Known best for its unspoiled beaches and stunning landscapes, Albania is still one of the lesser visited countries in Europe. With rugged mountains, clear waters and an extensive archaeological heritage, a trip to Albania can encompass the outdoor adventures, impressive landmarks or a beachside break.
Leave the coastline and discover the country's unique culture and traditions, taste the traditional food and hear the local legends. While Albania's recent history is tragic, the country treats it with dignity and respect and visitors are allowed the opportunity to gain some insight into this tumultuous time.
Known for their lyrical beauty, the Albanian Alps are home to green forests, vast valleys and quaint villages with stone houses. Deep in these mountains, you'll find two small villages: Theth and Valbona. This trail takes you between them, high into Albania's Accursed Mountains.
Albania is a year-round destination, offering everything from beaches and mountain hikes to museums and skiing. If you plan on spending time at the beach, hiking or exploring the archaeological sites, head to Albania in during Spring and Summer (April - October). For skiing and seeing the mountains covered in snow, opt for the winter months instead.
Yes, Albania is a safe country to visit with few reports of crime aimed at travellers. Saying that, pickpocketing does happen so you'll want to take the usual precautions. Albania also lies in an earthquake zone with tremours and quakes occasionally impacting the country.
Yes, Albania is definitely worth visiting. Its beaches alone are worth the trip with long stretches of white sand and clear waters. Beyond the beach, you'll find spectacular mountain views, still lakes and great hiking, along with fascinating archaeological sites and excellent museums. The capital city, Tirana, is also known for its colourful architecture, street art and good food (and some amazing yet affordable fine dining).