Filled with fairy-tale towns, stunning views, ancient history, and hospitable locals, Albania should be on everyone’s list of places to visit at least once in his or her lifetime. It is also one of the last undiscovered countries of Europe and the perfect place to visit scenic natural landscapes barely touched by human beings. Read our list of the most beautiful landscapes to visit in the country.
The first most scenic natural place to see in Albania is the gorgeous Albanian Riviera. It is also the most famous and crowded part of the country, but has plenty of secret spots barely touched by tourism. This area starts after the mountain pass of Llogara and ends in Ksamil, a terrific beach near the city of Saranda. The Riviera is home to the most beautiful hamlets of Albania, such as Dhermi, Qeparo, Vuno, incredible beaches, such as Drymades, Borsh, Jale, Gjipe, and gorgeous panoramas.
The Osumi canyon is a terrific canyon located in the south of Albania, near the town of Çorodova. Adventurous people can’t miss the chance to book a rafting trip organized by Outdoor Albania, which takes place right here, in one of the most gorgeous places of the Balkan Peninsula and Europe. It is the perfect chance to explore the river and its surroundings characterized by rock formations and waterfalls.
Just one hour by car from Tirana, there is one of the most spectacular lagoons of the Mediterranean Sea: Karavasta. This fabulous place is the largest lagoon of Albania, part of the Divjakë Karavasta National Park, and is separated from the Adriatic Sea by a strip of sand. Karavasta is home to several species of animals, such as pelicans, flamingos, and is characterized by forests, wildflowers, and Mediterranean pines.
Hiking-lovers, take note: if you think that Albania is a country that offers only gorgeous beaches and enchanting towns, you are wrong. The land of the eagles is a paradise for hikers and trekkers, too. In the north of the country, there are the Albanian Alps, where during spring and summer people from all over the Balkans come to enjoy open-air activities. One of the destinations favored by tourists is Theth, a beautiful mountain hamlet that offers spectacular natural views.
Just one hour and a half by car from the town of Shkodra (the cultural capital of Albania, situated in the north of the country), there is one of the most amazing natural landscapes in Albania: Koman Lake. The Lake Koman Ferry Berisha operates every day of the week from Koman to Fierza, a town hidden between the Albanian Alps. The reservoir is not natural – it is artificial and built between 1979 and 1988 – but today is home to several species of animals, such as foxes, otters, and jackals.
Located between Albania and Macedonia, Lake Ohrid is one of the oldest and deepest lakes of Europe. On the Albanian side, there are several towns and villages that worth a visit, such as Pogradec, Drilon, and Tushemisht. We strongly suggest you make a stop in all three to admire spectacular views over the lake and the surrounding mountains.
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