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5+ Things to Do in Albania: Best Places to Go, Sites to See & More


Considering a visit to the Balkan Peninsula and wondering about the things to do in Albania? We’ve got all the best Albania things to do here in this guide!

Are you planning to travel to Albania?

Not your worst idea, certainly!

Albania is a beautiful country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, and it often gets overlooked by many people traveling to Europe.

But, it really shouldn’t! There are a lot of great things to do and see in Albania, whether you’re a history buff, a beach bum, or just want to enjoy a less-crowded destination and drink raki with everything.

Here is our list of the best things to do in Albania:

1. Visit the Castle on the Cape of Rodon

the Cape of Rodon is one of the best Albania things to do
Cape of Rodon, Albania. Taken by D. Teta via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Known as both the Cape of Rodon (Kepi i Rodonit) and the Cape of Skanderbeg (Kepi i Skenderbeut), it’s a small peninsula that juts out into the Adriatic Sea. Aside from the gorgeous emerald-blue waters on all sides, the Cape of Rodon is the home of Rodoni Castle (Kalaja e Rodonit), a small castle built in 1450 and used to protect against the Ottoman Empire. Also on the cape are the ruins of St. Anthony Church (Rrënojat e Kishës së Shën Ndojt), a cultural heritage site and an architectural monument.

2. Understand Albanian History at the Muzeu Historik Kombëtar

Muzeu Historik Kombëtar in Tirana is one of the best places to go in Albania to learn about history
The Muzeu Historik Kombëtar (National History Museum) in Tirana. Taken by Douglas O. via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Located right in Tirana, the capital and largest city, a visit to the National Museum of History (Muzeu Historik Kombëtar) is one of the best things to do in Albania to learn about its past and get a sense of the people.

Arranged as a number of pavilions, this museum makes it easy to locate the historical period which interests you. Some of the sections include:

  • Pavilion of Antiquity
  • Pavilion of the National Liberation Anti-Fascist War
  • Pavilion of Iconography
  • Pavilion of Independence
  • Pavilion of Middle Ages
  • Pavilion of Mother Teresa (!)

Related Read: 15+ Museums You Can Visit Virtually All Around the World

3. Get Some R&R on the Albanian Riviera

Sarandë, and the entire Albanian Riviera, is one of the best things to do in Albania
Sarandë, one of the places included in the “Albanian Riviera.” Taken by E. Jashari via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

The Albanian Riviera, known colloquially also as Bregu, is a popular portion of parts of Albania’s Ionian Sea Coast and Adriatic Sea Coast. Tourists flock here in the summertime, and it’s not hard to see why. All along the Albanian Riviera are gorgeous towns, cute villas, beautiful beaches, and pristine waters.

Some of the best places included in the Albanian Riviera are: Sarandë, Ksamil, Dhërmi, the Canyon of Gjipe, Palasë, and Zvërnec Island.

Related Read: 5+ Albania Facts: Interesting Trivia On Culture, History, Food & More

4. Shkodër, Albania

Shkodër is one of the best places to go in Albania
Shkodër, Albania. Taken by E. Killo via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Shkodër is one of the larger cities in Albania, situated in the northern part of the country near the border with Montenegro. While there, you can check out the Rozafa Castle with the ruins of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Mosque within. Near the city, you’ll also find the famous Mesi Bridge, a Postribë cultural monument with an amazing view all around. It’s a perfect city to stop at if you happen to be going from Tirana to Podgorica, as the main thoroughfare passes right through Shkodër.

Related Read: 5 Albania Travel Tips: Important Things To Know Before a Trip to Albania

5. Spend the Day on Lake Koman

Lake Koman Albania travel tips
Lake Koman in northern Albania. Taken by Y. Alarie via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Lake Koman is a reservoir in northern Albania on the Drin River, with deep-blue water in some places and milky-turquoise waters in other parts. The landscape is often compared to the Scandinavian fjords, with its vertical canyon walls and narrow gorges. The Lake Koman Ferry operates a passenger service between the town of Koman and Fierzë, essentially from one town’s hydroelectric power station to the other’s.

6. Hit Up Ksamil Beach

hitting up Ksamil beach is one of the best things to do in Albania
Ksamil beach in Albania. Taken by P. Rytova via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Ksamil is another member of the elite Albanian Riviera district, a small village in southern Albania which is part of Butrint National Park. It’s one of the best bargain beaches in all of Europe, popular with backpackers and honeymooners alike. Nearby are the four Ksamil Islands, which are small, rocky landmasses accessible only by boat and a perfect place to set up camp for a day of snorkeling, sunbathing, or even dolphin spotting.

Well, that’s all for now on our list of the best things to do in Albania, and we hope it helps you plan one amazing trip to this corner of southeastern Europe! Got any questions, feedback, or other Albania things to do we should include on our list? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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