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50 beautiful photos of Albania that will inspire you to visit Albania

December 27, 2017 by Karen Turner 6 Comments

  • 1.1 Note: All photos are all rights reserved by Karen at Wanderlustingk.  If you are part of the media and you would like to share these photos with your audience, you are allowed to share a maximum of 5 photos with credit and a link to my website.  You cannot share all 50.  I am happy to send HQ photos if you contact me, but if you rehost ALL of my photos without permission, you will be contacted by a photo licensing agency about copyright infringement.
  • 2 Photos of Theth, Albania
  • 4 Theth to Valbona and Valbona
  • 5 Photos of Berat Albania
  • 6 Photos of Shkodra / Shkodër
  • 7 Countryside in Northern Albania
  • 8 Photos of Kolmani Lake / Lake Kolman
  • 9 Have you been to Albania? Where was the most beautiful place in Albania that you visited?

The photos of Albania that you’ll see here

  • Theth to Valbona trail / Valbona
  • Assorted countryside (Northern Albania)
  • Koman/Kolmani Lake
  • E̶v̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶b̶y̶r̶e̶k̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶p̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶A̶l̶b̶a̶n̶i̶a̶ ̶  (Sorry, I was too busy eating to take photos.)

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We didn’t get to the beach or the sea ( unforgivable, I know !), but I hope to return to Albania in the near future to see more of this beautiful country.  If I missed your favorite beautiful place in Albania, tell me where to go on my next trip. (I already have Vlora, the Southern Blue Eye, and Gjirokaster on my bucket list.) Thanks to Rohan & Max, Lavdi, and Cherene for being great company and the subjects in my photos.

Note: All photos are all rights reserved by Karen at Wanderlustingk.   If you are part of the media and you would like to share these photos with your audience, you are allowed to share a maximum of 5 photos with credit and a link to my website .   You cannot share all 50.  I am happy to send HQ photos if you contact me , but if you rehost ALL of my photos without permission, you will be contacted by a photo licensing agency about copyright infringement.

Photos of theth, albania.

Photo of Theth National Park in Albania. See how beautiful Albania is!

Photo of Albanian girl at restaurant overlooking the Blue Eye of Theth (the Blue Eye of the North) in Albania. This restaurant has the best views of the Blue Eye.

Theth to Valbona and Valbona

Photo of Theth to Valbona trail from Valbona peak in Albania. See how beautiful the Accursed Mountains of Albania are! #Travel #AdventureTravel #Balkans #Albania

Photos of Berat Albania

Sunset in Berat, one of the most beautiful places in Albania to visit. See why you should visit Albania through 50 beautiful Albania photos!

Photos of Shkodra / Shkodër

Photo of historical city centre of Shkoder Albania. Foto e qendrës historike të qytetit të Shkodrës. #Travel #Shkoder #Albania

Countryside in Northern Albania

Beautiful photo of bunker in countryside of Albania.

Photos of Kolmani Lake / Lake Kolman

Photo from Lake Kolman ferry, one of the most beautiful places in Albania.

Have you been to Albania? Where was the most beautiful place in Albania that you visited?

​Which photo was your favorite?

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About Karen Turner

New Yorker–born and raised. Currently living in the Hague, the Netherlands after stints in Paris and Amsterdam. Lover of travel, adventure, nature, city, dresses, and cats.

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December 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

The most beautiful place in Albania I visited was Drilon, near Pogradec, and Vila Art was the hotel with the best kitchen and food in Albania, I live already for 19 years in Albania.

December 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

In deed, unforgivable you didn’t went to the beach! Forget Dürres, go to Vlorë, Dhërmi, Qeparo, Himarë and Sarande. What a vieuws, unbelievable.

December 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Really nice and wonderful country. Thank you for sharing

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February 20, 2018 at 1:32 am

Very lovely and seemingly unspoiled!

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April 10, 2020 at 11:34 am

Albania is not a place I’d thought of visiting, but your pictures are great.

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March 25, 2021 at 3:04 am

Been to Albania 3 times and I still haven’t seen it all. Been to lezha, shkoder, Tirana, durres, elbasan for a bit. I think americans need to visit bunkart to see what the ppl had to go through. I want to see the south for the beaches. Berat, korca, would be awesome too. Love the castles. Byrek I love. The ppl are very friendly. Especially when I say te dua shqiperi.

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Albania Tour Guide

Beautiful Albania – 30 Photos of the most beautiful places in Albania

Albania has many beautiful places to see. Here is a list of the 30 most beautiful places and pictures that you can visit in Albania.

1. Thermal Springs of Benja in Permet

The Thermal Springs of Benja are one of the most beautiful locations in Albania.

Near the town of Permet, in the South of Albania, there are several natural hot springs. The water from the hot springs flows into the river. Some of the hot water from the river is diverted into some man-made pools at the bank of the river.

You can swim or soak in one of these stone pools at the bank of the river. Whilst you are soaking in one of the natural hot tubs, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The river that fills the hot pools is a magical light blue colour. Along the river, there are several little waterfalls and you constantly hear the sound of the water rushing by. Moreover, there is a gorgeous Medieval bridge that crosses the river, which was build during the Ottoman empire.

And the springs, the river & the Ottoman bridge are surrounded by a beautiful mountain landscape.

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2. The Lin village

The Lin village is a small village at the banks of Lake Ohrid, near the border with North Macedonia.

The Lin village is situated on a small peninsula, that points into Lake Ohrid. The small village is close to the larger lake side town Pogradec. If you plan on visiting Pogradec, it is definitely worth making a stopover in the Lin village.

The Lin village is a quiet fishing village. It is a great example of an authentic Albanian village. If you like travelling off-the-beaten-path and meeting the locals, then you will really enjoy strolling through Lin.

The village has characteristic small houses with beautiful red roofs. Apart from the old town, you can also visit one of the oldest mosaics in Eastern Europe near the village.

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3. The Lake Koman Ferry

In the North of Albania, near the town of Shkoder, you can take the Lake Koman Ferry.

From Shkoder city, you must drive for approximately 2 hours to get to Lake Koman. In Koman, you can board the Lake Koman Ferry boat.

The boat journey on Lake Koman is absolutely stunning. The lake is a bit like a long winding river, that turns and twists through the mountain landscape.

The Lake Koman ferry makes a 3-hour journey from the port of Koman to the port of Fierze. During the 3-hour journey, all you see is nature. The lake is surrounded by beautiful mountain cliffs.

Every time, the boat will travel towards a cliff and you think the lake will end, there is a turn in the river and a new landscape is revealed.

The Lake Koman ferry was not intended to be a tourist attaction. It was actually merely aimed at transportation for the locals.

However, the ferry journey was so beautiful that tourists from all over the world came to board the Lake Koman Ferry.

Bradt Guides even descibed the boat trip on Lake Koman as “one of the world greatest boat trips”.

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4. The Cape of Rodon

The Cape of Rodon is one of the undiscovered, hidden gems that only the local people know about.

The Cape of Rodon is a rocky peninsula that points into the Adriatic Sea. A narrow strip of land, which is overgrown with wild nature, points into the wild Adriatic sea.

The cape is about a 1.5 hour drive from Tirana and it is an absolutely stunning natural sight. You must park the car, and hike along a hilly trail for about 45 minutes. But it is worth the effort!

At the end of the hiking trail, you stand on the top of a hill, which overlooks the Cape of Rodon. You get a top view of the gorgeous peninsula.

You can hike down the steep hill, to visit the ruins of the castle of Skanderbeg. The castle was built by Albania’s national hero, in an effort to have easy access to the sea. Of course, there are several coastal and beach locations close to Tirana city.

However, the Cape of Rodon is the most natural, untouched and magical coastal spot near the capital city!

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5. The view of Tirana from Mount Dajti

One of the best things to do, when you are staying in Tirana, is making a day trip to Mount Dajti.

Mount Dajti is the closest mountain near the capital city Tirana. From the bottom of the hill, you can take the Dajti Ekspres Cable Car to get to the Dajti Balcony.

The Cable Car journey lasts 15 minutes, and the view from the cable car is absolutely stunning! You fly accross treetops, by mountain cliffs, over little farm houses and you see Tirana city in the distance.

At the end of the cable car trip, you arrive to the Dajti Balcony at a height of 1613 above sea level. From the balcony, you have an amazing view of Tirana city, Durres beach and the Adriatic Sea.

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6. The Blue Eye of Theth

The Blue Eye of Theth is one of the most magical places in Albania.

The Blue Eye of Theth is a natural mountain pool. It is located in the Albanian Alps in the North of Albania.

To visit the Blue Eye of Theth, you must take a 4-wheel drive taxi from Shkoder city to the Theth village in the Albanian Alps. The drive will take approximately 3.5 hours.

Once you arrive in the Theth mountain village, you must travel to the Nyderlysa village. You can either take a taxi for approximately 30 minutes or hike to Nyderlysa for about 3 hours. At Nyderlysa, you get on a 1 hour hiking trail through the mountains, which leads to the Blue Eye of Theth.

It journey is worth it though, the Blue Eye of Theth is absolutely stunning. The natural pool is filled with ice-cold mountain water. The water is so clear that you can see every little rock on the bottom of the pool.

The pool is surrounded by beautiful cliffs and greenery. And a little waterfall fills the pool with fresh water.

There is a wooden plateau on the top of the river, where you can enjoy a picnic or a fresh drink, whilst enjoying the beauty around you.

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7. Zvernec island in the Narta Lagoon

Zvernec island is one of the most picturesque locations in Albania.

The island of Zvernec is a little island, which is located at a 20 minute drive from Vlore beach. Zvernec is connected to the mainland via a long wooden bridge.

From the coast, you have the most amazing view of the water, the wooden bridge and the island.

You can cross the wooden bridge to visit the little island. On the island, there is a little monastery, which was built during the 13th and 14th century, whilst Albania was a part of the Byzantine empire.

The island is actually very small, it is 430 meters long and 300 meter wide. And most of the island is covered in pine trees.

Zvernec is not a full-day trip experience. However, it is a great 30 minute stopover, which you can make on your way from Vlore to the beaches of the Albanian Riviera in the south!

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8. Ksamil beach & Ksamil islands

Ksamil beach is a paradise! There are many beautiful beaches in the Albanian Riviera, but Ksamil beach is the most beautiful beach in Albania, without a doubt.

Therefore, Ksamil beach is called “the pearl of the Albanian Riviera”.

The beach of Ksamil is set on a little peninsula, in the ultimate south of Albania. The beach has perfect white sand. And the water of the Ionian Sea is turqoise blue and crystal clear. And there are little wooden shutters that lead into the sea.

But the highlight of Ksamil beach are the four little islands in the sea. The Ksamil islands are located very close to the coast. You can swim to the nearest island. Or you can rent a kayak or boat to peddle to the further islands.

All the islands are uninhabited and completly overgrown with lush nature. Of the four islands, the twin islands are the most interesting. These two little islands are connected to each other by a narrow strip of land.

Stay until the evening for a beautiful view of the sun going over the little islands!

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9. Gjipe Beach

Gjipe beach is one of the most remote beaches in the Albanian Riviera. Because the beach is completely surrounded by high cliffs.

Since the beach itself is more difficult to reach than the other beaches of the Albanian Riviera, it is completely private and isolated!

Whereas most of the beaches of the Albanian Riviera can be reached by car. Getting to Gjipe requires a hike. Take the road from Vuno towards the village of Ilias and follow the signage. The last part of the road is unpaved and rocky. You must walk for about 20 minutes to reach the amazing beach of Gjipe.

Gjipe beach truly is a hidden paradise! Although it is a bit more difficult to reach, it might just be the perfect beach you were looking for.

Make sure you bring some food and drinks with you though, because this hidden beach does not provide any catering.

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10. The Grunas Waterfall

The Grunas waterfall is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Albania. The waterfall of Grunas is a 25 meter high waterfall in the Albanian Alps in the North of Albania.

You can hike to the waterfall from the Theth mountain village. It takes about 50 minutes to hike to the waterfall from the center of the Theth village. It is a medium difficulty hiking trip.

At the bottom of the waterfall, there is a natural pool with emeralt green water. It is one of the most beautiful places, I have ever seen.

To visit the waterfall, you must travel to the Albanian Alps. However, if you plan on hiking from the Theth village accross the Valbone Pass to the Valbone village. Make sure you plan an additional night in Theth, so that you can explore the natural wonders of Theth, like the Grunas waterfall and the Blue Eye of Theth.

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11. Drymades beach

Drymades beach is on of the most beautiful hidden beaches in the Albanian Riviera. The beach of Drymades is located to the South of Dhermi beach. However, it is a completely different world.

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Drymades is completely different. It is a natural beach with a beautiful rock formation in the middle of the beach.

There is perfect golden sand and the incredible turqoise water, is calm and still. If you want to get away from Dhermi, it is the perfect place to enjoy a natural beach.

And even though, the Guardian ranked Drymades beach as the second most beautiful beach in Europe. And the Lonely Planet calls Drymades: “One of the more attractive beaches in the Albanian Riviera”. It is still quiet in the high season.

So if you find yourself in the Northern part of the Albanian Riviera, then Drymades beach should be on the top of your list!

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12. The Mangalem district in Berat city

Berat is by far the most beautiful historical city in Albania. And the historical center of Berat is also a UNESCO Heritage Site.

The old town center of Berat was built on the slope of the hill. If you look upwards from the valley, you will see hundreds of little white houses that were built on the side of the hill.

That is why Berat is also called “the city of a thousand windows”. Because if you stand at the bottom of the hill, it literally feels like all the little windows look down at you.

The historical city center of Berat consists of two historical neighbourhoods: The Mangalem Quarter and the Gorica Quarter. Of the two neighbourhoods, the Mangalem Quarter is the highlight.

You can spend your morning exploring the Berat Castle on the top of the hill. And then take some free time to explore the historical city center by foot.

Insider tip: Go for lunch or dinner in the Gorica Quarter on the other side of the river. Because from the terraces in Gorica, you will have a stunning view of the river, the Mangalem Quarter and the Berat Castle.

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13. Mirror beach

Mirror beach is a small beach surrounded by cliffs in the South of Albania.

If you have researched the Albanian Riviera online, you have most definitely come accross Ksamil beach. Because Ksamil is called “the pearl of the Albanian Riviera”. Simply said, Ksamil is a paradise-like beach and without a doubt the most beautiful beach in Albania.

Mirror beach, on the other hand, is much less known. It is a small beach, which is completely surrounded by cliffs.

When you stand on the beach, you will see cliffs on either side and the waves come crashing towards the shore.

The beach is called Mirror beach, because the water of the sea looks like a gigantic mirror, as it reflects the sunlight. Needless to say, it is an absolute blast to watch the sun go down in the evening.

I am not saying that you should not visit Ksamil beach, because you absolutely should! However, if you find yourself in the high season and Ksamil beach is busy on the day you visit. You may want to spend some time at the nearby Mirror beach as well, so that you can enjoy some privacy too!

And Mirror beach gets raving reviews on Tripadvisor, so you do not have to take my word for it, simply read some reviews!

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14. The Grand Park in Tirana

The Grand Park in Tirana is one of the most beautiful places in the capital city. When people ask me about visiting Tirana city, I usually recommend a walking tour through the city center. Because it gives you a lovely overview of the landmarks and the history of Albania.

If you do decide to go for a walking tour of Tirana, I recommend you finish your tour at the Grand Park of Tirana.

There is a large artificial lake in the middle of the park, which gives you a stunning view of the surrounding park lands and neighbourhoods. Walk or go for a run along the water. Or enjoy a lazy cup of coffee, whilst staring accros the water.

Although the Grand Park is not a full-day trip or a destination in itself. It is the perfect ending to a day of exploring the capital city of Albania.

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15. Rana e Hedhun beach

Rana e Hedhun is a stunning beach in the North of Albania.

If you arrive at Tirana International Airport, you can either travel to the North of Albania or the South of Albania. The South of Albania is mostly known for the beautiful beaches of the Albanian Riviera. And the North of Albania is popular amongst hikers, who enjoy exploring the Albanian Alps.

However, even if you decide to visit the Albanian Alps, you can still enjoy an afternoon on the beach! There is no need to travel all the way to the South of Albania, in order to enjoy a few hours on the beach.

Rana e Hedhun is a gorgeous beach close to Shkoder city. Most hikers plan a 3-4 day round trip through the Albanian Alps, which starts and ends in Shkoder city. I recommend you plan 1 extra day in Shkoder, to explore the historical city center in the morning and to go to Rana e Hedhun beach in the afternoon.

Rana e Hedhun is also known as “Thrown Sand”. Because the beach is known for its large sand dune. You can climb the hill and slide down the sand dune towards the sea. Although there are some small restaurants along the shore, the beach still has a “beach village” feeling.

