With everything from unspoiled bays to brash party strips, once-isolated Albania has beaches to rival those found anywhere on the Med. On the southern Ionian coast popular destinations like Drymades, Dhërmi and Himara attract the crowds whilst deserted coves lie waiting to be discovered.
Albania's mountainous terrain, picturesque lakes and silent forests ensure swaths of stunning scenery. In the north, the Lake Koman Ferry provides spectacular passage up to the craggy Albanian Alps, while down south, the Llogaraja Pass National Park boasts dramatic mountainscapes.
More than museums and galleries, Albania specialises in castles, steeply-stacked towns and the occasional ancient ruin. Highlights include Unesco-listed Berat and atmospheric ruins at Gjirokastra and Butrint.