Albania Travel Guide

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    From the street
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    Painted Apartment Blocks, Tirana
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Albania Highlights

  • Pro
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    AlbaniaLover says…

     The most friendly people in the world, best food ever, wonderful beaches. 

  • Con
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     roads :( 

  • In a nutshell
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    JLBG says…

     A fast changing country! Hurry up to visit! 

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Tirana

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Bashkia_e_Tiranes/Tirana-733697/TravelGuide-Tirana.html

354,948,49

Sarande

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Sarandes/Sarande-734096/TravelGuide-Sarande.html

134,277,8

Shkoder

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145,301,3

Vlore

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Vlores/Vlore-733473/TravelGuide-Vlore.html

56,147,6

Durres

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Durresit/Durres-736005/TravelGuide-Durres.html

56,166,17

Korce

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Korces/Korce-735295/TravelGuide-Korce.html

47,217,2

Kruje

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Krujes/Kruje-735226/TravelGuide-Kruje.html

39,107,0

Gjirokaster

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103,213,0

Berat

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Beratit/Berat-736458/TravelGuide-Berat.html

111,377,1

Permet

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11,39,0

Dhermi

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39,146,1

Butrint

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93,205,0

Qeparo

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15,33,0

Voskopoje

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36,144,0

Elbasan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Elbasanit/Elbasan-735984/TravelGuide-Elbasan.html

3,16,0

Divjake

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Lushnjes/Divjake-736089/TravelGuide-Divjake.html

5,16,0

Vuno

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Vlores/Vuno-733431/TravelGuide-Vuno.html

20,27,0

Ishull-Lezhe

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Lezhes/Ishull_Lezhe-735550/TravelGuide-Ishull_Lezhe.html

20,52,0

Lezhe

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Lezhes/Lezhe-735043/TravelGuide-Lezhe.html

17,46,0

Dardhe

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Korces/Dardhe-736148/TravelGuide-Dardhe.html

35,135,0

Borsh

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Sarandes/Borsh-736359/TravelGuide-Borsh.html

1,6,0

Fushe-Kruje

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Krujes/Fushe_Kruje-735904/TravelGuide-Fushe_Kruje.html

14,33,0

Konispol

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Sarandes/Konispol-735303/TravelGuide-Konispol.html

16,31,0

Pogradec

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Pogradecit/Pogradec-734382/TravelGuide-Pogradec.html

7,37,0

Fier

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Fierit/Fier-735957/TravelGuide-Fier.html

21,57,0

Fushe-Lure

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0,8,0

Llogora

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Vlores/Llogora-734996/TravelGuide-Llogora.html

18,34,0

Kukes

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Kukesit/Kukes-735192/TravelGuide-Kukes.html

5,6,0

Bajram Curri

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Tropojes/Bajram_Curri-736554/TravelGuide-Bajram_Curri.html

6,10,0

Rinas

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Tiranes/Rinas-736845/TravelGuide-Rinas.html

1,5,0

Tushemisht

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Pogradecit/Tushemisht-733628/TravelGuide-Tushemisht.html

3,22,0

Tepelene

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Tepelenes/Tepelene-733722/TravelGuide-Tepelene.html

0,11,0

Peshkopi

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Dibres/Peshkopi-734465/TravelGuide-Peshkopi.html

2,5,0

Himare

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Vlores/Himare-735596/TravelGuide-Himare.html

5,14,1

Delvine

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7,9,0

Valbone

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0,3,0

Orikum

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0,3,0

Shengjin

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Mirdites/Shengjin-733995/TravelGuide-Shengjin.html

0,5,0

Lukove

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Sarandes/Lukove-734958/TravelGuide-Lukove.html

8,26,0

Burrel

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Albania/Rrethi_i_Matit/Burrel-736277/TravelGuide-Burrel.html

5,6,0

Tirana

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Sarande

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  • Blue Eye - Syri i Kaltër

    Sarande Off The Beaten Path

    Syri i Kaltër or the Blue Eye is a unique spring near Sarande, half way between Sarande and Gjirokaster actually. It's the source of the river Bistrica, whch springs out from the deep 50 meter hole with its crystal clear water. Blue Eye has a discharge of 18.4 m3/s. The beauty is stunning!