Avoid the nearby Shengjin beach, which has many hotels and resorts along the shore. And visit the beautiful beach instead.

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16. Butrint

Butrint is the most beautiful UNESCO Heritage Site in Albania. It is an archaeological park set on the little peninsula.

At Butrint, you can visit the ruins of an ancient city. Throughout history, Butrint was a Greek city, a Roman city, a bishopric, a part of the Venetian empire and a part of the Ottoman empire. As a result, in the park you can see ruins of each period of the cities development.

However, when I write about an archaeological park, sometimes people think it is only of interest to historians and archaeologists. Which is absolutely not true.

Yes, Butrint has stunning ruins. But it is the nature surrounding the ruins that makes this park something special.

The archaeological park is set on a little peninsula, which is overgrown with lush nature. And surrounding the peninsula, there is beautiful water of Lake Butrint and the Vivari channel.

Because of the unique combination of historical ruins and nature, everyone will enjoy a 2-hour visit to Butrint. And it is conveniently located near Ksamil beach, Saranda beach and the Blue Eye of Albania, so you can easily combine it with another destination!

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17. The Blue Eye of Albania, near Saranda

The Blue Eye of Albania is a magical spot.

Essentially, the Blue Eye of Albania is a fresh water spring. There is an underwater cave deep underneath the water. And the spring pumps fresh water to the surface of the river with an enourmous force.

The reason why this fresh water spring, became a touristic attraction, is its mesmerizing beauty.

The water of the spring is a bright blue colour. So bright in fact, that you won’t believe it is natural.

Moreover, the spring is called “The Blue Eye”, because it resembles a human eye. The underwater cave is the black pupil of a human eye. And the bright blue water is the iris of a human eye.

A fun fact is that nobody knows exactly, how deep the Blue Eye of Albania is. Numberous divers have tried to reach the bottom of the spring. However, this type of cave diving is extremely dangerous, because the diver has to swim against that enourmous water pressure. The Blue Eye is at least 50 meters deep, but nobody knows how much deeper…

For the adventurous people, you can jump into the spring from a platform at the top. And you will resurface immediately after, because the water pressure will push you up!

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18. The springs of Drilon

The springs of Drilon are a beautiful touristic location near Lake Ohrid.

Lake Ohrid is a massive lake on the border of Albania and North Macedonia. On the Albanian side of the lake, you can visit the town of Pogradec, the village of Lin and the springs of Drilon.

The springs of Drilon are the origin of the Drin river, which flows into Lake Ohrid. This beautiful place is a well-known touristic resort amongst the Albanian people. Along the waterside, there are many decorative threes. And there is a little pond, which crosses to a tiny island.

It is a very pretty and peaceful location. And if you are in the area of Lake Ohrid, it is definitely worth a stopover.

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19. Jale beach

Jale beach is my personal favorite beach in the Albanian Riviera. And if the above picture has not convinced you, then I do not know what will…

Jale beach is a small beach in the middle of the Albanian Riviera. If you drive along the coastal road, you will find Jale between Dhermi beach and Himare beach.

The beach itself is a small bay facing the Ionian Sea. Amongst the locals, Jale beach is known as “the beach with the clearest water of the Albanian Riviera”.

On one side of the half-moon shaped bay, there is a little peninsula with a hotel overlooking the beach. This hotel was actually used during the communist regime by the party elite. And it is still functional as a hotel until this day!

Jale is also pupular for its campsides, where you can rent a tent near the beach.

Moreover, if you are in Jale, you can book a sailing, biking, canoe or hiking trip to the nearby Gjipe beach. Since Gjipe is complety surrounded by cliffs, you can peddle your way to this hidden beach, if you start from Jale beach!

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20. Porto Palermo and the Castle of Ali Pasha

Porto Palermo is a stunning sightseeing location in the Albanian Riviera.

In the middle of the Bay of Porto Palermo, you can visit a little peninsula. It is almost an island, but it is connected to the mainland via a narrow strip of land. On the peninsula, you can visit the Castle of Ali Pasha.

The Castle of Ali Pasha is trianglar shaped castle. The highlight is the rooftop deck, which gives you a panoramic view of the entire Bay of Porto Palermo.

Historians are devided over who actually built this triangular shaped castle. Although some Albanian history books say it was built by the Albanian governor “Ali Pasha” during the Ottoman empire. There are others, who believe it was built by the Venetians, since it has the same shape as the Venetian castle at Butrint.

It is of course possible that history was re-written during the communist period, because the Albanian Ali Pasha was a national hero, which fit the nationalistic promotion of the communist dictator.

Regardless of who built this castle, I definitely recommend a quick stop on route to the South of the Albanian Riviera. If only to take a stunning picture from the castle’s rooftop!

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21. The stunning view from the Llogara Pass

The Llogara Pass offers one of the most beautiful views in Albania.

The Llogara Pass is a viewpoint on the coastal road along the Albanian Riviera. All the beaches of the Albanian Riviera are located alongside the main coastal road. The coastal road starts at Vlore beach and it leads to Saranda beach in the South of Albania.

The Llogara Pass is the highest point on the coastal road. It has a height of 1043 meters above sea level.

When you drive from Vlore beach to the south, you will drive over the winding road to the Llogara Pass before you reach Dhermi beach.

From the Llogara Pass, you can see Dhermi beach, the Dhermi village and Palase beach. Moreover, you will have a stunning view of the Ionian Sea.

There is a lovely restaurant at the top of the pass, which has floor-to-ceiling windows, from where you can enjoy the view. It is great to plan a coffee break or a lunch at the restaurant on your way the south of Albania.

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22. The Venice Art Mask Factory

The Venice Art Mask Factory is by far the most interesting place to visit in Shkoder city.

The Venice Art Mask Factory was started by Edmond Angoni. He is an Albanian man, who worked in Italy for many years, before returing home to Albania to start his studio.

The factory produces handicraft masks for the Venetian carnival. All the masks are hand-made by a series of artists. And they are one-of-a-kind.

The Venice Art Mask Factory has a reputation for producing high quality masks, which are exported and solt in shops all around the world.

Apart from the art studio, there is a mask showroom. In the showroom, you can see a large collection of Venetian masks. And if you like you can buy one of the masks as a souvenir to bring home.

Shkoder as a city is known for its artistic vibe and the Venice Art Mask Factory is one of the highlights.

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23. Monastery beach

Monastery beach is one of the best kept secrets in Albania.

Monastery beach is a little beach located between Saranda beach and Ksamil beach. It is a part of the Albanian Riviera, but it is not a well-known beach.

Both Saranda beach and Ksamil beach are incredibly popular beaches. Saranda is the largest coastal city in the Albanian Riviera. Therefore, Saranda is also known as “the capital of the Albanian Riviera”. Ksamil beach is the most beautiful beach in the Albanian Riviera and known as “the pearl of the Albanian Riviera”.

However, both Saranda and Ksamil are busy and they attrack many tourists in the high season. Therefore, if you want to get away from the crowds in the high season, Monastery beach is a great option.

Monastery beach is secluded. The beach is surrounded by high cliffs on both sides. The best part of this beach is the isolation and privacy.

You can hike up the hill to the 14th century monastery of Saint George. From the hill, you have a stunning view of Monastery beach, the Ionian Sea and Lake Butrint.

And you do not have to make up your mind now. Because Monastery beach is conveniently located between Saranda and Ksamil. So if you find either beach too crowded, you can easily drive or take a taxi to the quieter Monastery beach.

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24. Petrela village and Petrela Castle

Petrela Castle is a great place to visit for a day-trip from Tirana.

Petrela is a little village located very close to the capital city Tirana. From Tirana’s city center, it will only take you about 25 minutes to drive or take a taxi to Petrela.

Although Tirana and Petrela are close to each other, they are completely different worlds.

When you drive into the Petrela village, you will immediately fall in love with the romantic athmosphere. As you drive along the winding road, you will see Olive groves everywhere.

Along the road, there are little restaurants and mom-and-pop owned hotels. At the top of the hill, you can visit the Petrela Castle. The castle was built on the top of a large rock.

From the castle, you have the most amazing panoramic view of the valley, the little village and the hills.

The castle used to be a part of the defense of the national hero Skanderbeg. Skanderbeg was a military commander, who defended the Albanians against the invasion of the Ottoman Turks. Skanderbeg himself was based in the nearby Kruje Castle, but his sister Mamica was based in Petrela.

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25. The Albanian Alps

If you enjoy visiting rough and untouched nature, then you must definitely visit the Albanian Alps.

The Albanian Alps are also known as the Accursed Mountains. The Alps are a large mountain range in the North of Albania.

The beauty of visiting the Albanian Alps is that they remain remote until this day. This is mainly due to the fact that this region is still relatively difficult to reach.

If you would like to visit the Theth mountain village in the Albanian Alps, you must book a four-wheel-drive taxi in Shkoder city. From Shkoder city, it takes roughly 3.5 hours to get to the Theth village.

Although the first part of the road to Theth has asphalt. The last hour of your journey, you will drive on a stoney dirt track.

However, it remoteness also is the beauty of the Albanian Alps. You can spend the night in an authenic guesthouse. And as you wander through the little villages of the Albanian Alps, it feels as though you are going back in time.

One of the main attractions is a day-hike accross the 1800 meter high Valbone Pass. This part of the mountains is so remote, that the only way to get from the Theth village to the Valbone village is by hiking the trail. There simply is no road connecting the two villages.

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26. The view from Lekuresi Castle in Saranda

The Lekuresi Castle is a great place to visit, if you are staying in Saranda.

Saranda is the largest coastal city in the Albanian Riviera. The city’s hotels are built around the large bay.

To get an amazing view of the city of Saranda, you can drive up the steep road to Lekuresi Castle.

From the castle’s walls, you have a stunning panoramic view. On a clear day, you can see the entire city of Saranda, Corfu island, Ksamil beach and Butrint.

The castle was built by the Ottomans Turks in the 16th century, when they ruled over Albania. The main reason for building the castle was the strategic location. From the castle, the Ottomans could control the road to Butrint and protect their empire from attacks from Corfu island.

Although the castle itself is mostly in ruins, it is the view that makes this location worth visiting.

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27. Grama Bay

Grama Bay is one of the most gorgeous and unspoiled beaches in the Albanian Riviera. Grama Bay is a part of the Karaburun Peninsula. Karaburun is a rocky peninsula that points into the sea between Vlore beach and Dhermi beach.

There are several hidden beaches along the peninsula of Karaburun, but Grama Bay is the absolute highlight without a doubt. Therefore, Grama Bay is also known as the “jewel of the Albanian Riviera”.

Grama Bay is a very remote beach. It can be reached by taking a boat from the Dhermi village. The boat trip costs roughly 150 euros, but it can accommodate 6 or 7 people. The only other way is hiking for 6 hours, however, you will need to hike through the remote and hilly terain. And you definitely need a good supply of drinking water.

Grama Bay is also known as “the Bay of Scripts”. Because Grama Bay provides shelter from the rough sea. Throughout history, sailers carmed inscriptions and symbols in the cliffs surrounding the bay, to give thanks to their gods.

Scholars have analyzed the inscriptions in the cliffs and found ancient, medieval Greek and Latin languages.

Visiting the Bay of Grama is absolutely worth it, however, it does require some proper planning to get to this hidden gem.

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28. The endless view from Kruje Castle

Kruje Castle is a classic day-trip destination for tourists, who are staying in Tirana. Mostly because it is a beautiful sightseeing location, which is only a 45 minute drive from Tirana.

The Castle of Kruje is located on a hilltop and it has the most amazing view. From the castle, you can see the entire city of Tirana, several other villages, the valley, the mountain landscape, the Adriatic Sea and Durres beach.

Inside the castle, you can also visit the Skanderbeg Museum and the Ethnographic Museum. The Skanderbeg Museum is dedicated to Albania’s national hero Skanderbeg. He was a military commander, who reunited the Albanian tribes in a fight against the invasion of the Ottoman Turks. And in the Etnographic Museum, you get a unique insight in an Albanian family house.

There is also a lovely Bazaar market with handicraft items. And there is a variety of restaurants and coffee houses.

But by far the highlight of visiting Kruje is the endless view.

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29. Pirate’s Cave

Close to Dhermi beach, you can get on a speed boat and visit the Pirate’s Cave.

This activity starts from Dhermi beach. You can get on a speedboat from Dhermi to the Pirate’s Cave, which costs 8 euros per person. Or you can buy a combined boat trip to the Pirate’s Cave and Gjipe beach for 2000 Lek (approximately 17 euros).

The Pirate’s Cave is a stunning location. The cave is located underneath the Saint Theodoros Rock. It is a sea cave, which can accommodate one small boat. The ceiling is high and there is a hole in the ceiling through which a little light enters the cave.

The Pirate’s cave is a beautiful location and based on the reviews on Tripadvisor it is one of the best things to do near Dhermi beach.

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30. Driving along the coastal road

The coastal road between Vlore beach and Saranda beach is a stunning route. This is the main road that leads by all of the most beautiful beaches of the Albanian Riviera.

Be sure to plan some extra time, if you are driving along this road. Because from the turning and twisting road, you will have many stunning views of the beaches below.

Moreover, you will certainly want to get off the road to visit the little beaches below. Apart from beaches, you can also make a stop at the Llogara Pass, which is a high viewpoint. And you can visit the Castle of Ali Pasha, which is located on a little peninsula in the Bay of Porto Palermo.

All the larger beaches, like Dhermi beach, Jale beach, Himare beach and Borsh beach are clearly indicated. However, if you aiming to visit some of the smaller hidden coves, like Gjipe beach, Aquarium Bay or Drymades beach, you will need to bring a route description with you.

And finally, I do want to mention that you must be an experienced and confident driver in order to drive in Albania. Not all the Albanian drivers follow the rules of the road, so you will have to be extra alert to avoid an accident. If you doubt your driving skills in a foreign country in any way, please book a tour or a private driver.

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15 Best Places to Visit in Albania

Albania may be a little country but there is a lot to see and do in this exciting up-and-coming location. Bordering Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo and Montenegro, Albania’s long coastline is one of the most ruggedly beautiful in the world.

While Albania is slowly becoming more popular with tourists it remains extremely undiscovered, as well as almost completely unspoiled. Albania boasts some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture in the world, along with supremely clear Mediterranean air and stunningly fabulous beaches.

And, perhaps best of all, travelling to Albania remains an extremely affordable trip, even compared to much of the rest of this part of Europe. Let’s have a look the best places to visit in Albania !

1. Albanian Riviera

Albanian Riviera, Himara

The Albanian Riviera is perhaps the most popular place in the country for tourists to visit. The riviera has a growing reputation as an important music location, with many international music festivals – including Turtle Fest and Soundwave Albania – having taken place here.

Nightclubs such as Folie Marine in Jale beach and Havana Beach Club near Dhermi draw young people from across Europe to the Albanian Riviera.

The seaside town of Himara is one of the riviera’s best places to visit, while Porto Palermo Beach, Llamani Beach and Filikuri Beach are some of the area’s finest sandy stretches, while Drymades Beach is one of the liveliest spots here.

Tirana

The capital city of Albania, Tirana will be the starting point for many people exploring the best places in Albania.

The city is home to few must-see tourist locations, but the 18th-century Et’hem Bey mosque is well worth a visit.

Tirana’s people, like the vast majority of Albanian locals, are exceptionally friendly and the city is supremely affordable, with surprisingly excellent food and drinks both very cheap.

Skanderbeg Square is one of Tirana’s most important places and this is where the National Historical Museum can be found too.

At the heart of Skanderbeg Square – and therefore the heart of Tirana – is a statue of the historic Albanian national hero Skanderbeg.

3. Llogara Pass

Llogara Pass

The Llogara Pass is one of Albania’s most famous places, with the road providing one of the most spectacular drives in the whole world.

Located in the middle of the Llogara National Park, the road travels to over 1,000 metres above sea level and the scenery will take your breath away.

At the top of the pass there is a good range of restaurants, which are ideal places to enjoy some of the most stunning sights in Albania.

Llogara National Park itself is home to animals such as the golden eagle, European wildcat and fallow deer.

A drive from  Tirana to Saranda taking in the Llogara Pass should take a few hours, but allow plenty of extra time to stop and take lots of photographs.

Berat

Berat is in the middle of Albania and it is believed to be one of the country’s oldest towns. Berat is often known by its nickname – the City of a Thousand Windows – due to its mix of Ottoman and Albanian architecture.

Berat’s main tourist site is the 140th century castle, Kalaja, which is still home to hundreds of people. Formerly among the most important Albanian cities of the Ottoman Empire, Berat was added to the list of Unesco World Heritage sites in 2008.

The Church of St. Mary of Blachernae is a must-see sight for anyone visiting Berat, as is the Mangalem Quarter.

