If your idea of heaven is watching a sunset from a harbour-side restaurant after a day of sun, sea and sand therapy, then head to the ‘Albanian Riviera’, where you’ll find crystal-clear waters, long stretches of sand and peaceful fishing towns. Albania’s Ionian coast not only offers visitors pristine beaches, but also some of the most deserted stretches of sand in the Mediterranean. If you’re tired of sharing a beach with dozens of other tourists, you better start looking for cheap flights to Albania.
The real Albania
Many people don’t know much about Albania besides its communist ties. Travellers to this mountainous Balkan country, therefore, have a unique opportunity to discover its fascinating history. The picturesque countryside is dotted with ancient towns, Byzantine churches and historical sites. Albania boasts several UNESCO-heritage sites, all of which are refreshingly tourist-free. Don’t miss out on visiting the epic ruins at Butrint, the Greek amphitheatre of Buthrotum and the old town of Berat. Albania is a budget-savvy alternative for travellers who love exploring ancient sites surrounded by olive groves.
Would you like to visit the trendy bars, fish restaurants and cafes of Tirana, the vibrant Albanian capital Tirana? Do you long to explore hiking trails in untamed mountains and valleys? Llogara and Lura National Parks contain breath-taking mountain scenery pitted with glacial lakes. Valbonë Valley National Park is fast becoming a favourite for hikers and backpackers with its karst limestone mountains. Albania has it all.
When to go
Late spring to early autumn is the best time to visit Albania weather-wise. However, keep in mind that Albania has a fair number of microclimates despite its small size. With a geography ranging from mountains ranges to low, coastal zones, there can be big differences in regional weather. The coast has a Mediterranean climate pattern with hot summers (high twenties to low thirties) and mild winters. The inland regions have a more continental climate with cold winters. This is particularly true in the mountains, which can see high average snowfalls.
Although international tourism doesn’t impact prices too much, flights still tend to be higher during the summer months. From late June through the end of August, the beaches will be full, and cities will be lively. Summertime is ideal for hiking inland or in the mountains. The heaviest rain falls in the central uplands, where summer storms are common; if you’re planning a visit there, make sure to bring wet-weather gear.
Because Albania is still an emerging tourist destination, it’s possible to find last-minute budget flights here throughout the year. However, booking at least two months in advance is often a good idea and will give you the most options for both price and routes.
Airports and airlines
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Tirana’s ‘Mother Teresa’ International Airport is Albania’s main international airport. Direct return flights from the United Kingdom are offered by British Airways and depart from London Gatwick. Other airlines that serve this route include Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, Pegasus Airlines and Austrian Airlines.