Must-Sees & Dos
The landscape of Albania has been sprinkled with a boundless array of things to see and do. From atop the impregnable Rozafa fortress overlooking the city of Shkoder, which was the center of the Illyrian Kingdom in 4th and 3rd century B.C., to the Greek and Roman ruins of Butrint outside Saranda in the south, Albania’s geography reflects its legacy as a crossroads of civilizations and it guarantees something of interest for every traveler.
If you only have a limited time in Albania, then you absolutely must see the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Butrint, Gjirokastra, and Berat. These sites have been declared by the United Nations as having an extraordinary cultural significance to the whole of humankind, and we are proud to invite you to explore them. We promise that you will return home viewing history from a new vantage point.
If you are seeking postcard-perfect weather, then look no further than along the Albanian Riviera, where we recommend you spend a couple of days on a sun-kissed beach. Located between the towns of Saranda and Vlore, the Albanian Riviera is Europe’s newest leisure destination. Sip on the products of our viticulture, including our specialty Raki, while watching a breathtaking sunset over the Ionian Sea. Also remember that seafood has been a cornerstone of our cuisine in this region for thousands of years, offering your taste buds an unparalleled experience.
Nationwide, Albania offers an amazing assortment of culinary delights. Freshly baked white bread, or corn-bread for travelers with gluten-sensitivity, is served with nearly every meal in our country. Albania’s Mediterranean climate also makes it ideal for growing fruits and vegetables common to the region, including olives, grapes, peppers, figs, and leafy greens. Succulent, fire-roasted lamb, chicken and rabbit are the staple meats of our cuisine and we enjoy them with hearty helpings of rice and yogurt sauces.
Most international flights arrive in our capital city of Tirana, so take a couple of days to explore this dynamic heart of Albania and its lively atmosphere, both day and night. During the day, you will see that the city has received an attractive facelift since the end of communism, as more and more of the traditional grey concrete buildings are painted over with a kaleidoscope of blues, purples, greens, yellows and reds, earning the city the nickname, ‘The City of Colors.’
Also during your stay in the capital, perhaps you’d like to learn more about the country’s history and culture by taking a tour of one of the city’s many museums and art exhibitions. Afterwards, we recommend embracing the local coffee culture by ordering a strong cup of the perfect espresso at a street corner café, finding a comfortable seat, and then watching the people pass by. Whether you’re visiting Albania for leisure or you’re planning a business meeting, Tirana offers a wide range of experiences and possibilities.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Albania offers boundless opportunities to embrace nature. The country’s rugged hills and mountains present unique hiking adventures, where your greatest rewards are the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. In the northern part of the country around the freshwater Lake Shkodra, over 280 species of birds enjoy protection in a national sanctuary that attracts bird-watchers from around the world. Similar wildlife attractions can be found around the Kune, DivjakaNarta and Karavasta Lagoons and within the Butrint National Park.
The nature lover can also expect to find a treasure trove of scenic wonders in the northern part of the country, including Theth National Park, Lake Koman, and the stunning Valbona River. In southern Albania, relish the views from the Llogara Pass. Or, take time to explore the green river valleys, lakes and mountains of the Korca, Permet and Pogradec regions.
Come and explore the many must-sees and must-dos of Albania. From outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting on the Osum and Vjosa Rivers, to the infinite number of castles and towns from every historical era, Albania offers visitors something new to love about the Mediterranean.