Saranda and Lekursi Castle

Saranda is one of the hottest tourism locations in Albania, with the town having undergone a huge amount of development in the last 20 years or so.

Saranda is home to some of the most unforgettable beaches in Albania, while the Unesco World Heritage site at Butrint is located just outside of Saranda and is well worth a visit too.

Lekursi Castle is one of the best places to go in Saranda, with people flocking here to enjoy stunning sunsets. Saranda is located a short trip across the Ionian Sea from the popular Greek island of Corfu.

6. Gjirokastra

Gjirokastra

A Unesco city, Gjirokastra is without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Albania. Unique Ottoman period architecture – with houses designed like small castles – can be found all over Gjirokastra, which has a military museum and art gallery in its amazing castle that dominates the skyline.

A folklore festival also takes place in Gjirokastra’s castle every five years – the last one was in 2015. Visiting the old Ottoman bazaar in Gjirokastra should be on the agenda for anyone visiting this part of the country.

Gjirokastra is famous as the birthplace of world-renowned author Ismail Kadare and Albania’s former dictator Enver Hoxha – today their old homes are museums.

Kruja

Located a short trip away from the capital Tirana, Kruja is a must-visit spot for anyone heading to Albania for the first time.

Kruja is home to the national ethnographic museum, but it is best known for being where the Skanderbeg museum can be found. Located in the Kruja castle, the museum is one of Albania’s most important and popular tourist attractions.

It was from this fortress that Albania’s hero – George Kastrioti Skanderbeg – defended the country from Ottoman invasion over a period spanning three decades.

The castle also offers staggering views of the Adriatic Sea. The national park Qafe Shtama and the tomb of Sari Saltik are also located close to Kruja.

Theth

Away from Albania’s biggest cities, in the north of the country, is Theth. Located high in the Albanian Alps, Theth is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and it is easy to see why.

Theth National Park is perhaps the most beautiful place in all of Albania, with its Grunas Waterfall and the Lock-in Tower both extremely popular with visitors.

The mountain peaks of Thethi, Boga, Razma and Vermoshi provide an unforgettable experience of Albania in its most natural state.

Hikers and nature lovers will find Theth to be one of the best places to visit during a trip to Albania.

9. Ksamil Islands

Ksamil Islands

The highlight of the Albanian Riviera is perhaps the Ksamil Islands, a remote group of three small islands located just off the coast, accessible only by boat from the small town of Ksamil.

Part of the larger Butrint National Park, the Ksamil Islands are a fantastic example of Albania at its most untouched and unspoiled.

Visiting the Blue Eye Spring is also a must for anyone who wants to experience what Ksamil has to offer during their magical Albanian break. July and August are the busiest time of year for the Ksamil Islands, but even then there are few tourists around here.

10. Shkodra

Shkodra

The largest town in the north of Albania, Shkodra is often considered the cultural capital of the country.

This is because it hosts events such as Carnival, Lake Day, the Children’s Festival and Shkodra Jazz Fest, while it is also home to a famous historic castle notable for its important role during the First Balkan War.

Shkodra has a simply gorgeous lake, while the medieval citadel of Drisht is only a few miles away. The famous Migjeni theatre is in Shkodra as well, along with an ace market that is well worth visiting. Shkodra’s Malazeze cuisine is perhaps Albania’s best too.

Vlore

In the south-west of Albania is the popular coastal resort of Vlore , which has long been best known for its olive production – it is believed to house some 280,000 olive trees.

Vlore has many important historic sights, but perhaps the most famous of them is the Albanian Independence Proclamation Building, which is where Albania declared independence a little over 100 years ago.

Today, there is a monument dedicated to this defining moment in Albania’s history. The area of Cold Water in Vlore is popular with younger tourists due to its choice of hip bars and restaurants.

12. Apollonia

Apollonia

Apollonia was once one of the most important cities in the world, and as such it is a must for anyone visiting Albania for the first time.

Found in the heart of Albania, within easy reach from the city of Fier, Apollonia’s ruins are breathtaking and the views from this part of the country are superb too.

Once upon a time, Apollonia was listed among the dominions of Pyrrhus of Epirus. Those days are long gone, but Apollonia should still be on the itinerary for anyone who wants to learn more about Albania’s rich history up close.

Durres

Albania’s main port, Durres is also one of the nation’s oldest cities. Durres is most famous for being home to the biggest amphitheater in the Balkans, while the unspoiled northern coastal stretch of Lalzit Bay is one of Albania’s most beautiful places to visit.

Tourists should consider taking time out of their schedules to visit the Durres Archaeological Museum, the Aleksander Moisiu Theatre and the Royal Villa of Durres during their time in the second largest city in Albania.

Many cultural events and feastings are held in Durres throughout the year, while the city is also the birthplace of Bujar Nishani, the current President of Albania.

14. Lake Koman

Lake Koman

For the most breathtaking scenery in the entire Balkans, visiting Lake Koman in Albania should be on anyone’s bucket list. Often described as one of the world’s great boat trips, the journey takes visitors from the hydro-electric dam at Koman to the port of Fierza.

While the locals that use the boat regularly may now take the rugged beauty of the Albanian mountains for granted, any first-time visitor will find the sights from the Lake Koman Ferry to be truly jaw-dropping. The trip on the ferry is also a great opportunity to see what life is like for many Albanians in remote areas.

15. Pogradec

Pogradec

One of the most up-and-coming places to visit in Albania is Pogradec, which can be found on the shores of Lake Ohrid in the east of the nation.

Lake Ohrid is the deepest lake in the Balkan region and while the Macedonian side of the lake is more popular, Albania’s shore is definitely on the up.

Pogradec is famous for its rich folklore, while its Puppet Theater Festival is one of the most interesting events on Albania’s tourism calendar.

The stunning Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park is around 30-45 minutes away from Pogradec as well, while the springs of Drilon are also close.

15 Best Places to Visit in Albania:

  • Albanian Riviera
  • Llogara Pass
  • Gjirokastra
  • Ksamil Islands

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21 Most Instagrammable Photo Spots in Albania

I have divided the most instagrammable places in Albania into 3 sections – Mountains, town and beaches. These include all the best places in Albania. Check out the interactive map below to see exactly where they are all located.

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Most Instagrammable photo spots in Albania (Mountains)

If you are planning a road trip through Albania , make sure to include a stop in the Albanian Alps to the north of the country. The mountain landscape is perfect for hikes, and even during the summer holidays it’s very peaceful. Theth is one of the best places in Albania. You can either get here by yourself of book onto a small tour including transport and accommodation. Here are the most instagrammable photo spots in Albania’s mountains.

1) Theth Church

One of the most instagrammable photo spots in Albania (and my personal favourite place) is the super cute Theth Church.

The best time to shoot the church is about an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. I recommend finding a guesthouse near the church to make this easier, I stayed at the  Marashi Guesthouse  which is just a 5 minute walk away.

I visited Albania in July/August, when Theth is very luscious and green.

PHOTO LOCATION – 42°23’20.4″N 19°46’55.0″E and 42°23’26.2″N 19°46’50.7″E

Most instagrammable photo spots in Albania Theth

2) Blue Eye

If you visit Theth in the Albanian Alps then make sure to hike to the Blue Eye . The Blue Eye in Theth is a simply breath-taking waterfall nestled in a valley amongst the Albanian Alps. It gets its name from the shockingly vibrant water, which is also deceivingly cold! The bright coloured water and surrounding foliage make it the perfect photo spot. The hike takes around 6 hours return (but you can take a jeep some of the way if you want) and will take you past some incredible landscapes.

I recommend using maps.me to find the best route here.

Instagrammable photo spots in Albania

PHOTO LOCATION – Blue Eye in Theth.

Where to stay in Theth: Marashi Guesthouse  

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3) Grunas Waterfall

Whilst hiking to the Blue Eye you will pass by Grunas waterfall, just a 30 minute walk from Theth. The waterfall falls 30 metres into a beautiful blue pool. Making for a beautiful instagrammable photo spot!

Instagrammable photo spots in Albania

PHOTO LOCATION – Grunas Waterfall

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4) Lake Koman (Komani Lake)

Lake Koman (or Komani Lake) is a reservoir in northern Albania, surrounded by steep mountains. Sailing down the Komani Lake makes you feel like you’re in the Lord of the Rings, it really is a unique landscape, a super instagrammable place in Albania. As it’s only accessible by boat I recommend booking a boat tour .

Instagrammable photo spots in Albania

Where to stay to visit Lake Koman – Hotel Kurtabeg in Shkoder.

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5) Lumi i Shales

Another one of the most beautiful places in Albania is Lumi i Shales. Picture a bright blue river, weaving down amongst sheer vertical cliffs. It’s definitely one of the best places in Albania and is the perfect place to spend the day. It’s not the easiest place to get to as it’s only accessible by boat, check out my guide to find out how to get to Lumi i Shales.

PHOTO LOCATION – 42°11’56.0″N 19°48’41.0″E (Near Eagles Land)

Where to stay to visit Lumi i Shales – Hotel Kurtabeg in Shkoder.

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Most Instagrammable photo spots in Albania (towns)

Albania is full of beautiful old medieval towns, a number of them are UNESCO world heritage sites. Scroll through these pictures of Albania’s towns for inspiration on the must see places.

The medieval town of Kruje is located near Tirana, the capital of Albania.  I stopped there on my drive from Dhermi to Shkoder. Take a walk around the old town and admire all the souvenirs. The table covers in the bazaar make for a great insta-worthy photo spot.

PHOTO LOCATION – Kruje Bazaar (Pazari Vjeter)

Instagrammable places in Albania

7) Ministry of Agriculture, Tirana

The colourful apartment blocks and minister buildings make for a great instagrammable photo spot in Albania’s capital. The orange and gold Ministry of Agriculture was my personal favourite!

PHOTO LOCATION – Ministry of Agriculture

Where to stay in Tirana  – Villa 27 Apartments .

Instagram photo spots in Albania Tirana

8) Bunk’Art, Tirana

Another instagrammable spot in Tirana is the Bunk’Art museum. A bomb shelter that was converted into a history museum and contemporary art gallery.

PHOTO LOCATION – Bunk’Art 2 (near Tirana City Hall)

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9) Butrint National Park

If you are staying for a few nights in Ksamil, on the Albanian Riviera , make sure to check out Butrint National Park, one of the most important archaeological sites in Albania. Butrint National Park contains different artefacts and structures, dating from the Iron Age up until the Middle Age. The old ampitheatre makes for a great photo opportunity.

PHOTO LOCATION – The amphitheatre in Butrint National Park.

Where to stay when visiting Butrint National Park – Vila Renato in Ksamil.

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10) Gjirokastër

Another beautiful old town to visit during your Albania Road trip is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gjirokaster. The old town and Gjirokastër Fortress are must see places in Albania and make for great historical photo spots.

Where to stay in Gjirokaster – Palorto Hotel

Instagrammable photo spots in Albania

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Berat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with very unique architecture, making it a super insta-worthy photo spot in Albania. If you don’t have a car then you can book a day tour to Berat from Tirana.

Where to Stay in Berat – Apartment Donend.

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Korçë is a city is located to the South East and is arguably the most beautiful town in Albania.  Make sure to check out all the beautiful architecture there, like the iconic resurrection cathedral.

PHOTO LOCATION – Iliaz Bej Mirahori Mosque

Where to Stay in Korce – Vila Adel .

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13) Mesi bridge near Shkoder

The Mesi bridge near Shkoder is a beautiful, unique 18th century bridge. It looks like something from a fairytale! Be sure to visit after the wet season to enjoy the crystal clear water running underneath.

PHOTO LOCATION – Mesi Bridge

Where to stay in Shkoder – Hotel Kurtabeg.

Instagrammable photo spots in Albania

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14) Ebu Bekr Mosque, Shkoder

The Ebu Bekr Mosque in Shkoder is definitely worth a photo, especially during blue hour when the whole street starts to light up.

PHOTO LOCATION – The view from rooftop Bar Restorant Piceri Chicago

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Most Instagrammable beaches in Albania

There are a lot of super instagrammable beaches along the Albanian Riviera . If you’re exploring Albania during the warmer months from May to October make sure to check some of them out! Scroll down for lots of pictures of Albania’s beaches!

15) The parasols on Palasa Beach in Dhermi

Head to Palasa Beach in Dhermi to enjoy beachside bars and the super colourful and instagrammable parasols. Definitely one of my favourite beaches in Albania.

PHOTO LOCATION – 40°09’31.0″N 19°36’11.7″E

Where to stay in Dhermi – Vila Kristi  

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16) On the boardwalk at Palasa Beach in Dhermi

Another instagrammable photo spot in Dhermi is on the boardwalk onto Palasa Beach, it’s framed by lots of plants, so is great for photos!

PHOTO LOCATION – Palasa Beach, 40°09’20.0″N 19°36’34.0°”E

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17) Jumping into the ocean at Dhermi Beach

The Albanian riviera has the most incredible blue water so make sure to get a picture jumping into the Adriatic sea!

PHOTO LOCATION – DHERMI BEACH

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18) Gjipe Beach

One of my favourite beaches in Albania is the secluded Gjipe Beach. Hike down from the top to enjoy a super insta-worthy view over the coastline.

PHOTO LOCATION – 40°07’54.8″N 19°40’27.5″E

Where to stay to visit Gjipe Beach – Vila Kristi in Dhermi

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19) Himare Beach

Another instagrammable beach in Albania is Himare beach, just down the road from Dhermi.  It’s a beautiful long beach bordered by mountains and there aren’t any parasols to rent so you can lie down wherever you want!

PHOTO LOCATION – Grab some pizza at Pizzeria La Famiglia for this view over Himare beach.

Where to stay in Himare: Calliope Apartments

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20) Ksamil Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in Albania is Ksamil. It’s also the best place for backpackers as there is a number of budget accommodation available. It has beautiful crystal clear water as well as 4 rocky Islands that make a great backdrop for your instagram photos.

PHOTO LOCATION – Plazhi Ksamil 7, 39°46’24.7″N 19°59’49.9″E

Where to stay in Ksamil – Vila Renato . 

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21) Syri I Kalter, Blue Eye near Sarande

There are two blue eyes in Albania (both with freezing cold water!). If you don’t manage to make it to Theth in the mountains, make sure to check out Syri I Kalter, the Blue Eye swimming hole near Sarande. The bright blue water surrounded by green foliage makes for a beautiful instagrammable photo spot in Albania. You can easily visit by booking a half day trip .

PHOTO LOCATION – Syri I Kalter.

Where to stay to visit the Blue Eye – Vila Renato in Ksamil.

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I hope you have an amazing time exploring Eastern Europe’s jewel, Albania. The most instagrammable photo spots in Albania also happen to be all the must see places! Make sure to check out my 1 – 2 week road trip itinerary to start planning your trip!

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Kariss Ainsworth

What a completely stunning place! Makes me really want to visit!

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paulamartinelli

This is absolutely STUNNING – OMG! I am in love with Albania now, seriously have added this to my bucket list. I am planning a long therm road trip for next year and your post just inspired me to visit and spend some time visiting these dream places.

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You found almost all the beautiful places in Albania. Next time I recommend you go to Pogradec as well, but also Permet for the city of flowers and also Vjosa canyon to do some rafting.And the Karaburun Peninsula in Vlora is beautiful as well as the Jal beach in the south. I might be biased though as I love Albania so everything looks beautiful to me LOL.

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Those photography spots are amazing!! I would love to visit Albania one day!

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Shelley Marmor

Albania looks absolutely stunning, especially that amazing jump at Dhermi Beach. I’m pinning & saving this article for later, because there’s no way I couldn’t add Albania to my bucket list now that I have seen this amazing blog post!

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limitlesssecrets

Albania looks really appealing! You shared so many photogenic places that I am even more interested to visit!

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cristinarm937

I didn’t know Albania was so beautiful. You really make me want to go there 🙂

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Caroline Muller

Albania has been on my list of places to see for such a long time! All of these spots look so so pretty!

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The Land of Eagles , Albania, offers a variety of activities and things to do. It has so many beautiful places. Whether you’re a  history and culture lover  or like  gastronomy and food  and  traditions  of the country, you’ll find something for yourself.

I explored Albania for almost 2 weeks and visited all the places listed below. I was amazed by its beauty daily from the north to the central part and the south. It’s such a breathtaking country.

In this article, I’ve compiled a list of the 21 most beautiful places in Albania I highly recommend you visit, so you can have an equally amazing experience.

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List Of The 21 Most Beautiful Places In Albania & Map

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  • Gjirokaster
  • Lake Komani
  • Zvernec Island
  • Albanian Canyon
  • Dhermi & Himare
  • Lake Shkodra
  • Mrizi I Zanave Agro Farm
  • Cape Of Rodon
  • Butrint National Park
  • Llogara Pass

1. Gjirokaster

The beautiful  stone city  with houses from the Ottoman era is a great spot to visit, even as a  day trip from Saranda . Gjirokaster makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. It’s my favorite city in Albania.

