14 Photos that will make you want to pack your bags and travel to Albania

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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

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.

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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.

strand-i-ksamil

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.

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Saranda

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.

READ MORE:  Albania Travel Guide - My Best Tips!

Also Read: The top things to do in Saranda

Saker att göra i Saranda

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Butrint

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.

butrint unescoBelow, you can see the old amphitheatre.

Butrint Sarande

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Gjirokaster

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.

gjirokaster

gjirokaster i albanien

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Syri i Kalter

Chrystal clear water in turquoise and greenish color, surrounded by lush nature.

syri i kalter Sarandë

Gjipe Beach

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.

gjipe beachPhoto

Valbona National park

I haven’t been here myself yet, unfortunately, but this photo is making me wanna go back to Albania ASAP!

valbonaImage: 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!

December 2nd, 2016|

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29 Comments

  1. giuseppe 03/31/2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    sono interessato per una vacanza a Ksamil

  2. AJ 04/01/2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Thank you for describing my country so beautifully through few pictures and few words. It is amazing isn’t it?
    Thank you!

  3. Juliana 04/02/2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Thank you very much…The world need people like you to Discover the beauty of it.

  4. George 04/02/2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

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    You Welcome!

  5. Nina 04/02/2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Sono interessato ad una vacanza

    • Ilir Luga 08/04/2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Vi possiamo aiutare

  6. marin 04/03/2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Tack så mycket, falemnderit !

  7. learnalbanian 04/06/2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Great article!
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  8. Maria 04/14/2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Great article, pics and informations. Thanks.

  9. Hana 04/20/2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you for these beautiful pics.I read your stories and think that you should come and visit Kosovo again ☺

  10. Cid 05/01/2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    2 – 3 photos of the beaches doesn’t show the real deal. Albania is a shit hole. Show us some photos eg of the roads to get there.
    Don’t mislead tour readers mate. Be honest and let them make the desicion.
    PS ksamili, saranda, butrinti and girocaster all used to be Greek places. A bit of history won’t harm your readers.

    • Alexander Waltner 05/02/2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Okay, first of all, I write solely on my own experiences, and I don’t mislead my readers. Secondly, Albania is not a shithole, and in regards to the roads, they are just fine. You’re writing like the roads are undrivable or something, and they’re certainly not. Sure, the roads aren’t the highest quality, but you don’t need that. I’m always honest, and Albania is truly one of the friendliest and most priceworthy countries I’ve visited.

      As for the history, this is a travel blog and not a history lesson. Almost everything in the world used to belong to someone else, and I think it’s more important what it is today. I don’t want to be harsh on you because everyone is allowed to express themselves, but calling a whole country a shithole is not very nice.

      • Adil 05/04/2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

        Alex. What a cool guy you are. I really enjoyed that sentence “Almost everything in the world used to belong to someone else, and I think it’s more important what it is today”. I’ve always wanted the Balkans people to have a relationship like Scandinavia or Western Europe. But unfortunately the Balkan people are the cancer of europe. Almost all of us are xenophobic. We always discuss who were the first to live in the Balkans, Illyrians, Greeks, Thracians etc etc. Almost all of these countries believe in a Greater X projects, like Greater Albania, Greater Greece, Greater Serbia etc. We will never accept the fact that we were never autochtonous, and we all gradually came from where the first men appeared in Earth (Middle East or Africa doesnt matter). Anyways I just wanted to tell u keep up with the positivity and let some other brainless people struggle finding the borders God put for their country.
        So yeah, thnx for being worthy for this world. ?
        Best regards from Albania

        • Alexander Waltner 05/04/2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

          Thanks a lot! That’s a very nice comment. Makes me happy :) Yes, I hope so too, there’s really no point of being aggressive and hostile towards others without them doing something personally. I think that it could be also something that is passed by from the previous generation, much like religion is passed down to daughters and sons. I think more people need to realize what we have today, and instead learn from others mistakes from the past.

          No reason to keep spreading hate just because you’re supposed to do it :) Thanks again Adil! I’m sure there will be a brighter future. It seems like more and more people come together these days all over the world, much thanks to social media.

          • Ilir Luga 08/04/2017 at 8:04 pm

            Alex anytime you come here just send me an e-mail and it will be my pleasure ti meet you

        • Anila Murati 05/05/2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

          Alex what a great guy you are and the way you decribe my country Albania! I love ❤️

    • Dee 05/04/2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Another Greek wanker struggling for recognition. History books are written today too and last time I checked you were a failed state, so no point living on past glory. If you can afford a break from living with your parents as most of your brethren do these days, I suggest you try driving Albania’s roads for yourself before telling the entire world how ignorant you are.

      • Alexander Waltner 05/04/2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

        I agree, however, there is no need to be name calling others. It won’t help to spread hate, just choose to be better instead :)

    • Beautiful Albania 05/04/2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      For the history of Albania you do not know even 1%. Those cities you are saying are Greek, they are 100% Albanian. For as much as half of Greece is an autochthonous Albanian land. I apologize if I have offended you. But you can explore the archives of Greece and you will be convinced that you are wrong.

    • Genti 05/05/2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Jaolusie

    • ENVER GJONIKU 09/06/2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Here we go again another Greek puppy dog because of jelosy can’t stay without barking.
      Thank you very much Alexander Waltner. Do you know what Greeks do every year??? They spill oil in our crystal waters so the tourists would go to them and not in Albania. Very very unfortunate to have a country as a neighbour a country run by racist f*** church.
      To all foreigners who are interested to visit Albania mark my word you will be over the moon if you decide to do so.

  11. Toni 05/03/2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    CID you poor ignorant you should read more and speak less!! When your people come here from Egypt ( fenicas tribe) we albanian were here from quite a time!! We are Ilirians, the only native people in the region!! That’s not your fault becouse this was said to you since school and you can’t get out of it and say your thought because you don’t have your own!! Now as for the roads.. if we use to build them with others money we will be called greece not Albania, but we made everything by our own and no one seeks us the money back as it is for your debts!!

    • Anila Murati 05/05/2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Best comment Toni!

  12. Dora 05/04/2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Great place to visit. Cant wait to go back again! The beaches are a tru treasures, food is just great and so cheap,friendly people and so many places to visit!
    Thanks for sharing

  13. Blerina Dula 09/06/2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Beautiful description of Abania, Alex. I am glad you enjoyed Albania , truly is a wonder place:) next time visit Kosovo. Good luck with your trips mate.

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