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  • Agimi Hotel

    Sarande Hotels

    Rruga Butrinti, Sarande, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • THE END OF THE ODYSSEY

    Sarande Favorites

    I never thought I would ever see Sarande without being shot dead. In 1986 I stayed in a resort on the Greek island of Corfu. One night I looked out across the water and I could see a dark and rugged coastline across the water. A waiter walked up to me because he saw me staring at this piece of land in the distance. I asked him if it was some rural...

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Shkoder

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  • To Rozafa Castle by taxi

    Shkoder Transportation

    As we were a bit short on time we decided to go by taxi to Rozafa Castle, which is situated on a small hill about 2,5 km southwest of Shkoder's city centre.Taxis can be found around the square Sheshi Demokracia (former: Sheshi 5 Heronjte) and it seems to be quite common that they don't have a taxi metre, so the fare has to be negotiated. As our...

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  • Grand Hotel Europa

    Shkoder Hotels

    Sheshi 2 Prilli, Shkoder, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Rozafa Castle

    Shkoder Things to Do

    The Rozafa Castle was probably founded by Illyrians. Later it was rebuilt several times by Romans, Venetians and Ottomans. The castle ruins consist of 3 courtyards and a few buildings. The oldest still standing structure on the castle grounds is the St. Stephen's Church, which dates back to 1319. One of the main reasons to visit the castle is its...

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Vlore

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  • Dancing to Maya and Juli Baka

    Vlore Nightlife

    Although we had eaten a huge meal at our hotel, my companion wasin the mood for anything, so she ordered a huge pizza, I thoughtwell many good, would soak up some of that raki, I was no mood in carrying 65 kilos 1.5 kilometres along a dimly lit stretch of beachfrontlate at night...A passed out blonde might draw undue attention!Well the pizza...

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  • Hotel Liro

    Vlore Hotels

    Rr, Uji i Ftohte, Vlore, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Dancing to Juli Baka

    Vlore Nightlife

    Next destination was to find one of the discossupposed to be open after mid night on that lovely Saturday night.A black van cruised by, it was the local police patrolling the area.I gave them a wave....we walked and walked past various Hotels andcafes along the seafront. One had a policeman outside watching a weddingparty in a large resteraunt, I...

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Durres

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  • Train

    Durres Transportation

    The Albanian rail website would probably be sued for false advertising in any other country. Its main page depicts a super fast French TGV speeding through the countryside in a blur. I think they may have lifted the picture wholesale from the SNCF site, because there's nothing remotely resembling a TGV on the grassy tracks of Albania's limited...

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  • Hotel Arvi

    Durres Hotels

    Lagjia 1. Rruga "Taulantia", Durres, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • King Zog's Palace

    Durres Things to Do

    The fantastically named King Zog, a name often used in Monty Python's Flying Circus sketches, was the improbable ruler of the first Albanian nation. He was actually an elected president, and shunned by the European royalty for his lack of blue blood, but the local population was still living under the same feudal serfdom that they had since Ottoman...

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Korce

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  • Parku Vangjush Mio

    Korce Things to Do

    We had a short stroll through Parku Vangjush Mio during a day trip to Korce in March 2012.This rather sorry looking park is located in the centre of the city, just a short walk away from the Old Bazaar.In fairness, we visited at a time when the city was just emerging from the cold weather of winter. There was still a significant covering of snow on...

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  • Dardha Touristic Village

    Korce Hotels

    Dardhe, Korce, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Bus trip between Athens and Korce

    Korce Transportation

    There are several bus companies operating this route.Actually, the route starts from Athens and ends at Tirana. Korce is one of the stops.In Athens, near Metaxourgio Metro Station, many bus companies are running the buses. The price is Euro 30 for one way. 2 to 3 buses for each bus company each day. However, I would like to recommend you to call...

