Top 10 things to do in Albania

Albania

A beautiful and diverse country with impressive castles, long coastlines and a unique culture and history.

Albania is a country.

Albania (i/ælˈbeɪniə/, al-BAY-nee-ə, or sometimes /ɔːlˈbeɪniə/, awl-BAY-nee-ə; Albanian: Shqipëri/Shqipëria; Gheg Albanian: Shqipni/Shqipnia), officially known as the Republic of Albania (Albanian: Republika e Shqipërisë; Albanian pronunciation: [ɾɛpuˈblika ɛ ʃcipəˈɾiːs]), is a country in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo[a] to the northeast, Republic of Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea.

Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the World Trade Organization. It is one of the founding members of the Energy Community and the Union for the Mediterranean. It is also an official candidate for membership in the European Union.

The modern-day territory of Albania was at various points in history part of the Roman provinces of Dalmatia (southern Illyricum), Macedonia (particularly Epirus Nova), and Moesia Superior. The modern Republic became independent after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in Europe following the Balkan Wars. Albania declared independence in 1912 (to be recognised in 1913), becoming a Principality, Republic, and Kingdom until being invaded by Italy in 1939, which formed Greater Albania, which in turn became a Nazi German protectorate in 1943. In 1944, a socialist People's Republic was established under the leadership of Enver Hoxha and the Party of Labour. In 1991, the Socialist Republic was dissolved and the Republic of Albania was established.

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Top 10 things to do in Albania

Sarandë

Sarandë
Saranda or Sarandë is a municipality in Vlorë County, southern Albania. It is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. It is situated on an open ...

Durrës

Durrës
Durrës is the second largest city of Albania and is central on the coast, about 33 km west of the capital Tirana. It is one of the most ancient and economically ...

Gjirokastër

Gjirokastër
Gjirokastër is a city in southern Albania. Lying in the historical region of Epirus, it is the capital of Gjirokastër County. Its old town is inscribed on the World Heritage ...

Vlorë

Vlorë
Vlorë is the second largest port city of Albania, after Durrës, with a population of 79,948. It is the city where the Albanian Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on November ...

Krujë

Krujë
Krujë is a town in north central Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 11,721. Located between Mount Krujë and the Ishëm River, the city is only 20 km from ...

Berat

Berat
Lose yourself along the footpaths of the old town!

Korçë

Korçë
Korçë is a city in southeastern Albania and the seat of Korçë County. The population at the 2011 census was 51,152. It is the sixth largest city in Albania. It ...

Tirana

Tirana
A great place to begin learning about this off the beaten path beautiful and historic country

Pogradec

Pogradec
Pogradec is a city in southeastern Albania, situated on the shores of Ohrid lake. It is located in the County of Korçë. The population at the 2011 census was 20,848. ...

Shkodër

Shkodër
Shkodër is a city in northwestern Albania and the municipal seat of the county with the same name. It is one of the oldest and most historic places in Albania, ...

Lezhë

Lezhë
Lezhë is a city in northwest Albania, in the county with the same name. The population at the 2011 census was 15,510. In ancient history it was an ancient Greek ...

Himarë

Himarë
Himarë is a bilingual region and municipality along the Albanian Riviera in southern Albania and part of the Vlorë County. Apart from the town of Himarë, the region consists of ...

Llogara National Park

Llogara National Park
Llogara or Llogora National Park is a national park in Albania declared since 1966 by the Albanian Government. The park covers an area of 1,010 hectares and protects the forests ...

Theth National Park

Theth National Park
Theth National Park is a national park in extreme northern Albania declared by government decree in 1966. It covers an area of 2,630 hectares and is located along the Theth ...

Shëngjin

Shëngjin
Shëngjin is a coastal town in the Lezhë District, northwestern Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 8,091. Shëngjin is a growing tourist destination, well known for its beaches ...

Velipojë

Velipojë
Velipojë, also called Velipoja, is an Albanian town in Shkodër District. The population at the 2011 census was 5,031.Geography and economyVelipoja is situated on the estuary of ...

Et'hem Bey Mosque

Et'hem Bey Mosque
The Et'hem Bey Mosque is located in the center of the Albanian capital Tirana.HistoryConstruction was started in 1789 by Molla Bey and it was finished in 1823 ...

Fier

Fier
Fier is a city in southwest Albania, in the district and county of the same name. The population at the 2011 census was 55,845. It is located at 40°43′N 19°33′E ...

National History Museum

National History Museum
A National History Museum or National Historical Museum is a history museum dedicated to presenting artifacts and exhibits reflecting the history of a particular nation, usually its home country. The ...

Përmet

Përmet
Përmet is a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 5,945. It is flanked by the Vjosë river, which runs along the Trebeshinë-Dhëmbel-Nemërçkë mountain ...

Skanderbeg Square

Skanderbeg Square
A square dedicated to the national hero of Albania

Kavajë

Kavajë
Kavajë is a city centrally located in the Western Lowlands region of Albania. Formerly the municipal seat of the district with the same name, it presently constitutes one of the ...

