Albania, on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, is a small country with coastlines on the Adriatic and Ionian seas and an interior dominated by the soaring Albanian Alps. Although gaining popularity with European travellers, it remains largely untouched by mass-tourism. Along its southern coast, the Albanian Riviera is known for its traditional Mediterranean villages, beach resorts and vibrant nightlife. Further inland you will find unspoiled forests, emerald-green lakes, lush valleys, and rugged mountains dotted with historic towns inhabited by friendly locals and traces of fascinating ancient cultures. With its stunning mountain scenery, a thriving capital in Tirana and beaches to rival any elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Albania is quickly emerging as one of Europe’s most exciting and rewarding off-the-beaten-path tourist destinations.