Top Travel Destinations for Campers in Albania
Northern Albania: For Passionate Hikers
Do you love pristine nature and want to spend as much of your holiday as possible in the mountains? The Albanian Alps in the north of the country are a big draw for campers who love to hike. The area has many gorgeous and diverse landscapes, including mountain ranges, ancient towns, and enormous wooded areas in 14 national parks. You’ll find top campsites in Albania on camping.info.
Southern Albania: Soak up the Sun on the Albanian Riviera
The coast in the south-western part of the country is very popular: The Albanian Riviera stretches 360 km from Sandara up to Vlora, where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic. Go out on the hunt for hidden bays, lonely beaches, and small villages; you’ll find them in the most surprising places! Getting to the bays can often be a challenge, as you take shepherds’ paths, passing by goats and sheep, and make your way down trampled paths that go through idyllic landscapes. When you get to the beach, though, you’ll have it all to yourself!
Around the Capital: Inland Camping
Albania’s capital Tirana is bursting with socialist style, grey prefabs and modern buildings designed by wild architects. And there’s even more to discover than you might think at first. Get inspired by this city on the move, full of energy as it turns its back on the once-communist regime of the past. The Balkans really know how to surprise you! The Butrint National Park, not far from Ksamil, is also worth a visit, as ist Berat, the City of a Thousand Windows, in the center of Albania.
What Campers Should Know about Camping in Albania
Watch Out: Mountains!
Around 50% of Albanian territory is mountainous, reaching heights over 600 m. Streets are often made up of rough dirt paths, so make sure your vehicle is up to the challenge before you head out on your adventure.
Be Careful Behind the Wheel
When you’re driving in Albania, you should be extra careful. The locals see driving regulations more as suggestions, so their risk tolerance is also higher than most. If anything should happen, call 129 for the police and 126 for an emergency doctor.
The speed limits are relatively strict in Albania. In built-up areas, the limit is 40 km/h. Outside built-up areas, it increases to 70 km/h. When driving on the motorway, cars can drive up to 110 km/h, but if you’re travelling by motorhome, the speed limit is 90 km/h.
Tolls in Albania
There is a toll on the small section of the motorway between Albania and Kosovo. Each car must pay about €5 (660 Albanian Lek).
Travelling with Your Dog
You’ll need a European Pet Passport and a valid microchip for your four-legged friend. You will also need proof of current rabies vaccination.
Albanians Show Great Hospitality
Albania is not as wealthy as its northern neighbour, and you’ll notice this as soon as you cross the border. Nevertheless, Albanians warmly welcome tourists, especially in rural regions. It’s not unusual for them to invite you to eat and drink with them, and even if they don’t have much, they like to share what they can.
Camping Outside of Campsites
Wild camping is tolerated in the Balkans, but it is legally prohibited. And beware: Not every free spot is automatically “campable”: Restaurants and hotels often have private property that extends all the way to the beach, so be careful where you set up camp. Generally speaking, it never hurts to ask. Albanians tend to be quite friendly and open to nice visitors.