The shoulder seasons of late spring (April to May) and early fall (September) are the best times to visit Albania and enjoy outdoor activities, the Albanian Riviera, and archaeological sites. The weather is pleasant, and you'll avoid the summer holiday rush as well as the scorching summer heat and cold winter weather. Albania also hosts various cultural, music, and culinary events from spring through fall, making it a festive time to visit.
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December is the first actual month of winter in Albania, and temperatures are cold and crowds are somewhat nonexistent. However, Albania doesn't tend to get as cold as many other European countries, making it a top winter city break destination. Read on to discover more about traveling to Albania in December.
November is late fall in Albania, which means cooler temperatures, a chance of rain, and practically no other tourists. If you're interested in city attractions and cultural sites in ancient towns, November is a great time to visit. Find out more about seeing Albania in November.
October is the middle of fall in Albania, and while higher-altitude locations will start to feel cool, coastal areas are pleasant and suitable for days at the beach. The shoulder season means some resorts begin to close up shop for the winter, but this is a great time to travel to Albania if you want to avoid the crowds while still enjoying great weather. Find out where to go and what to do in Albania in October.
September is the start of fall in Albania, but the warm weather of summer tends to linger while the public disperses. Now is an excellent time to hit the beaches as the conditions are still great for swimming and water sports, but crowds and prices come down from their summer highs. Find out more about the best places to go and things to do in Albania in September.
August is peak summer in Albania and that means very high temperatures on the coast. Soak in the sun on the Albanian Riviera or dodge the crowds with a mountain hiking vacation in the Accursed Mountains. Read on to learn more about visiting Albania in August.
July is midsummer in Albania and the busiest time of year, especially on the Albanian Riviera. Summer temperatures are scorching on the coast and in the cities, but conditions are more comfortable at altitude in the mountains. If you're looking for an offbeat Mediterranean summer getaway, Albania is what you want. Find out more about where to go and what to do in Albania in July.
June is the start of the summer in Albania. Temperatures are hot, and conditions are ideal for lounging on a beach on the Albanian Riviera. Get in quick before the rush of vacationers later in summer. Read on to learn more about traveling to Albania in June.
May is late spring in Albania and a delightful time to visit, with warm but not-too-hot weather. Spend time on the beaches of the Albanian Riviera, hike in the mountains, or check out UNESCO-listed archeological sites. Find out where to go and what to do in Albania in May.
Some travelers consider April the best month to visit Albania: the weather is warm without being too hot, and there are few other tourists in most places. With a Mediterranean climate as well as high mountains in the interior, there are a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy in Albania in April. Keep reading to find out where to go and what to do.
March is the first month of spring in Albania, and with both mountains and the Mediterranean coastline, you can enjoy skiing or beach walks as you prefer. This is shoulder season in Albania, so it's a good time to visit the Albanian Riviera without the summer crowds. Find out more about visiting Albania in March.
February is winter in Albania, and while that brings cold weather to the mountains, lower-lying and coastal areas are pretty mild. Chillier weather also brings snow to the mountains, and most travelers who visit Albania in February come for the skiing. Keep reading to learn where to visit and what to do in Albania in February.
January is the middle of winter in Albania, but as a country with a Mediterranean coastal climate and high mountains, it's a great time to visit. Winters in Albania are warmer than in many other parts of Europe, plus there are great skiing opportunities. Discover more about traveling to this Balkan country in January.
This quick-moving tour will take you on a fascinating circuit through Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and North Macedonia, visiting UNESCO cities such as Ohrid, Kotor, and Berat and combining culture with the scenic nature that abounds in the Balkans. You'll enjoy scenic drives through tall mountain passes, vibrant national parks, and along the picturesque coast of the Adriatic Sea, stopping for day hikes, traditional meals, and beach days, plus in charming old towns like Perast and Prizren. Explore two of the region's capitals, Tirana and Podgorica, as well as Montenegro's Old Royal Capital of Cetinje.
This scenic nine-day tour starts and ends in the bustling city of Tirana, guiding you through Southern Albania and into North Macedonia to visit the famous Lake Ohrid. You'll explore three UNESCO World Heritage cities, as well as discover ancient ruins at the archaeological parks of Butrint, Antigonea, and Apollonia. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular alpine scenery, conquer mountain passes, soak in thermal baths, and relax along the Albanian Riviera.
This eight-day private tour takes you through Southern Albania and into Northern Macedonia to visit the famous Lake Ohrid. You'll explore three UNESCO World Heritage cities, as well as the famous archaeological parks of Butrint, Antigonea, and Apollonia. Along the way you'll enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, conquer mountain passes, soak in thermal baths, and relax for two nights on the Ionian Sea.
Experience the enchanting scenery and rich history of Albania and Montenegro on this short-but-sweet road trip through the Balkans. Beginning in the Albanian Riviera, your route will take you to the historic cities of Gjirokastra and Berat, the sunny beaches of Ulcinj in Montenegro, and the photogenic shores of the Bay of Kotor. Along the way, you'll make detours at a natural spring, an Albanian winery, a legendary castle, and more.
From Tirana to the Riviera coast, explore Southern Albania on an 11-day private bike tour. Bike through Albania's rugged mountains and thickly forested Leskovik region and see country life in mountain villages like Përmet. Explore its Ottoman past at Gjorokastra and the Butrint archaeological site. End your trip on the shores of the Ionian Sea, where a casual atmosphere, seaside accommodations, and long road descents await.
Explore mountainous terrain and small villages on this one-week tour through the remote regions of northern Albania and Kosovo. Start near Lake Skadar and see the ancient Rozafa Castle, then continue through the Albanian Alps to the scenic Rugova Valley. Cross the border to see the ancient Ottoman trading cities of Peja and Gjakova, then take the ferry across Lake Koman to the mining city of Bulqize to stay in a traditional stone Kulla home.
Discover rugged mountain terrain and small traditional villages in this two-week road trip through rural Albania. Start in Tirana—the capital—then head north to see the ancient city of Kruje, stay in traditional stone kullë houses, and learn about the country's communist past. Continue to Southern Albania to explore the relaxed Riviera coast, sleepy mountain towns, and old village Bazaars.
See the best of Albania in just over a week with a tour from modern Tirana to the Ionian Sea. See Greek and Byzantine ruins in UNESCO-listed Butrint National Park, take in the village-lined shores from a boat ride on Lake Prespa, tour historic sites like ancient Apolloni and seaside Berat, and grab dinner and drinks in the capital's hippest neighborhood.
Get a snapshot of beautiful Albania with a tour from modern Tirana to the Ionian Sea. In just over a week, you'll take in many of the country's best highlights: see ancient ruins in Butrint National Park, stroll the seaside promenade of charming Sarandë, and tour multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. End your journey with a fun night in Blloku, one of the capital's hippest neighborhoods.
Criss-cross the borders of Montenegro, Kosovo, and North Albania on a fully-guided cycling tour. Visit the World Heritage-listed medieval town of Kotor, the former Royal Capital of Cetinje, and catch the Berisha Ferry to Fierze, one of the most scenic inland ferry journeys in the world. The tour ends in southern Albania at the World Heritage-listed town of Berat.