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The tourism industry is really just getting underway, so you'll have no trouble finding cheap hotels in Albania. The crazy and colourful city of Tirana is a great spot for shopping and there's plenty of history to soak up. Public transport in Albania can be a little unpredictable so you may find that taxis are your best bet for shorter distances.
The crystal clear water and golden beaches of Ksamil in the south are a highlight not to be missed. Also in the south, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gjirokastra is a charming, albeit slightly crumbling, town with cobbled streets and a dramatic castle at its heart.
Many visitors to Albania will arrive by air to Tirana International Airport. There are a number of nearby hotels that offer good value, but it's always worth comparing prices on dealchecker to find the best option. Tirana city also has plenty of hotel options, from super cheap hostels to luxury suites.
Popular with honeymooners, the coastal resort town of Sarandë is a great place to base yourself if you’re keen to explore the historical sites and stunning beaches of the south. The ancient Greek city of Butrint is well worth a visit, as well as the surrounding national parkland.
Shkodër, in northwestern Albania, is a handy place to stay if you plan to take a trip on the popular Lake Komani ferry. The stunning mountain views are worth the early start to get there.
Tirana is known for its vibrant nightlife. A sunset drink at the top of the Sky Tower is the perfect way to start a night out. Food is cheap yet good quality in Tirana and there are a multitude of restaurants to choose from. The cable car trip to Mount Dajt is a must-see, with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area.
The old port city of Durrës is the second largest in Albania and well worth a visit. Its amphitheatre is the largest in the Balkans and there are many museums and sights to explore. The Durrës Archaelogical Museum and the Durrës Ancient City Wall are highlights if you’re interested in local history.
The beach city of Vlorë, known as the city of olives and grapes, is in southern Albania. It gets 300 days of sunshine a year so is a favourite with beach-goers, but with two castles and a host of other sights there’s plenty to keep history buffs busy, too.