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Albania, an affordable Mediterranean spring getaway

With days getting warmer as we roll into March, you may be wondering whether now is the right time to start planning a Mediterranean getaway, like in Albania. Especially if you’ve been hungry for culture and the record-breaking heat expected over summer will put you off visiting later in the year.

Spring is the perfect time to be by the ancient sea, as it is neither too cold nor too warm for sightseeing, the annoying tour groups are yet to arrive, and beaches are much quieter, as a majority of tourists will be descending upon the region between July and August only.

Looking for an off-path, subtropical gem, preferably with coastal drives as scenic as Italy’s, an ethnic cuisine as flavorful as Greece’s, but Turkey prices, if not cheaper even?

Albania should be on your radar. A country with a complex history of communism, it entered a new stage of civil freedoms only twenty or so years ago, but the lack of tourism in the last century has left it with a largely underdeveloped, ‘unspoiled’ coast.

That is quickly changing as Albania becomes more popular, writes Travel Off Path. But now is still a great time to visit if you’re looking to beat the crowds.

Laid-back towns like Ksamil and Dhermi, bounded by sandy Adriatic beaches and postcard-ready, medieval settlements Berat and Gjirokaster, still only receive a small fraction of visitors landing in Europe.

As a result of the lower demand, particularly in the off-season, and seeing its economy is not yet Euroized, Albania is a budget-conscious traveler’s paradise, with a one-week stay averaging only $495 per person, including food, accommodation, transportation, and tourist activities.

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