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It is the distinctive traditional architecture of this so-called “City of 1000 windows” that has placed Berat in UNESCO’s list of world Heritage Sites. Beautifully split by the Osum River into two historic neighborhoods, the city is joined by the grandiose bridge of Gorica. The characteristic windows of the traditional houses mirror one another beautifully from across the river. Flanked on both sides by Tomorr and Shpirag, two of the most mythical mountains in Albania, Berat is also a nature lover’s paradise. Mountain climbing, cycling, hiking, rafting and kayaking are only some of the preferred outdoor activities around this city. The medieval Castle of Berat houses old churches, museums and iconography by the greatest Albanian artists as well as old bazaars, cafes, and a surprisingly vibrant local life.
How many metaphors, Instagram posts, nostalgic longings have been inspired by windows? Below, let us count the ways in which windows make our lives more beautiful as we take a tour of the top window-gazing destinations in Albania. There is a reason that the ubiquitous operating system chose to be named after windows: they are [...]
Somewhere between blood orange, fuchsia, coral and red, lies one of the most undefinable and dazzling hues in the history of art, created by Albania’s own master iconographer, Onufri. Red is perhaps the color most associated with the Balkans, be it for the fields of blood-red poppies punctuating much of the region’s countryside or the [...]
Listed among some of the world’s most famous spiritual destinations, is a small city in Albania that offers the visitor an otherworldly experience among rich history, fascinating architecture and a stunning landscape. 2020 has barely begun and Albania has already made many of the international media’s travel lists. Behind the Illusion’s “10 spiritual places on [...]
Berat is a national cultural and heritage center that reserves beautiful strolls along cobbled alleys in its famous Mangalem, Gorica and Castle neighborhoods and much more. One of the most historic and oldest cities in Albania, Berat will fill your entire day with beautiful landscapes in addition to its rich culture and heritage. This UNESCO-protected [...]