Albania was pretty much the last bastion of communism in Eastern Europe and until very recently not even considered as a holiday destination. As such it is one of Europe's last frontiers of tourism with plenty of opportunity to discover unspoiled and relatively undeveloped beaches along its rugged Ionian coastline.
Sitting just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy and bordering Greece to the south Albania doesn't disappoint in terms of natural beauty and a rich history. It offers much of what other Mediterranean destinations do yet at a fraction of the price. Admittedly it can be a little rough around the edges but this is a small price to pay to enjoy such beauty without the crowds of mainstream tourism.
The stretch of coast along the southern part of the country is particularly worthy of interest to beach-lovers. The Albanian Riviera (or Bregu as it is known locally) is home to any number of beaches to rival those of the Greek islands. Crystal clear turquoise water and near white fine pebble beaches are the norm here. All backed by olive lined slopes and mountains beyond.
However, things are changing in Albania. Whilst there are still plenty of pockets of undeveloped coast, the Riviera has become something of an investment hotspot and a number of beaches have lost some of their pristine charm. That said it will be a very long time before every little idyllic coastal village and hidden bay have fallen prey to development.