Stroll through its tiny streets with  shops selling traditional and hand-made things  such as carpets, pillows, mugs, and others. After, walk up to the  castle  and enjoy stunning views of the valley and the city from above.

Gjirokaster most beautiful places in Albania to visit

Ksamil is, for some, the best place in Albania for holiday and the most popular beach paradise. It’s also known as the  Turquoise Pearl of Albania . It has crystal-clear beaches, and many people come here for the summer holidays.

However, it gets very crowded in the summer (July and August). So, if you want to escape the crowds, check out these amazing beaches on the Albanian Riviera :

🏖 Buneci Beach 🏖 Lukova Beach 🏖 Plazhi I Shpelles 🏖 Krorëza Beach

best things to do in Albania Ksamil beaches Albanian Riviera

Theth is one of the most popular places in the  Albanian Alps . If you want to disconnect and spend some time in nature, getting to know  traditional Albanian villages  and experiencing the peaceful lifestyle of locals, it’s the best to be.

You can stay in one of the  traditional huts  and enjoy delicious local food. Have a  traditional Albanian breakfast  with local bread, homemade fig marmalade, and butter in the morning. From Theth, you can make daily excursions to the  Grunas Waterfall or the Blue Eye .

Theth Church most beautiful places in Albania to visit

4. Lake Komani

Lake Komani is one of the most visited places in Northern Albania. If you don’t have time to visit the Albanian Alps, you can at least make it to this lake and cross it on the ferry, which will take you to the famous Valbona Valley . 

For a moment, you might think you came to New Zealand and its fjords as the limestone mountains fall directly to the crystal-clear lake .

The ferry only leaves once a day from each place  (Koman and Fierze) . For the departure times, please refer to the  Komani Lake  website.

Lake Komani most beautiful places in Albania to visit

5. Zvernec Island

Zvernec Island is one of the highlights of Albania. This tiny island is located in the  Narta lagoon  and is only connected to the mainland with a small bridge. When you cross it, you’ll see the Byzantine  Monastery of St. Mary  with its cemetery.

Zvernec Island is also a perfect  day trip from Tirana . You can visit it together with the city of Vlore and its stunning beaches.

I highly recommend renting a bike in Vlore and riding to the island . It’s an unforgettable experience. You might even spot some pelicans on the way.

Zvernec Island most beautiful places in Albania to visit

Berat is also known as the  city of thousands of windows . The legend describes two brothers, Tomorr and Shpirag , who fell in love with a local girl named Osum . However, the brothers didn’t know about each other’s love for Osum.

When Tomorr discovers that his brother is also meeting her, he asks him to stop it. But Shpirag refused to do so.

Therefore, a  fight between the two brothers  started, during which both of them died. When Osum heard the news, she cried so long that her  tears were turned into a river .

The two mountains between which Berat is built are named after the two brothers, and the  River Osum  flows through the city.

Stroll through its tiny streets, enjoy its peaceful atmosphere, and chat with locals.

Berat

Kruje is  the former capital of Albania , which already says a lot about its importance. It’s also where  Skanderbeg , an Albanian national hero, fought against the Ottomans, stopping them from spreading further to central and western Europe.

Learn more about its history inside the museum in  Kruje Castle . Walk through Kruje’s  Old Bazaar  with traditional things. It’s a great place to buy some souvenirs.

Stay in one of the  traditional hotels  and enjoy  Albanian culture .

Kruje best day trips from Tirana

8. Albanian Canyon

I’m not sure this place is officially named this way. Still, after seeing it, I refer to the valley as Albanian Canyon. It’s one of the most spectacular places in Albania, stretching between Korce and Permet .

There are only a few villages on the way and other than that, you’ll only enjoy the stunning views of the river passing through the valley and the mountains arising from it.

So stop on the way and take photos . It’s truly incredible.

Albanian Canyon countryside road trip

9. Dhermi & Himare

Dhermi and Himare have some of Albania’s most popular beaches and beach resorts . If you’re only looking for a beach holiday and  relaxation in an all-inclusive resort , visit one of these places.

These are the most beautiful beaches in the area :

🏖 Pepperon the Beach – Dhermi – quite popular 🏖 Dhermiu Beach – near Dhermi, remote one 🏖 Gjipe Beach 🏖 Palasa Beach

Dhermi Albania

👉 READ ALSO: How To Get Around Albania: Buses, Taxis & Prices

10. Elbasan

Elbasan is one of the biggest cities in Albania. But I want to draw your attention to spots around it. You can visit the Funari Lake (Liqenet e Funarit) with its beautiful nature, or make it to the Holta’s Canyon .

This place is especially fitted for adventurous souls who want to experience adrenaline in its gorge , small waterfalls , and crystal-clear waters .

Elbasan most beautiful places in Albania to visit

11. Valbona

Valbona town is another beloved spot in the Albanian Alps with its famous  Valbona hike . You can start this hike in Shkodra , and it’ll take around 2 to 3 days to complete.

On the first day, you’ll cross the spectacular  Lake Komani on a ferry  before reaching Valbona. The next day, you’ll cross the Valbona Pass before descending to Theth.

It’s the best 2-day hike in the Albanian Alps and the perfect adventure for everyone who loves trekking in the wilderness.

hiking in Albanian Alps most beautiful places in Albania to visit

12. Shkodra

Shkodra is one of the most important cities in Northern Albania. It’s also the departure point to the Albanian Alps .

What you can’t miss in this city is the  Rozafa Castle , which has a unique legend about the Rozafa woman who sacrificed her life for the castle.

In the evening, go to the old town of Shkodra, see the local  mosque , and enjoy its atmosphere.

I highly recommend staying overnight in  Hotel Tradita , which has a beautiful garden and rooms built in a traditional style . You’ll also experience a traditional Albanian dinner with live music in the background.

Rozafa Castle most beautiful places in Albania to visit

13. Lake Shkodra

When you’re visiting Shkodra, make some time to check out the nearby lake.

Lake Shkodra creates a natural border between Albania and Montenegro. It’s another great place to relax and disconnect in nature . Besides, many people skip it, so it’s less crowded .

You can spend a great day on the shores of the lake, relax, go kayaking , or rent a bike and ride around for a while. Would you make it to the Montenegrin border on the bike?

You can also join this boat excursion on Lake Shkodra with a local guide to learn about its surroundings and history.

14. Mrizi i Zanave Agro Farm

Finally, I have something special for all the foodies , gastronomy, and agrotourism lovers.

Mrizi I Zanave is  one of the best agro farms not only in  Albania, but the entire Balkan peninsula. You should spend at least  1 night in its traditional rooms  and see the cellars, where they prepare  homemade products  such as cheese, raki, wine, dried tomatoes, and smoked meat.

They produce almost everything you could imagine, and the food is incredibly delicious .

Albania Hotel Tradita Shkodra

The capital of Albania, Tirana, offers you a great insight into the country’s history. It’s the perfect spot to  start your Albanian itinerary . You’ll learn about the former communist regime, which affected Albania in various ways inside the  Bunk’ Art .

Tirana also has great nightlife. Go to the  Blloku district  and enjoy an Albanian dinner with the first tasting of Raki (Albanian fruit brandy).

Tirana Bunk'Art bunkers and underground tunnels

16. Cape of Rodon

Only a few kilometers from Tirana stands the famous Cape of Rodon with its castle and the  Church of St. Anthony . This strip of land extending into the Adriatic Sea is truly spectacular.

You can walk through, visit its castle, and enjoy the beautiful virgin beaches in summer. The  castle  was built in the 1400s for a quick stop to avoid  Ottoman invaders . Enjoy its stunning views and make a trip full of  history, culture, and beach .

I recommend visiting some of these beaches around :

🏖 Rera E Bardhe 🏖 Lalez Beach 🏖 Plazhi I Hamallaj

👉 READ ALSO: Is Albania Safe For Solo Female? My Experience

17. Saranda

Saranda is Albania’s second most visited city , mainly thanks to its  great international connections . You can take a ferry daily between  Saranda and Corfu Island in Greece .

You can visit the  Lekursi Castle  on the hill behind the city, where you’ll get the city’s best views and see the sea. Then just walk on the seaside promenade, enjoy the weather, and have a nice  Greek Iced Cappucino .

Spend a day on one of these beaches around Sarande on the Albanian Riviera :

Saranda albania road trip itinerary

18. Butrint National Park

Butrint National Park hosts  the largest archaeological site  in the country. You can get there easily from Saranda or Ksamil , even by taking a  local bus .

Explore the ancient theatre with its castle and the stunning views of the park with the sea. Can you spot Corfu Island from its castle?

Another thing that draws my attention at the park’s entrance is the unique wooden log on which locals transport vehicles – don’t miss out on it. It’s super funny.

albania tourist photos

Permet is famous for its  natural thermal baths , 8 km/5 miles from the town. Locals say that each pot has different  benefits for the human body . So, come and experience it yourself.

You can walk on the  Katiu Bridge  and take great photos of the baths.

The Permet town is a  traditional Albanian place  where time stops momentarily. See how locals live, chat with them, and enjoy the slow-paced lifestyle. It’s also nicknamed the ‘City of Roses,’ thanks to the beautiful rose flowers that decorate its streets. It has a charm.

Albania road trip itinerary 10 days Permet

Korce is also named  the cultural capital of Albania . No wonder it has this unique vibe to meet and see locals enjoying evenings in the  Old Bazaar with live music .

Visit the  Resurrection of Christ Cathedral , walk through the  Old Bazaar , and get traditional products such as  Raki, Morava Honey, or Gliko .

Visit  Café-Musem Komiteti  to taste different types of Raki or go for a beer tasting in the local brewery .

best things to do in Albania Korce

21. Llogara Pass

If you love road-tripping and stunning views , like me, you can’t miss driving through the famous Llogara Pass. Imagine driving from the inland, surrounded by mountains and trees, and all of a sudden, you come to the point where the breathtaking Adriatic Sea spreads out in front of you .

This is how driving through the Llogara Pass feels like. It’s one of the best things to do in Albania . Enjoy the curvy roads with the best views of the entire Albanian Riviera . The scenery is like in a movie ; you must drive through on your road trip.

Albania road trip itinerary 10 days Llogara Pass

Most Beautiful Places In Albania In A Nutshell

Albania offers many beautiful spots that it might be tricky to choose the perfect fit for. So here is a short summary of the places I recommend visiting based on the type of traveler you are :

👉 FOR CULTURE & HISTORY LOVERS: Korce, Kruje, Gjirokaster, & Permet

👉 FOR HISTORY LOVERS: Tirana, Kruje, Gjirokaster, Shkodra & Berat

👉 FOR NATURE LOVERS: Albanian Alps, Elbasan Surroundings & Llogara Pass

👉 FOR BEACH LOVERS: Dhermi, Himare, Saranda, Ksamil & Albanian Riviera

👉 FOR RELAX & QUIETNESS LOVERS: Permet, Theth, Cape of Rodon & Valbona

BONUS: Albania Road Trip Itinerary

If you want to combine all these beautiful places into an itinerary and don’t know how to plan it all, follow my road trip itinerary that I’ve designed from my experience traveling to Albania.

It includes most of the places I’ve mentioned in this list. You can be sure to experience the highlights of Albania .

Get it for free by clicking on the image below and sharing it with your friends for your perfect Albanian road trip.

Albania road trip itinerary 10 days

I’ve also answered some of the frequently asked questions. Check my answers below:

What Is The Prettiest Place In Albania?

Theth and the Albanian Riviera are the prettiest places in Albania. Theth is for those who love nature, hiking, and mountains. Albania Riviera is the prettiest place for all sea and beach lovers.

What Is The Most Beautiful Town In Albania?

Gjirokaster is the most beautiful town in Albania. It’s located up on a hill overlooking the Albanian countryside. Its cute streets full of traditional things and souvenirs make it a special place.

Which Is The Most Visited Place In Albania?

Sarande is the most visited place in Albania. It’s because there are daily ferries from Corfu Island, which many people take to experience Albania and its Riviera at least for a couple of hours from Greece.

WRAP-UP: Best Places To Visit In Albania

These are the most beautiful spots I suggest you visit in Albania. The country surprised me in every single corner , and I’m already planning my trip back. Hope this list inspired you to visit Albania on your next holiday. You can combine it with a visit to Greece and the Corfu Island.

If you have any questions or need help planning your trip , contact me at info(at)voicesoftravel.com . I’ll gladly help you. Or check out my favorite travel resources and plan by yourself.

Happy Travels!

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About the author: Nicoletta  is a travel enthusiast and passionate language learner. While traveling, she loves to connect with locals using her language skills to learn about new cultures. Look for her skiing, hiking in the mountains, or exploring new destinations as she designs travel itineraries for her clients.

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Awesome Things To Do in Albania: Places To Visit & Top Experiences

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Updated: 4th April 2017

If there was one destination that surprised me the most last year, it was Albania. From the stunning boat cruises through Lake Komani right down to the crystal clear blue waters of the south, it certainly has a lot more to offer than most would think.

I’ve pulled together 25 of my favourite photos of this incredible country, which, if Albania isn’t on your list, are sure to change your mind. From  bartering with cigarettes for directions  to hidden waterfalls, sleeping in castles and getting a car stuck 2 minutes after picking up hitchhikers, the stories from this east-meets-west land are just as good as the images.

Albania Photos Komani

Shkodër, North Albania

These are the views you will be spoilt with just from the roads in the rugged north of Albania. On route from Shkodër and the beautiful Lake Skadar after a Montenegro road trip, you don’t even need to leave the driving seat for these vistas. However, when some goats on the road stop you from driving, it’s a pretty awesome excuse to jump out.

The nearest big city in the north is Shkodër and likely your starting point if you have crossed the border from Montenegro. There is not a whole heap here, but it’s a good escape into Albanian city life. It has a cute street of colourful houses, restaurants, and shops to grab a beer or a bite to eat.

Skadar Lake sits next to Shkoder and is a great spot to relax. Grab a Kayak or just chill on the outskirts and enjoy the wildlife. The Lake actually spans the border of Montenegro and Albania, and if I am honest, the more impressive parts are on its neighbour’s side.

In the Albanian Alps, you’ll find some epic mountains, crystal clear waters and plenty of trekking and hiking opportunities – sadly, I didn’t stay long enough to explore this region fully, but it is certainly on the list for my next trip back.

albania tourist photos

Lake Komani

Taking a boat tour through Lake Komani provides a million excuses to capture some Albania photos, though don’t do a Dan and crash/kill your drone into a mountain here. These eco-tours offer you the chance to sleep in a house on the lake, there is no electricity but the home made honey and  Rakia , a kick-ass local liquor, will make sleeping in the dark, with just lapping water and clear star filled skies the best reason to have a digital detox.

There are a couple of different ways to see Lake Komani. Even the drive there is breathtaking, but we jumped on a boat with Komani lake tours, and I’m so glad we did. Taking a good four hours to explore the lake, the guest house and the caves was a much better experience than the ferry ride many people take to cross the lake.

Komani Tours also offers transport options from nearby towns, so if you don’t have a car, you can still make it happen without trying to suss out impossible public transport, which is pretty handy. They also have a huge focus on Eco Tourism and keeping the lake clean with various litter collections and projects throughout the year – find out about the different Komani tours they offer.

In the middle of Lake Komani sits the most picturesque and relaxing guest house I have yet to stumble upon. Although I wasn’t stopping the night, we swung by to enjoy some homemade cheese, honey and pancakes as well as the typical Albanian liquor, Rakia, which they were brewing fresh in front of us.

With no other habitation in sight, vines hanging on the patio outside and the perfect hammock views I decided instantly next time I wanted a writing retreat and to switch off (electric is not available here) Lake Komani would be my first point of call.

The alternative to taking a tour is the  Komani lake public ferry , which takes both people and cars across the Lake to Fierza, a popular starting point for the hikes through the more rugged north of the country and the Albanian Alps. There are also a few campsites, homestays and a guesthouse at Lake Komani itself, which means you can crash the night instead of taking the kinda dodgy drive back in the dark.

Lake Komani Ferry

The rolling green hills of Albania

I can’t even remember where I took this shot, one of many moments I screamed at  Lili  in the driver seat to slam on the breaks. The landscapes in Albania are so varied, and the countryside of this country is often overlooked for the beaches but drive inland, and you’ll find a more local way of life, with all its unique and awesome Balkan oddities.

Albania Photos

The city of Berat

The UNESCO city of Berat, dubbed as the city of a thousand windows, was perhaps my favourite place in the whole country. Here, you can sleep inside a castle, explore Ottoman and Byzantine ruins and have an  ‘I don’t have a clue what you are saying’   debate with a policeman  over traffic regulations.

