Albania is an extraordinary country that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. It’s full of so many magnificent sights to see, and no matter how many times you go back and visit, you’re sure to find something new that you love. If you’re planning a trip to Albania or have always wanted to visit, you may be wondering what are the must-see sights in the country. Though there is an extensive list to tackle, there are some sights that you’ll want to see right away.
From Tirana to Vlore and more – here are the top sights to see in Albania:
The Albanian Riviera, or as the locals call it, Bregu, is just as magical as it sounds. It stretches along the northeastern Ionian Sea and is home to an abundance of scenery and beautiful beaches. Visit the Albanian Riviera during the summer months to ensure that you have warm weather. Doing so will allow you to you truly embrace all that the Albanian Riveria has to offer.
You will find plenty of history and stunning architecture in Albania’s capital city, Tirana. Some things that you can do while spending the day in Tirana is take a stroll through the city, sample the local cuisine (you HAVE to try byrek), explore the Piramida, and take in the unique scenery and beauty around you. There’s no shortage of things to do in see in the capital of Albania!
Get ready for the ride of a lifetime on the Llogara Pass. This mountain pass is one of the most beautiful drives you can take in all of Europe. You will drive up, down, and around the mountain while gazing at some stunning views around you. While driving on the Llogara Pass, you can expect to reach elevations over 3,300 feet, so if you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down!
The Ksamil Islands are one of the most popular beach destinations throughout all of Albania. While here, take some time to relax on the sand, and gaze at the deep blue waters in front of you, and let all your troubles fade away. If you are looking for a spot to get away and decompress, you’re going to love the Ksamil Islands.
The historic city of Vlore is where Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. It’s located in Southern Albania and is full of beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and history. While here, one thing we recommend checking out is the Independence Monument. You won’t be disappointed!
The city of Gjirokaster is located in Southern Albania and has plenty to see and do. One of the most popular attractions to visit is the magnificent Gjirokaster Castle. Other things you can partake in while here include shopping at the bazaar, learning about the city’s history at the Gjirokaster museum, and doing your own exploring to see what hidden gems you can find!
This magnificent city is located in the northwestern part of Albania. Whether you’re looking to do some sightseeing or dive into the city’s culture, there’s plenty for you to do while in Shkoder. We recommend walking around Lake Shkodra, exploring the Rozafa Fortress, and enjoying a delicious meal on the shore. The possibilities are endless!
Albania COVID Travel Requirements
If you’re looking to travel to Albania, there are some travel requirements due to COVID that you’ll want to be aware of.
- To Enter Albania:
- You will need to provide a negative COVID test up to 72 hours before your flight.
- You do not need to be vaccinated against COVID to enter Albania.
- Quarantine is not required on arrival.
- To Enter the U.S. From Albania:
- You must provide proof of a negative COVID test up to 24 hours before your flight.
- If you’re a U.S. citizen, you do not need to be vaccinated against COVID to enter the United States.
- Quarantine is not required on arrival.
Do I Need a Passport to Visit Albania?
If you plan on visiting Albania, you will need to obtain a passport before leaving for your trip. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least three months from your date of entry into Albania. If you are looking to get a new passport or passport renewal, you can do so on the Swift website. If you have questions about obtaining a passport, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A member of our knowledgeable team would be happy to help answer any questions you may have. And, as always, no matter if you plan on traveling to Albania or somewhere else in the world, we’ll get you there!