Political Map of Albania shows the international and district boundaries with names, national and district capitals.
A Southeastern country of Europe, Albania is officially reckoned as the Republic of Albania. The frontiers of Albania stretches across 28,748 sq. Km. Albania glorifies itself as a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic. Symbolizing itself as a developing democratic nation, Albania homes to upper-middle income economy. The end of communalism in Albania saw a transitional shift from a centralized economy to market-dependent economy.
Albanians refer their native land as Shqipëri or Shqipëria. Shqipëri reflects the status of Land of Eagles while Shqipëria denotes Children of the Eagles. 1912 marks the year of independence for Albania.
Southwestern portion of the Balkan Peninsula marks the presence of Albania. Albania occupies the Southeastern and Southern region of Europe. Montenegro borders Albania in northwest and Kosovo lies to its northeast. Macedonia and Greece meet the eastern and southern boundaries of Albania. To the western border lies the Mediterranean Sea. The geographical coordinates of Albania are 41.15 degrees N and 20.16 degrees E.
Vërmosh and Konispol form the northernmost and southernmost points of Albania. Sazan Island forms its westernmost point while Vërnik forms the easternmost point. Albania is an amalgam of mountains, terrains, canyons, valleys, and caves.
A significant portion of Albania experiences Mediterranean climate with mild winters and dry, hot summers. The Köppen climate classification highlights five types of climate namely Mediterranean, oceanic, subtropical, subarctic and continental.
Tourist Attractions of Albania
Albania is gaining its worth as an extremely affordable tourist destination. Albanian Riviera, Tirana, Llogara Pass, Berat and Saranda forms the major tourist attractions of Albania. Gjirokastra, Unesco city is a hub of the global tourist destination of Albania. Kruja, Theth, Ksamil Islands, and Shkodra are Albania’s other noteworthy tourist attractions.
Arts and Culture of Albania
Albanian art is influenced by the culture, customs, and traditions of Albania. Albanian art is a mixture of Illyrian, Roman and Ancient Greek art forms. World witnesses the presence of Albanian art in the forms of architecture, pottery, sculpture, and mosaic.
Albanian culture is a blend of two cultural groups namely Ghegs and Tosks. Ghegs occupies the northern part of Albania while Tosks inhabit its southern portion. Cuisines from Italy and Turkey influence the cuisines of Albania. One of the largest Albanian festivals is the pagan Summer fest which falls on the fourteenth day of March. Gjirokastër National Folklore Festival is the festival of artistic music which occurs once in every five years.