Albania may be well on its way to becoming a popular tourist destination, but it still remains a little off-the-beaten-track, meaning it’s ideal for those looking for adventure. From studios with sea views, to villas and city centre apartments, you'll find your perfect Albania holiday rental accommodation on Holiday Lettings.
Once famous for its isolation thanks to a Communist government, Albania has undergone significant change, and holidayers are starting to recognise the unexplored beauty of this fascinating Balkan country.
From the capital city of Tirana to the Ottoman architecture of Berat and the unspoilt coastline of the Albanian Riviera, a holiday in Albania can be as relaxing or action-packed as you like. Southern Albania is where you’ll find some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, while for period architecture, art and culture, the main cities are the places to be.
There are even two major national parks, Llogara National Park and Luna National Park, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and cycling.
Albanians are very friendly and welcoming to visitors, and even though English isn’t widely spoken, you’ll be greeted with a smile wherever you go.
What to do
Culture lovers should head straight for the capital city of Tirana, with its cosmopolitan vibe. The compact city centre is best explored on foot – don’t miss the 19th-century Clock Tower and the Et'hem Bey Mosque, one of the most beautiful in the country. Further afield, you can take the cable car to the summit of Mountain Dajti for beautiful views over the surrounding area.
No visit to Albania is complete without a trip to Behat, ‘the town of a thousand windows’. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to an ancient inner fortress in the Kalaja Neighbourhood, where you’ll also find the Onufri Museum. Its cliffside location makes it a spectacular holiday photo spot.
Albanian cuisine is simply amazing – savoury pastries like Byrek, with spinach and cheese or minced meat fillings, are sold around every corner, while Baklava, a honey and nut pastry, is a delicious after-dinner treat!
Top Albania travel tips
Visit Albania during the summer months, when the temperature in the cities averages around 75 degrees fahrenheit. It’s usually warm and dry wherever you go in the country during June and July.
Driving here is best left to the locals – road conditions can be treacherous, with many roads in poor condition. It’s best to stick to public transport, which is generally reliable.
Watch out when sampling Raki, the national spirit. Smaller bars and restaurants may serve ‘home brew’ in unlabelled bottles, which can be stronger than what you’re used to!
A little off-the-beaten-track and a little more adventurous than your average holiday destination, Albania is a great choice for your family trip or romantic getaway. Why not browse Holiday Lettings’s range of Albania holiday rentals today?