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Kruje

See all 39 Kruje Tips
  • The Man with the Goat's Head Helmet

    Kruje Things to Do

    Albania's historical hero, Skanderbeg is eulogised in the Skanderbeg museum, inside the walls of the Krujë castle. Its collection includes lots of 15th century military artifacts related to the Albanian-Ottoman wars, during which the castle was besieged four times by the Ottoman army. There is also a virtual shrine to Skanderbeg with modern...

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  • Shopping.

    Kruje Warnings and Dangers

    They want to sell a lot here and the salespersons try to sell you a souvenir. If you like it, you can buy a souvenir. It can be little boring to hear them saying that you shall buy a souvenir home from Albania. It is up to yourself to decide according to me!

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  • The bazaar

    Kruje Things to Do

    Kruje’s old bazaar is a charming place with cobbled streets and colourful shops... Mainly souvenir shops where you can buy traditional Albanian costumes, books, musical instruments, and different items from the communist days... Very relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and no aggressive salesmen... Just be a little careful when walking through...

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Gjirokaster

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  • Sarande to Gjirokastra

    Gjirokaster Transportation

    The trip between Gjirokastra and Sarande is short in distance but long in duration. The roads were frequently unpaved and there was constant construction, meaning the buses and shared vans (which had no air conditioning) were moving at a snail's pace. The trip there was fairly painless, as there was a schedule posted at the main bus "exchange" in...

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  • Friendly Family Restaurant

    Gjirokaster Restaurants

    I have a terrible feeling that "Gjoca" might just mean restaurant, and I've called this place Restaurant Restaurant, but that was the only distinguishable word on the sign outside the restaurant in which I dined in Gjirokastra. Run by a friendly husband and wife team, this restaurant accommodated my vegetarianism with a truly delicious salad and...

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  • Castle With a View

    Gjirokaster Things to Do

    For the best views of Gjirokastra, head up to the castle. It's a hot, strenuous walk up if the sun is shining, so get an early or late start. Upon arrival, your 200-leke admission fee buys you access to most of the castle, including a gloomy hallway lined with artillery and the castle walls with scenic views of the town below. There is also an...

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Berat

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  • The Edward Lear Art Gallery

    Berat Things to Do

    The Edward Lear Gallery (of contemporary art) was a revelation, not so much of the quality of modern Albanian art, which I’m in no position to judge, as of how exciting an art gallery can be. The key things are a) that you (I suppose anyway) don’t know any of the artists’ names, and b) that most of the paintings and sculptures there have no titles,...

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  • Hotel Berati

    Berat Hotels

    Rr. Veli Zaloshnja, Berati Lakes, Berat, 1233, Albania

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Money-changing shops

    Berat Things to Do

    Money changing shops. These can be very, very, very useful. If, say, you happen to have hit an extra zero when changing money at a Tirana airport cash machine and you’re landed with the lek equivalent of 1500 Euros in cash, wondering how you’ll ever get it changed back, don’t worry! Simply go into any shop you notice with “KEMBIM VALUTE” above the...

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Permet

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Dhermi

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Butrint

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  • VISIT THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE

    Butrint Things to Do

    Butrint is a UNESCO world heritage site in Albania, 20 KM from Saranda. Butrint was originally a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. People would visit the sanctuary to be healed. The area was built into a complex by the Greeks with a Temple, a Theatre and a hostel for the pilgrims that were coming to be healed. Everything...

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  • How to get there

    Butrint Transportation

    You can reach Butrint from Saranda. The 14 km road is very narrow, mostly single lane and in some places carved in steep slopes and it overhangs the lake Butrint. The road was built in 1959 for a visit by the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and it hasn’t been touched again since though the traffic has increased dramatically with the increasing...

