Albania Travel Blog – Sarandë, Berat & Beyond

We travel Albania seeking out Albanian food, wine, the best things to do in Albania, & accommodation in Albania for you.

Albania Official Language: Albanian

Currency Of Albania: Lek (ALL)

Albanian Population: 2,937,764

Capital City: Tirana

National Day: 28th November

Timezone: UTC +1 (UTC +2 during summer)

Albanian Fun Facts: 100+ Albania facts here

UNESCO Sites: Albania has 3 sites. Read about them here

Things To Do In Albania: So many! Start here for a few ideas

Driving: Some complications. Driving guide here

Nestled between Greece, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia, Albania and the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Albania is land blending cultures and traditions. A land of food and wine, where the Xhiro or evening walk is as important as drinking Turkish coffee, Albania is climbing higher on the travelers’ radar.

Albania is the land that gave the world the missionary Mother Teresa, novelist Ismail Kadare, soprano Inva Mula and actor Jim Belushi. It’s also the land of the red poppy, their national flower and of the famous burek that the world can’t do without. Visit Albania and you’ll find history, culture, architecture, food, art, literature, and a lot more that will make you want to stay.

International Airports In Albania: Tirana International Airport, Kukes Airport, and Vlore International Airport. Tirana Airport is named Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza in honor of Mother Teresa, the Albanian Roman Catholic nun.

Albanian Traditional Food: Find the traditional food guide here

Tave Kosi, a lamb made of yogurt, rice, egg, and lamb
Qofte, meatballs made of lamb, pork, beef or chicken
Tarator, a cold cucumber soup
Qebapa or Cevapcici, sausages made of minced meat
Grilled fish
Kackavall, a popular cheese
Fergese Tirane, made of cheese, tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers
Byrek, a pie filled with minced meat and vegetables
Flija, a many-layered pancake with sour cream filling
Baklava, a multi-layered phyllo pastry stuffed with nuts and covered with honey

Top Things To Do In Albania:

See the beautiful Kruje Castle, once the headquarters of Georg Kastriot
Escape the crowds in Tirana’s Parku I Madh
Ride the Dajti Ekspres to the top of Mount Dajti in Tirana
Enjoy winter sports at Dardha
Drive through Llogara National Park, a road that reaches 1000 meters above sea level
Visit the 100-year old Cobo Winery in Berat
Picnic near the Lana River
Sail on one of Europe’s oldest lakes, Lake Ohrid
Swim in the Syri Kalter, the Blue Eye
Get some sun at Porto Palermo Beach
Enjoy water sports at Lake Farka
Swim in the beautiful waters of Dhermi Beach
Enjoy the healing waters of Benja Thermal Baths
Visit the imposing Rozafa Castle
Spend some time in Skanderbeg Square, Tirana’s Central Plaza
See the Balkan’s largest lake, Lake Skadar
Take a magical ferry ride on Lake Koman
Explore the cave of Pellumbas
Visit the fortress of Ali Pasha

Major Places Not To Skip:

Vibrant and modern Tirana
Iconic Kruja
Historic Gjirokaster, the “City of Stones”
Alpian Theth National Park
Strategic Shkoder
Berat, the “City of a Thousand Windows”
Peaceful Ksamil Village
The ruins of ancient Apollonia
Stunning Qafe Shtame National Park
UNESCO World Heritage Butrint National Park
Coastal Durres
Mysterious Sazan Island