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Albania has natural beauty in such abundance that you might wonder why it's taken 20 years for the country to take off as a tourist destination since the end of a particularly brutal strain of communism Albania is a country in south-eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula and spans across an area of 11,100 sq miles. The neighboring countries include Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro. Its western side is flanked by the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea borders its south-western side. Coastal areas: Central Mediterranean, mild and wet winter, hot and dry summer. Alpine areas: Central Continental, cold and wild winter, wet summer. With its stunning mountain scenery, a thriving capital in Tirana and beaches to rival any elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Albania has become the sleeper hit of the Balkans. But hurry here, as word is well and truly out. Albania observes a dance meeting at Durres in April which includes a captivating array of modern, classical and folk dances. An international Film Festival on Human Rights is held at Tirana every March which is open to citizens and tourists alike. While Albania may have gone from a virtually unknown land to a well-established stop on the Balkan backpacker trail in barely a decade, its interior remains little known. This fantastic nonprofit arts project is a unique arts space that hosts revolving temporary exhibits, concerts, installations and other events that appeal to Tirana's arty, alternative crowd. Go along and see what's on during your visit. Opening hours vary depending on what's on. It's poorly signposted: on Muhamet Gjollesha the entrance is located between the Admiral Gaming Centre and the ANI phone shop. Look for the sign Galeria e Arteve Shkodër, and once in the courtyard go through a further small gate and look for the sign in Albanian with the word Marubi in it.

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