Be sure to check into Guesthouse Kris in the castle itself, hunt down the lady selling some damn tasty plums and try all the local delicacies, whatever the hell they were I’m still not sure, whilst taking in the impressive nighttime views of the old city.

Berat Albania

Gjirokastra

If you do, you’ll miss out on mini adventures to find the waterfalls of Bogove or take in  Gjirokastra , a true rival to Berat for the cutest city in Albania. UNESCO listed, it’s sitting damn pretty in the Drina Valley, and the scenic drive just to get here is worth making the side trip for.

Gjirokaster Albania

The Ottoman houses here, stacked up against the side of the mountain with their whitewashed walls and slate roofs make for a killer Albania photo moment on Instagram but stick around for a while and wander the small streets hunting out the best Cevapi (small sausage dish) in town.

Gijirokastra castle, with its stunning views over the valley, cannons in cobbled hallways and plane wrecks, is a great vantage point and was surprisingly free of tourists, even in August. Get a beer in a bar, watch the sunset, and feel like you are a million miles away from the modern world whilst snapping another for the Albania photos album your mates will all be jealous of!

albania tourist photos

The Albanian Blue Eye

Seriously beautiful, but a bitch to photograph. I sent  Jones  into the freezing water with my GoPro/Dome camera and he got some incredible videos of this bubbling, unique natural spot then managed to corrupt the files  (I think I’ve forgiven him now).

Blue Eye Albania

This water spring in the Vlore region brings in a lot of tourists who want the famous Albania photo opportunity, or if you are Lili, to fall down a mud hill and nearly drown in with your camera… But trips and springs aside, the park where the Blue Eye sits has some of the clearest waters and relaxing vibes of anywhere I have been in Europe.

The Albanian Riviera

“Where in Asia is that?”  is by far the most common question I get from people when they see my Albania photos of the riviera. These stunning beaches with their crystal blue waters are what draws some serious crowds during the summer months, but it’s still possible to hunt out your own hidden gem in the Ksamil region.

albania tourist photos

The Albania coastline isn’t just beaches

Whilst the Albanian Riviera is a serious sun-tanning hotspot and a contender for the best beach holiday destination in Europe , the coastline is littered with historic architecture. This unique country, with its diverse and welcoming culture, has been in many hands over the years, so there is a mishmash of styles here to keep any history buff entertained.

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Albania photos from above

If I had the balls, I would have been first in line for this to take some aerial shots of the stunning coastline as my drone died a sad death earlier in the trip. If you aren’t the kind of person who can take a good book and kill days on the beach, from skydiving to kayaking, you have plenty of choice in Albania.

albania tourist photos

Ksamil and the Islands

A quick boat ride from the mainland, and you will find yourself on some beautiful but crowded islands. With waters like that, you can see why both locals and tourists alike can kill their sunny days in these waters. Legit, that water is paradise.

Albania Roads

The insane mountain roads running along the coastline are well worthy of a mention too. If you have a fear of heights and do not have much faith left in Albanian roads or driving skills, then yeah – you’ll likely be as shit scared as I was but well worth it for those Albania photo opportunities!

Albania Riviera

And then grab another beach beer…

Whilst there are plenty more hidden gems in Albania, I’m saving a few for my road trip guide. Plus, who doesn’t want more beach shots? If you really want to avoid the crowds then take dirt tracks to small beaches or pay to hit up one of the small enclaves with a beach bar on, I kid you not that water actually looks this blue in most Albania photos!

The Albanian Coastline

Albania is seriously underrated, and I’m amazed so few of my friends have been there, but the news is spreading. If you want epic landscapes, great value, stunning beaches, history, awesome banter with the locals, and to spend most of your trip eating small sausages, get Albania on your agenda!

albania tourist photos

Getting To Albania

You have a few options when it comes to arriving into Albania, I came in from Montenegro and then left from the south which is a great way to do the top to bottom and get all those Albania photo opportunities!

Fly into Tirana  – The capital of Albania is well connected, but this will mean doing some backtracking if you want to see the whole country.

Fly into Corfu  – Yep, Greece. Then, take a ferry over to Ksamil and start your adventure in the south.

Fly into Podgorica  – Kick off your trip in Montenegro, see some of the amazing sights there, and then hop the border, picking up a car in Shkoder.

Getting Around Albania

Get a car. Whilst there are day trips, and buses are an option, there have been some seriously worrying and fatal reports of buses in Albania. While the situation is improving, I will stick by my original statement. Road-tripping the Balkans was amazing, and to see so many places that are lesser discovered, I highly recommend it. There was also a surprising amount of Hitchhikers here, so *blah blah warning on the dangers of it* that could be an option. Still, there are plenty of other options for getting around Albania if you’d prefer to use public transport.

Albania Sunsets

Where To Stay in Albania

I stayed in plenty of small local guesthouses and Air BnB which seems a good call I’d highly recommend having a night in  Guesthouse Kris in Berat  so you can sleep in the castle and also stay in the  lodge on Lake Komani  (even if it’s just for the homemade goodies!).

Albania Sunset Photos

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Your photos are incredible! I visited Albania a few years ago, but I only had the chance to explore Tirana and the northern region. Your images have inspired me to consider revisiting and exploring the rest of the country soon.

Ahh love your photos they are really well done. Gjirokaster is one of my favorites in all of Albania. The food doesn’t disappoint. Did you get to go to Rana e Hedhun in the north?

Wow, these photos of Albania are absolutely stunning! It’s so refreshing to see a beautiful and underrated destination like Albania showcased in such a breathtaking way. The country’s natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture truly shine through in these postcards

Superb pictures, Dan! Beautiful Albania, with excellent beaches and a great view of mountains.

Awesome read! Im definitely going to visit some Balkans countries, but you make it hard to narrow down which ones to visit! Did you do these road trips solo? Im a solo female traveler and wonder the ease and safety of roadtripping solo..? Great post!

Hey Meghan,

I didn’t do these road trips solo, I was with friends. For the most part I would say that solo driving wouldn’t be a problem but with some language barriers and remote places if you did have a car issue it could become one :)

Very inspiring report! I´m curious about the old plane photo. Can you remember where it was taken? Thanks a lot in advance!

It’s in Gjirokaster, at the castle :)

Berat in Albanian “Qyteti i një mbi një dritarevë” which translates in “The City of a one Window over another” and not as wrongly done by all the travellers

I confirm Olti’s correction about Berat. There’s no reason why Berat should have been called as “the city of a thousand windows”. It certainly has more windows than that, as do all other cities. The name comes from the fact that the houses in the old part of the town are built close to each other on the face of a hill, and look like one on top of another. The miss translation is due to the similarity of both expressions in Albanian: qyteti i nje mbi nje dritareve – the city of one over one windows. qyteti i nje mije e nje dritareve – the city of one thousand and one windows.

I’ve just found your blog, love the photos – I’ve visited many of these places and Albania really is one big hidden gem. I’m now following your blog and on social – look forward to reading about your next adventure.

Thank you so much Michelle. Albania was one of my biggest, and most favourite, suprises too :) Safe travels!

Amazing pictures Dan! Will be going on a road trip soon and your photos of Albania convinced me this country is a must-visit!

Thanks lovely :) Hope you are well! Yes, Albania is AWESOME and even with the sometimes sketchy roads it’s an epic road trip. You’ll have the best time!

Loving this ;)

Albania is surprisingly impressive. Such a beautiful paradise. Thanks for sharing. Awesome photos.

Thanks! It really is so underestimated :)

Pictures are awesome in the blog and by looking at these pics anyone would love to visit Albania.

Thanks :) it’s a beautiful place!

Amazing photos! I went to Albania a few years ago but only saw Tirana and the north, I think I’m going to have to go back soon and see the rest of the country…

You should, it’s seriously got so much to offer. Can’t wait to get back! Safe travels :)

I love the waterfall picture with that random old guy who wouldnt leave that spot, lol. Cmon dude. Get out of our shots.

Haha, cold AF!

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25 Amazing Places to Visit in Albania

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25 Amazing Places to Visit in Albania

If you’re looking for some interesting places to visit in Albania, you’ve come to the right place. Albania is one of my favorite countries, and there is so much to explore and experience. 

While more and more tourists find their way here, most of the country is still quite unexplored by international tourists.

If you’re traveling to Albania anytime soon or just want some travel inspiration, I’ve made this list of 25 Amazing places to visit in Albania!

One of several UNESCO heritage sites in Albania. This city is famous for its unique architecture and long history. Berat has been inhabited since at least 6th century B.C. 

Berat

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If you like to spend time outdoors, then Theth is definitely one of the best places to visit in Albania.

Nature lovers will love it here, and besides stunning nature, there are also charming villages with their unique traditions, food, and culture. 

Theth

3. Grama Bay

One of the most beautiful beaches in Albania . Grama Bay is located south of Vlorë, and the only way to get here is either by hiking for 7 hours or go by boat.

Thanks to its remote location, you can expect to enjoy this paradise without massive crowds. 

Grama Bay

4. Bovilla lake

Just about 1 hour from the capital, one can enjoy this beautiful lake in the mountains near Tirana. It’s perfect for a day trip when you want to enjoy some nature instead of city life. 

Bovilla lake

5. Lepushe

Did you know that you can go skiing in Albania? Lepushe (Lëpushë) is a great ski destination in the northern part of the country.

Few international tourists find their way here, but you can be sure to get a unique ski experience!

Lepushe

Another ski destination, but in the southern part of the country. Dardha is one of Europe’s most affordable ski resorts, but it’s beautiful year round and always comes with refreshing mountain air. 

Dardha

7. Gjirokaster

This historical city should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Albania. Gjirokaster is fantastic and has become famous for its old houses that are very well preserved. 

It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Gjirokaster is located just about 1-hour drive from Saranda, which make it an interesting day trip on your vacation. 

However, if you have a few days to spare, I highly suggest to stay overnight in Gjirokaster and enjoy the historical atmosphere. 

Gjirokaster

8. Lake Komani

Komani is perhaps the most beautiful lake in all of Albania, and it shouldn’t be missed.

It’s popular to go for a boat ride and enjoy the lush scenery. Adventurers can also go hiking.

Lake Komani

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Albania. Butrint is easily accessible by bus from Saranda or Ksamil, and what’s even more interesting is that Butrint was colonized by Julius Caesar himself, who saw this as an important strategic location. 

Visitors today can walk around the historical site and admire the old ruins as well as the amphitheater. 

butrint unesco

10. Gjipe Beach

Gjipe Beach is my favorite beach in Albania, and I can warmly recommend you to visit this paradise. It’s located on the Albanian Riviera, between Dhermi and Himare. 

Gjipe Beach

11. Sotira waterfall

If you like to chase waterfalls while traveling, Sotira Waterfall might just be the most spectacular waterfall in Albania.

Sotira waterfall

Ksamil is one of the best beach destinations in all of Europe , and the beaches here will easily mislead you to think that you’re in the Caribbean instead of Europe.

When I first visited this beautiful place in 2016, it was without a doubt one of the last hidden gems of Europe. However, nowadays, more and more tourists find this place.

Luckily, Ksamil has kept its small-town feeling, and there are still several restaurants serving authentic food as well as family-owned hotels.

Albanian riviera

13. Korca

This city was founded in 1280 under the name Episkopi. Korca is renowned for its architecture and well-preserved buildings. From the 17th century and forward it was also an important center of trade. 

Today, it’s the 6th largest city in Albania. 

Korca

14. Shkoder

Also known as Shkodër, and often considered to be the cultural capital of Albania. Through several epochs, the city of Shkodër has kept its importance and has been a strategic location since it was founded. 

It’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Albania, and you should stay a couple of nights here to enjoy it fully. From here, it’s also easy to make day trips to nearby beautiful places. 

Shkoder

A popular beach destination along the Albanian Riviera, which is famous for its old stone houses as well as being a party spot during summertime. 

Dhermi

16. Syri i Kalter

Also known as the Blue Eye, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Albania. Go for a swim, or just enjoy the amazing wonders of Mother Nature. 

syri i kalter Sarandë

17. Kruja

A historical town, about 20 km north of Tirana. 

Kruja is famous for being the first capital of the Albanian state in the middle ages, and later as the capital of the Kingdom of Albania. Visitors today can enjoy the Skanderbeg Museum, Krujë Castle as well as the national ethnographic museum.

Kruja Albania

18. Rozafa

Albania is full of history, and Rozafa Castle and its ruins is another interesting place to visit if you like history. The castle is located near the city of Shkoder and is one of the oldest towns in all of the country. 

It was an Illyrian stronghold until the Roman captured it in 167 B.C

Rozafa

A charming little town near Lake Ohrid. Go here for picturesque views and a relaxing holiday. 

Lin

20. Pogradec

A great holiday spot at Lake Ohrid. The city is surrounded by hills and mountains and is home to more than 20.000 people. 

Pogradec

21. Porto Palermo

Famous for the star-shaped castle, built by Ali Pasha in the 19th century. Porto Palermo is also a popular beach destination and a great stop along the Albanian Riviera. 

There is also a submarine bunker!

Porto Palermo

22. Valbona Valley

The hike between Valbona and Theth has been named one of the best and least experienced hikes in Europe.

But even if you don’t go for the full hiking experience, Valbona is still very beautiful and worth a visit. 

Valbona Valley

23. Apollonia

An ancient city that flourished during the Roman period. It was also famous for its philosophy school, and visitors today can admire the ancient buildings and ruins of Apollonia Archeological Park. 

Apollonia

24. Saranda

Saranda has become one of the major tourist destinations in Albania, and it’s a great base to explore Southern Albania. From here, you can easily reach Ksamil, Butrint, Gjirokaster as well as other beach destinations along the Riviera. 

Saranda itself has a lot to offer as well. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and even beaches to enjoy. 

Saranda

Last but not least, the Albanian Capital, Tirana. A large city where about 30% or so of the total population lives.

Most capitals are getting more and more global these days, and while Tirana is becoming more modern as well, it has still maintained its own charm.

You will find plenty of cozy restaurants and cafes, and if you like nightlife and clubbing, there are plenty of it here. 

Tirana

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Albania is an incredible destination where you can spend weeks or even months. If you know some more beautiful places to visit in Albania, feel free to share in the comment section!

Monday 9th of September 2019

Hi how did you travel around?

Alexander Waltner

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Hello Victoria, I used a mix of rental car, buses, taxi and the furgons.

Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Heya Alex, I just wondered whether it's cool to use your content in a similar fashion as here? https://www.activealbania.com/blog/25-amazing-places-visit-albania Thanks, Stan

Hey Stan, it's all good as long as you include a link back to my article as your source, which I saw that you did :) Good luck with your site, and maybe we see each other sometime in Albania!

The best beaches of the Albanian Riviera

Tom Masters

Jun 24, 2019 • 4 min read

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Sandy Drymades beach during summer, on the Ionian Sea, Albania.

Albania’s rugged coastline, with traditional villages nestled in isolated bays and golden beaches lapped by turquoise waters, was a revelation when travellers first started discovering the country during the turn of the century. Since then Europe’s last untouched beaches have changed almost beyond recognition, but there’s still plenty of reason to come here and explore this magnificent coastline where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet.

You may have heard of the Albanian Riviera and its beaches, once catchwords of true backpackerdom – their names were synonymous with unspoilt sands backed by rolling hills covered in olive groves, rustic accommodation right next to the water, and grilled meats and cold beers for the equivalent of a handful of change.

Inevitably that hasn’t endured; asphalt roads now connect all but the most far-flung of the Riviera’s villages, while hotels, restaurants and holiday homes dot the coastline. Today you’re more likely to be competing for beach space with a day-tripping family from Tirana than a crowd of international shoestringers. And yet, despite the Riviera’s transformation, there are still idyllic and breathtaking spots along this craggy coast. Here are some of the very best.

A high-angled shot of Dhërmi beach during summer with turquoise water

The beach at  Dhërmi  is one of the most famous in Albania , a dazzling strip of white rock several kilometres long that is lapped by deep blue water. Outside peak season, it’s very quiet, and while the summer months now get very busy, the beach is long enough to find a quiet spot away from the crowds even in mid-August. For explorers, there are lots of coves and smaller bays further along the beach, including the famous Drymades beach, where excellent budget accommodation can be had and a number of smart hotels are found on the beach itself.

Pebbly Palasa beach with green hills behind it and mountains in the distance

This is the first accessible beach on the Riviera after negotiating the incredible descent through the zigzagging Llogaraja Pass . A relatively new access road takes you from the main road to the beach itself, a glorious stretch of white sand sprinkled with a handful of low-key local eateries. Sadly the serenity of this overlooked spot could soon be tarnished somewhat, as building work begins on a sprawling, ugly apartment complex that will change the landscape of the beach and bring an increased number of bathers. But, for now at least, Palasa remains the perfect spot for beach bums wanting to avoid crowds, camp alone on the beach and swim in pristine waters.

