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25 best places to visit in Albania during spring time

Natural & historical destinations you will love

25 best places to visit in Albania during spring time - Theth, Albania ©The Ginger Wanderlust
Theth, Albania ©The Ginger Wanderlust

Spring is a magical time in Albania, when the country transforms into a colorful and vibrant landscape. With its diverse geography, Albania has something to offer for everyone, from beautiful beaches to snow-capped mountains, from pristine lakes to historic cities. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or a history buff, Albania has it all.

In this blog, we’ll highlight 25 best places to visit in Albania during spring time, so you can make the most of your trip.

1.Valbona Valley National Park

The park offers a pristine natural landscape with snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear rivers, and lush forests. It is the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and photographers. There are numerous trails that range from easy to challenging. You can explore the park on foot and discover hidden waterfalls, ancient stone bridges, and stunning mountain vistas.

Valbone Valley, Albania
Valbone Valley, Albania

2.Theth Village

The village is a starting point for some of the best hiking trails in Albania. The most famous trail is the hike to the Blue Eye, a natural pool of crystal-clear water that is a popular spot for swimming. There are also many other trails that lead to waterfalls, canyons, and mountain peaks. heth is home to a small community of people who have preserved their traditional way of life, including their customs, music, and cuisine. Visitors can experience the warm hospitality of the locals, taste local food, and learn about their way of life.

Theth, Albania
Theth, Albania

3.Trail of Colours/ Shtegu i Ngjyrave, Kukes

It was considered as ‘Shishtavec/Novosej – Kallabak- Çajë’ until Afrim Tahiraj decided to transform it into one of the most visited trails by baptising it with the new name “Trail of Colors”. It is a journey of colors indeed. It is part of the Korab-Koritnik Nature Park and passes through the Çaje Mountains of Kukës and continues to Fushë e Korabit. Very close to it, there is the cross-border triangle Kosovo-Albania-Northern Macedonia. Besides hiking and enjoying the perfect landscape, you can take a photoshoot with a traditional costume of the area.

 

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4.Mount Korab, Diber

The city closest to Korab mountain is Peshkopi. It’s a five hours drive from Tirana. Daily mini-busses and busses are connecting the town with the capital. Do not hesitate to approach to Peshkopi from Macedonia – the roads in Albania are much bumpier as in Macedonia. The border-crossing close to Debar is some 45 minutes away from Peshkopi. Here’s other things you can do in Diber.

 

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5.Butterfly Camping, Diber

This camping site is near the Drin River, where you can even try the experience of rafting. With a wonderful view that combines nature, beach, and different games, this camping is one of the most frequented tourist assets in Dibra. Another special thing is the way you can go there. If you want to visit and stay in this camping, you can use horses. This is a great opportunity for all of them who like horses. Contact Butterfly Camping

6.The mountains of Tërbun and Kushnet, Puke

The mountains of Tërbun and Kushnet are a mountain block on the southwest side of the district of Puka, with an altitude of 1476 m (the peak of Suçel). They lie between the valley of Fani Madh in the east, the valley of Gomsiqe in the north and the basin of Kalivaci and that of Ungrejt in the southwest and south. Overall, Puka is a great destination for those looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Albania, as well as for those seeking adventure and outdoor activities.

7.Rozafa Castle, Shkoder

The historic city of Shkoder is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Albania, and it’s a great place to visit during spring. Shkoder is home to several historic monuments, including the Rozafa Castle, one of the most important castles in Albania. The castle has been in use since ancient times and has served as a fortress, a prison, and a residence for the ruling families of the region. It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the city of Shkoder, the Albanian Alps, and Lake Shkoder. The views are particularly breathtaking during sunset, making it an ideal spot for photography and sightseeing.

8.Zogaj Village, Shkoder

Zogaj is home to some of the oldest and most well-preserved examples of traditional Albanian architecture, including several historic homes and buildings. The village’s narrow streets, stone walls, and red-tiled roofs offer a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. The lake is definitely its strength, but the fact that it is also surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including rolling hills, lush forests, and crystal-clear streams makes it a great spring destination.

