Albania Holidays

Albania Holidays 2024 / 2025

Popular Destinations In Albania

holidays to Ksamil


Ksamil is one of the popular holiday resorts along the Albania Riviera, an area popular with locals looking for a staycation.

Tirana Holidays


A great alternative city break, Tirana, the capital city, has direct flights from the UK and has plenty to see and do.

Albania Destination Guide

Getting To Albania

Travelling to Albania from Britain has never been easier, making it an ideal destination for an unforgettable holiday. Direct flights from major UK airports to Tirana, Albania's capital, are increasingly available, with a flight time of around 3 hours with Wizzair and Ryanair. This direct route make Albania trips a convenient option for British travellers. If you want to get to the south and Ksamil, which is a popular holiday spot, the journey from Tirana takes about 4 hours. The alternative is to fly to Corfu and take the ferry to Sarande on the Albanian Riviera. There are lots of flights from the UK to Corfu with airlines like TUI, Jet2 and easyJet.

Tour Operators

You can easily book a package beach holiday to Albania with the likes of First Choice Holidays, Travel Republic and TUI. Best to make it an ABTA or ATOL protected tour operator for extra financial protection. Because they are low cost airlines flying to Albania, it might be useful to book your flight and accommodation separately, through hotel comparison sites like,, or even checking private apartments and homes on Airbnb.

Travel Information & Requirements

It's worth noting that Albania is outside the European Union, so ensure you check visa requirements and travel insurance policies before you go. When it comes to currency, Albania uses the Albanian Lek, and it's advisable to have some cash for smaller transactions, although cards are widely accepted in cities and tourist areas. The use of English is increasingly common, especially in tourist spots, making communication easier for British visitors.

Beach Holidays

Holidays to Albania are definitely not complete without exploring its spectacular beach destinations. Albania is a stunning beach holiday destination. This hidden Balkan paradise boasts a stunning coastline that rivals its Mediterranean neighbours. The Albanian Riviera, stretching from the Llogara Pass to Saranda, offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and pristine beaches. Ksamil, known for its crystal-clear waters and soft sands, is a must-visit for beach lovers and very easy to get to, as is Vlore.

It's a perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling. Dhermi, another jewel, is famed for its vibrant nightlife and stunning sunsets, making it a favourite among younger crowds. Vlorë, with its blend of history and modern resorts, offers a more relaxed beach experience. Each beach has its unique charm, from the secluded bays of Himara to the lively shores of Saranda. Up in the north Durres is the closest beach resort to Tirana. These destinations provide a perfect backdrop for a quintessential Albania holiday, where the sun, sea, and sand create an unforgettable escape.

All Inclusive Holidays

You might be used to the typical beach resorts of Greece, Turkey and Spain, but Albania is great for an alternative destination. All inclusive holidays in Albania aren't as common as other hotspots, but there are still one or two to be found. Try also looking at full board and half board options, allowing you to have breakfast and either lunch or dinner, with flexibility to try local restaurants.

Things To Do In Albania

First off, catapult yourself back in time by exploring the cobbled streets and Ottoman architecture of Gjirokastër, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that feels like a scene from a fairy tale. Don't miss the grand fortress where you can catch panoramic views that are perfect for your Insta feed.

Craving some Indiana Jones vibes? The ancient ruins of Butrint are your go-to. This archaeological wonder is not just a feast for the eyes but also a crash course in Mediterranean history – without the homework!

For those who worship the sun, Albania's beaches are like a secret society of crystal-clear waters and golden sands, minus the crowds. The Albanian Riviera, with spots like Ksamil and Dhermi, is your own slice of paradise where you can sip on a cold Birra Korça as the sun dips below the horizon.

Adrenaline junkies, fear not! The peaks of the Accursed Mountains (don't let the name put you off) are a playground for hikers, with trails that promise breathtaking vistas and encounters with remote highland villages where time seems to stand still.

And let's not forget the culinary crusade! Dive into a plate of freshly caught seafood by the coast, or tease your palate with a traditional Byrek in a bustling Tirana café. Albania is a treasure trove of tastes waiting to be explored.

