I have brought my family to holiday in Albania on numerous occasions. It’s a very special country, steeped in tradition and culture. It is the one of the most mountainous countries in the world, with 70% of the country offering stunning mountains, national forests and lakes. Albania also has over 400 kms of gorgeous azure coastline and hosts both the Adriatic and Ionian seas on its borders, which teem with a huge variety of fish, especially sardines, mullet and bream. The Mediterranean climate boasts more than 300 days of sunshine, with summers being warm and dry. Citrus fruits, figs, olives and tomatoes grow in great abundance. Grape vines predominate the land and the country produces some very tasty wines, especially red. In the winter its spectacular Albanian Alps are carpeted with snow and ice-cold hillsides. Superb for hiking, skiing and ice skating. Descending from the Ancient Illyrians, Albania’s history, over many thousands of years, has been influenced by the Byzantines, Romans, Slavs and Ottomans. It’s therefore a land rich in culture and tradition. One that the people of modern-day Albania are only too willing to share and experience with others. The country has been awarded by UNESCO, three World Heritage sites, in Butrint, Gjirokaster and Berat. Stunning places to wander around and explore. The most striking thing about Albania though, are the people. Hospitable, friendly and welcoming, especially to children. They are rightly proud of their nation and are only too willing to welcome others from overseas. Happy exploring!