Subscribe to SmallPlanet

We Need Your Help

Five stars on Amazon! Don't miss Talesmag's first book of essays, on cross-cultural food experiences from Mexico to Mongolia (plus recipes!)
Submit a Real Post Report

Tirana



What are the particular advantages of living in this city?

You can save money, the food is great, and it is relatively safe. - Aug 2, 2016
We have been on so many trips and have still managed to save a ton of money. Nine months of the year, this is a beautiful place. The winters are cold and rainy, with only about 7 hours of sunlight per day. The people here love Americans and we have never feared for our safety. - Aug 2, 2015
Albania is a wonderful country and a great post. Special advantages include fantastic fresh produce, friendly locals, great weather (4 distinct seasons and mild winters), and many opportunities to take trips outside of the city in the Balkans by car and Western Europe by plane. Driving in Albania can be a trial--bring a nice, comfortable SUV with good ground clearance and lots of air bags. You can definitely save money here, especially if you do not travel. - Aug 12, 2014
Albania is a cheap European post with excellent travel opportunities. The cost of living here can be fairly low. Flights to much of Europe, particularly Italy, can run $125 round trip. Albania is still off the beaten path, and if you venture out of Tirana, you can find some beautiful and still undiscovered spots. The beaches (the good ones) are a few hours away and can be breathtaking, but good accommodations there are still limited. Eating out is extremely cheap, and there are several good restaurants with very nice ambiance -- although the variety is limited. - May 18, 2013
This is a great post to live in for many reasons. The best part for us is that Albania is an inexpensive country to live in, so you can save, but the having rest of Europe right at our fingertips has given us some great travel opportunities. - Dec 27, 2012
Albania is such a great place to travel from. In less than 8 hours you can drive to Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, and Macedonia. You can also take the ferry to Italy and Greece, and fly most places in Europe relatively quickly. Hungarian Malev airlines has great deals to many cities from Tirana. Istanbul is a direct 90 minute flight. - Oct 1, 2011