Once isolated Albania still offers isolated beaches along the Ionian Coast. Moving inland, Albania’s mountains are some of Europe’s most spectacular; the Koman ferry is possibly its most beautiful boat ride. Tucked away in far-flung landscapes, village life is still governed by traditions that have long been forgotten elsewhere; you may encounter sworn virgins and shepherds in these parts. Meanwhile in Tirana, hip cafe culture rules the day before club culture takes hold of the night.