20 Places that will change your Mind about Albania

Colorful landscapes, lakes, high mountains, rivers and valleys. Natural beauties that blend in cultural and historical heritage, inherited from our forefathers. All blended in the hospitable Albanian traditions that will follow you through your journey in Albania. So guys are you ready?

1. You didn’t know there are so many canyons and waterfalls? Well, I have good news, there actually are and I wouldn’t miss this one, Valbona Canyon.

Valbona Canyon

© My Albania “Nature Explorers” – Valbona Canyon, North Albania

2. How about beaches – not bitches… Just head south and the crystal clear Ionian waters of Gjiri i Granës will certainly not disappoint you.

Gjiri i Gramës

© Arton Krasniqi – Gjiri i Granës, Dhërmi, – South Albania

3. Welcome to Thethi! The gate to the Albanian Alps, waterfalls and canyons. Simply an amazing place for explorers and nature lovers to visit.

Stone Towers of Thethi

© My Albania “Nature Explorers” – Kullat e Thethit, North Albania

4. Is hiking too much for you? You’re in the right place. There’s a touch of melancholia every time I spend a night or two in the vicinity of Ohrid lake. Inspired from the changing moods of these waters was the Albanian poet Lasgush Poradeci. He observed the mountains casting their shadows over the depths of its sparkling waters and blended those landscapes in his poetry.

Lake of Ohrid, Pogradec

© My Albania “Nature Explorers” – Ohrid Lake, Pogradec, South East Albania

5. The surrounding sea waters form the only marine park in Albania – Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park.

Karaburun Peninsula

© Nëntor Oseku, Gjiri i Bristanit, Karaburun Peninsula

6. Another unique gem in Theth – Ujvara e Grunasit. So rare that it is considered a natural monument.

Wasserfall of Grunas, Theth

© My Albania “Nature Explorers” – Ujvara e Grunasit, Theth – Grunas Waterfall, North Albania

7. Time for history. Apollonia, the ruins of an ancient city in Illyria. It was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth, on a site initially occupied by Illyrian tribes.


© My Albania “Nature Explorers” – Apollonia, Fier

8. Ksamil Beach – A hideaway for many local and foreign tourists.

Ksamil Beach

© My Albania “Nature Explorers” – Ksamil Beach, South Albania

9. And many other valleys…


© My Albania “Nature Explorers” – Lugina e Valbonës, North Albania

10. Dea – the Godness of Butrint, was discovered from the Italian archeologist Ugolini in1928. The Guardian recently listed the national park of Butrint as part of the top 10 national parks in Europe.


© Robert Hagen – Dea e Butrintit 

11. Kruja, the first capital of today’s Albania in the Middle Ages. It’s identified with our national hero, Skanderbeg.


© Arton Krasniqi – Kruja, Albania

12. Mrizi i Zanave – Well known for its culinary delights and agritourism in the northern Albania. A lovely place to visit.


© Armela Bega – Mrizi i Zanave, Fishtë

13. More cliffs and rocky seaside…

The Pirates' Cave

© Armela Bega – Caves, South Albania

14. Too sunny and need some fresh air? Take the water motor bikes and head towards the Pirates’ cave. Afterwards, a stop at some of those hidden beaches is not a bad idea.

The Pirates' Cave

© Armela Bega – Shpella e piratëve – Pirates’ Cave, South Albania

15. Ok, let’s put it this way: If I were to retire today and I had to live somewhere in Albania, I would happily live in Dardha.

Dardha Village

© Armela Bega – Dardhë, Korca, South East Albania

16. Back to the 15th century there were no smartphones. During Skanderbeg’s fight against the Ottomans, the Petrela Castle, which was under control of Skanderbeg’s sister Mamica, signaled to Kruja Castle the coming of Ottoman troops using means of fire. Nowadays, it’s a pleasant bar/restaurant near Tirana.

Fortress of Petrela, Tirana

© Armela Bega – Kalaja e Petrelës – Petrela Fortress, Petrelë, Albania

17. Berat is known as the city of two thousand stairs or thousand windows, a castle on top, medieval museum and a beautiful river. Worth visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


© Sarah Tzinieris – Berat, Albania

18. The Blue Eye is one of the most natural phenomenas in Albania. Crystal clear water bubbling in the surface from more than 50 meter deep karst hole (literally looks like a blue eye) and it’s surrounded by shades of green water. Here is a great video.

Blue Eye Saranda

© Sarah Tzinieris – Syri i Kaltër, Sarandë, South Albania

19. I can tell you that canoeing through Osumi River Canyon was a sensational experience. This spectacular landscape resembles a miniature Grand Canyon.