9.Mount Dajti, Tirane

You can take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Dajti, which is an exhilarating experience. The cable car ride offers stunning views of the city and the mountain. If you enjoy hiking, there are several trails that range from easy to difficult. You can explore the mountain on foot and discover hidden waterfalls, caves, and scenic viewpoints. Dajti offers a range of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, and rock climbing. These activities are perfect for adventure seekers who want to explore the mountain in a different way.

10.Pellumbas, Cave, Tirane

Pellumbas Cave is a geological marvel, formed over thousands of years ago by the movement of water through limestone rocks. The cave features impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and other rock formations, creating a stunning and unique underground landscape. While you’re there, you can have a fresh swim or explore the canyons of Erzeni River too. Pellumbas is located just a short drive from Tirane, making it easily accessible for visitors. It is an ideal destination for a day trip or weekend getaway, offering a unique and memorable experience for visitors of all ages.

Pellumbas Cave ©Tirana Virtual Tour
Pellumbas Cave ©Tirana Virtual Tour

11.Kazerma e Cerenit, Tirane

Not just an agritourism resort but a completely new experience so close to the city of Tirana. Kazerma e Cerenit is a transformation of an abandoned military ward into a touristic destination in the area of Surrel in Tirana. The former army tunnels are now dairy and winery environments, also conceived as mini-museums. It first may look like an army invasion but it’s just the resort staff dressed up in military uniform. The other special thing of this place is that it also offers accommodation with a garden and free private parking so you can easily spend a whole weekend enjoying the food and the fresh village air.

 

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12.Karavasta Lagoon, Divjake

It couldn’t be 25 best places to visit in Albania during spring blog without this destination! Karavasta Lagoon is a major bird-watching site in Albania and during spring, the area becomes a paradise for bird enthusiasts. You can see a variety of migratory birds that come to the lagoon during this time of year, including herons, pelicans, and flamingos. During spring, the weather in Divjake is usually mild and pleasant, making it an ideal time to explore the area. You can take a leisurely walk around the lagoon, go on a boat ride, or have a picnic.

13.Gjinar, Elbasan

Surrounded by greenery, it is a perfect destination for a short road trip, for a picnic with your friends and to enjoy one day the fresh air near nature. Gjinar village is part of the Administrative Unit of Gjinari, Elbasan Municipality. It is located 22 km south-east of Elbasan, 63 km from Tirana. This spring comes with a couple of new guesthouses in the village, so have a look at what they offer.
Gjinar, Elbasan ©Tre Bujtinat
Gjinar, Elbasan ©Tre Bujtinat

14.Seferan Lake, Belsh

Lakes are a great choice for the spring time, especially when you can find so many in a small area, just like in Belsh. Seferan village is part of the Belsh Administrative Unit, Belsh Municipality. It is located 4 km south of the city of Belsh, 64 km away from Tirana. There are about 1,200 inhabitants, who provide income mainly through livestock and agriculture. The village is located on a hill surrounded by 5 lakes, in which yellow and white lilies grow adding to the beauty of the lakes.

Seferan, Belsh
Seferan, Belsh

15.Vithkuq Village, Korçe

Vithkuqi is an ancient Illyrian settlement. Although little explored it dates as an inhabited center from the first Iron Age to the 2nd-century BC. Evidence of this is the forts that have been set up to preserve the area, such as that of Boshanji, Bellovoda, and Leshnja, as well as the mounds in the old neighborhoods of Vithkuq: Quran and Qyrsha. It’s a good choice for hiking and horse riding through the mountains.

Vithkuq, Korce
Vithkuq, Korce

16.Kamenice, Korçe

Korçe country has an open invitation for each season of the year due to its beautiful and welcoming destinations. Kamenice is a small village around 30 km from the city centre where you can spend a few relaxing days in the middle of greenery and nature. The Kamenica Mound is one of the largest and best-known mounds so far, where graves, bone skeletons, archaeological objects such as ceramics, weapons, bronze jewelry, iron, silver, gold, amber and bones have been identified. This prehistoric burial site is a cultural monument of the archaeological type where about 425 skeletons and 3600 objects have been discovered. This mound is the largest found not only in Albania but also in the Balkans. We suggest you consider Blue Moon Guesthouse whenever you decide to explore this village.