A wooden pier with a bench at the end stretches into shallow blue waters off the coast of Ksamil beach, with a small island, covered in trees, in the distance

South of Saranda , the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, and within striking distance of the Greek border, Ksamil has an excellent location. The three small islands in its turquoise bay are an easy swim or boat ride away, and there are always fewer people here than on the busier town beach. This is a big tourism centre for locals, and it can get very crowded in summer, but even then the islands offer some respite. Corfu looms across the channel in the distance (this is Albania’s closest point to the Greek island), and the ancient city of Butrint , a Unesco World Heritage Site, is just beyond Saranda, which makes it very easy to combine beach time with some cultural pursuits.

A drone shot of Bunec beach from above with a white strip of sand and wooden pier jutting out into the sea

This little charmer of a cove is often overlooked by travellers hurrying towards the bright lights of Saranda, a short distance beyond it. Bunec is quiet and somewhat unusual, with a pebbly white beach divided by a river which runs down from the mountains above. The sunset here is gorgeous, and the beach is a good option for those looking for a bit more comfort while remaining in a pleasingly unspoilt place: both the Bunec Bed and Breakfast and Naza Hotel have smart double rooms right next to the water, and there are a couple of budget campsites and simple cafes here as well. Apart from that, there’s nothing but the silence and the waves – and that’s the whole point.

High-angle view of Llamani Beach near Himare with rows of sun loungers lining the sand

The sleepy town of Himara is a well-established stop on the tourist trail. Despite its growth in the past decade it hasn’t lost its charm, although the town beach is now crowded in summer. Instead, head 4km south of the town to Llamani beach, a wide, white stone beach backed by rolling hills and with inviting, clear water for swimming.  In Himara itself, Potami beach is a good alternative to the main one; you’ll find it just south of the centre, beyond the large rock that cuts the town in two.

Sunset on Borsh beach with the sun setting behind mountains in the background with the tide gently lapping the shore

The largest unbroken stretch of beach in Albania, 7km-long Borsh  is quite a sight as you approach it along the dramatic coastal road leading to the wide plain with the eponymous town spread out before you. Even more remarkable is that tourism has barely touched Borsh, despite its significant community and busy olive-oil production industry – the beach is backed by little more than a few makeshift restaurants and bars. This is inevitably going to change soon, as developers train their sights on the empty lots backing the beach, so come now to enjoy this magical place.

This article was originally published in May 2015 and updated in June 2019.

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22 Travel Tips for Albania: Useful Things to Know Before You Go

My top travel tips for Albania to save you money, time and stress. Read this before you go travelling in Albania.

When I embarked on my 6-month overland journey through the Balkan countries, Albania was definitely the country I was most nervous about visiting.

I had read all about the rugged beaches , high mountains and historic towns and castles – so I had no trouble deciding where to go and what to do . But the people, the culture, the food and all the practical details such as transportation, WIFI and accommodation – well, I had absolutely no clue what to expect.

On the ground, I discovered that most negative stereotypes about the country are untrue. In my experience Albania is safe, affordable, friendly, diverse, tolerant and above all else, incredibly beautiful .

At the same time, I learned that Albania does present some particular challenges , even for those well-practiced at travelling in the region.

Without spoiling any of the country’s special secrets or revealing too many of the quirky things about Albania that are fun to figure out as you go, I want to share a couple of things that will make your travel experience smoother and more fulfilling.

Here are 22 practical travel tips for Albania that I think every traveller should know.

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What is travelling in Albania really like? 22 useful travel tips for Albania

Albania is quite unlike any of its neighbours.

It’s tempting to think of the Balkans (particularly the western Balkans) as a monolith. But I don’t need to tell you that every country is its own entity. Within this tapestry, Albania is perhaps the most distinct nation in terms of both its culture and history.

An obvious example: The Albanian language, Shqip , is unlike anything else spoken in the region (or anywhere else in the world for that matter). It’s thought to be descended from an extinct Illyrian tongue, but its exact origins are still a mystery to linguists.

After months of being able to follow the rough contours of a shared speech in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina , hearing the curious chatter of Albanian on the streets of Tirana was quite a contrast.

Albania’s cultural and religious traditions are also very distinct. And although you can find local variations of cevapi and burek, the cuisine is totally different too!

With the exception of Kosovo where almost 93% of the population are ethnically Albanian, it’s hard to draw a comparison between Albania and any of its neighbours. In many ways Albania feels more like Georgia – slightly chaotic but imminently beautiful, with the furgon the local equivalent of the marshrutka.

Learn a bit about the history before you go

Of course this runs much deeper than just food and minivans. Albania wasn’t part of Yugoslavia and doesn’t have the same ‘baggage’ as its northern neighbours. That’s not to say the nation wasn’t impacted by the Balkan Wars and genocide – it certainly was – but in a different way. No fighting took place on Albanian soil.

Instead, Albania was subjected to its own private horrors, namely 45 years under an oppressive political regime including 30 years with despotic communist dictator, Enver Hoxha, at the helm. Hoxha’s ideology was so hardline, he viewed Yugoslavia and the USSR as too lax. It’s very difficult for an outsider to try and comprehend how this period of history impacted Albania and its people. But I felt compelled to at least try.

One of the most interesting things I found is that Albanians embrace their whole history – the good and the bad. The communist regime only fell in the 1990s so for the majority of the population, it’s not a distant memory but something that’s still very fresh. But it’s never glossed over. Most people we met were happy to chat politics and share their experiences.

For example: There are 173,000 disused nuclear bunkers sprinkled around Albania, each a monument to Hoxha’s paranoia. Instead of destroying them, people decided to either leave them be or repurpose them as museums or galleries. (Now there’s even a Cold War military base that’s being rebranded as an island destination .) Tirana’s collection of Communist-era statues and busts are displayed in a courtyard behind the National Art Gallery. And Blloku, once an exclusive neighbourhood where the party members lived, has been reclaimed as a vibrant cafe and street art district. Even Hoxha’s old house is still standing.

Some might think of Albania as a dark tourism destination. To me, this is a nation of light and colour. While visitors have an obligation to familiarise themselves with the nation’s recent history, it’s important to do so in a respectful, thoughtful way. The Bunk’Art museums in Tirana are a great place to start and will enrich your experience immensely. 

Communist-era statues behind the National Art Gallery in Tirana.

The man atop the horse is General Skanderbeg

On a lighter note, here’s a bit of trivia for you. If Hoxha is Albania’s villain, then the nation’s hero is definitely Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu, AKA General Skanderbeg. 

It took me far too long to learn who Skanderbeg is and why he’s so beloved in this part of the world. As I travelled around the Balkans, I kept seeing the same statue of a warrior – including in squares in Skopje and Prishtina – and started referring to him simply as ‘the man atop the horse’. It wasn’t until I got to Albania that I was finally able to put a name to the face.

Skanderbeg was an Albanian military commander who lived during the early 15th century. He’s famous for leading a campaign against the Ottomans which freed Albania and several neighbouring countries from being vassal states. His penultimate battle was launched from the town of Kruja north of Tirana, now the location of Skanderbeg’s castle-museum. It’s a popular day trip and the place to go if you want to learn more about this chapter of history.

The only other person held in similar esteem is Albania’s heroine, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, AKA Mother Teresa. Born to Albanian Kosovar parents in Skopje – then part of the Ottoman Empire and now the capital of North Macedonia – she’s beloved in all three countries (though each claims her as their own!).

Albania is overwhelmingly a safe country for tourists

One of the biggest misconceptions about Albania is that it’s unsafe for tourists. In reality, foreigners are very rarely the target of violent crime, and although pickpocketing and scams do happen, they’re not as widespread as in other countries in Europe.

Generally speaking, Albania is overwhelmingly safe for travellers of all types (including solo females) provided you exercise common sense and caution.

My one negative experience in Albania was being fleeced by a taxi driver in Gjirokaster . It was my mistake for not doing my research – I was unfamiliar with the location and agreed to a price without understanding just how short the distance to my hotel was. To avoid misunderstandings within the cities, it’s best to download a taxi app .

The biggest thing to watch out for in Albania is road safety. (Here we find another similarity to Georgia: The driving style.) More on that later.

As a side note: It’s not advisable to drink the tap water in Tirana or other cities/towns.

Avoid visiting in July or August

The best time to visit Albania in my opinion is any time except summer. I travelled during June. As the month went on and my trip was coming to an end, I found most places were getting a little too warm and dry – and much too crowded – for my liking.

Albania has a Mediterranean climate, thus winters are mild but wet. The best time to visit Albania is shoulder season (late March to early June or September through October) when the weather is pleasant both on the coast and in the mountains.

July and August are hot and busy, especially on the riviera, and should be avoided. That’s unless you plan to stick to the mountains, in which case summer is the best time for trekking.

A blue rock pool in Albania.

Consider flying into a neighbouring country

Most people arrive in Albania via the country’s main international airport, Tirana Airport Nënë Tereza. This makes sense if your itinerary starts in the capital or in the northern part of the country.

A second international airport opened in July 2021 in Kukës (KFZ), 150km north-east of Tirana (and just 45-minutes from Prizren in Kosovo ). It’s a suitable starting point for the Albanian Alps, but international arrivals are so far limited to flights from Zurich and Istanbul.

If you’re travelling around the south of Albania, it might be more convenient (and more affordable) to fly into a neighbouring country instead. Corfu International Airport in Greece is a short ferry ride from Saranda, for example, and a logical place to arrive/depart if you’re mainly focusing on the Albanian Riviera.

Also read: My top tips for visiting Montenegro .

Lek is the official currency, but Euros are widely accepted

The official currency in Albania is the lek. Although Albania is not part of the EU, the Euro is widely used as well.

Lek is common currency in convenience shops, at restaurants and among taxi drivers – i.e. for small purchases. You’ll find that most hotels and guesthouses list their prices in Euro, and it usually works out far better to pay for big-ticket items such as hotel bills and rental cars in Euro rather than lek. If you try to pay in lek, you risk losing a big chunk of cash due to the conversion rate.

At the time of writing, 1 Euro is equivalent to 121.5 LEK.

Always have cash on you

Albania is very much a cash society so you need to make sure you have plenty of bills on you at all times. You can get by in Tirana using card only, but outside the capital, cash is still king.

Lek is a closed currency so you’ll have to wait until you arrive in-country to get your hands on some. Remember that lek is only good for small purchases and meals, so only withdraw as much as you need.

ATMs are easy to find in Albania (even in rural areas). Most banks charge a 300-700 lek withdrawal fee, but Credins Bank and Alpha Bank are among those that are fee-free (at the time of writing). Remember to check for any extra charges issued by your home bank.

A woman stands in front of a market shop in Gjirokaster, Albania.

Albania is extremely affordable – even by Balkans standards

Accommodation, restaurants and activities in Albania are all extremely good value for money. We easily got by on 40 USD per person per day – and you could spend a lot less by taking advantage of the hostel scene and sticking to free activities. One of our biggest expenses was museum tickets, something we don’t tend to skimp on.

A generous meal in a restaurant in Albania might cost you 500-1000 lek per person, while cheap snacks such as burek are perfect for breakfast and will only set you back around 100 lek.

Expect to pay 1,600 lek for a local sim card with data, around 200 lek for a cup of coffee, and anywhere from 400-1,000 lek on average for an intercity bus fare.

Buy a sim card when you arrive

Majority of hotels, bars and restaurants in Albania have WIFI, while many beaches and archaeological sites are now serviced by a free public network. Still, if you want unfettered access to the internet for things like booking taxis and navigation, you will need a sim card.

ALBtelecom is the preferred mobile provider in Albania. It’s very easy to buy and register a sim card at one of their shops in Tirana using your passport/ID card. A sim card and internet package (20 GB with 30 days validity) will set you back 1,600 lek.

While coverage in Tirana is good enough to support a burgeoning digital nomad community, reception is still fairly limited in remote areas and non-existent in the mountains.

Don’t put your faith in Google Maps

If you’re getting around Albania with public transport and only using Google Maps for general navigation within the cities, then you have nothing to worry about. But if you’re driving in Albania and using Google Maps to plan your road trip route , you need to watch out for a couple of things.

It seems Google Maps hasn’t quite been able to keep pace with Albania’s rapid infrastructure developments. Missing roads and non-existent turn offs are common encounters, and you’ll find you’re constantly being forced to re-route. Take directions with a grain of salt and always budget extra time to account for detours.

The same goes for finding addresses – street names and house numbers often don’t correspond to what’s on the map. Even major landmarks are sometimes pinned in the wrong spot.

Aerial view of Tirana, Albania.

Furgons are your friends

Albania has a limited railway network connecting Tirana with Shkoder in the north, Durres and Vlore on the coast, and Pogradec on Lake Ohrid in the east. Domestic flights are now available from Tirana to Kukës, and flying can certainly save you time getting from the capital to the far-north.

Travelling around the centre and south of Albania, you’ll be relying on road transport. Renting a car is a great option if you’re a confident driver. Otherwise, furgons are your friends.

Furgons are intercity minivans similar to marshrutka vans used throughout the former Soviet countries . They run on a flexible schedule, stop on demand, and are extremely budget-friendly. The downsides: Road safety is not exactly a priority, luggage space (and legroom) is very limited, and you can forget about AC. Furgons depart when full so it’s important to always arrive at the bus station well ahead of schedule.

An upgrade on the furgon is the coach bus. You’ll find large air conditioned coaches running on most popular routes during the warmer months, including between Tirana and Berat , Kruje, Gjirokaster, Korca , Durres, etc.

Gjirafa Travel is a terrific website for checking bus schedules and timetables online in English. Whenever possible, I recommend cross-checking times locally at the station.

Speaking of bus stations – there are multiple bus terminals in Tirana and trying to figure out which one you need can be extremely confusing! Pogradec and Shkoder have their own stations, while other buses depart from the Regional Bus Terminal – North and South Albania.

Take extra care on the roads

Albanians have a reputation for their maniacal driving style and for flouting the rules of the road. Combined with poor road conditions in many parts of the country (although the major highways are in good nick) and the proliferation of old and worn-down cars on the road, it’s a recipe for disaster.

Be careful when crossing the road, especially in the city. Take precautions whenever you travel by road, and only hire a car if you’re very confident. Try to avoid being out on the road after dark, and never get into a car with someone who’s been drinking. I also recommend capping your road journeys to a couple of hours per leg.

Albanian cuisine is a revelation

Albania is not exactly known as a foodie destination , but it should be. Regional cuisine, traditional Albanian dishes and the country’s super-popular farm-to-table fresh food movement all combine to create a fascinating culinary scene.

Albanian food is so diverse, you can find something new to try every day. I was quite satisfied eating only Albanian food for the entire duration of my stay. I found Albanian food fresher and less meat-oriented than in some other countries in the region. Most restaurants have plenty of vegetarian options.

Northern, central and southern Albania all have their separate culinary traditions , and within that towns and villages have their own specialties. Balkan, Italian, Turkish, Greek and even ancient Roman influences can all be identified, while you’ll find many similarities to other Mediterranean cuisines (especially Greek and Italian).

Seafood reigns supreme on the coast, while in the south, food choices reflect the pastoral landscape: Dairy, citrus and olive oil are all prominent. Garlic and onions are ubiquitous.

Some of my favourite Albanian dishes include: Tavë Kosi , a meal of lamb, eggs and yogurt traditional to Elbasan; Gjirokaster qifqi (arancini-like rice balls flavoured with mint and black pepper); ‘Berati schnitzel’ (pork stuffed with hard cheese) and pispili (spinach pie with a cornbread base), both traditional to Berat; and Korca’s famous savory lakror pie.

Fresh Albanian food on a restaurant table in Berat.

Watch out for raki

One thing Albania does have in common with its Balkan compatriots is the proclivity for alcohol. Sipping spirits in particular is a huge part of the culture.

The drink of choice in Albania is raki or rakia , a potent clear spirit distilled from grapes. Commercial versions are up to 45% proof, but homemade raki is much, much stronger. If you’re at a small restaurant or guesthouse and a recycled plastic soft drink bottle comes out, brace yourself.

It can be difficult to get out of these drinking sessions. I found it much easier to decline as a woman. Remember you can always step away if you feel uncomfortable. Otherwise, take small sips and make sure there’s always something left in your glass to avoid unwanted top ups!

Raki isn’t all bad. In Northern Albania in particular you’ll find lovely varieties of fruit raki made from cherries.