Canyons Skrapar

© Fadion Dashi – Osumi Canyons, Skrapar

20. Last, but definitely not least: This stop is the ultimate spot for your next Facebook poser shot. What a divine view and a deep sense of freedom! This daring traveller took the chance cruising through the steep and curvy Pass of Llogara…


© Armela Bega – Llogara National Park, South Albania

58 thoughts on “20 Places that will change your Mind about Albania”

      1. Amela , por vere the Ujvaren e Sotires ajo eshte monument natyror nga me te bukura ne Balkan dhe Europe !!! Kerkoje ne Google dhe gjesh me dhjetra foto e video.

    1. Unfortunately true. But let’s hope that infrastructure will get better. It has to. The nature is huge asset for us Albanians, that shouldn’t waste but treasure. I have travelled a lot and I have hardly seen a small country blessed with all these natural jewels. God was really generous with us 😉

    2. It is true, but it got better with time and also people are quite ready to help you have a safe and nice travel. So it is wort it for the ones who like adventure and non-commercial places 🙂

    3. I don’t think so, infrastructure is getting better from year to year. I do not assume that your comment on it is not worth but i insure u that really soon it will be a great and peaceful trip 🙂

  1. This is indeed a beautiful post. Makes us feel proud to be Albanians. Great job, Armela. I’ll share it on my Facebook.

  2. Te lumte Armela per kete bllog dhe vecanerisht per keta fotografi te mahnitshme qe flasin per bukurite magjepsese te memedheut tone te shtrenjte. Ti e ke vendin ne Ministrine e turizmit si pergjegjese per promovimin e turizmit te vendit ne boten e jashtme. Te pershendes nga qyteti i Shqiperise lindore – Tetova.

  3. I am so proud to be sharing this post Armela. E ke prezanty Shqiperine tone te bukur ne menyre shume te denje. Te lumt

  4. shume vende te bukura. Por duhet te korigjosh dicka te pika 7 kur flitet per Apollonine. Ate e kane ndertuar iliret dhe jo greket. Edhe Korfuzi banohej nga ilire. Greket nuk ekzistonin ne ate kohe

  5. Pershendetje!
    Urime per iniciativen 🙂
    Mendoje qe ka hapsire dhe do te jete nje vlere e shtuar ne keto piktura “Qyteti i Gurte ” i shqiperise Gjirokastra ,nje qytet i gjithi pjese e UNESCO-S,do te jete nje qytet qe do ngjalle interes per vecantin arkitektureske dhe sigurisht historin e tij.

  6. Thank you so much to show us our beauty of our country Albaniai’m happy I did visit in October and I was so happy and thrilled I drove from the north part where I’m from Gjakova all the way down to qafa e thanes

  7. Te kam sjellur gati 3000 vizitore qysh nga postimi i djeshem te faqja jone ne facebook. . Me pelqeu si postim dhe thash ta ndaj edhe me vizitoret tane qe i kemi edhe te huaj mbasi postojme edhe ne gjuhen angleze. Faqja eshte “Non-religious Albanians” 😉 . Pergezime per paraqitjen e kendeshme qe u ke bere disa vendeve te bukura qe kemi .

  8. Ju pershendes nga Tirana. Sot gjeta faqjen, qe eshte mrekullueshem. Jetoj pothuajse 6 vite ne Shqiperi, dhe vitin e kaluar pata mundesi per te vizituar disa vende, qe tregon ne faqjen tende. Shqiperia eshte jasakonshem e bukur. E ndava faqjen ne facebook, qe miqte te mi mund ta shikojne. (Jam Gjermane)

    1. Të përshëndes nga Hamburgu 🙂 Es hat mich sehr gefreut, dass dir mein Post sehr gefallen hat und ich danke dir für deinen Kommentar auf Albanisch. Wow, ich bin total überrascht, wie gut du auf Albanisch geschrieben hast. Ich hoffe, mein Deutsch wird auch mal so gut wie dein Albanisch 😉 (Mein Ehemann ist ein Deutscher und seit einem Jahr lebe ich in Deutschland)

  9. Ok, Gjirokastra makes it to the list (in the Guardian) of 10 most beautiful places to visit in the WORLD! But not in Albania itself! Hmm…perplexed !

    1. The good news is that it doesn’t end here…actually with Gjirokastra there are other cities that will be included. This entry was a pre-taste of whats possible in Albania and not a ranking which come first…

  10. Shum vende te bukura, foto te bukura. Do ta vizitojmë Shqiperinë kët verë dhe shum shum i qëlluar ke ky postim. Faleminderit!

  11. ndoshta e kam gabim por a ne vend te “…city of two thousand steps..” a mos do te duhet te ishte “…city of two thousand stairs…”?
    perndryshe, shume bukur.

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