17.Archeological Park of Apollonia, Fier

Apollonia as a city was founded in the early 7th century BC in the lands of the Illyrian Taulantians by Greek colonizers coming from Corinth. The first records of his presence are documented around 620 BC. The city was named after the god Apollo. Among the 24 cities throughout the Mediterranean that bore this name in Antiquity, Apollonia and Illyria were the most important and played a major role as trade intermediaries for the Mesopotamian Illyrians. Here’s more thing to do in Fier.

18.Osumi Canyons, Skrapar

Osumi Canyons offer a range of adventure activities that are perfect for thrill-seekers. Visitors can hike through the canyons, climb the cliffs, and even go rafting down the river. Canyons are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including several rare and endemic species. The canyons offer a unique opportunity to observe and learn about the local biodiversity. Visitors can also visit Bogova waterfall, one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Albania, in the village of Bogova.

19.Berat Castle

The ancient city of Berat is another great place to visit in Albania during spring. This season in Berat is characterized by mild temperatures and lower levels of rainfall, making it the perfect time to explore the castle’s historic sites and take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The city is known for its well-preserved Ottoman architecture, including the Berat Castle, which offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Berat remains one of the TOP 25 best places to visit in Albania during spring time.

20.Benje Thermal Baths, Permet

Known since antiquity, these sulfur springs, which emerge from a deep tectonic fault, are different and originate on both sides of the Lengarica canyon. Each source has different therapeutic properties for the treatment of skin diseases, stomach, kidney, rheumatism, etc. The springs of thermal waters are natural and are poured into small tubs of a precious beauty inside of which it is possible to collect even thermal mud, suitable for skin training (similar to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland). Here’s more things to do in Permet.

21.Butrint Castle, Sarande

This ancient city is located on the southern coast of Albania and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. Butrint is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Albania, boasting a rich history that dates back to the ancient Greek and Roman periods. The castle features several well-preserved ruins, including a theater, a temple, and a Byzantine baptistery. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the park while exploring the castle’s ancient ruins and historic sites.

22.Lake Ohrid, Pogradec

This stunning lake is located in the southeast of Albania, near the border with North Macedonia. Lake Ohrid is one of the deepest and oldest lakes in Europe, and it’s a great place for swimming, fishing, and boating. Tushemisht, which is the closest village to the lake, is a great place to find restaurants, bars, hotels and relaxing spots if you want to meet noone but the nature.

23.Qafeshtame Park, Kruje

Qafeshtame Park is located near the historic town of Kruje, which was the birthplace of Albania’s national hero Skanderbeg. Visitors can learn about the region’s rich history and culture by visiting the Skanderbeg Museum and the Kruje Castle, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The park is a peaceful and tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can relax and unwind in the park’s serene natural surroundings, away from the noise and chaos of urban living.

 

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24.Nivice, Tepelene

The village of Nivice is part of the administrative unit “Kurvelesh”, 30 km from the city of Tepelena and 190 km from the capital, Tirana. It is located 750 meters above sea level, at the foot of Këndrevica mountain, 2100 meters high. Amongs the things to do there, you can visit the ruins of the castle, explore the Nivice Canyons, hike to Nivice waterfall and swim in the fresh water if it’s a hot sunny day.

 

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25.Gjirokaster Bazaar

This historic city is located in the southern part of Albania and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Gjirokaster is home to several historic monuments, including the Gjirokastra Castle and the Ethnographic Museum. The bazaar features stunning Ottoman-era architecture, with narrow cobblestone streets and traditional stone buildings. The unique architecture of the bazaar provides visitors with a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage. It is also home to a range of traditional Albanian restaurants and cafes. Visitors can sample local delicacies, such as qifqi (rice balls), tavë kosi (baked lamb with yogurt), and fërgesë (a spicy meat and vegetable stew).