Every day ends with a xhiro

The xhiro is an Albanian tradition and the perfect way to put a full-stop on your day. Essentially a xhiro is a sunset stroll: It involves heading to the nearest pedestrian street and walking laps.

For locals, it’s a way to catch up with friends and neighbours, learn the latest goss and socialise. Ice cream stalls and popcorn vendors set up to cater to walkers, and sometimes entire streets close to traffic for a couple of hours to accommodate people.

This is the ultimate people-watching activity and a terrific opportunity to mix and mingle. But don’t be surprised if people let their glance linger a little bit too long – staring is not considered impolite in Albania, neither whilst out on a xhiro or in everyday life (at restaurants, at the supermarket – I’ve experienced it all). It can be awkward but try not to take it personally – in most cases, people are just curious.

An old man with a cane walks down a path in the city of Korca, Albania.

Albanian people are incredibly hospitable

Hospitality is serious business in Albania (yet another point of similarity to Georgia). In Albania, people are bound by Besa , a code of honour that dictates how others – especially strangers – should be treated. According to Besa, if someone approaches you for help, you accommodate them. If someone comes to you hungry, you feed them. This creed has shaped Albania into an immensely tolerant and welcoming nation.

After WWII, Albania was one of the few nations to emerge with a larger Jewish community – the nation protected its own and offered sanctuary to families fleeing from elsewhere in Europe. In the 1990s, Albania sheltered refugees from Kosovo displaced by conflict.

Today that same kind of generosity is extended to tourists. Kanun , the customary law of Albania, says that the master of a house should always have a spare bed ready for unexpected guests. While I wouldn’t recommend showing up on someone’s doorstep unannounced (Albania has Booking.com for a reason!), the takeaway is that Albanians will extend you a helping hand if and when you need it.

English is widely spoken, but not ubiquitous

Albanian is the official language in Albania but many people – especially those born after the fall of communism – speak a second language. As one person described it to me, Albanians are ‘thirsty to know the world’, and learning a foreign language is seen as a pathway to knowledge, experience and more opportunities.

English is the most popular second language and is taught in schools. At last count, around 40% of Albanians speak English. In my experience, anyone working in tourism or hospitality has at least a basic understanding of English. We got by in all the major cities and tourist destinations without any issues.

Albania is one of those countries where the language is so much more than a means of communication, it’s part of the culture and identity and a massive source of national pride. Learning a few words of Albanian will earn you big props.

Here are a few basic words:

  • Hello – Përshëndetje (per-shen-det-ye)
  • Bye – Mirupafshim (mi-ru-paf-shim)
  • Yes – Po (po)
  • No – Jo (yo)
  • Thanks – Faleminderit (fal-e-min-der-it)
  • Cheers – Gëzuar (ge-zu-ar)

There is a strong Italian and Greek influence

Albania is just across the pond from Italy and very close to Greece (especially Corfu). There were Italian colonists in Albania from 1926 onwards, and the country was actually invaded by Italy in 1939. Italy especially has a big influence in Albania – to such an extent that I noticed it right away.

You’ll see Italian cars, Italian coffee culture – and yes, pizza on almost every restaurant menu! Pizza is so popular in Albania, if you ever tire of local fare there’s always a Napoletana to fall back on.

Almost a third of Albanian people speak Italian and a quarter of the population speaks Greek. Many areas are officially bilingual Albanian-Italian, with road signs in both languages. If you know either of these languages, communication will come even easier to you.

Three men sip coffee at a cafe in Gjirokaster Bazaar.

Tirana is one of the coolest cities in Europe – so don’t rush it!

Unlike a few other capital cities in the Balkans that are all cold concrete, Tirana is a warm, green, welcoming city that’s bristling with creative energy. I’ve said before that it’s probably the most liveable capital in the region in my opinion. There’s a park, dining precinct, cool museum or street art district around almost every corner.

One day in Tirana is enough for the must-sees, but I really recommend slowing down and spending a couple of nights here, getting into the rhythm of the city with morning markets and nightly xhiros.

We stayed in Tirana for a full week and still didn’t see everything.

Hiking in Albania is a must

I fell in love with Albania’s cities and towns, but even I agree that the country’s natural beauty is its biggest asset.

Albania has 15 national parks, each offering incredible scenery and hiking opportunities. As I recently discovered, Albania has more than 3,200 species of plants, accounting for a whopping 30% of the flora in Europe. One of the best places to appreciate this ecology is Llogara National Park, known for its wildflowers. Others, notably Butrint National Park, combine surreal landscapes with valuable archaeological sites.

Even if you’re an anti-hiker like me, there is one day trek in Albania you at least have to consider: Valbona to Theth . Walking between two alpine villages across two jaw-dropping national parks in the country’s far north, the trail takes you through the heart of the picturesque Albanian Alps or Accursed Mountains as they’re also known. The hike is tough going in spots, but it’s absolutely the best way to experience this side of Albania.

Craggy mountain peaks in the Albanian Alps.

The lakes are just as impressive as the beaches

Albania might be famous for its beautiful beaches, but the unsung heroes of the landscape are the country’s lakes. Komani Lake, Lake Ohrid (shared with North Macedonia) and Skadar Lake in the north (shared with Montenegro ) are all beautiful and worth visiting.

Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans. Boat trips on the marshy wetlands are popular on the Montenegrin side; on the Albanian side, you can cycle around the periphery from the lakeside city of Shkoder, visiting Rozafa Castle at the same time.

Albania’s share of Ohrid Lake is similarly smaller and with fewer points of interest to the North Macedonian side, yet charming villages such as Lin – a little red-roofed settlement on a natural peninsula – make it worth a visit. Lake Koman is my favourite. The ferry ride through the dramatic river gorge to reach Valbona and the starting point for the aforementioned hike was one of the highlights of my time in Albania.

There are more stunning water features around the country, including cascades and river canyons in the centre (Osumi and Begove near Berat are great), hot springs, and of course the famous Blue Eyes. All offer some much-needed reprieve in the hot summer months.

Have you been to Albania? Are there any extra travel tips for Albania you’d like to add? Leave your best advice in the comments below!

Stone buildings in Gjirokaster Old Bazaar, Albania.

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Blue Eye lake in the Albanian Alps, Theth National Park.

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View to sandy beach of Adriatic Sea and to the city of Durres, Albania during sunset.

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Beautiful turquoise spring Blue Eye or Syri i Kalter near Muzine town in Albania. The spring is very powerful, cold and deep and is a source of a river Bistrice. Tourist attraction of Albania

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Albania Tourism Pictures, Images and Stock Photos

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Amazing paradise beach in Himare in Albania

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Saranda's city port at ionian sea. Albania.

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Amazing view of mountain lakes in Albanian Alps

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GJIROKASTER, ALBANIA. tourists in Gjirokaster castle.

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Couple sitting together on roof of campervan at beach while enjoying sunset

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Ksamil - Butrint National Park, Sarande, Southern Albania, Europe

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Aerial panorama of Saranda with Lekuresi Castle in South Albania

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High angle view of couple watching sunset while sitting on roof of campervan at beach

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Vacations on the Albanian Riviera. Top beach destinations in Europe. Snorkelling in a pristine ocean in the Ksamil area.

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Picturesque drone view of famous Albanian resort of Ksamil on coast of Ionian sea with sandy beaches and turquoise water on sunny spring day

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Tirana, Albania - June 2019: Areal view from Sky tower to Tirana city center at sunset main sights of downtown.

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Old town Kruje known also as Kruja

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The islets of Ksamil, consist of four rocky islets located in direct proximity to the Ionian Sea in southern Albania.

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Low angle view of woman standing at old monument against clear blue sky during summer vacation

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Skanderbeg Monument and Albanian Flag at Skanderbeg Square - Sheshi Skënderbej. Tirana, Albania-

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Scene with Kruja castle near Tirana in Albania

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Sunny day and panoramic view to Durres beach. Blue sky and water of Adriatic Sea.

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Albanian ceramics in the shop for souvenirs

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Aerial view of the Butrint archaeological site. UNESCO world heritage in Albania

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Aerial photo of Ksamili beach in southern Albania

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Tirana, Albania. December 03, 2017: dusk and illuminated city's main attraction The New Bazaar decorated for New Year and Christmas holidays

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Scenic aerial view of coastal area of Albanian city of Durres with apartment buildings of residential areas, modern hotel and restaurant complex on water and sandy beaches on Adriatic Sea in spring

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Komani Lake ferry cruise boat view near the town of Fierzë, Albania. Komani Lake is a popular tourist destination in Albania.

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beautiful paradise seascape in Ksamil in south Albania

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Old houses in the city of Berat in Albania.

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Beautiful coast on albanian riviera on ionian sea

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Kruja castle in a beautiful summer day, Albania

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amazing paradise beach in Himare in Albania

Enver Hoxha Pyramid in Tirana Tirana Albania: This national symbol was erected in 1985 by the daughter of the former communist dictator Enver Hoxha, with intentions of building a museum honoring the life of her father. Today the building awaits renovation and a new function. A rainbow can be seen emerging from right behind the pyramid after a brief rain storm. Photo processed for high dynamic range. albania tourism stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

Tirana Albania: This national symbol was erected in 1985 by the daughter of the former communist dictator Enver Hoxha, with intentions of building a museum honoring the life of her father. Today the building awaits renovation and a new function. A rainbow can be seen emerging from right behind the pyramid after a brief rain storm. Photo processed for high dynamic range.

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Picturesque drone view of seaside cityscape of Durres in Albania on Adriatic coast with landscaped beach promenade and modern high-rise buildings on sunny spring day

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Vjosa river bend near the town of Kanikol along the panoramic road to or from Korca

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Construcciones en el castillo de himare en Albania

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Photo of pinned Tirane on a map of europe. May be used as illustration for traveling theme.

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Young woman in blue swimsuit standing in sea waves in natural cave on Gjipe Beach. Caucasian girl with long hair came out of sea foam to remote beach in Albanian Riviera surrounded by the cliffs.

Butrint lake salt lagoon, beautiful summer view from Butrint National Park, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in Albania, archeological site in Ksamil not far from Sarande on the south of Albania. Butrint lake salt lagoon, beautiful summer view from Butrint National Park, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in Albania, archeological site in Ksamil not far from Sarande on the south of Albania. albania tourism stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

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Sunset over clock tower and fortress at Gjirokaster, a beautiful town in Albania where the Ottoman legacy is clearly visible. High above the town the huge castle offers panoramic views.

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Albania Itinerary: Complete 2-Week Road Trip

Albania Itinerary: Complete 2-Week Road Trip

Welcome to the most unexpected destination in Europe : beautiful Albania! A diverse country that will take your breath away, from the beaches (similar to those in neighboring Greece ) to the mountains, which wouldn’t look out of place on a Swiss postcard. Combine this with the delicious food, Ottoman towns, and incredible hospitality of the locals, and Albania is set to top every traveler’s bucket list. Use this complete 2-week Albania itinerary to explore this remarkable destination.

The Ultimate Albania 2-Week Itinerary

Traveling in Albania is magical, as you discover a country home to the last wild river of Europe, incredible mountains, and white sandy beaches.

Also read: Best Things to do in Albania .

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Despite this well-preserved nature, the country is developing fast, and the infrastructure continues to go from strength to strength. Because of this, the roads are good, so we recommend completing your Albania itinerary by car.

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If you don’t have a car, it is possible to travel by bus, but it does take more time. Plus, you’ll have a lot more flexibility if you choose to do a 2-week Albanian road trip. 

Did you know? Surprisingly, 60% of the country is Muslim, but all religions live together in harmony. You’ll notice beautiful mosques and the sound of the call to prayer echoing out across the ancient towns and vistas.

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Day 1: Tirana to Berat

On day 1, fly into the colorful capital city of Albania: Tirana . We recommend finding a morning or early afternoon flight, so you have time to collect your hire car and drive directly to Berat (2 hours). Don’t worry about missing out on the beautiful sights of Tirana , as you’ll come back to the city on your final day. 

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How to get from Tirana to Berat

Rent a car from the airport and drive directly to Berat . The drive takes approximately 2 hours, and the roads are in good condition (with most of the journey on the highway). 

We recommend to rent a car in Albania through Sunny Cars with free cancellation and insurance included. Book your rental car here .

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Buses in Albania are reliable and very cheap. The only downside is that your journey might take a little longer than by car.

From the capital city, buses to Berat are very frequent (run roughly every 30 mins) and cost 500 LEK (4.30 USD). The bus ride takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Albania Itinerary: Complete 2-Week Road Trip

Where to Stay in Berat

When you reach Berat, book yourself into a traditional guesthouse. We recommend staying in the neighborhood of Gorica as it’s more affordable and only just across the bridge from the town center.  See all your hotel options here .

Hotels in Berat 😴

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Day 2: Berat  

On day 2, explore the extraordinary city of Berat , a place home to incredible Ottoman architecture. It’s known as the city of a thousand windows, and it’s easy to see why; beautiful window panes face downhill onto the River Osum.

Read: Things to do in Berat, Albania .

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Unusually, two neighborhoods face each other across the water with bridges connecting them, so it’s fun to move between the areas, wandering the charming cobbled streets.

Make sure to also walk up to the impressive Byzantine Church and the castle ruins, which are left at the top of the hill—it’s the perfect place to go for views of the valley below, especially at sunset. 

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Day 3: Berat to Gjirokaster

On Day 3, wake up and enjoy a typical Albanian breakfast of bread, butter, yogurt, fruit, and olives, before your 3-hour drive to Gjirokaster . This is a very scenic drive, so take it slow and make regular stops to get some photos. 

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How to get from Berat to Gjirokaster

First, you need to drive to the city of Fier before continuing your route along the beautiful Drino River. Google Maps might suggest a shorter way via Komar, but this is a route only accessible for 4×4 cars. In total, the drive will take around 3 hours (longer if you’re taking regular breaks).

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There is a direct bus to Gjirokaster from Berat , which takes approximately 3 hours. However, the bus makes many stops along the way, so be aware it could take a little longer. There are 3 buses daily, 2 of which leave at 2 PM (the last bus of the day).

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Where to Stay in Gjirokaster

Stay centrally in Gjirokaster, within the old town which sits high on the hill with beautiful views. It’s definitely worth it, even with the walk! See all your hotel options in Gjirokaster .

Hotels in Gjirokaster 😴

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Day 4: Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster is one of the most memorable towns on your Albania 2-week itinerary. This beautiful town is full of houses with white facades, complete with wooden balconies and stone roofs in the typical Ottoman style. There is also a magnificent fortress that sits high on the hill.

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Because of its history, everything is carefully preserved, and it’s been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. If you want to learn more about the town’s interesting past, there is a museum within the fortress. 

Read all about the things to do in Gjirokaster .

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Spend your day in Gjirokaster wandering among the characteristic houses and browsing the cute shops selling carpets and ceramics. You can even visit inside the homes to see the interior of what a traditional Ottoman house would look like. The most beautiful thing of all, though, is the scenery; the town is surrounded by mountain ranges and towering ridges.

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Day 5: Gjirokaster to Ksamil (via Syri i Kaltër/Blue Eye) 

On day 5 of your Albanian road trip, begin your journey to Ksamil , a beautiful coastal town on the ‘Albanian Riviera’. On your way, break up your trip with a stop at the Blue Eye (Syri i Kaltër), a crystal clear emerald pool that is perfect for swimming.

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It takes just 30 minutes to drive here from Gjirokaster and then a 15-minute walk from the parking spot. When you arrive, you’ll be met by the most gorgeous sight: beautiful blue and green colored water that comes fresh from a natural spring.

The water is numbingly cold but so refreshing, especially in the summer! It does say that you’re not allowed to swim, but plenty of people do so (there was a guard there patrolling, and he only asked people not to jump from the platform). We recommend arriving as early as possible in the morning to avoid the summer crowds. 

Entrance fee: 50 LEK (0.50 USD)

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After your swim, dry off and head back to the car for the rest of your trip. Follow the road to Saranda, and continue on to Ksamil from there. From the Blue Eye, the journey takes approximately 1 hour.

Tip: Ksamil and Saranda are neighboring coastal towns and both popular choices on an Albania itinerary. However, Sarande is much more of a party town than Ksamil, so it depends on your preference.

How to get from Gjirokaster to Ksamil

The drive from Gjirokaster to Ksamil takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes. However, that doesn’t include time for your stop at the Blue Eye. Allow for 2 hours at the Blue Eye to relax, have a swim, and enjoy walking through nature. 

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There are no direct buses running from Gjirokaster to Ksamil. Instead, you will need to take a bus to Saranda and, from there, take a taxi to Ksamil. Buses leave Gjirokaster every 20-30 minutes and take about 1 hour.

If you’re traveling by bus, you won’t be able to make a stop off at Syri I Kaltër (Blue Eye). However, tours run regularly from Gjirokaster and Saranda and include return transport.

