Located between Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Greece, Albania sometimes seems like a forgotten corner of Europe. And that’s really a shame. This ancient country has plenty to offer, from historic cities to imposing mountain ranges and unspoiled beaches.
Albania is really as old as Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, the region being inhabited since the 4th century BC. Nowadays, it’s an increasingly modern country, boasting many great attractions, yet still well off the beaten path. Albania is a superb place to visit if you’re looking for a destination that’s untouched by mass tourism but still has plenty to offer in terms of nature and history. You’ll see when you visit Albania that it’s essentially a combination of Croatia, Greece, and Italy, without the crowds.
If you’re thinking about visiting Albania—and you’re of course encouraged to do so—, you might wonder where to go in Albania. Consider building your itinerary around some (or all) of the following places.
Theth National Park
Hiking In The Balkans – Beautiful landscape of Accursed Mountains viewed from Valbona-Theth
Situated high in the Albanian Alps in the far north of the country, Theth National Park is a remote region. Some outdoor enthusiasts consider it one of Albania’s most beautiful places, home to attractions such as the Lock-in Tower, a working watermill, and the Grunnas Waterfall.
Within the park, its namesake village of Theth is pretty much as remote as a village can get in Europe. It’s accessible only via a 25-kilometer unpaved road, which is impassable in winter. Even in summer, you might need a 4WD vehicle to get there. As a reward, you receive solitude and tranquility amid beautiful nature.
Arguably the most popular tourist destination in Albania, the Albanian Riviera in the country’s southwest is known for its music festivals, great restaurants, busy nightlife, and beautiful beaches.
The tourist scene is still in its infancy here, which means much smaller crowds than other similar-looking destinations in the Adriatic. You can enjoy stunning beaches and perfect weather in relative peace and quiet.