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Albania has been my home for the last 4 months, so I wanted to share with you my favourite photos from this incredibly beautiful and untouched country. Beware, these photos may make you want to pack your bags and travel Albania as soon as possible!
1)Discover the paradise that is Ksamil
It is the most popular place for tourists to visit in the south of Albania simply because of its paradise-like features. White sand, crystal clear water and chilled beach vibe. There are many great beaches and coves within Ksamil and just a stone’s throw away from Ksamil. Make sure you read my full travel guide on things to do in Ksamil here.
2) Berat is one of the UNESCO towns located in Albania
It’s famous for its white ottoman houses like in the picture above. The town is commonly referred to as the town of one thousand windows. Can you see why? The town itself is charming with beautiful stone houses and perfect views. You could easily spend a few days here soaking up the town.
3) Albania’s coastline is incredibly picturesque
In the distance, you can see Greece. Did you know from Corfu to Saranda (Albania) it’s only a 25-minute ferry ride?! If you visit Saranda then you can get this view by visiting the monastery of the 40 saints located on the opposite hill to Lekuresi Castle. I have a great guide to 26 things to do in Saranda (most of which tourists don’t know about!).
4) Albania’s architecture is beautifully quaint
If you get to explore the ancient villages you will be blessed with cobbled streets and old stone houses. One of the best places to see this is in Himare, in the castle grounds on the hill. Another village I recommend visiting is Old Qeparo – a half-abandoned village near the village of Borsh.
5) The coastal drive from Saranda to Vlora is one of the best in the world
Make sure you take the time to stopover for picture breaks as the views are breath-taking. There are many beautiful Albanian beaches to swim in, great restaurants overlooking the sea and interesting villages and history along the way. Here are the 10 best beaches in Albania, tried and tested! If the beaches don’t inspire you to travel Albania then I don’t know what will!
6) The people of Albania are very friendly and hospitable
They are some of the most caring, honest and helpful people I have come across on my travels. In Albania, they have a code of Besa which roughly translates to ‘to keep the promise’. Although this is an old code, I feel, as a tourist, that this is still present in modern Albania as there have been many times Albanians have promised to keep me safe (and full) always!
7) The sunsets are simply incredible
Especially from the Hairy Lemon Hostel in Saranda. Scenes like this are a common occurrence. Along the Albanian Riviera, you will be blessed with beautiful sunsets. You can also grab an incredible sunset from the mountain town of Kruja.
8) Beaches like this one are everywhere down the south of Albania.
In fact, I think Albania has the best beaches in Europe in my opinion. They are less crowded than anywhere else you will find in Europe. Trust me, they are amazing! Here are the BEST ones which I recommend visiting.
9) Albania has many UNESCO sites including this one, Butrint.
Located just 20km from Saranda lies a Roman and Greek heritage site dating back to the 8th century BC. There is also another great UNESCO site called Apollonia which is in the city of Fier.
10) There’s always a quiet place to chill out in Albania, unlike its other European neighbours
The beaches are like Greece (even better!) and it’s also half the price making it an incredibly affordable travel destination. Albania is still an underrated destination in Europe. Many people have misconceptions about the country which are completely untrue! Albania is a safe destination, one of the safest in Europe!
11) Albania has many natural wonders including the Blue Eye, which is near the city of Saranda
Still, no one can find the source of the spring. Divers have only been able to go down 50 meters before having to come back up again, so there is no clue as to how deep this colourful spring is.
12) Berat’s castle is a fantastic viewpoint to look at the landscape of Albania
70% of Albania’s landscape is mountainous territory and there are beautiful monasteries that sit overlooking this terrain. The monastery in Berat is one of the most beautiful viewpoints!
13) If you’re looking for a beach holiday, then Albania is the one
Albania is extremely popular for backpackers because it has the best of both worlds – great beaches and fascinating and mind-blowing history. Not only that but the culture and the language (Shqip) is unlike no other in this world, another reason to travel Albania!
14) Another UNESCO site is Gijrokastёr
The old town is beautiful with grape vines, stone buildings, cobbled streets and a kick-arse castle. From the castle, you get a beautiful view of the old and new Gijrokastёr along with the surrounding mountains. It’s especially beautiful during sunset. You can even see tanks and touch other weapons within the castle.
15) From Lëkurësi Castle in Saranda, you get a magnificent view of the south of Albania and the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea.
It really is one of the most impressive viewpoints in Albania, especially on a sunny day! Here’s my full guide on Saranda.
Did these photos make you want to travel Albania?
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