Albania

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Ellie Marr
Albania Travel Specialist

Members of the first Regent group who travelled to Albania in 1971 would struggle to recognise the country today. Gone are the virtually traffic-free roads, collective farms and churches and mosques converted into sports halls; but the warm Albanian welcome, dramatic scenery, evidence of 400 years of Ottoman occupation and enthralling archaeology, are still the same.

Albania holidays offer the combination of pretty countryside scenes, ancient Roman history and tangible links to the country’s more recent times, with concrete apartment blocks and pillboxes reminding visitors of its time as a Communist nation.

Visitors interested in nature will discover Albania to be a country of wild natural beauty with a rugged and underdeveloped coastline, scenic hillsides clad with olive trees and dark, brooding mountains. Speaking of mountains, the Dinaric Alps and the Pindus Mountains are perfect for hiking.

Those with a penchant for history are drawn to the museum cities of Berat and Gjirokastra, both dominated by towering castles, and can head to Kruja Castle Museum to learn all about the national hero, Skanderbeg. In Butrint, step back in time to discover the 3rd-century B.C. amphitheatre and the ancient city of Apollonia.

Holiday Types


City Breaks
City Breaks
Spend a few days based in the heart of a city and explore its highlights with our local guides.
Group Tours
Group Tours
Join a small group of like-minded travellers and travel on a fully-guided group tour.
Short Breaks
Short Breaks
Our top trips to experience a destination, even if you don't have a few weeks to spare.
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Tailor-Made
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Tirana
Top Destination
Tirana
One of Europe's last forgotten cities, little-known Tirana is the perfect choice for a city break with a difference! Once a bustling Ottoman settlement, then a drab communist backwater, today Tirana bustles with vitality once more. Chic boutiques, family-run eateries, Turkish bazaars, well-stocked galleries and freshly restored mosques vie for the visitor’s attention.
Berat
Top Destination
Berat
Berat is one of Albania’s oldest cities and arguably one of the best-preserved Ottoman settlements in all of the Balkans. Thankfully untouched by bleak communist urban planning after being designated a ‘museum city’ in 1976, Berat is a historical gem and one of the country’s most iconic sights.
Saranda
Top Destination
Saranda
Saranda is situated in Southwestern Albania on the Ionian Sea, only a few miles from the Greek island of Corfu. Here visit the ancient city of Butrint (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ruins of the ancient town of Onchesmus, the Saranda Ethnographical Museum, the 'Blue Eye' natural spring.
Gjirokastra
Ellie Marr's Recommendation
Gjirokastra
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Gjirokastra is a marvellously preserved example of a Byazantine settlement that subsequently fell under Ottoman rule - and it's also one of my favourite places in Albania. The city is dominated by its imperial 12th century castle, which looms over a cascade of charming stone houses on the hills below. An austere but cordial and diverse place, Gjirokastra is considered to be the centre of Albania’s Greek community.
Durrës
Ellie Marr's Recommendation
Durrës
Durrës, Albania’s second largest city, is the country’s most ancient city and has been an important trading hub ever since the first ships docked here in the 7th century BC. The Archaeological Museums houses a superb collection of Illyrian, Greek and Roman artefacts,and fun and relaxation are found on its golden beaches and vibrant promenade area.

Popular Destinations in Albania

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   Tirana
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   Berat
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   Saranda



Specialist Recommendations

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   Gjirokastra
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   Durrës


Regent Albania Specialist


Ellie Marr
If you've not visited the Balkans before, Albania is a great all-round destination and the perfect place to start. It's home to mountains and remote villages in the Albanian Alps, Adriatic and Ionian coastlines and pretty UNESCO towns like Berat an Gjirokastra. To top it all off, it's ancient and recent history is fascinating - visit soon, it won't remain under the radar for very long!

Ellie's Tips
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For history, explore the cobbled streets, crumbling Ottoman houses and a looming castle in Gjirokastra.
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Take the two-hour ferry journey across lake Lake Koman in the north to see little-visited towering limestone cliffs.
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To try typical Albanian food, head to rustic Mrizi I Zanave in Fishte, where the owners embrace the Slow Food philosophy.




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