Find your wild side in Albania

Albania is so much more than sun, sea and sand. In fact, beaches only make up a tiny portion of this Balkan beauty; three-quarters of Albania consists of mountains, forests and rivers – an adventure lover’s paradise.

There’s something refreshing about a holiday in Albania. The sheer variety and volume of natural spaces is something you just don’t find in over-developed Western Europe anymore. The Accursed mountains are peppered with time-warp shepherd villages like Theth and UNESCO protected Ottoman towns such as Berat. And the capital of Tirana is a real melting pot of Ottoman, Soviet and Western European styles.

Shkoder Lake should definitely be on your Albanian holiday to-do list. This glorious body of water straddles the border between Albania and Montenegro and is home to several endangered wildlife species such as the Dalmatian Pelican. On one of our Albanian activity holidays, you’ll get up close and personal with this lake as you kayak, canoe and wild swim in it.

Our founders have personally worked on the ground with local tour operators, accommodation providers and restaurants to bring you an authentic taste of Albanian culture. So whether it’s the food, the landscapes, the architecture or all of the above you’re coming for, we have the perfect handcrafted adventure waiting for you.

Multi Activity Holidays

A girl sitting on a mule while trekking on Mount Tomorr in Albania

7 Day Multi-Activity Holiday in Albania

Discover Albania's lakes, mountains & sea on this multi-active adventure!
£50pp off!

7 Day Super-Active Holiday in Albania

Adventure into Albania's heart with this action-packed super-active program!
A woman swimming in a bright blue natural pool with waterfall in Albania

7 Day North Albania Activity Holiday

Explore North Albania's incredible scenery on this extraordinary adventure week!

7 Day Food & Culture Tour of Albania

Experience the very best of Albania's outstanding gastronomy and culture!

Family holidays

Albanians adore children much like the Spanish and Portuguese do. In fact, to guests big or small, the locals are very hospitable. There’s an ancient code of honour in Albanian culture called ‘besa’ which means they feel it is their duty to protect and welcome visitors.

With so many things to see and do, Albania is an ideal destination for families. While most of our holidays are family-friendly, our North Albania Activity Holiday was specially designed with families in mind as we’ve minimised transfer time between locations and maximised adventure time.

Feeling unsure? Read what co-founder and mum of three Emma has to say about travelling in Albania with kids.

Get there

Several airlines including EasyJet, Wizzair and Eurowings fly direct to Tirana airport. In addition, Ryanair flies to Podgorica, just 30 minutes over the border in Montenegro. Transfers from Podgorica to your collection point in Albania start at €50 for a 4-person taxi.

No-fly options

You can travel to Albania by car, bus or train.  From the UK, you can travel by rail across Europe and finish up in Durrës. Rome2Rio and The Man in Seat 61 are great resources for planning your journey. From there, there’s a public bus to Tirana. Alternatively, you can reach Durrës by coach using Flixbus.

Albania weather

The weather in Albania depends on where you go. Generally speaking, Albania enjoys a mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers.

The mountain regions are the exception. Temperatures range between -20 ºC and 14 ºC during winter and some places can get enough snow to ski on.

During the hottest months of June and July, temperatures can soar to 30℃ both on the coast and in the mountains.

On the blog

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