Balkans

Albania

Europe’s best-kept secret

Once best known as the final European country to throw off the shackles off Communism (outside the USSR), Albania spent much of the 20th century closed to outsiders. However, the 30-odd years since the end of isolationism has seen Albania grow as a tourist destination – and with good reason.

This is a country blessed with both beaches and mountains; a trendy capital in buzzing Tirana and historical villages like Berat and Gjirokastra, and excellent hiking trails complete with the chance of seeing bears, wolves and wild boar.

But come quick – such is the generous welcome, delicious food and comparatively cheap travel, that the trickle of visitors might soon become a flood.

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15 days

Off-the-beaten path in the Balkans

Albania and Kosovo’s hiking trails
Tirana (1 days) Durres (1) Berat (1) Albanian Riviera (1) Butrint National Park (2) Gjirokastra and the Drino Valley (1) Kruja (1) Shkodra (2) The Accursed Mountains (2) Prizren (3)
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8 days

West Balkans in a week

Croatia, Montenegro and Albania highlights
Dubrovnik (1 days) Konavle Valley (1) Bay of Kotor (1) Shkodra (2) Lake Skadar National Park (1) Lovćen National Park (1) Bay of Kotor (1)
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5 days

Tirana and Albania’s countryside

Exploring Albania’s capital and surroundings
Tirana (2 days) Kruja (1) Durres (1) Tirana (1)
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West Balkans wine and food

A culinary adventure through the Balkans
Dubrovnik (1 days) Bay of Kotor (1) Konavle Valley (1) Virpazar (1) Shkodra (1) Cetinje (1) Trebinje (1) Dubrovnik (1)
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  • The Accursed Mountains

    The Accursed Mountains

    The Accursed Mountains (otherwise known as the less-dramatic Albanian Alps) feel a world away from the rest of Europe...
  • Albanian Riviera

    Albanian Riviera

    Head to the Albanian Riviera for uncrowded shorelines, turquoise waters and the beauty of the Greek Islands without the price tag...
  • Berat

    Berat

    Head up through the hills to Berat and you’ll notice the seemingly endless number of windows on the white Ottoman houses lining the way...
  • Durres

    Durres

    The port town of Durres is home to Albania’s liveliest beach, but it is the town’s amphitheatre that is the main attraction...
  • Kruja

    Kruja

    Gjergj Kastrioti, also known as Skanderbeg, was a military commander famous for resisting Turkish invaders in the 1400s...
  • Gjirokastra and the Drino Valley

    Gjirokastra and the Drino Valley

    The Drino Valley in southern Albania is the perfect place to see traditional Albanian villages...
  • Butrint National Park

    Butrint National Park

    Found close to the beaches of the Albanian Riviera, Butrint National Park is one of the Balkans’ largest archaeological sites, with ruins from several different ethnic groups, including Greek, Roman and Venetians...
  • Shkodra

    Shkodra

    Known to Albanians as the ‘city of bicycles’, Shkodra is a pleasant place to spend a couple of days pootling around...
  • Tirana

    Tirana

    Tirana’s small size makes it a perfect place to explore in a day, but to truly get under its skin, try out its cafe culture for coffee, beer and pastries...

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