From LAX, British Airways, Delta, US Airways, Lufthansa and Air France have connecting service (changes of planes) to Tirana. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,507 until Oct. 31.
To call numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code); 355 (country code for Albania); and the number.
WHERE TO STAY:
Sheraton Tirana Hotel & Towers, Sheshi Italia; 42-74707, vwww.sheraton.com. This modern, concrete and glass multi-complex hotel offers the works. Doubles from $263, with breakfast.
Tirana International, Sheshi Skenderbej; 42-34185. One of the few hotels with handicap access. Doubles from $156 with breakfast.
Hotel Butrinti, Rruga Butrinti; 852-5592, www.butrintihotel.com. One of the best hotels in Albania. Has a roof garden, pool and parking. Doubles $122 with breakfast and dinner.
Grand Hotel, Rruga Butrinti; 852-5574, www.grandhotel.com. A comfortable seaside hotel with swimming pool, restaurant. Doubles $61.
WHERE TO EAT:
Piazza, Rruga Ded Gjo Luli; vwww.kompaniabardha.com. Continental cuisine for lunch and supper, plus light Albanian specialties, desserts and beverages on the garden patio. Entrees $12-$18.
Casa di Pasta, 122, at Taiwan Shpk, Rruga Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtiti, Parku Rinia. The Italian-Albanian grill overlooking a park has great pasta and grilled lamb and veal. Entrees $8-$17.
Castle of Lekurs, a mile from Saranda. Built by Ottoman Sultan Suleymani in the 16th century. The lower floors have a restaurant serving Albanian specialties. Entrees $8-$15.
Mediterrane Hotel Restorant, Rruga Butrinti. Dine on seafood and Albanian specialties. Entrees $6-$12.
TO LEARN MORE:
National Tourism Organization of the Albanian Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, vwww.albaniantourism.com.
-- Rose DostiCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times