After decades of isolation from the rest of Europe under harsh communist rule and has since become an open secret amongst backpackers wanting to escape the crowds elsewhere in Europe. Those who visit unveil a mysterious country of ancient ruins, medieval castles, epic mountain scenery, and enchanting Mediterranean beaches. Albania’s capital and beating heart, Tirana, is understandably popular amongst the trickle of tourists who visit the country. Home to striking, colourful buildings, a growing cultural scene of museums and galleries, plus an array of cafés and restaurants, Tirana is a highlight of any Albania holiday.

Venturing off the beaten track, visitors can experience the country’s stunning natural beauty amidst the imposing peaks, lush green valleys and dense forests of the Accursed Mountains. Further south, discover the charming town of Berat, where picturesque Ottoman houses cascade down the hillside, or go in search of a peaceful and pristine cove along the Albanian Riviera.

Top Recommendations

  • Historic Berat, a near-perfectly preserved Ottoman town of whitewashed houses climbing up a hillside
  • Bustling Tirana, Albania’s sprawling and fast-paced heart
  • The spectacular beaches and coves of the Ionian Coast
  • Lake Komani & Shkodra within the Albanian alps region
  • Plunge into the bottomless, blue glassy depths of the Blue-Eyed Spring

When to Visit

April through to October is the best time to visit. The temperatures are warm and hot, peaking in the low 30s during the height of summer. While the days are long and relativity clear of rainfall.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Tirana.