Dajti National Park is an excellent place to hike and explore wildlife while enjoying some animal spotting. When visiting Dajti National Park, you also don't want to miss riding the popular Dajti Car Cable for amazing panoramic views.
2: Et'hem Bey Mosque
The Et'hem Bey Mosque, located opposite the Municipality of Tirana, was constructed in the 18th century and it is a lovely example of Islamic architecture in the country.
3: Lake Komani ferry
Take the ferry up the jade waters of Lake Komani, hemmed in on both sides with towering cliffs. Look out for pygmy cormorants, herons and golden eagles.
4: Visit Voskopoja
Admire the vibrant colours of the frescoes in Albania's little-known churches. Voskopoja, near Korca, was once the largest city in the Balkans, full of churches and basilicas, and with its own academy where artists were trained.
5: Petrela Castle (Petrele)
The castle used to be a fortified castle in the 13th century but have been now turned into a lovely restaurant. Apart fro enjoying a nice meal, you can take amazing panoramic pictures from the castle and the castle itself, so it's worth the visit.
6: Muradie Mosque
This is a sultan-style mosque, with a dome that was built in the second half of the 16th century. It consists of a prayer hall and a minaret build of carved stone. This monument is noted for the harmonious distribution of its windows. The design and construction of this mosque were carried out by Sinan, an architect of Albanian origin who was one of the most important mosque builders in the Ottoman Empire. His greatest work remains the Great Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul.
7: Lura National Park
Spans approximately 1,280 hectares to the east of "Lura's Crown." The most picturesque feature is the 14 glacier lakes of Lura which are frozen in the winter. To the south you can visit the "field of mares" which has a wide variety of colorful plants and coniferous trees. The Park has great potential for developing eco-tourism.
8: Tomorri Mountain Park
With an area of 4,000 hectares, the Park is to the east of the museum city of Berat. From afar, the mountain of Tomorr gives the impression of a gigantic natural fortress. Here is also the grave of Abaz Aliu (Tyrba e Kulmakut), 1,200 m above sea level. Every year, during the third or fourth week in August thousands of pilgrims go up to the holy site of Tyrba for a week of celebration of a traditional Bektashi festival.
9: National Museum of History (Tirana)
The National Museum of History has a wonderful socialist-realist Albania mosaic on its front. It still shows proud Albanians marching through history, only now the flag is missing its communist star. Inside are many of this ancient land's archaeological treasures, dating back as far as 100,000 BC. The extensive partisan-communist section has been retained (unfortunately without English translations), but it now ends with a large memorial exhibit to victims of Hoxha's regime.
10: Archaeological Museum (Durres)
The Archaeological Museum on the waterfront is well laid out and has an impressive collection of artefacts from the Greek, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Highlights include engraved Roman funeral stelae (memorial stones) and some big carved stone sarcophagi. Back in the day when the city was called Epidamnos, Durres was a centre for the worship of Venus, and the museum has a cabinet bursting with little busts of the love goddess.
11: Nikaia (Klos)
The ancient city of Klos (Nikaia) it is situated in the proximity of Byllis (ca.1 km), with a wall about 1850m long, covering an area of ca.18 ha. The wall represents one of the earliest fortifications of the second half of the 5th century B.C. in Albania, being 3-3.5m wide, with polygonal and trapezoidal blocks. There is a single entrance to the city and three defensive towers. Among the most important monuments are the small theatre, a stoa, and the traces of a stadium.
12: Fortified settlement of Gradishta e Belshit
The settlement of Gradishta e Belshit is located near the Belsh village on the west side of Devolli river. The first excavations started in 1969. The main phases of identification at this settlement are dated from the Late Bronze Age period until the Late Antique period, including the refortification of the settlement. Inside the necropolis of the city materials date from the 4th-1st centuries B.C. and 4th-6th centuries A.D.
13: White-water rafting
Go white-water rafting through the spectacular canyons of the Osumi River. Outdoor Albania has qualified and experienced guides, or the Castle Park Hotel in Berati organises rafting weekends.
Hike in Albania's magnificent mountains. The two areas with the best infrastructure (in terms of accommodation, guides etc) are the Albanian Alps in the far north and the Tomorri massif in the southeast.
Birdwatch in the coastal wetlands of Karavastaja, the westernmost breeding site of the Dalmatian pelican, or Kune-Vaini, home to spotted eagles, spoonbills and herons.
16: Great Mosque of Durres
The town centre is easily covered on foot and in the centre, the great mosque serves as a point of orientation: the archaeological attractions are immediately around it, and the train and bus stations are 1km to the northeast.
17: St Paul's Catholic Cathedral (Tirana)
This massive edifice looks a bit like a hotel from the outside, while inside it has all the ambience of a hotel lobby. There are some interesting stained-glass windows, particularly the one featuring John Paul II and Mother Teresa to the left of the front door.
18: Pyramid (Tirana)
The Pyramid - also known as the former Enver Hoxha Museum (1988) - was designed by Hoxha's daughter and son-in-law. In a hilarious twist of fate the building with its sloping white-marble and glass walls and which once housed a grandiose statue of the ruler, is now home to a disco called the Mummy.
Cycle through the Gramoz mountains from Korca to Permeti. Allow time to enjoy the dramatic views and sample the food in the restaurants along the way.
20: Prespa National Park
Covers approximately 27,750 hectares and straddles the borders of Albania, Greece and Macedonia. It contains the lakes of Big Prespa (Prespa e Madhe) and Little Prespa (Prespa e Vogel) and their water source. It is an area rich with cultural tradition. Eremite Byzantine churches exist by the cave of Tren, Prespa e Vogel Lake, Trajani's castle, St. Mary's Church and on the island of Maligrad. The two lakes have now become the Balkan Prespa Park.