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The Albanian Riviera! I've often looked at Albania from across the sea (from Greece) and thought about how strange it is; one country being a tourist attraction/trap, its neighbour still troubled by its turbulent past.
But this summer, I've noticed a shift – people posting from Albania on Instagram, travel magazines writing about it and now this. I wonder if it's inflation that's forcing people to go there, or if it's the over-tourism of places like Greece, Italy, and France that now makes Albania appear appealing. The nature seems breathtaking and I see the appeal. Of course I'm curious to go myself, but I agree with you, it's a peculiar experience to go for a holiday in places where people only recently suffered greatly. I used to feel same in Berlin, where you can see the bullet holes in the walls of your hotel.