Most international flights arrive in our capital city of Tirana, so take a couple of days to explore this dynamic heart of Albania and its lively atmosphere, both day and night. During the day, you will see that the city has received an attractive facelift since the end of communism, as more and more of the traditional grey concrete buildings are painted over with a kaleidoscope of blues, purples, greens, yellows and reds, earning the city the nickname, ‘The City of Colors.’
Also during your stay in the capital, perhaps you’d like to learn more about the country’s history and culture by taking a tour of one of the city’s many museums and art exhibitions. Afterwards, we recommend embracing the local coffee culture by ordering a strong cup of the perfect espresso at a street corner café, finding a comfortable seat, and then watching the people pass by. Whether you’re visiting Albania for leisure or you’re planning a business meeting, Tirana offers a wide range of experiences and possibilities.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Albania offers boundless opportunities to embrace nature. The country’s rugged hills and mountains present unique hiking adventures, where your greatest rewards are the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. In the northern part of the country around the freshwater Lake Shkodra, over 280 species of birds enjoy protection in a national sanctuary that attracts bird-watchers from around the world. Similar wildlife attractions can be found around the Kune, Divjaka, Narta and Karavasta Lagoons and within the Butrint National Park.
The nature lover can also expect to find a treasure trove of scenic wonders in the northern part of the country, including Theth National Park, Lake Koman, and the stunning Valbona River. In southern Albania, relish the views from the Llogara Pass. Or, take time to explore the green river valleys, lakes and mountains of the Korca, Permet and Pogradec regions.
Come and explore the many must-sees and must-dos of Albania. From outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting on the Osum and Vjosa Rivers, to the infinite number of castles and towns from every historical era, Albania offers visitors something new to love about the Mediterranean.