Last updated: July 2, 2018
Albania is not the typical destination and is still largely unexplored from a tourist perspective. It is only in recent years that international tourism has found its way here and in large part, it is still concentrated around the Albanian Riviera.
I visited Albania last summer and although I did not have time to go around everywhere, I got myself quite a taste of the country and here are 14 images that will make you want to pack your bags and travel to Albania as soon as possible.
Ksamil (also Ksamili) is the small resort that has quickly become one of Europe’s hottest tourist destinations. Previously, it was basically just local tourists from the capital Tirana and other parts of Albania who came here. Nowadays, you can find a lot more tourists here, even though there are plenty of room for more.
Just look at how beautiful the beaches are, and you will quickly realize why it’s such a gem. Read more about Ksamil.
Bathing spots and small beaches can be found around every corner, both larger beaches with sun beds and small restaurants and more secluded beaches like in the picture below.
Wherever you go in the Ksamil it feels like you find a new beach all the time, and there’s a beach for everyone, no matter what kind of beach you prefer.
Saranda has also become popular. Much thanks to the greater range of hotels here than in Ksamil, but also because the boat stops here and it’s a better starting point. Saranda also has a pleasant boardwalk lined with cozy restaurants and bars.
Also Read: The top things to do in Saranda
Like history? Then Butrint is a place for you. Here await Roman history and an ancient amphitheater along with old ruins from different eras. Did you know that Julius Caesar co-developed Butrint as a city?
When he was emperor of Rome, he saw Butrint as a good strategic position.
Below, you can see the old amphitheatre.
Do you like to visit places that are on the UNESCO list of World Heritages? Then you should not miss Gjirokaster. The main attraction is the old fort perched at the top and of course the iconic old stone houses.
Syri i Kalter
Chrystal clear water in turquoise and greenish color, surrounded by lush nature.
Do you like secluded and wild beaches? Then you shouldn’t miss the Gjipe Beach on the Albanian Riviera. You will pretty much have the whole place to yourself.
Valbona National park
I haven’t been here myself yet, unfortunately, but this photo is making me wanna go back to Albania ASAP!
Image: Wikipedia / Tobias Klenze / CC-BY-SA 4.0
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Have you been to Albania? If not, I hope that you got inspired to visit Albania. To me, one thing is certain – I will definitely go back!