Where to go
Most make a beeline for the capital, Tirana, a buzzing city with a mishmash of garishly painted buildings, traditional restaurants and trendy bars. However, those seeking to take Albania’s true pulse should head to the mountainous hinterlands, particularly the peaceable hillside towns of Berat and Gjirokastra – both essentially open-air museums of life in Ottoman times. The muscular, snowcapped peaks of the interior drop down to a series of immaculate beaches, most notably along the Ionian coastline in the south of the country, one of the Mediterranean’s most remote and least developed stretches.
Book through Rough Guides’ trusted travel partners
The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.
Saving the Vjosa: Europe's last wild river
Albania’s Vjosa River is nicknamed Europe's Blue Heart for good reason. It begins in Greece, close to the village of Vouvoussa, and its turquoise waters beat…
7 things you didn't know you could do in Albania
Albania often doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. The country still suffers from the echoes of its Communist past: few people travelled in or out for decades d…
An Instagram journey through Albania: 11 beautiful pictures
During two weeks researching in Albania for the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, Web Editor Lottie Gross took over our Instagram account to document her trav…