One of the most famous tourism journalists in France, Saliha Hadj-Djilani has dedicated a tourist report to Albania. She realizes her show on the French radio RMC and at the same time writes in the biggest French travel guide "Petit Futé". Saliha Hadj-Djilani paid a four-day visit to Albania that included Tirana and the Albanian Riviera. Prime Minister Edi Rama has published the report of the French journalist, from the capital to Palas and Dhërmi.
"GOOD MORNING, and with the report of the famous French journalist, Saliha Hadj Djilad, who is known as a promoter of the most attractive destinations in the world, I wish you a good day", says Rama.
Report by journalist, Saliha Hadj-Djilani:
Do you know who sings? Exactly I love Lipa. We are present in Tirana, the capital of Albania. To go to Albania is quite easy. There is no need for a visa, a passport is enough and since we are at the moment there is no need for a PCR test nor a vaccination passport to enter the country. The moment you arrive, the mask is no longer mandatory both outside and inside. There is no need for a vaccination certificate to go to restaurants or museums. In fact, life in Albania is normal and do you know why? Simply because they managed the crisis very well. From the beginning they isolated and then vaccinated about 80% of the adult population so they judge that they have achieved herd immunity, this explains why.
Tourism is something late for this country that was once completely closed, you should know that Albania was ruled by dictator Enver Hoxha from 1945 to 1985 and his regime was very savage. There was a lot of espionage, imprisonment, executions, torture in short it was a real horror and the country was completely isolated like North Korea today. Albania was isolated from the world, no one knew what was happening in this country, but fortunately for the Albanians this regime collapsed in the early 1990s and since then Albania is a parliamentary Republic.
Clearly in the capital Tirana, there must be many museums documenting these historical events. The museum that must be visited is that of espionage located in the center of Tirana in the former security building of the Secret Police of Communism, a museum that shivers you. There a visitor understands all the super sophisticated eavesdropping that took place in the time of Enver Hoxha at all levels of society.
The visit is very interactive for example you can use some real espionage equipment that was used at that time in a auditorium. In short it is a museum to be visited and when you see it, you understand why it has won the award for the best European museum of 2020, an award given by the Council of Europe, not an award anyway. That's all about the museum because we will also talk about the city of Tirana.
Is Tirana a beautiful city to see?
Yes, it is a beautiful city because in fact despite the communist era, with tall buildings and wide boulevards typical of the communist era, we are far from being a concrete city like many other cities in the East. Tirana is a green city has a large park with a lake right in the middle of the city. The current mayor, Erjon Veliaj has planted many trees in the city in recent years and has also added cycling tracks. So it is a very nice city and it should be known that it will be the next European youth capital.
Albanians are terribly hospitable to the point that medical tourism is in full bloom in Albania, especially dental tourism where a very serious clinic such as the "Gremi" clinic in Tirana attracts tourists from all over Europe with dental interventions and teeth whitening that cost much cheaper than in France. I also imagine that Albania should be a free country. To give you an idea a night in a three star hotel is 20 euros, 40 euros a night in four stars. Between 60-100 euros for a five star. Even on the Albanian Riviera compared to the Cote d’Azur, the price of the stay is very reasonable. One last tip, the beach clubs of Dhërmi and Palasë have excellent DJs, it is only three hours away by car from Tirana, it looks like Ibiza only many times cheaper, and maybe there you can meet Dua Lipa.