21. Discover Albania
Discover Albania, once Europe's harshest communist regime, today is one of its hidden treasures. By Bojana River, visit a small Muslim village that still preserves their traditional lifestyle. Next, head to the capital Tirana whose city center has transformed from a grey brutalist landscape to a vibrant maze of pedestrianized streets that are a pleasure to wander. Visit the trendy Blloku quarter, lined with hip bars and shops, or take the cable car to Dajti Mountain. Driving back, consider visiting Shkoder, known for its religious diversity and fascinating architecture.