The first acquaintance with Albania: the border, roads and fuel prices

Albania so rarely comes into our view that many simply forget about the existence of this Balkan state. And what do you know about Albania? I am sure that almost nothing. Personally, I have heard about this country one single phrase: "speaks Olban", this is where my knowledge ended. It was even more interesting to get to know this country without having any templates. But she took us away immediately.
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From Greece to Albania along the west coast there is a chic toll highway among the mountains. It is worth noting that with the same distance as on the eastern highway, we stopped and paid several times less. From Patr to the border spent only 12.5 euros. The plans were in the evening to get to Tirana and spend the night there.
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The road passed through the town of Ioannina, in northern Greece. To say that this city is distinguished by its authenticity is to say nothing.If there was more time, I would definitely stay here for a walk.
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Then the toll road ended and mountain serpentines began with amazing views.
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Greece and Albania have several borders, the navigator showed us to go through Melissopetra. Arriving here, I was very surprised at the lack of cars at the border crossing, but then they thought that the Greeks had a long-standing conflict with the Albanians and most likely didn’t ride to each other alone. Approaching the border guards, an employee came to us and explained in English that the border does not work, because there is no road on the Albanian side. Washed off by floods or simply not, he did not explain, advising to go through another point closer to the sea called Kakavie.
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Having driven 50 km along mountain serpentines and having spent an extra hour, we realized that our plans to arrive in the evening in Tirana and began to rest normally began to cover ourselves with a copper basin. It was already dark, and we still have 250 km to the capital of Albania. I was pleased that there was no queue and we passed the border very quickly.
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After the border immediately stopped at the first gas station. 1 Albanian lek was about 1.6 rubles. Fuel prices are very cheap, especially compared to Greece. But it turned out one nuance ....already starting to fill up the fuel, we said that we want to pay by card. At this, the tanker said that he was taking onli cash, that is, leks. Getting leks somewhere at such a time of day was simply unrealistic, so we asked to stop refueling the car. Realizing that "only cash" with us not to get, he continued to refuel and showed in the direction of the cashier, so that we pay the card there. Maybe the cache has some interest, or maybe there is a “black cash” in the country, but this is what we have seen at every gas station. If you drive up and ask if you can pay with a card, everyone refuses. If you start to fill the car, and then you show the card, then the possibility of payment by bank transfer appears abruptly. As a result, such a life hack was used all the time spent in this country. By the way, there are very carbonic refills called Kastrati :)
Yes, and the roads after this refueling ended, literally. Uneven, dead, with a bunch of pits and potholes. The average speed of movement dropped to 30-40 kilometers per hour. Stopping for the night in dark obscure places in an unknown country for you was not an option, so we decided to get to the seashore of the local resort of Durres, which is not far from Tirana.The road to Durres, 250 km from the border, took about 4-5 hours and turned into a great highway about 70-80 kilometers from the city.
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Tired, in the dark we somehow found a place with access to the sea and in the morning were ransacked with a gorgeous view from our tent. And we were passing by local, looked at the rooms and whispered something.
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Looking at these shots, one wonders that this is a country about which very few people know what.
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Great hotel.
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Nice clean beach.
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As it turned out later, the prices here are very low, and that’s all.

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