To sum it all up, if you are the type of traveler seeking a different and authentic experience, Albania is the place to be! An exotic paradise with unspoiled landscapes, welcoming people, and, not to forget, affordable prices. While this hidden treasure of the Mediterranean Sea has yet to be fully discovered, the time to visit is now, before it gains widespread popularity. So, pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable journey to a country that promises a wealth of natural wonders, cultural treasures, and memories to last a lifetime.
Let’s peek into Albania, a place filled with natural splendors, a vibrant culture, and a fascinating history. Why should Albania be on your travel bucket list? Albania’s calm climate and untouched beauty are what make it so appealing. Albania is not overwhelmed with tourists as neighboring countries are, which allows visitors to appreciate its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and scenic cliffs without the crowds. The nation has a beautiful, inviting sea that provides a relaxing, exquisite atmosphere for travel.
The best summertime getaways in Albania:
- Durres: The second-largest city in Albania, Durres, is a hidden gem located in the north, near the border with Montenegro. Its wide sandy beach and tranquil bay of the Adriatic Sea, attract both leisure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. And the food? Well, you really wouldn’t like to skip a meal there. Let’s just leave it at that.
- Vlore: Situated at the junction of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Vlore offers a breathtaking blend of untouched nature and modern amenities. The resort is well maintained, providing a comfortable stay for visitors. Those seeking solitude can venture into the wild, immersing themselves in the untouched beauty of the region, splitting their time between a day at the beach and equally relaxing hiking.
- Saranda: Known as a vibrant youth resort, Saranda boasts a charming promenade along the Ionian Sea. It offers stunning views of the Greek island of Corfu, just 12 kilometers away, accessible by daily ferries. The port of Saranda is considered the southern gateway to Albania. The locals will tell you that the sea does not get any more blue and green than in Saranda. We checked it, can’t be more true than that!
- Ksamil: A place often referred to as the “Albanian Seychelles,” with a bay that features a white sandy beach of the Ionian Sea. Ksamil captivates visitors with its clear blue waters and stunning scenery. With Ksamil gaining more and more popularity, being less than three hours’ flight from any European hub, we would urge you to drop by as soon as possible.
- Himara: Planning a trip with children? Himara has you covered, as it offers a more tranquil setting, sandy and gravel beaches on the Ionian Sea. This resort is also a top destination for scuba diving, allowing visitors to explore the underwater wonders of Albania’s coast. In the evening, we recommend a stroll through the old town, where you can feel the real vibes of the Mediterranean melting pot with Albanian and Greek languages and food criss-crossing the place.
Beyond the Resorts: Albania’s Hidden Pearls
While the resorts offer their own unique charm, Albania’s hidden treasures lie in lesser- known places that are gradually gaining attention among travelers:
Velipoja is one of the cleanest coastlines in Europe, with fine and therapeutic sand, making it perfect for all age groups to enjoy a memorable beach holiday. And you know what they say? Beach sand is the best exfoliator!
Gryka e Këlcyra is a nature reserve in which tourists meet the new dimension of kayaking. With 1001 springs so far discovered flowing from the mountains of Trebeshina into the Vjosa River, you might not see waters as clear, crisp, and fresh as they are here. Once you are done with the food, nature, and history, and want a bit of familiar crowds, music, and, to be honest, noise, we warmly suggest “Turtle Fest.” Held annually on the shores of the Ionian Sea, this electronic music festival brings together thousands of young people under the slogan “Feels Like Home.” The festival offers a unique opportunity to celebrate music in a breathtaking natural setting.