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Albania: The Country of Eagles

The name of Albania comes from “Albanoi”, an ancient Illyrian tribe that inhabited the territory before the arrival of Romans. In Albanian, its name is “Shqiprija”, which means “Country of Eagles”. This charming country must have certainly been populated by thousands of these animals in other times, due to its numerous high mountains.

In addition to its landscape full of mountains, forests, lakes, and beaches, Albania has a history of civilizations that left their marks in the country, and the ruins found in some of their cities are proof of that interesting history. In ancient times, Albania used to form part of the Roman Empire, and in the Middle Age, it was dominated by Byzantium and the Italian princes. It fell in the hands of the Turks in 1497, and it became an independent country in 1912.

The weather in Albania is Mediterranean with warm dry summers; winters are cold and foggy. In the interior of the country, weather is more extreme and continental, while in the coasts, the weather is moderated by the winds coming from the sea. Some of the main places of interest in Albania are Berat, Butrint, Elbasan, Fier, Gjirokastra, Kruja, Shkodra, Tirana—the capital—, and Vlora.

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