- Many holidaymakers opt for Greece over its neighbour Albania but this vibrant country has plenty to offer
- The hilltop town of Gjirokastra is a picturesque settlement, with slate roofed houses, a fortress and cobbled streets
- The bustling seaside resort of Saranda offers much in the way of beach parties, bars and places to do watersports
As the sun went down, a line of men in felt hats, baggy shirts and scarlet sashes performed a joyous dance on the terrace of a hilltop castle.
Across a narrow ribbon of sea, the silhouette of Corfu ebbed into purple shadow. I had to remind myself that this wasn’t Greece but its less visited neighbour, Albania.
A two-hour taxi ride along roads lined with oleander bushes had brought me across the border from Greece’s Preveza airport.