Albania is not normally considered to be a popular holiday destination, but this country is full of surprises; and with a culture so welcoming to children, why would you not consider going off the beaten track this year for your family holiday?
As with most countries not renowned as tourist destinations, it can be difficult to know what to do there, here's what we think are the best ten things to do in Albania with Kids:
Lake Skadar - The largest lake in the Balkan peninsula is just waiting to be explored! Full of wildlife, mirror like waters, beautiful fishing villages and bursting with exciting ancient history, going to lake Skadar is a great family day trip!
Berat Castle - A unique reinforcement, still used as a residential place today by locals, the castle and its 2500 year history are fascinating to explore.
Durres Beaches - The biggest and most popular beach in the country has a vast stretch of white sand, beautiful blue waters, entertainment, food and drink within walking distance and all with the beautiful Albanian sunshine.
National History Museum -The largest museum in Albania has some incredible exhibitions taking you through the colourful and sometimes dark, history of the country with fascinating and exciting things to see.
Butrint National Park - A UNESCO world heritage site, the park is contains a lagoon and many important and beautiful historical sights dating back to the bronze age.
Archaeological Museum – Located in Durrës, this museum is home to some exceptional exhibits and artefacts dating back to the prehistoric times!
Drin – The longest river in Albania, and set amongst some of the most stunning canyons and cliffs in Europe, a walk in this area will not easily be forgotten.
Gjirokastër Castle – This castle, overlooking the town, is a must see; with five towers a citadel having existed in forms since the 12th century, step back in time as you explore this vast fortress.
Bratko Museum – Home to beautiful collections of oriental art, this curious building will be sure to spark the imagination.
Skanderbeg Square – Located in the heart of Tirana, the statue at its' centre is an iconic symbol of Albanian history. This area is great for unwinding after a day exploring the city, and for sitting back and observing the local culture.
James is the founder of Little Nomads a family-focused travel site where he shares his experiences about travelling with kids. You can have a conversation with James on twitter @littlenomads or via his Facebook page.