing a great introduction to Albania before exploring the other country./ATSH/

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