Albania lies on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. A mountainous and for many years inaccessible land, its mountains and hills, thickly forested with pine and fir, are home to wolf, bear, wild boar, and the endangered Balkan Lynx. High in the rugged mountains lives the Golden Eagle, Albania’s national symbol, depicted on the flag. The national culture reflects the country’s richly diverse history as the Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires which held sway in former times each left its legacy. There is a strong tradition of folk dance and song, and a distinctive cuisine, in which fish from the Mediterranean features strongly. Albania has made great strides to develop its economy, transport system, and its education and healthcare systems after decades of stagnation under the former regime. The capital, Tirana, has been regenerated with parks and open spaces, and its many sights include the Byzantine Castle, the Mosque of Et’hem Bey and the newly pedestrianised Skanderbeg Square.