Culturally rich and with nature’s bounty in vast abundance, Albania is perfect for those looking to explore one of Europe's most untouched destinations rich with history and beautiful landscapes. Pristine blue lagoons, ancient Mediterranean cities, charming fishing villages, and Ottomanesque bazaars are just the tip of the iceberg.
Olive and cherry groves dot the region around Berat, while pine trees line steeper hill slopes in the countryside. Stunning vistas are par for the course while driving from Saranda to Vlora. Gjirokastra castle looms over the town by the same name, while Kruja bustles with bazaar life. The ruins at Butrint are a historians delight. From the Illyrians and Trojans to the Bulgars and the Ottomans, Albania has long been a cultural melting pot in the Balkans. Warmth and friendliness is ingrained in the people and smiling faces will greet you everywhere. Let Exeter International help you plan your perfect trip to Albania.
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The best time to travel to Albania is April-June and September-October. High summer can be extremely hot.
Due to its vast amount of history and its cultural influence, Tirana is a fantastic city to visit within Albania. It was first inhabited during the Paleolithic era, but was founded in the 17th century as the present-day city by the Ottoman general Barkinzade Süleyman Paşa. Today, its main sites focus primarily on its history and its Ottoman and Socialist style architecture. Tirana is the perfect base for day trips outside of the city.
Located only 45 minutes north of Tirana lies Kruja, the center of the Albanian resistance against the Ottomans and the birthplace of Skanderbeg. This beautiful town on a hill is full of ancient history. You can explore the original buildings and the old bazaar, as well as the original citadel, which withstood three sieges.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you. We suggest combining a visit to Albania with Macedonia. You will have a private driver-guide with you throughout your entire trip!