Albania

Berat, the highlight of Albania, in pictures

(Last Updated On: 31/10/2019)

I still keep wondering what took me so long to visit Albania. I’ve been hearing for past few years how amazing, untouched and off the beaten path it is and how now is the time to go there yet only this past November I managed to visit this mysterious Balkan destination.

After a long and adventurous journey I got to Berat, probably the biggest highlight of Albania, and it was love at first sight. Even if I was deadly tired I just couldn’t stop pinching myself as this place was too beautiful to be true!

Berat Albania – the White City

Berat, Albania is one of the oldest towns in the region, founded back in the ancient ages. After some troublesome history and changes of the name the city was finally called “Beligrad” – “The White City” (the current name is just the derivative of it). It’s pretty obvious where it comes from as the Old Town of Berat is full of white houses, all of them facing the river (hence another name – “the city of thousands windows”).

The number of monuments and interesting places and things to do in Berat is outstanding- there’re mosques, narrow cobbled streets and the fortress – Berat castle – dating back to the Middle Ages. No wonder Berat made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008!

I totally can see why everyone goes crazy about Berat as I fell under its charm from the very first moment too. It was very early in the morning, the weather was perfect and the sun gave some magic light to the white buildings occupying the hillside and standing almost on top of each other. As it turned out the place I stayed in was in the last row of houses – getting there was a little bit tiring but the view was the best reward. I could have stared at it for countless minutes and it didn’t get boring!

Berat Albania

What to do in Berat, Albania

Since the old part of Berat is so small it was very easy to see everything in one day. Getting lost in the maze of narrow, slippery and cobbled streets was a pure pleasure and even if couple of times I was sure I’m in a totally different place it was still a great way to get to know this part of the city.

An easy walk across the river Osum offered the spectacular view of the Old Town, the one that is probably the most known of Albania and appears on half of the postcards. Again, I could have sat there for hours and just stare at what’s in front of me, it was so beautiful… But I couldn’t as there was still one more place I needed to see – the Berat castle!

Climbing the steep and slippery road was quiet a challenge – not only I had to focus really hard not to topple but also at some point catching a breath wasn’t so easy (yes, I’m that badly out of shape…). But as soon as I climbed the wall of the Berat castle and saw the view over the town and surroundings I knew it was worth all the effort.

It was just breathtaking! The rays of sun put the light over the nearby mountains, the wait houses with red rooftops were way below me and at that time I was extremely happy and grateful for my unconventional lifestyle. Only travelling can give me this kind of joy!

Evening in Berat

In the evening I went for one last walk around. The town and especially the main pedestrian street were full of people, mostly men. The houses were beautifully lit up, the numerous cafes were bustling with guests, the game of chess was in the course on nearby square. It was probably just a typical Sunday evening in Berat, Albania.

After having a breakfast, outside with the stunning view it was time for me to leave Berat and continue the journey. As much as I loved it I know I will most likely never make it back there. But that’s ok as one day is enough to fall in love with the place and have fond memories of it! And there’s still so much of Albania that needs to be discovered!

Berat pictures

But now just let me show you Berat. Can you blame me for loving it so much?

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

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Berat Albania

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Berat Albania

Berat Albania

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Berat Albania

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

Berat Albania

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Berat Albania

Berat Albania

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Visit Berat, Albania – practical information

How to get to Berat

Couple of years ago it was rather difficult to get in Albania in general. When I went I flew to Thessaloniki, Greece and then traveled to Berat from there. Now there are low cost airlines flying to Albania which makes everything so much easier. You can check the best flight connections at SkyScanner or Momondo, I often use these websites too!

There are numerous minibuses that can take you from Tirana to Berat, every hour or even more often. The journey takes just under 3 hours and the ticket should costs around 400 LEK ($4 / €3,20).

How to get around Berat

The bus station is a bit away from the center but there’s a frequent bus that goes between these two places, the ticket is 30 LEK. Once you are in the center you can just walk everywhere.

Where to stay in Berat

Here are some recommended Berat hotels:

Where to eat in Berat

There are numerous good and affordable restaurants in the center in Berat. One thing is sure – no matter where you go you are in for a treat as Albanian food is so fresh and delicous! You can find some of the best restaurants at Trip Advisor!


Travel resources

With over 15 years of independent traveling, I’ve learned which websites and services are the best when planning a trip. I always use and trust the following websites:

Money – My number one tip for everyone is to start using Revolut bank card to save money when traveling.

You get the card by mail within a few days and you can use it all over the world. You top up the card in the app on the phone, where you can also have accounts in different currencies and exchange money between them, for no extra fee and at very favorable rates.

Everything is super easy and fast, you only need an internet connection to manage your accounts in the app.

Revolut supports over 140 currencies and offers free withdrawal from ATMs all over the world. In the first 6 months I’ve used Revolut card in 12 countries in 3 continents and had no issues at all. And I saved a lot of money in the exchange rates!

Click here to learn more about the service and order your own Revolut card!

Accommodation – I always book my accommodation through Booking.com.

They have really good deals (especially with their “Genius” program that you become a member of after few reservations) and in most of the cases, if your plans change, you can cancel the reservation without any extra costs.

I also value them for a really good customer service that I had to use a few times.

Check the best deals on accommodation in Berat here!

Insurance – I never travel without the insurance as you never know what might happen on the road and better safe than sorry (I’ve learnt my lesson).

I can recommend World Nomads that offer the insurance dedicated to travelers just like you and me.

Click here to get the insurance policy for Albania here.

Day tours – I do go for a day trips when I travel as often they are the most convenient way to see the place that saves you time and money.

I most often use Get Your Guide that offers a variety of tours all over the world. Click here to check all the best tours you can take during your travels!

Offline maps – For years I’ve been using MAPS.ME app and I can’t recommend it enough!

It’s free, works offline perfectly fine and saved me many times. You can easily transfer Google Maps with all the bookmarks to maps.me and use them offline wherever you are.

Click here to download it to your phone before your next trip!


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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Wendy Powers
    15/02/2015 at 16:27

    Hello Kami,
    I also recently visited Albania for the first time this fall, and haveam writing about it on my blog http://PowersToTravel.com, particularly http://powerstotravel.com/category/diabetic-travel-albania-blog/ I liked your pictures and your love of Berat, and I have linked to your post from my page “Amazing Berat”. Of all the countries I have visited, Albania was the most fascinating, and educational. Thanks for posting the awesome pictures.
    Regards,
    Wendy

    • Reply
      kami
      25/02/2015 at 23:37

      Thank you Wendy for your nice comment and for linking up to me! Albania is definitely fascinating! I wish to discover more of it soon! I’m totally with you for enjoying it big time!

  • Reply
    Nikita
    09/04/2015 at 20:00

    Wow, that is gorgeous! I’m sure I would instantly fall in love as well.

    • Reply
      kami
      29/04/2015 at 11:38

      I’m sure as well! It’s hard not to love Berat! :)

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