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)
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.
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.