Travel Experts’ Choice: 6 Unforgettable Places in Albania
With the Coronavirus pandemic locking everyone in, IntoAlbania thought to get some of the country’s travel bloggers and curious explorers talking about their most memorable destinations. Here is what they had to say.
The self-proclaimed “Alberican” (i.e. Albanian-American) travel photographer has chosen this off-the-beaten path site as her top most memorable destination: “Finally got to boost my immune system the way humans were meant to,” she writes of her visit to Kostenjë. You can find the beautiful region near Elbasan, only 40 km from Tirana. Check it out.
The journalist has an especially nostalgic bond to Shkopet, as it is her birthplace. Well, it doesn’t hurt when your birthplace has such a spectacular landscape. Located about 60 km from Tirana, the area has a simple bucolic yet mountainous beauty with the calming Mat River flowing through it. Stop and stare.
Many travel experts surprisingly opted less for the sensational and more for the intimate and easily accessible route. We tend to agree, there is a certain appeal to the spontaneity of the day trip, to barely stepping out of one’s familiar backyard and finding the new. A nearby spots that granted our explorer a day “full of emotion” is Prush in Vaqarr, a village in the outskirts of Tirana.
Famous for birdwatching and home to the rare Dalmatian pelican, this lagoon is an internationally famous and highly coveted destination among those “in-the-know.” And, “in case you don’t know, this place has the most beautiful sunsets in the entire country,” our lagoon enthusiast writes. See for yourself.
Çika mountain is evidently a climber’s paradise, voted as a top destination among both our readers and travel experts. The Çika Peak offers perhaps the most awe-inspiring view of the entire country: a panorama of the spectacular Ionian and that famous shoreline of the Riviera.
The climb to Morava mountain generated the first and most inspiring memory of all our travel experts. Climbing the Morava peak is a way to meet God, our traveler says, as here is “the greatest of all creations, the most vivid of hues, a perfection that heals your eyes.” Sounds good to us.