Summer is the best season to visit Albania. The “land of the eagles” is home to some of the most spectacular beaches and coastal destinations in Europe. For those who want to spend their holidays trekking or hiking mountains, no need to panic: Albania has spectacular mountains, too. Read our list of the best places to visit in the Balkan country during the summer.
If there is one place in Albania that everyone should visit during the summer, it is Dhërmi. This enchanting coastal village located in the south of Albania, at the beginning of the famous Albanian Riviera, is one of the most spectacular places to see in the country, as well as in the Balkan Peninsula. Dhërmi is home to some of the best beaches of the Mediterranean, including Dhërmi Beach and Drymades, which is one of the most scenic bays in the country. A plus here is the presence of the lovely hamlet of Dhërmi, filled with traditional houses, Orthodox churches with blue domes, and secret alleys full of colorful bougainvillea.
Another not-to-miss place to visit in Albania during the summertime is Himara, the main village situated along the Albanian Riviera. Himara is mostly known for its intense nightlife and stunning neighboring beaches, like Livadhi and Spile. The best thing to do here, besides spending some time swimming in the crystal clear waters of the enchanting bays, is to head to the spectacular Ali Pasha Castle, a large fortress located 15 minutes from the town that offers breathtaking views over the sea.
Saranda is considered by most as the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera: it is the main town in southern Albania, with plenty of cool clubs and excellent restaurants, frequented by international tourists and surrounded by terrific beaches that are perfect for a beautiful Albanian holiday. For travelers who have extra time, the best thing to do is to organize a day trip to visit the stunning Blue Eye, a natural spring with multicolored waters located near the town.
Ksamil is the last beach along the Albanian Riviera and one of the best, too. Ksamil, also called “the Ionian pearl” because of its beauty, is an enchanting beach with three small islands reachable by boat or with a pleasant swim. Summer is a great time to visit Ksamil, but the best months are June and September; during July and August tourists from all over the world overcrowd the beach. A plus here is the presence of the archaeological park of Butrint, one of the three UNESCO sites in Albania.
The land of the eagles is home to spectacular mountains as well. For those who prefer to spend their holidays surrounded by nature and mountains, the perfect destination is Theth, the most famous and prettiest village in northern Albania. Theth is the right place for those who are looking for tranquility and relaxation, but also for people who love to practice outdoor activities, such as trekking, hiking or riding horses. Theth is home to the other Blue Eye of Albania, another natural spring with crystal waters, hidden in the middle of the forest.
From Shkodra, the main town in northern Albania, travelers can organize a trip to Lake Koman, one of the most beautiful places to visit in the country. Koman is an artificial lake that looks like a Norwegian fjord, built during the Communist regime, situated in northern Albania between Shkodra and Valbona National Park. There is nothing better to do during the summer than to book a boat trip to Lake Koman and then visit the Valbona valley.
The last best place to visit in Albania during the summer months is Pogradec and Ohrid Lake. Nestled between Albania and Macedonia, Ohrid is the oldest and deepest lake in Europe. The main Albanian town is Pogradec, a lovely place that boasts restaurants, beaches, and cafés. Along the lake, there are three not-to-miss places to visit: Lin, which offers terrific views over the lake; Drilon, the summer resort of the former dictator Enver Hoxha; and Tushemisht, a nice hamlet near the Macedonian border.