Albania is officially known as the Republic of Albania. That’s the country’s name as it would appear on a passport, but for our purposes the country will always be called Albania. The country’s capital and largest city is Tirana.
Situated in southeastern Europe, Albania is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south and southeast. Albania’s coastlines are on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. Italy is not even 72 km from Albania, across the Strait of Otranto that links the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea.
Tourism is a significant percentage of Albania’s national income. In fact it represents 10% of the country’s gross domestic product.
Albania was the destination of choice for over 4 million visitors in 2012. That number is expected to increase year after year. There are a great many hostels operating in Albania, of which some are listed here…
Berat Backpackers – The 1st and only authentic backpackers hostel in Berat.
Hostel Mangalem – Central location in Berat, just below the 2,400 year old Berati Castle.
Lorenc Guesthouse & Hostel – A traditional Berati house built in the 17th century.
Restaurant – Hostel Edlido – Purported to offer the best traditional Albanian & Elbasan cuisine.
Durres Hostel – 8 rooms. 2 rooms are private and the others are dorms.
Babameto Hostel – Accommodations such as dorms, private rooms, B&B, camping, etc.
Peshkopia Backpacker Hostel – The first and still the only hostel in Peshkopi.
Dolphin Hostel – Run by 3 local musicians who speak English, Italian and Albanian.
Hairy Lemon Hostel – 3 rooms with 6 beds in each, fully equipped, self catering kitchen.
SR Backpackers – Buses to Butrinti Ruins and beaches at Ksamili stop at the door step.
Sunny Side Up Hostel – Located in the orange building on Rruga Lefter Talo, in Saranda.
Himara Downtown Hostel – Free WiFi, a terrace, an onsite bar, flat-screen TV, etc.
Destil Hostel – Four dorm rooms with a total of 27 beds. In house bar, nightclub and restaurant.
Freddy’s Hostel – A 6 minute walk from the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania.
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa – Shkodra Backpackers Hostel – Located in an old house in the center of Shkodër.
Milingona Hostel – Located on Riza Cerova street, just off Rruga e Dibres street.
My Hostel – Situated in Dom Mark Dushi Street, in Don Bosko neighborhood of Tirana.
Oresti Hostel – A clean, cheap and comfortable hostel offer everything travelers need.
Propaganda Hostel – A relatively new hostel, opening for business September 2013.
Tirana Backpacker Hostel – Recently moved into an almost century old Italian style villa.
Trip’n’Hostel – 40 comfortable beds with clean, pressed sheets in dorm or private rooms.
Zig Zag Hostel – Amidst the excitement of vibrant Tirana, guests will find a relaxed vibe.
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