QUOTE(wakingdream @ Jan 29 2007, 01:13 PM)
I'm really curious about Albania. From what I've read of other people's blogs, there seems to be some mixed feelings about it.
I was just all around these parts last summer (balkans link
). Albania was...ok. I only made it to a couple places though. Both Tirana and Durres were nothing special. As far as touristy things go, neither city had much to offer. Tirana did have a cool trendy area to go out at night. Prices were higher than I expected. The beach in Durres was quite polluted and smelled bad. I heard the beaches further south are nice (and the postcards I saw made them look pretty). Transport within the country is by bus. Getting across the border can be difficult (I got lucky). I met someone who did a daytour from Montenegro to Tirana. I wouldn't recommend that (what's the point?).
In Montenegro, definately go to Budva and Kotor. They're just across the border from Croatia (daily bus connections). I also made it out to Durmitor Nat'l Park, which was pretty.
Dubrovnik in Croatia tends to be overrun with tourists, but the old town is lovely. Split has a great old town and fewer tourists. The islands of Hvar and Korcula are good. Plitvice Nat'l Park is pretty. Get there early before the tour groups arrive.
Don't miss Sarajevo no matter what! One of the coolest cities I've ever been to. Also pay a visit to Mostar. Being in a country with clear remnants of war still around is eye opening.
Slovenia is the gem of the area. Lots to see and do packed into a little area. Beautiful outdoor scenery and some cute towns.
You'll have a great time. I brought a few of their recipes home with me (like shopska salad).