Best time to visit Albania

Albania has three main climate zones: the warm Mediterranean coast, the continental extremes of the interior and the cooler mountains of the northeast.
April-June and Sep-Oct are the best time to go to Albania – you’ll avoid scorching coastal summer heat and bitter winter mountain cold, making these ideal for walking, cycling, sightseeing, watersports and flopping on the beach. If you're tied to travelling in the summer holidays, don’t fret; many beaches get a fraction of the visitors of their Mediterranean neighbours, despite being possibly even more beautiful. The crisp winter in the mountains is ideal for snowshoeing – though the rest of the country is cold and damp.

Berat Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
2
11
135
FEB
3
12
122
MAR
5
15
96
APR
8
19
83
MAY
12
23
68
JUN
14
28
40
JUL
17
31
25
AUG
17
31
34
SEP
14
27
62
OCT
10
22
116
NOV
6
16
173
DEC
3
12
166

Albania, month by month

December, January and February are very cold inland and in the mountains – and heavy rain can lead to flooding and disruption. If you’re after powder, though, this is the time to come – snowshoeing holidays take place from late January to mid March in the Albanian Alps. Late June into July and August are fiendishly hot along the coast and inland – and these peak holiday months will also see the popular coastal hub of Saranda packed with Albanians escaping Tirana, and tourists heading over on daytrips from Corfu. Outside of Saranda, Albania is actually a great summer Med getaway – as it receives just a fraction of the tourists of nearby Croatia, Greece, Italy or even Montenegro. The mountains will be much cooler though – and walking holidays here run right through the summer until September. April, May and early June are some of the best months to go to Albania, with great weather for walking and cycling – and you can still make the most of the Mediterranean beaches. Prices will be lower (avoiding Easter), the main attractions will be quieter, and the rural areas just as empty as always. Late September through to mid October is another good season, before the weather really kicks in in November.

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Mark Huggins, from our supplier Undiscovered Destinations, shares his favourite time to visit Albania: “My favourite time in Albania is May-June and September-October. It’s best to avoid high summer as it can be excruciatingly hot.”
Olly Pemberton, from our leading Albania supplier Exodus:
“I would say May is a fantastic time to go, because it is not baking hot and the locals from the city are not on their holidays so they beach towns are all but deserted. Plus when you are in the mountains there will still be snow on the peaks so it creates a very impressive backdrop.”

ALBANIA FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Spring Day

Spring Day, on 14th March, is a national holiday. This pagan festival is celebrated across the country – with a particularly large following in the central region of Elbasan, and in Tirana, where the park fills with musicians, acrobats and other performances. From 1st March you’ll see young people wearing braided red and white bracelets, which are hung on trees for good luck following the celebrations. Don’t miss the traditional “ballokume” corn flour cakes.
Written by Vicki Brown
Photo credits: [Page banner: SarahTz] [Intro: Outdoor Albania] [Mark Huggins advice: Pudelek] [Spring day: Margott]
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