Kukës

Kukës
Kukës is a municipality in northeastern Albania, and the seat of the Kukës County. The population at the 2011 census was 16,719.HistoryThe old Kukës was located at ...

Mount Dajt

Mount Dajt
Mount Dajt is a mountain in central Albania, to the east of Tirana. Its highest peak is at 1,613 m . In winter, the mountain is often covered with snow, and ...

Qemal Stafa Stadium

Qemal Stafa Stadium
Celebrate Albania's favorite sport

Borsh

Borsh
Borsh is a maritime village, in the Albanian Riviera, in the Lukovë municipality, Sarandë District, Vlorë County, Albania,Borsh borders with Fterra, Qeparo, Piqerras and has a population of 2500 inhabitants.

National Art Gallery of Albania

National Art Gallery of Albania
The National Arts Gallery of Albania has a fund of over 4,000 works of art by Albanian and foreign authors, spanning seven centuries of Albanian cultural heritage.National Gallery of Art ...

Ksamil

Ksamil
Ksamil is a municipality in the riviera of Southern Albania built in 1966, and part of Butrint National Park.The coastal village is located south of the city of Sarandë off ...

Selman Stërmasi Stadium

Selman Stërmasi Stadium
The Selman Stërmasi Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Tirana, Albania. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of KF Tirana. The stadium holds ...

Fushë-Krujë

Fushë-Krujë
Fushë-Krujë is a city in the Krujë District in Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 18,477. The city has gained wider fame due to President George W. Bush's ...

Lanë

Lanë
The Lanë is the main stream that crosses through Tirana, the capital of Albania. Its source is in the mountains east of Tirana. Although once clean, it now carries sewage. ...

Gramsh

Gramsh
Gramsh is a town in central Albania which borders the Pogradec District to the east. The population at the 2011 census was 8,440.The town is connected with Elbasan, Korça, Pogradec, ...

TID Tower

TID Tower
The TID Tower is an under-construction high-rise in Tirana, Albania. The building is expected to be 85 metres tall.It consists of 25 floors. The design comes from Belgian architectural firm ...

Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park

Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park
Shebenik – Jabllanice National Park is a protected national park located in the eastern part of the Elbasan County in central Albania. The park covers an area of 33,927.7 hectares ...

Butrint

Butrint
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief ...

Golem, Kavajë

Golem, Kavajë
Golem is a municipality in Kavajë District, Albania. The population at the 2011 census was 6,994. The area along the coast is one of Albania's major beach destinations where many ...

Mount Tomorr

Mount Tomorr
Mount Tomorr is a large mountain located in modern-day southern Albania. Its highest peak, called Çuka e Partizanit, reaches a height of 2,416 m . The mountain is located east of ...

Lushnjë

Lushnjë
Lushnjë in Lushnjë's own dialect is a city in Central-West Albania. It is located in the County of Fier. The population at the 2011 census was 31,105. The town was ...

Kamëz

Kamëz
Kamëz is a municipality in Tirana County, Albania.SportsThe main football team, KS Kamza, plays in the Albanian First Division at Fusha Sportive Kamëz. It is the site ...

Fir of Hotova National Park

Fir of Hotova National Park
Fir of Hotova is a national park in southern Albania, in the region of Frashër, 35 km north-east of Përmet. The park has an area of 34,361 hectares and is known ...

Kurbin

Kurbin
Kurbin is a municipality in Lezhë County, northwestern Albania. It was created in 2015 by the merger of the former municipalities Fushë Kuqe, Laç, Mamurras and Milot. The seat of ...

Koplik

Koplik
Koplik is a city and urban municipality, serving as the capital of the Malësi e Madhe District in the northwestern tip of Albania. The population at the 2011 census was ...

Kashar

Kashar
Kashar is a municipality in the Tirana District, Tirana County, central Albania.HistoryThe village was first attested in 1456 as the battlefield of a battle between the League ...

Vorë

Vorë
Vorë is a municipality in Tirana County, central Albania. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Bërxullë, Prezë and Vorë, that ...

Paskuqan

Paskuqan
Paskuqan is a village and a former municipality in the Tirana County, central Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Kamëz. The population ...

Cërrik

Cërrik
Cërrik is a municipality in Elbasan County, central Albania. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Cërrik, Gostimë, Klos, Mollas and ...

Lake Butrint

Lake Butrint
Lake Butrinti , formerly known as Lake Vivari or Lake Vatzindro , lies in the south of Albania in Saranda. It is in fact a lagoon. It overlooks the Ionian ...

Gjirokastra

Gjirokastra
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Tanners' Bridge

Tanners' Bridge
The Tanners' Bridge is an 18th-century Ottoman period stone footbridge located in Tirana, Albania. The bridge, built near the Tanners' Mosque, was once part of the Saint George Road that ...

Enver Hoxha's Former Residence

Enver Hoxha's Former Residence
A glimpse into the life of the communist leadership which isolated Albania for 60 years