Berat attractions

Top Choice Fortress in Berat

Kalaja

Hidden behind the crumbling walls of the fortress that crowns the hill above Berat is the small white-washed village-like neighbourhood of Kala; if you walk around the quiet cobbled streets of this ancient neighbour…
Top Choice Gallery in Berat

Onufri Museum

The Onufri Museum is situated in the Kala quarter's biggest church, the Church of the Dormition of St Mary (Kisha Fjetja e Shën Mërisë). The church itself dates from 1797 and was built on the foundations of an earli…
Waterfall in Berat

Bogove Waterfall

They might be fairly small, but these waterfalls, which from a distance appear to disappear in and out of the rocks, have a rare beauty and make for a great day trip from Berat. You can swim in the turquoise pools a…
Museum in Berat

Ethnographic Museum

Just off the steep hillside that leads up to the castle is this excellent museum, which is housed in a beautiful 18th-century Ottoman house that's as much of an attraction as the exhibits within. The ground floor ha…
Area in Berat

Mangalem Quarter

Down in the traditionally Muslim Mangalem quarter, there are three grand mosques: the Sultan's Mosque, the Lead Mosque and the Bachelors' Mosque. All are worth a visit and each has its own idiosyncratic design and h…
Mosque in Berat

Sultan's Mosque

The 16th-century Sultan's Mosque is one of the oldest in Albania. The Helveti teqe (a place of worship for those practising the Bektashi branch of Islam) behind the mosque has a beautiful carved ceiling and was spec…
Church in Berat

Chapel of St Michael

Perched on a cliff ledge below the castle is the artfully positioned 14th-century chapel of St Michael, best viewed from the Gorica quarter across the river. To get here you have to follow a narrow zigzagging pathwa…
Church in Berat

Church of St Theodore

The Orthodox church of St Theodore, close to the fortress gates, is normally closed, but if you are granted access, you'll discover some wonderful wall murals.
Mosque in Berat

Lead Mosque

The big mosque just off the town square is the 16th-century Lead Mosque, so named because of the lead coating its sphere-shaped dome.
Mosque in Berat

Red Mosque

The Red Mosque, by the southern Kala walls, was the first mosque in Berat and dates back to the 15th century.