Nestled between rugged mountain ranges and the sparkling waters of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Albania is a land of captivating contrasts and hidden gems. From vibrant cities where ancient history and modern architecture coexist in perfect harmony, to the craggy Albanian Alps where snow-capped peaks tower over glassy lakes and rich forests. There is so much more to Albania than tower blocks and communist dictatorship, so it’s a good job that temperatures stay warm for most of the year, giving visitors time to explore it. This little country’s Mediterranean coastal climate is perfect for beach goers, whereas its chillier mountains are great for avid adventurers. So, read on to discover the best time to visit Albania…

June to September

If you're all about outdoor activities like hiking, swimming and exploring the countryside, then the Albanian summer is for you. From June to September, temperatures average around 30°C during the day, dropping only to 20°C at night on average. With over 250 miles of coastline along the Albanian Riviera (between Vlora and Saranda), summertime in Albania is top notch for swimming, sunbathing and general relaxing. Think white sandy beaches and crystalline seas – perfect to escape the warmth of the summer sun. The beaches are somewhat brimming (summer is peak tourist season), so if you fancy leaving the crowds behind, venture to the country’s mountainous interior. Here you’ll find some welcome respite from the heat, with cool forests, clear rivers and sky-high lakes just waiting to be jumped into. The Valbona Valley National Park in northern Albania is a particular highlight, with its rugged peaks, deep gorges and traditional mountain villages providing a glimpse into the country's rich cultural heritage.

May and October

If you prefer cooler temperatures and want to avoid the crowds, consider visiting during the balmy shoulder seasons of May or October. Imagine warm, sunny days and cool evenings, during which you can enjoy the natural beauty of Albania without the summer crowds. With temperatures hovering in the low twenties during the day, May and October boast the perfect weather for exploring the vineyards, where you can taste the local wines that the country is becoming famous for. The warm, dry weather is ideal for heading to the hills, especially as the snow has thawed, so you can hike in the Albanian Alps, Thethi National Park, the Ceraunian Mountains and Llogara National Park. Cycling tours are a very popular way to discover the country, but if you fancy a little more culture and a little less peddling, history and culture tours in Berat and Butrint are perfect for slower pace exploration. If mountain hiking and endless exploring isn’t your thing, don’t worry, Albania’s beaches are still the place to be during May and October.

December to February

Winter in Albania is generally cold in the mountains and wet in the lower lands, although still warmer than its European neighbours, with temperatures averaging between 0°C and 7°C. If you're interested in skiing, winter is the best time to visit Albania; the country has several ski resorts up in the mountains and the snow is on great form during this time. The resorts of Korça, Dardha and Voskopojë offer a range of slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from beginners to experts. The snow-covered peaks of the Albanian Alps are also popular for winter sports, with Valbona and the national parks providing a range of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Aside from sports, winter in Albania is a good time to discover its rich cultural heritage. The cities of Tirana, Berat and Gjirokastra offer a glimpse into the country's history, with ancient castles, museums and historic landmarks to explore. Albania’s traditional bazaars are another must-visit during the winter months, with locals selling everything from handmade crafts to warm winter clothing.

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