Albania is Europe’s best-kept secret, and it’s country with very friendly and welcoming locals, beautiful nature and historic cities. Here some ideas on what places to visit in Albania.
Berat is located in the middle of Albania, and it’s one of the country’s oldest towns. The historic center is an example of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The most famous sight is a castle located on the top of a hill. From there you can have a breathtaking view of the whole town.
Gjirokastrë is located 120 km south of Berat. The houses are designed like small castles and are also from Ottoman period. The historic center of Gjirokastra is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well.
Saranda is located in the Southern part of Albania, only a short ferry ride away from Corfu. It’s one of the most visited places in the country. There are several sights to enjoy like a castle and a monastery, both offering a spectacular view to the sea.
The Blue Eye
The Blue Eye or Syri i Kalter is a fresh-water spring where the clear blue water bubbles from more than a fifty-meter pool. This place can be visited as a day trip from either Saranda or Gjirokastra.
The Albanian Riviera is an area located in the southwest part of the country between Vlore and Saranda. The beaches are less crowded than in neighboring countries but just as beautiful.
The capital city of Albania is a lively metropolis offering a lot of unique things to do. You can for example visit a nuclear bunker turned into a museum and art exhibition. Or climb a massive communist-era Pyramid.
Durres is a large harbor city connecting Albania to Italy, and also one of the oldest cities in the country. The most famous sight is an amphitheater which is the biggest amphitheater, not only in Albania but also in the whole Balkans.