- Don't expect Albania to be beautiful. Much of the long trip south of Tirana was defiled by endless half-built garages, furniture and bathroom stores, car dealerships, and ugly and brash buildings of every sort. That all this had happened in about 20 years was a depressing thought. New roads are being built but tend to end in the middle of nowhere and filter you off at right-angles into a town, thus causing long tailbacks. Rubbish disposal doesn't seem to exist and carelessly discarded rubbish becomes a depressing and regular sight. This shouldn't put you off the natural wonders but it becomes a relief to have an unspoilt view. I would like to have spent less time in the bus and rather wondered whether back roads were any more enjoyable, perhaps further to the east. Exploring villages on foot perhaps.
Published on: 11 December 2015