6 Best Places To Visit In Albania

Posted July 17, 2023 by: Admin #Travel

Albania, despite its picturesque location on the Adriatic Sea, north of Greece and opposite Italy, still suffers from a tarnished reputation, shared by many Balkan countries, for corruption and danger.


But the country of the eagles has many attractions. It offers a more affordable, less touristy alternative to the most popular European destinations. Adventurers looking for wilderness, rich history, charm and a Mediterranean ambience should seize the opportunity to explore Albania. Today, this country remains relatively unknown, but its hidden treasures won’t remain so for long. Seize the opportunity to visit some of the best places in this captivating country before it becomes more widely known.

  1. Berat

Berat, a charming Albanian town, is situated along the Osum River and encompasses the historic hilltop fortress of Kalaja. Known as the “city of a thousand windows”, Berat’s distinctive houses with their large windows make it instantly recognizable. Its rich heritage earned the old town a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in July 2008. It forms the captivating “City Museum” area, with its churches, mosques and traditional houses.

  1. Apollonia of Illyria (Apollonia)

Apollonia, an ancient Greek city named after Apollo, lies near Fier. It is the largest and most important city of antiquity. The remarkable ruins, witnesses to its past glory, continue to inspire admiration. Visit Albania’s largest archaeological park and explore the impressive historic site. Don’t miss the breathtaking views from the surrounding hills, which are well worth the detour.

  1. Durrës


Durrës, Albania’s main coastal town, is of considerable importance as the country’s most important seaport, both economically and culturally. Throughout the year, it hosts a variety of cultural events and festivals. In particular, the city’s amphitheatre, a major attraction, facilitates numerous gatherings. With its historic grandeur, the ancient structure could accommodate up to 20,000 people. Discover the best of Durrës by immersing yourself in its vibrant cultural scene and exploring this impressive ancient monument.

  1. Gjirokastër (or Gjirokastra)

Gjirokastër, in southern Albania, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 for its remarkable architectural charm. The town’s exceptional buildings feature a distinct Balkan style, characterized by stone houses of Turkish origin that resemble mini-forts, known as turret houses. Designed for seasonal living, they feature separate rooms for winter and summer. This enchanting place, often referred to as the “stone city”, embodies a rich historical and cultural heritage well worth exploring.

  1. Krujë (or Kruja)

Krujë, some twenty kilometers northeast of the capital, is an important “sanctuary” for the Albanian people. Kruja Castle, in the heart of the town, houses the Skanderberg Museum, a powerful reminder of the region’s historic wars. Beyond the town, you’ll find the tomb of Sari Saltik and the Qafë Shtama National Park. With its rich history, Krujë is easily explored from Tirana in a day, making it a must-see destination in Albania.




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