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  • Lake Butrint

    Butrint Things to Do

    Lies in the south of Albania between Sarande and Butrint Archaeological site,it is in fact a Lagoon.It overlooks the Ionian sea and is quite large in size.The locals catch many muscels here and they are sent to Sarande and other nearby towns for the restuarants,they are a dark yellow colour and very tasty.

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Qeparo

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  • Unexpected famous Qepariot

    Qeparo Off The Beaten Path

    George Tenet, the former Director of CIA (from 1997 to 2004) was a Greek-American. While his father came from South Greece, his mother was born among the Greek minority in Qeparo. He once said “My mother escaped from southern Albania on a British submarine just as the Iron Curtain was closing - never to see her family again”. I have not found the...

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  • Old and new currency

    Qeparo Tourist Traps

    When I asked for the bill in Moliana restaurant, the waitress wrote it on a piece of cardboard. As this was not our first day in Albania, I knew it should be in the 2000-3000 lek range and I handled her three 1000 lek bankenotes without taking care to the zeros and she gave me my change back. Later, I had a closer look at the bill and my first...

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  • Fresh fish at Moliana restaurant

    Qeparo Restaurants

    When we arrived in the middle of a busy road work, with heavy engines working everywhere, we found this small restaurant (photo 1), built over a small stream (what we discovered later) but what we saw was a road sign that said “feshk” (fish). As it was in the middle of such a turmoil (photo 2), we would not have considered having dinner there but...

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Voskopoje

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  • A quiet and shaded place

    Voskopoje Restaurants

    Taverna Mishel is a few kilometers away from Voskopojë, on the way back to Korcë. The tables are scattered under small roofs in a green meadow. The place is quiet and pleasant, the owners very welcoming See next tip (not enough space for the photos)

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  • Great Arman gathering, 12-15 August 2010

    Voskopoje Local Customs

    In 2010, there was a great Arman (Vlach/Aromanian name themselves Arman) gathering in Voskopojë/Moscopole and in Korcë/Corcea. There are almost 500.000 Armans in the Balkans.From Moscopole 2010 : In order to commemorate and relive the experience of the past of Moscopole (222 years since the city was entirely distroyed by Ali Pasha in 1788) on the...

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  • Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe Gabriel

    Voskopoje Things to Do

    I do not usually report on VT about something I have not seen but there is no map of Moskopojë (or at least I did not found any) and this report might help other travellers not to miss Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe GabrielHere is the transcript of the post standing on the main square of Voskopojë :Kisha e Kryeengjëjve Mihal dhe Gabriel (Church of...

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Elbasan

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  • Nice Restaurant Near Elbasan Albania

    Elbasan Restaurants

    Restaurant serving typical Albanian food on the main road from Elbasan. Mutli-lingual staff: English/Greek/Italian. Excellent food and value for money. Safe parking. Nice music and atmosphere. Bar on the second floor. Warm. Friendly staff. 1. Potatoes with chef's special seasoning.2. Mixed salad3. Beef stew

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  • Bus Tirana-Skopje (through Elbasan)

    Elbasan Transportation

    The bus normally passes by there but you have to check out in Elbasan and ask to the habitants or in the brs at the center to know the hour when the bus will pas and maybe it will be in the night.So good luck for your trip.

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  • DO NOT MISS: Fabulous dining in ancient...

    Elbasan Restaurants

    The ancient fortress in the center of town has been remodeled to contain a large bar area and a dining area. One descends about 50 steps into the fortress, the lighting makes for a beautiful setting. Only one waiter spoke any (very broken) English, but that only enhanced the experience in our minds.It being our first evening in Albania, we were...

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  • HertaH's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I'm from Albania and belive me,you're gone be surprised.Wonderful places(specialy in north and in south)and lovely people that will always help you.

    • giampiero6's Profile Photo
      Jan 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I must say, I had a very nice and favorable impression of Albania when I was there last year.

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