Where to stay in Ksamil

Once you arrive in Ksamil, choose to stay close to the beaches, ideally within 10 to 15 minutes walk. See all your hotel options here .

Hotels in Ksamil 😴

Ionian Hotel

Day 6: Ksamil

The beach paradise of Ksamil is a must-see on your Albania itinerary. Sitting on the coast of the Albanian Riviera, it’s home to incredible beaches, which aren’t dissimilar to the south of France (hence the name!). Turquoise ocean backs onto soft yellow sand that’s covered in a sea of multi-colored beach umbrellas—bliss!

Read about the things to do in Ksamil, Albania .

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There are also 4 small islands on the coast which are perfect for exploring. Hire a kayak or a SUP and paddle out to explore the rocky outcrops, jumping off into the water to cool off at any opportunity. You can also do boat tours to some of the bigger islands and even take a ferry to Corfu, Greece !

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By day, choose a private or public beach, and hire day beds from chic beach clubs. By night, do as the locals do and enjoy promenading along the seafront, stopping for a bite to eat in the warm evening air. 

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Day 7: Butrint National Park

Day 7 is all about history as you embark on the next part of your Albanian road trip! Stay in Ksamil for another night, but venture away for a half-day trip to Butrint National Park (one of the most important historical sites in the whole country). Discover this remote national park, full of roman ruins and now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site .

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As you wander between the unique stone monuments, you’ll be shaded by many beautiful trees, and you’ll never be far from the clear turquoise water that sits nearby. Because of this, it’s doable to visit in the middle of the day (although we advise visiting in the morning for fewer crowds).

Read everything about Butrint National Park

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Spend 1.5 to 3 hours in the park, finishing your walk at the beautiful castle where there is a great view.

Entry Fee: 700 LEK (6.10 USD)

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How to get from Ksamil to Butrint National Park

Butrint National Park is only a maximum 15 minutes drive from Ksamil, so it’s straightforward to reach by car.

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There are 3 small squares by the main road where you can catch a bus to Butrint National Park. You must request the bus as otherwise, it’ll just drive on. Because of this, it’s safer to get a taxi to give you more flexibility.

Organized Tour:

Organized tours to Butrint Park run from larger cities like Saranda and normally include other locations like the Blue Eye and Ksamil.

Day 8: Ksamil to Himarë

Wake up on day 8 of your Albania 2-week itinerary and head for the beautiful beach town of Himarë , another gem on the Albanian Riviera. The journey in total takes around 2 hours.

Read everything about Himare, Albania.

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Castle Palermo (Optional Stop)

If you have time, make a stop at the incredible Castle Palermo. This mammoth, triangular-shaped fortress sits on top of a cliff on a peninsula overlooking the most beautiful blue ocean.

Also read: Historic Krujë Castle.

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Park for free close by and wander towards the castle, looking out over the dazzling sea and beautiful olive groves. Once you’re in the castle, you can learn more about its history (it was built for an Ottoman governor as his home and defense fortress). You can even walk upstairs to the rooftop for fantastic views!

If you have time, there is also a beach underneath the castle where you can relax and swim for a few hours.

Entry Fee: ​​300 Lek (2.5 EUR or 3 USD)

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How to get from Ksamil to Himarë

By car is the best way to get to Himarë , particularly if you want the flexibility to make a stop at Palermo Castle. The journey in total between Ksamil and Himarë is just under 2 hours. The journey time is more or less the same if you make a stop at Castle Palermo (it’s 1.5 hours to the castle and 25 minutes from there to Himarë). 

There are no buses from Ksamil to Himarë. You must travel by taxi or book a private transfer .

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Where to Stay in Himarë

Once you’re in Himarë, you have two bays to choose from. One has many hotels and restaurants, and the other is quieter as it’s still in development. Wherever you choose, you’ll find both smaller guesthouses and beautiful luxury hotels.

Hotels in Himare 😴

Scala Bungalows

Ideally, stay for 1 or 2 nights, choosing accommodation close to the beach. See all your hotel options in Himarë .

Tip: Camping is also possible in Albania and is the perfect way to explore the country’s dramatic landscapes and diverse nature.

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Day 9: Himarë  

Himarë is a beautiful beach destination north of Ksamil and Butrint National Park . The advantage of visiting this coastal town is that it’s far less crowded than Saranda and Ksamil, and it’s considerably cheaper than the nearby town of Dhermi.

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It is home to wide sweeping bays with the most perfectly calm, clear ocean, and it’s not as busy, so you won’t find the beaches packed with parasols and beds. 

Read: Best Things to do in Himare .

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Spend the Afternoon in Dhermi

However, although we recommend basing yourself in Himarë on your Albania 2-week itinerary, you should definitely try and make a visit to the nearby town of Dhermi. Not only is it close to some of the most fantastic beaches, but it’s an authentic hillside village in Albania.

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Walk through its cobblestone streets with pretty houses and churches, stopping to take photos of the beautiful coastal views. It’s a great place to visit in the afternoon or evening for sunset. 

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Day 10: Himarë to Kruje

One of the most beautiful drives on your Albanian road trip is the one from Himarë to Kruje . Although it’s a long drive (4-5 hours), it moves across stunning landscapes, especially the first 1.5 hours on the road to Vlore—which is absolutely breathtaking.

As you go, you’ll pass through the luscious Llogara National Park, riding along the high coastal road, which provides you with epic views of the cliffs, beaches, and Adriatic sea. Vlore itself is very green and luscious and, surprisingly, is famous for being home to the spotted deer. 

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Kruje Castle and Old Town

When you finally arrive in Krujë , you’ll be blown away by this beautiful medieval town—home to one of the most colorful bazaars we’ve ever seen. Gorgeous ruby red textiles hang from the market stalls, and it’s lovely to walk around and buy souvenirs, antiques, and handmade carpets. The afternoon is the perfect amount of time to explore the old town and bazaar.

Read all about Krujë Castle and the Historic village .

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Alternative Stop: Shkod er

Alternatively, you can spend the night at Shkoder, which is closer to Theth (the next stop on your Albania itinerary). This is a bigger city with beautiful old town pedestrian streets and loads of great food and drink options. Especially at the weekends, this city is vibrant and lively and an enjoyable place to hang out.

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We recommend spending time in the Gjuhadol neighborhood, where you’ll find the nicest streets.  Find a hotel in Shkoder .

Tip: if you’re traveling in Albania by public transport, you’ll need to spend the night in Shkoder to take an arranged transfer to Theth the following day. If you have a car, we recommend skipping Shkoder and arriving at Theth directly from Kruje .

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Where to Stay in Kruje

Stay as close as you can to the old town and bazaar, particularly as you’re only in Kruje for the afternoon/evening.  Here are all your hotel options in Kruje .

Hotels in Kruje 😴

Mervin Hotel

How to get from Himarë to Kruje

Traveling by car from Himarë to Kruje is the easiest option and takes between 4-5 hours. 

There are no direct buses from Himarë to Kruje. Instead, you’ll need to take a bus to Vorë or back to Tirana and take the bus from these destinations. In total (including changing bus), both these journeys will take you approximately 5-6 hours.

Please note: If you want to travel on to Theth the next day, you’ll need to stay the night in Shkoder because that’s the only town where transfers leave for Theth (Albania’s answer to the Alps).

Day 11: Kruje to Theth

If you haven’t already explored Kruje’s Bazaar (one of the oldest markets in Albania), then spend the morning here taking in all the sights and senses of this beautiful area. (Just note that most shops opens at 10 AM) There is also a castle in Kruje to explore if you have time. 

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After breakfast and a morning exploring Kruje, start on one of the most beautiful journeys of your Albanian road trip: the drive to Theth . Along the way, you’ll share the winding roads with goats, cows, and pigs and stop off at beautiful viewpoints with panoramic views of the mountains; you’re now arriving in Albania’s version of the Swiss Alps! 

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Theth Village

Spend your afternoon in beautiful Theth village , a cute town which essentially consists of one long street bordering the river. It’s full of sweet houses, guesthouses, and great campsites (with good facilities). 

Read everything about the mountain village Theth in Albania .

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People come to Theth to camp and hike, so it’s popular in summer with tourists. However, you’ll notice that authentic local life continues, with the farmers still herding their sheep and horses along the roads.

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Witnessing this with the majestic mountain peaks in the background is truly like something from a movie. You’ll spend a few days here, enjoying the town, and hiking famous trails like the Peje Mountain Pass or the Valbona Peak. 

Tip: One of the most beautiful parts of Theth is the idyllic church you can find on the outskirts of town, surrounded by mountain peaks and meadows full of flowers. It’s an absolute must-visit and one of the best places to visit in Albania!

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Where to Stay in Theth

Look for a hotel on the main street of Theth (not on the hill), so you can be closer to the center of the village for your afternoon stroll.  See all your hotel options .

Hotels in Theth 😴

Bujtina Miqesia Hotel

How to get from Kruje to Theth

The journey from Kruje to Theth takes around 3.5 hours. Along the way, you can stop at Shkoder if you’d like a break; there are lots of beautiful things to see here, including Lake Shkoder, which forms a natural border between Albania and Montenegro.

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As Theth is very remote, there are no buses from Kruje to Theth. You’ll need to get to Shkoder and arrange a transfer or organized tour from there to Theth. 

Day 12: Hike to Valbona Peak, Theth

Day 12 is your chance to explore the unbelievable nature that Albania has to offer. Pack a backpack and prepare to do the most beautiful hike from Theth to Valbona peak and back.

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Along the way, you’ll pass through forests, gorgeous grasslands that look across onto the mountain peaks, bubbling brooks and streams, and meadows full of flowers and boulders. You could really feel as if you were in the Alps, with dramatic scenery all around and only birds, crickets, and butterflies to keep you company along the way. 

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How long does the hike take? 

Start at 8 AM, and you should return to Theth around 3-4 PM. It takes around 7 hours to hike the trail (15 km in total), and it’s doable but definitely a challenge! Please be aware that on some parts of the trail, there are (very) steep gravel paths, so make sure you’re wearing proper hiking shoes. 

Tip: Traveling to Theth by public transport? You can catch a ferry or shared van back to Shkoder after your hike (the journey is approx 2 hours).

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Day 13: Theth to Tirana

On your penultimate day in Albania, it’s time to head back to the buzzing capital: Tirana (a must-see on your 2-week Albania itinerary). Have breakfast and make an early start to drive back to Tirana so you can spend the afternoon in the city. 

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Spend the Afternoon in Tirana

Once you’ve checked into your hotel, make the most of the city’s cultural hotspots, enjoying all the museums, art galleries, and interesting restaurants. You’ll find the National Museum of History here, which is a plot of former underground bunkers now turned into an exhibit on Albania’s communist history.

Entry Fee: 400 LEK (3.50 USD)

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Aside from seeing the city’s museums, it’s lovely to just walk around for a few hours, witnessing the interesting architecture of Tirana —a reflection of its historical and cultural heritage.

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You’ll find a mix of older and newer buildings, some in a more Mediterranean European style and some in an urban fascist style. Best of all, it’s earned a reputation for its colorful buildings due to the major being an artist and painting the buildings. These colored buildings are spread across the city, but two of the must-sees are:

  • Ministry of Tourism and Environment
  • Ministry of Agriculture

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How to get from Theth to Tirana

The journey from Theth to Tirana takes 3.5 hours. You don’t need a 4×4 as the road to Theth is now paved and safe to drive on.

It’s possible to take a bus from Theth to Tirana. You’ll need to first take a shared shuttle bus to Shkoder (or taxi). From there, there are buses running every 30 minutes to Tirana. The journey takes 2 hours and costs 400 LEK (3.60 USD), so it’s very cheap.

Where to Stay in Tirana

The Blloku neighborhood is the most colorful and trendy of all and a great place to stay in Tirana. Alternatively, anywhere close to the city center is good. See all your hotel options in Tirana .

Hotels in Tirana 😴

Hotel Theatro

Day 14: Drive to Tirana Airport (Departure)

Day 14 is the final day of your beautiful 2-week Albania itinerary, and time to pack your bags and leave with some incredible memories of this underrated country in Europe!

If you have a hire car, drive the 30 minutes to the airport and drop your rental car there before you fly. Alternatively, take the airport shuttle bus, which leaves the city center regularly (from Skanderbeg Square). A ticket costs 300 LEKE (2.70 USD) and can be purchased on the bus.

How to Visit Albania in 2 Weeks

Albania is one of the most unexpected treasures, home to everything from epic mountains and natural spring pools to beaches that would rival some of the best in Europe. This 2-week Albania itinerary provides you with various activities, hotel options, and transportation. 

Getting to Albania

The main airport in Albania is Tirana, and international flights arrive here from all around the world. Most of the public transport leaves from the capital city too, and you can collect your car hire there.

Getting Around on Your Albania 2-Week Itinerary

The easiest way to get around Albania is definitely by car. In the past, it had a reputation for bad roads. However, these days, most roads are safe and paved (especially when sticking to the highways). Even in the mountainous region of Theth, the roads are newly paved, so you can use a normal rental car. The only thing to be wary of on the roads is other drivers (Albanian drivers have a bit of a bad reputation, although we didn’t experience this ourselves). Use Waze or Google Maps as your navigation app.

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Getting around by bus in Albania is a little trickier, as many destinations don’t have direct bus connections. Because of this, you may have to make multiple changes, and the journeys can be long. The upside, though, is that tickets are very cheap! 

Organized Tour

Alternatively, base yourself in bigger cities like Tirana and Saranda and use those as jumping-off points to explore other areas by organized tour.

Our Favorite Accommodations in Albania

There are many fantastic accommodations in Albania, from charming guesthouses and B&Bs to more luxury beachside hotels. There is even the option to camp! Below are our favorite places to stay for each destination on this 2-week Albania itinerary:

  • Berat: Hotel Mangalemi , Tradita e Beratit Hotel
  • Gjirokaster: SS Kekezi , Argjiro Traditional , Hotel Argjiro
  • Ksamil: Ionian Hotel , Summer Point Hotel , Hotel Meta
  • Himarë: Scala Bungalows , Filoxenia Holiday , Guest House Solive
  • Kruje: Mervin Hotel , Hotel Panorama
  • Shkoder: Çoçja Boutique Hotel , Atelier Boutique Hotel
  • Theth: Guesthouse Marashi , Bujtina Miquesia Hotel , Gurra Family Guesthouse
  • Tirana: Hotel Theatro , Hotel Boutique Vila , Crown Boutique Hotel

Food in Albania

Albania has a mix of history, cultures, and religions, all coming together in one big melting pot. This makes for some delicious cuisine, whether it’s traditional Albanian dishes, Italian, or Middle Eastern.

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You can enjoy all sorts of delicacies, from stuffed peppers and eggplants to olives and baked local cheeses. If you’re brave enough, you can also try Raki, the traditional alcoholic beverage in Albania.

Fun Fact: In Albania, the head gesture for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ is the opposite of most countries (something you might need to know when you’re asked to try Raki!).

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Albania Budget

Albania is super cheap; you can get a huge meal for 2 people (with salad and 2 main courses) for just 10 EUR (10.15 USD). You can also stay in incredible hotels for 50 EUR (51 USD) per night, although you can find good hotels for as little as 15 EUR (15.20 USD).

Costs of Traveling in Albania

Travel on a budget in Albania, from $80 − $130 USD weekly per person, mid-range $330 − $920 USD, and high-end from $920 − $1180 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

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Best Time to Visit Albania

Albania has very hot summers and mild winters (although you’ll find lots of snow in the mountainous regions). In the summer, locals and tourists head for the beach, and it can get very busy. Because of this, we recommend visiting in the shoulder seasons: May/June or September. This is the perfect time to enjoy warm weather, sunny days, and the beaches of the Albanian Riviera without the crowds. It also has slightly cooler temperatures, which are perfect for hiking in the mountains.  

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Is Albania Safe?

There is some dispute about whether Albania is safe, and its communist history has slightly tarnished its reputation. However, in our personal experience, it’s very safe. The locals are warm, friendly people who are always eager to help, and the towns feel very safe and inviting. We walked around with our phones and cameras the entire time, zero issues! Albania truly has our hearts.

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We’ve met a lot of solo (female) travelers who had the best time. Yes, they got some heads turning but never experienced anything negative. Obviously, take care of yourself and stay inside the main tourist areas. Here are our tips on how to travel safely .

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What to wear in Albania?

Even though over 60% of Albania is Muslim, there are no specific guidelines on what to wear; You’ll see a huge mix of different clothing styles, and especially the younger Albanians dress in a very western style. When entering a religious site, always wear a cover-up. However, at most places they really allow everyone. One Albanian said to us that due to the country’s history, Albanians are now one big family, all living together no matter what their religion is. That’s how the world should be if you’d ask us!

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