Albania Alps Valbonia Theth
Albania Berat
Albania riviera near Himare

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.

15 days

Off-the-beaten path in the Balkans

Albania and Kosovo’s hiking trails
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8 days

West Balkans in a week

Croatia, Montenegro and Albania highlights
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5 days

Albania and Kosovo ~ Walking in Illyria and Epirus

Exploring Albania’s capital and surroundings
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8 days

West Balkans wine and food

A culinary adventure through the Balkans
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  • 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...
  • The Accursed Mountains

    The Accursed Mountains

    The Accursed Mountains (also known, less dramatically, as the 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...
  • Bay of Vlore

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  • Gjirokastra

    Gjirokastra

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  • Valbona Valley

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  • Mount Jezerca

    Mount Jezerca

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  • Apollonia

    Apollonia

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Places to go in Albania

Albania Tours

4 in 1 Road Cycling Balkan Express

Explore Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia by bike

8 daysFrom €950
Destinations Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro
Tour Type Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Biking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culinary, Food, Wine

The Best Cycling Routes Along EuroVelo 8

Cycling from Croatia to Albania via Montenegro

8 daysFrom €790
Destinations Albania, Croatia, Montenegro
Tour Type Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Biking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, Culinary, Food

Exploring Montenegro and Albania by Bicycle

Cycle through historical towns and explore Lake Skadar

8 daysFrom €740
Destinations Albania, Montenegro
Tour Type Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Biking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, History, Culinary, Food, Wine

Borderland Walks in the Accursed Mountains

Explore the spectacular landscapes of Montenegro and Albania's mountains.

8 daysFrom €940
Destinations Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro
Tour Type Private guided tour
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, History, Culinary, Food, Wine

The National Parks of Northern Montenegro

Hiking in Durmitor, Biogradska Gora and the Prokletije mountains.

8 daysFrom €790
Destinations Albania, Montenegro
Tour Type Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Walking in Illyria and Epirus

Explore Albania and Kosovo

15 daysFrom $0
Destinations Albania, Kosovo
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Wine, Solo Travel

Albania Travel Companies

3e Travel

Self-guided hiking and cycling trips to the Western Balkans
Destinations Balkans
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Activity Family, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Camping, Biking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, History, Culinary, Food, Wine, Solo Travel

Kudu Travel

Cultural walking tours in the Balkans
Destinations Balkans
Tour Type Small group tour
Activity Beach, Family, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Horseback Riding, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food, Wine, Solo Travel

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