Albania Gjipe beach
Albania Ksamil
Albania Sarande

Head to the Albanian Riviera for uncrowded shorelines, turquoise waters and the beauty of the Greek Islands without the price tag. Try the fishing village of Himara for its pebbled bay, exclusive Dhermi for its stunning mountain backdrop and the Bay of Vlore for beach-hopping.

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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  • 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...
  • 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...

Things to do in Albanian Riviera

Our recommended experiences and activities

Take a scenic drive on Llogora Pass
Albanian Riviera

Take a scenic drive on Llogora Pass

Take the road from Dhermi to Orikum in the Albanian Riviera and you’ll drive through the Llogora Pass, 1,000m above the Ionian Sea in the Cika Mountains. The views are spectacular.

Where to go in Albania

Our recommended places

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. Adventurous hikers can expect deep valleys, forests where wolves howls and stone villages straight out of a fairy tale.

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. Once there, stroll around the old town, get a bird’s eye view from Kala Castle and see the Bachelor’s Mosque in the city centre.

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. One of the Balkan’s most impressive surviving architecture, the amphitheatre was built in 100AD by Roman emperor Hadrian and could seat 20,000 spectators. Make sure to visit the onsite chapel.

Kruja

Kruja

Gjergj Kastrioti, also known as Skanderbeg, was a military commander famous for resisting Turkish invaders in the 1400s. Skanderbeg was born in Kruja and made it his citadel. As soon as you reach Kruja, you’ll come face-to-face with an enormous statue of Skanderbeg and his mighty sword, before exploring the museum in his name.

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. Make sure to try the local Kallmet wine, check out the 6th-century Dhuvjan Monastery complex and visit the castle at hillside Gjirokastra.

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. Look for the historic Rozafa Fortress for views over Lake Shkodra, visit its collection of quirky museums and enjoy the Old Town.

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. If you’re lucky, a local will invite you for a rakija (plum brandy) and a chat.

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