Albania is located in Southeast Europe, near Montenegro, Kosovo and Greece. The flight time from Israel to Albania is about two and a half hours. Albania's nickname is "the land of eagles", and eagles even appear on the country's flag. Its population is only 3.5 million inhabitants.
In 1991, diplomatic relations were established between Albania and Israel. Israel has an official embassy in Tirana, which was opened in 2012.
In the last two years, the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, visited Israel several times, together with a wide professional team. The visit is intended to mark the friendship between the two countries and the long and warm relationship between the two peoples. During it, Rama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers. The Prime Minister of Albania also visited the Yad Vashem Museum and the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The two leaders signed deals and thus expanded the countries' relations in the fields of trade, energy, health, and water. The Prime Minister of Albania noted the technological wonder that exists in Israel, while the Prime Minister of Israel praised the courage of the Albanian people who saved the members of the local Jewish community, in addition to Jewish refugees from neighboring countries during the Holocaust.
During the Second World War, almost 2,000 Jews from the neighboring countries, mainly from Yugoslavia and Greece found refuge in Albania, in addition to the local Jewish community which numbered about 200 Jews (approximately 60 families). Most of the Albanian Jews, as well as the Jewish refugees who stayed in Albania, were treated well by the local population in Albania. The Albanians saved the Jews By hiding them in the mountain villages and transferring them to the Adriatic ports, from where they escaped to Italy. Other Jews joined resistance movements throughout Albania. During World War II, Albania was one of the few countries in Europe where there was an increase in the Jewish population.
The help extended to Jews and others who were in need should be seen as a custom of national honor. The Albanians went out of their way to save Jews and even competed with each other for the right to save. All this from the source of love for humanity and a desire to help mortals who need help even if they belong to a different religion.
Towards the end of World War II, the leader of the partisans, the communist Anwar Hoxha, seized power and led a tyrannical communist regime. Over the years a rift arose between the countries and the Albanians tried to shape a new version of communism, while isolating themselves from the rest of the nations of the world. Fearing an invasion, Hoxha ordered the construction of more than 700,000 bunkers in Albania. Some of them can still be seen and visited on a daily trip in the city of Tirana. The regime fought against religions and churches and mosques were destroyed - that's why even after leaving the communist regime, which was in place for many years, the whole issue of religion is very insignificant in Albania. It has mixed marriages of Catholics and Muslims, there is really no clear national affiliation to any of the religions, after years of the religion in the country. They lived for years under communist siege cut off from the western world.
In practice, under the influence of the communist government that outlawed religion, 70%-75% of the inhabitants of Albania are atheists.
In 1981, steps were taken to develop Albania, and these were accelerated in 1985 after the death of Hoxha, who ruled the country for over forty years. In 1992, new elections were held, in which the reformist opposition won the leadership of the Democratic Party, a multi-party government was established, and the process of privatizing state companies and returning land to the peasants began. Likewise, diplomatic relations with Western countries were renewed. Only then did Albania's gates for tourism and business development really open
After years in which the country was under a closed and rigid regime, under the protection of a paranoid leader, Albania broke free from its shackles, raised its head, put religion aside and became an intriguing tourist attraction.
In Albania there are breathtaking landscapes of forests, valleys, rivers and magical beaches. Around the coastal strip there is a mountain range that reaches up to a height of 2,000 m.
Today, in addition to normal tourism, there is also medical tourism in Albania, that is, tourists who come to the country to receive medical treatments such as dentistry, plastic surgery, and Hair transplants. The number of tourists of this type is increasing year by year.
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Tirana, the capital of Albania
Tirana It is the capital city and the largest city in the Republic of Albania. It was founded in 1614 by Suleiman Pasha Berghini, and became the capital of Albania in 1920. It is a touristic city with a modern character and thus it is slightly different from the rest of the country. The prices in the city are very cheap, especially in the cafes and restaurants, which you will find scattered all over the city. In addition to the cafes, Tirana offers nightlife, many entertainment venues, casinos, museums, historical tours and spectacular mountain scenery. Tirana is also an attractive destination for pampering shopping.
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Medical tourism in Albania - hair transplants
In recent years, there are many people who come to Albania in order to receive various treatments, including hair transplants. Albania is a candidate to join the European Union, therefore all the health institutions and devices in the country are obliged to comply with the strict European standards, in terms of education and training of the medical staff, technologically and the level of service they are obliged to provide. The medical centers there work in cooperation with centers in Israel, which refer people there for the purpose of receiving treatments. Medical tourism is common in Albania, because it offers quality and professional treatments, at a cost that is significantly lower than in the country, My Hair company offers treatments High quality hair transplant in Albania, including all the necessary arrangements: flight, hotel accommodation, a representative who travels with the patients to Albania and accompanies them throughout the process.
The option of traveling to Albania for hair transplants is designed to meet a number of needs and population groups in Israel
- Israelis who have a travel ban to Istanbul - army personnel, police officers
- And Israelis who want to taste a new destination on the way to visit another different and special city.