iHartëAlbania: An Insider's Travel Guide by Torran Kahleck (Universal)
Released: May 8, 2013
Version: 1.00
Size: 29 MB
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iHartëAlbania: An Insider's Travel Guide

Torran Kahleck
Developed in cooperation with Friends of Albania, iHartëAlbania offers an insider’s perspective on things to see and do in Albania. Major cities and smaller villages alike are included. Each of the entries was written by one or more volunteer authors whose familiarity with their subject comes from having lived in their communities for up to a year or more. Most of the contributors were Peace Corps volunteers and know which unique features in their communities visitors would like to see.

Albania has a wonderful, though confusing, bus and minibus system, which can get travelers from any one city to another very cheaply. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find where the buses are, what times they leave and how much they cost. iHartëAlbania gathers this information together and details how to get from one city, or village, to another. This travel information can change unexpectedly before we have the opportunity to update it, so it’s still a good idea to check in advance locally in order to ensure you get the ride you need.

Aside from travel information and recommendations for hotels, sights and restaurants, iHartëAlbania includes background information on Albania. Information on Albanian history, food, people, shopping, language and practicalities are all included.

“Hartë” in Albanian means ‘map’ and one of the central features of this guide is the ‘Tour' map linked from the front page. The tour map breaks the country down into six regions. Tapping on a region will give a brief overview of what one can find there. You will then be presented with the option of viewing the cities within that region and a bit of information about them.

For many of the cities, maps are linked which label where the various city features can be found. This is not available for all of the cities currently and most require an Internet connection for this feature to work. Offline maps (from Openstreetmap.org) are currently only available for Tiranë, Korçë, and Shkodër. Plotting the locations of all the included points of interest is an ongoing process and there are many that do not yet have this option.

iHartëAlbania is an excellent resource for anyone interested in traveling around Albania. Although the guide covers the entire country, not every city is included and the level of detail is not always comprehensive. Some directions/descriptions are less specific than others. We are improving upon this continually. And, with new volunteers coming all the time, the number of cities and level of detail are sure to increase with time. The cities currently included are:

Bajram Curri
Vau i Dejës

The information supplied by iHartëAlbania is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute advice. Its authors are not professionals. This information is provided “as is” without endorsements or warranties, express or implied, of any kind. The information is updated periodically, but iHartëAlbania, and its authors, make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the information, products, or services mentioned. You should not act upon iHartëAlbania’s content or information without first seeking appropriate professional advice.
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