For the longest time, Albania was a whisper among travellers. A difficult political period had isolated the country’s rugged mountains, crystal clear beaches, historical sites and unique culture from the world. But in 1991, the winds of change threw open the gates of Albania. Inside, it’s pure magic. Dramatic landscapes. Ancient constructions. The bright present intermingling with its breathtaking past. Surprises every step of the way!
A considerable chunk of Albania can be covered in 2 weeks. We recommend about 6 nights in the cityscape, divided between Tirana, Berat and Gjirokastër. Then, you can think of exploring the sea and the mountains. From Gjirokastër, head to the Albanian Riviera. Spend time in Himara while exploring coastal areas and kayaking to the beaches. After Himara, make your way upwards, halting at the picturesque town of Shkodra. Shkodra is the base town for trekking in the Albanian Alps. A day or two will be great, enjoying the crisp air and blue skies. The central tourist destinations in the Accursed Mountains are the gorgeous valley villages of Theth and Valbona. We suggest 4 nights. The region has ample opportunities for hiking and cycling.
NOTE: Depending on your time, you can make day-trips to Kruje and Korca from Tirana.