Best Time To Visit

When planning your getaway, timing is key, especially for a beach holiday. The best time to visit Albania's beaches is between late May and early September. During these months, you'll enjoy warm, sunny weather, ideal for beach activities. July and August are the peak tourist months, offering the perfect conditions for swimming and sunbathing. However, if you prefer a quieter experience, consider visiting in June or September, when the weather is still pleasant, but the crowds are fewer.

The shoulder seasons, particularly May and September, also offer the advantage of lower accommodation prices. While the summer months boast long, sunny days, be prepared for occasional hot spells, especially in July and August. For those interested in water sports, the wind conditions in the late summer are ideal for activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing. Remember, Albania's coastal weather can be unpredictable, so it's wise to check the forecast and pack accordingly for your Albania holiday.

Most of the resort hotels close during the winter, as the weather cools down and the season ends, so it's best to avoid November, December, January and February. For a great city break in winter, try Tirana as somewhere a little different to the usual European cities.

Food & Drink

Albanian cuisine is a delightful highlight of any Albania holiday. It offers a tantalising blend of Mediterranean flavours with a unique Balkan twist. Seafood is a major component of coastal culinary experiences, with fresh fish, mussels, and shrimps being staple ingredients. Traditional dishes to try include "Tavë Kosi" (baked lamb with yogurt), "Byrek" (a savoury pie), and "Fërgesë" (a hearty vegetable and cheese dish). Don't miss out on tasting the locally produced olive oil and cheeses, which are exceptionally good.

Albanian restaurants range from upscale dining establishments to charming local taverns, known as "kafenë", where you can enjoy authentic dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Street food is also a great way to sample local flavours, with options like grilled meats and stuffed peppers readily available. Pair your meals with local wines or "Raki", a traditional alcoholic beverage. For a unique dining experience, visit a "fisherman's hut" restaurant, where you can enjoy seafood caught and cooked on-site. Remember to try "Baklava" or "Halva" for dessert, a sweet treat to complete your culinary journey. Embracing the local cuisine is a vital part of the Albania holiday experience, offering a taste of the country's rich culinary heritage.

Costing Up Your Trip

Budgeting effectively is crucial for making the most of an Albania package holiday. The good news is, Albania is one of Europe's more affordable destinations, offering great value for money. Accommodation costs vary, with luxury resorts being the most expensive option. Mid-range hotels typically cost between £40-£70 per night, while hostels and guesthouses can be as low as £15-£30 per night.

When it comes to dining, you can enjoy a decent meal at a local restaurant for around £10-£15 per person. Street food and snacks are even cheaper, often costing just a few pounds. Transportation costs are relatively low; bus fares between cities usually don't exceed £10, and local transport is cheaper. If you're renting a car, expect to pay around £20-£30 per day.

Entrance fees for attractions like historical sites and museums are generally under £5. For beach activities, budget around £10-£20 for rentals like sunbeds or equipment for water sports. Always have some cash on hand, as smaller establishments may not accept cards. Overall, a well-planned Albania holiday can be quite economical, offering a range of experiences without breaking the bank.

Hotels In Albania You Don't Want To Miss

Santa Quaranta Premium Resort Sarande

Santa Quaranta Premium ResortSarande

Frequently Asked Questions

Albania can be a very budget friendly destination for a cheap holiday. Low cost flights to Tirana or Corfu and self catering accommodation can keep the cost down. Don't be fooled though, there are some more luxury hotel options too.

Yes, you can fly direct from the UK to Tirana in the north with Ryanair, Wizzair and British Airways. If you want to travel to the south, you might want to try flying to Corfu, and taking the short ferry across to Sarande to reach Ksamil.

Albania is a fantastic beach holiday. Located between Montenegro and Northern Greece, the beaches here are often soft white sand with crystal clear water, the sort of turquoise water you want to Instagram all day long!

The currency in Albania is the Lek (LEK), but Euros are widely accepted in many tourist areas.

No, Jet2 and Jet2holidays don't do holidays to Albania currently.

The whole of Albania's coast has gorgeous beaches but some of the best beaches in Albania are in the south along the Albanian Riviera in the Vlore region.

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