• Bulgaria!

    Bulgaria: An old Turkish bridge. Go Now!

    Bulgaria
    The isolated mountains of Bulgaria hide cultural gems around every corner, including this old Turkish bridge in the Rhodopi Mountains. Explore Bulgaria!

  • Italy!

    Italy: Rome' historic buildings. Go Now!

    Italy
    Crumbling buildings in Rome (pictured) only add to the atmosphere in a country where old is redefined and western civilization begins. Explore Italy!

  • Denmark!

    Denmark: Landscape. Go Now!

    Denmark
    From cities like Copenhagen to islands, beaches, and vast fields (pictured), Denmark offers incredible history, architecture, scenery, and more. Begin Your Journey!

  • Czech Republic!

    Czech Republic: Astronomical Clock in Prague. Go Now!

    Czech Republic
    The Astronomical Clock in Prague (pictured) makes every tourist list, but the towns, including Cesky Krumlov, and the mountains offer a change of pace. Go Now!

  • Belarus!

    Belarus: Birch tree forest. Go Now!

    Belarus
    Tucked away and often forgotten in Eastern Europe, Belarus is home to low lands and Birch Forests (pictured) as well as hidden castles and a culture unlike any other. Begin Your Journey!

  • Spain!

    Spain: Guell Park and Gaudi architecture. Go Now!

    Spain
    Fusion foods, lively music, historic ruins, and cultural events like the Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina make Spain and Barcelona (pictured) a favorite tourist destination. Explore Spain!

Social Life in Albania

Behavior

Most of the behavioral rules and restrictions in Albania are based on Islam, but more recent cultural history has altered many of these cultural aspects so today how the people of Albania behave is a combination of European and Islamic in origin.

As a visitor to Albania just try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing in alike manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Albania Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, or showing off wealth.

Dress

The traditional clothing in Albania is no longer worn on a regular basis. For men the most traditional clothing was the fustanella, which is a white skirt, a shirt with loose-fitting sleeves, and a vest, which can be in a number of different colors. For women the most traditional piece of clothing was the xhubleta, which is a long-sleeved, loose-fitting, layered dress that goes just past the knees. These dresses were traditionally black, but often included decorations in numerous colors, including reds and white. They also often included a vest, a hair covering, and an apron or a sash that went around the waist.

Today most Albanians wear modern western-styled clothing, but as a Muslim country the dress tends to be fairly conservative. Most people, both men and women, cover their knees and shoulders at a minimum, but not everyone does this. It is not common for Albanian women to cover their hair like many Muslim women do. As a visitor to Albania dress on the more conservative side, but there is little expectation that you don't wear shorts or short-sleeved shirts. Just try to dress more conservatively in mosques and more formal settings and don't wear anything too revealing. Lastly, sunbathing naked or women sunbathing topless is only permitted in certain places so always be sure to know where this is allowed before doing so.

This page was last updated: November, 2013