9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Albania
Last Updated on September 19, 2022
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Between Montenegro and Greece lies a hidden paradise that, more often than not, people miss or don’t even know where it is on a map: Albania
Albania is a place often misunderstood. This is a real shame because there are many amazing reasons to visit Albania.
Questions I often get are “should I go to Albania?” or “Why go to Albania?”
Albania is honestly really special. I immediately fell in love with Albania. Its landscapes are vast, the people are friendly and I felt safe at all times.
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So, why travel to Albania? If you explore Albania, you will be amazed at how much there is to see and do and how beautiful it is!
Here are 9 reasons why you should visit Albania
1. The most beautiful beaches in Europe
Albania has some of the most beautiful beaches I have seen in Europe and even the world.
The best part? Although the Albanian Riviera is probably the most popular place to holiday in Albania the crowds are nothing compared to other parts of Europe.
When you visit Albania, head straight for the Rivera and explore some of the hidden paradises that are waiting to be discovered.
With crystal blue water, white sand beaches and cheap beer, you will be happy with your decision to come here instead of Corfu where you will pay triple the amount.
Beaches like Ksamil, Dhermi and Borsh are great ones to visit.
In fact, all of the beaches between Ksamil and Vlora are incredibly beautiful (which is where the Albanian Riviera is located).
There are usually bus links between the beach villages but don’t expect to find a timetable online. You are better off to ask a local and go with the flow.
Here is a list of the top most beautiful beaches in Albania – tried and tested!
2. The people are incredibly friendly
While travelling the world I have met some really lovely people but Albanians stood out to me.
From 20 men yelling and running after the bus that I was just about to miss to the locals welcoming me and telling me they are happy I picked Albania to travel around, every single person I met was friendly.
Even though a majority of people who I asked directions didn’t speak a word of English they always lead me to someone who did or gave me recommendations on where to visit in Albania, etc.
The Albanian people are really helpful and have great hospitality too. Trust is extremely important to Albanians so you can count on them if you ever need something.
They are also very generous! And the more you explore Albania and get to known Albanians the more you will experience this.
Expect to be treated like a queen and given endless amounts of Rakia (equivalent to moonshine) when you visit Albania.
3. Albania has many beautiful castles and historic sites
If you plan to travel in Albania, don’t just visit the beaches!
4. The history is fascinating
Albania went through some tough shit, there’s no other way to say it, and actually, they are still suffering a lot from their past.
The country was under a tight communist rule for 47 years. During that time, Albanians were controlled with just about everything.
It was the first all atheist country in the world in 1967 as all religion was banned in the communist era.
If you want to learn more and gain a better understanding about history then don’t forget to go the National History Museum in Tirana – one of the top things to do in Tirana.
Despite this rough past, Albania is such an amazing country to travel around. Anyone looking to visit somewhere unique, beautiful and full of history, should book a holiday in Albania.
5. It’s got character, lots of character
Out of all the places I travelled to in Europe I say Albania has the most character. I don’t think I have laughed to myself more times than I did during my travel in Albania.
Visiting the town of Shkoder I felt like I had travelled back in time. You will feel like this all over as you explore Albania.
You really have to be prepared to go with the flow and not have much planned for your visit to Albania.
If you are trying to research when a bus is, or how long it will take, I would stop now. Just ask the locals, it’s the best way.
Bus times change often but are usually reliable. Check out my post on Albania bus timetables.
The country has a charming personality. To sum it up, one of my favourite sayings while I was there was, ‘aye?’ with a confused look on my face.
It will sometimes feel as though you’re travelling in the old days but that’s one of the huge positives about travel in Albania.
If you visit Albania, don’t expect your trip to be boring!
6. It’s super affordable
This has got to be one of the top 3 countries when it comes to affordability. Expect to purchase a litre of wine for a couple of euros or a main meal for only a few.
If you’re on a budget, visit Albania! It is the perfect place to visit for those on a shoestring budget.
But if you’re not on a budget, you will live like kings as you explore Albania!
For example, a bed at a hostel can cost 5-10 euros, with breakfast! – Check out my review of the best hostels in Albania.
Also, another great thing is the portion sizes. Let’s just say you get value for money. Travel in Albania is heaven for your pocket!
7. Natural beauty
From rolling mountains and beautiful beaches along with bright colourful waters, it’s no wonder people from all over the world travel to Albania for the outdoors.
Albania is a paradise for nature lovers. Most of Albania is filled with mountainous territory giving it marvellous views and many natural wonders.
This natural spring is a phenomenon that still cannot be explained. It’s extremely colourful but be warned, the water is super cold.
In the north there are beautiful hikes, in the south, there are beautiful beaches – you really have everything for the perfect holiday in Albania!
8. It’s a safe travel destination
There seems to be a misunderstanding about safety in Albania and unfortunately, a majority of that comes from the movie ‘Taken’ and other Hollywood films.
Let’s get this straight, Albanian people are not off the set of the movie ‘Taken’.
They are extremely humble and trustworthy people so please stop associating Albanians with the sex traffickers from the movie.
There are bad people everywhere in the world, no matter which country you go to. This should not deter you from visiting Albania!
I felt a lot safer during my travels in Albania than I did in other popular European cities. As a woman travelling alone I never felt uncomfortable.
I went to an Albanian club and never once felt objectified or was groped as I have been in other European, American and New Zealand clubs.
Hitchhiking in is extremely common Albania transport method with both locals and tourists and sometimes the only way to get from A to be B if you want to get off the beaten path.
I wrote an extensive article on safety in Albania if you want to know more.
9. Albanians love foreigners!
Albanians welcome you with open arms and open hearts, that’s when you know it’s a great travel destination.
“Where are you from?”, is a popular question expect when you travel around Albanian.
When I stated “New Zealand” their faces lit up with happiness, joy and a little confusion at times. Yes, New Zealand is a long way.
So if you’re ever wondering, “Where in the world should I travel that loves foreigners?” Albania is a safe bet!
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⮕ Update: I live in Albania now, that’s how much I loved it! You can read my whole post on what it’s like living in Albania for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, absolutely! Albania is one of the most unique countries in the world and definitely one of my favourites! You will definitely fall in love if you visit Albania!
There are so many amazing things to see and do in Albania no matter what kind of traveller you are. Albania is full of beautiful beaches, great hikes, fascinating history and so much more!
Not only is Albania a great tourist destination, but Albanians are very fond of foreigners and meeting new people. Plus, there are plenty of fun touristy things to do in Albania – especially if you love the beach or history.
So, should you visit Albania? Absolutely! Albania really made an impression on me and I am so happy to be sharing 9 reasons why you should come and visit Albania too. I could name about 100 more! I loved it so much that I plan to visit Albania multiple times this year to see more of the country as I still have so much more to see and experience in Albania
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