50 Photos to Tempt to You to Visit Albania

Since my first visit to Albania in 2000 I’ve seen the country develop from what was often cited as “the poorest country in Europe” to an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Most visitors head to the beaches in the south but there’s much more to see including the incredible Llogara Pass, UNESCO sites Berat, Gjirokastra and Butrint, quirky abandoned bunkers, disused Cold War submarine bases, Ottoman bazaars and some pretty spectacular scenery.

To celebrate the latest update to my Albania travel guide for 2015, I want to tempt you to visit with 50 of my favourite photos of Albania.

Butrint National Park

Gjirokastra Captured US Plane

Mushroom Bunker in Himara

Kruja Old Town Mosque

Sunset Over the City of Saranda

Llogara Pass on the Albanian Coast

Southern Saranda with Ksamil and Greece in the Distance

Ksamil Beach in September

Butrint with the Greek Border in the Distance

Tirana's Main Square

Looking Down on Borsh Beach from the Llogara Pass

Butrint at Sunset and Corfu Island (Greece)

Borsh Beach and the Olive Groves

Llogara Pass Near Vlora

Ksamil Island at the End of the Tourist Season

Kruja's Ottoman Bazaar

Typical Albanian Sunset

Fishing Village Near Himara

Berat's Thousand Windows

Foggy Llogara Pass in the Mountains

Albanian Car Ferry in Butrint

Earthquakes Are Common in Albania

Bunker on the Beach in Himara

Ksamil Albania

Local Wildlife Near Himara

Gjirokastra Tourist Shops and Castle

Albanian Submarine Base

Sunset from Saranda's Castle

Lukova Beach in Southern Albania

Dead Trees Along the Llogara Pass

Sunset After a Storm in Himara

Almost Abandoned Village Near Himara

Moon Rise Above Albanian Villages

Restaurant Hanging Over the Beach in Himara

Ottoman Era Houses in Gjirokastra

Dhermi - Albania's Most Famous Beach

Berat Castle Walls with Poppies

Abandoned Beach Cafe in Borsh

Butrint Amphitheatre

Blue Eye Near Saranda and Gjirokastra

Tirana's Infamous Pyramid

ENVER was changed to NEVER on the mountainside in Berat

Bay Near Himara

Kruja Fortress Near Tirana

Winding Road on the Llogara Pass

Stormy Sunset in Himara

Gjirokastra Mountains

Himara Beach Umbrellas

Another Amazing Sunset in Saranda

Watching the Sunset on Top of a Bunker