What not to miss: Albania’s historic highlights

Boasting a number of UNESCO protected sites, Albania is home to a wealth of historic treasures.

Looking back: Albania’s communist heritage sites

Travel back in time with a visit to these important historical sites.

Beyond the empire: the best Roman sites outside of Rome

Rome may have been the epicentre of the Roman Empire, but the reach of this vast civilisation was far greater than just the Italian capital.

The best alternative European beach destinations

There’s more to European beaches than the Costa del Sol.

From peril to natural paradise: inside Albania’s notorious gulag

Elizabeth Gowing takes a look inside on of Albania’s most powerful sites of memory.

Kruja

Kruja has been fortified since ancient times – ceramics and coins from the 3rd century BC have been excavated there. The name comes from…

Butrint

The ancient city of Butrint, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, is far and away the most-visited archaeological site in Albania, with visible remains…

When to visit Albania

Climate For most purposes, the best times of year to visit Albania are spring and autumn. In early spring, apple and cherry blossoms form…

Korça

The people of Korça are justifiably proud of their city’s cultured and intellectual traditions. The city is home to a number of interesting museums…

Lake Komani

The journey along Lake Komani deserves to be one of the world’s classic boat trips, up there with the Hurtigrut along the Norwegian coast…

Travel and visas in Albania

Visas Citizens of many countries are not required to obtain Albanian visas in advance. Countries to which this visa-free system applies include all those…

Durrësi

The headland at the north of Albania’s Durrësi Bay forms a natural harbour in which ships have anchored since the 7th century BC. In…

Food and drink in Albania

Food Albanian cuisine is rich in Mediterranean ingredients such as olive oil, tomatoes and pimentos. Lamb, as you would expect in a mountainous country,…

Health and safety in Albania

Health Albania is no more dangerous from a health point of view than any other country in southeastern Europe. It is a good idea…

Tirana

Tirana was founded in the early 17th century by Sulejman Pasha Mulleti, who built a settlement in the area around the modern intersection of…