Albania, Europe's unpolished diamond
Albania was isolated for a long time and only started opening up in 1990s. Infrastructure projects started later then in neighboring countries, thus "unpolished". The "diamond" part of the nickname comes from its rich natural and cultural heritage. Albania has some of Europe's most pristine and beautiful beaches, is covered with centuries old olive trees and inland is dotted with high mountains. Visitors will be amazed by cities like Berat and Gjirokaster, UNESCO protected cities with strong Ottoman influence. Learn more about Albania here.