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Practical information : Sightseeing Albania

TimetableTimetable

Museums and sites are generally open from 8am to 7pm, often closing on Mondays and sometimes closing at midday.

You will also have to watch out for closures on certain holidays such as January1st and 2nd (New Year's Day), March 14th (Summer Festival), March 22nd (Nevruz Festival), Easter Sunday and Monday, Catholic and Orthodox (in April or May, variable each year), may1 (Labor Day), Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (dates vary each year, between April and September), October 19 (beatification of Mother Teresa), November 28 (Independence Day), November 29 (Liberation Day) and December 25 (Christmas). Depending on the nature of the monument (museum, church, mosque...), the sites will sometimes be closed or with reduced hours on these days.

To be bookedTo be booked

Despite the beauty of some sites, you will not find any queues similar to the Acropolis in neighbouring Greece. Nevertheless, in high season, it is recommended to arrive as soon as the sites are open or after 4pm to avoid tourist buses or cruise passengers. Online reservations are not possible. There are very few websites dedicated to museums. Likewise, to "book" a guide, you will have to find out directly on the spot. They are usually waiting for you at the entrance to the sites and cannot be requested more than an hour before the visit.

Budget & TipsBudget & Tips

If we take the example of the wonderful medieval art museum of Korça, its entrance ticket costs only 700 lek, that is to say hardly 5 €. It is the most beautiful and modern museum of the country, almost without equivalent in the Balkans. Created during the communist period (1987), it gathers one of the most important collections of religious art in the world (8 000 pieces of which less than a thousand are exposed)! The most expensive site in this guide has to be the magnificent archaeological site of Butrint, described by Unesco as "a microcosm of the history of the Mediterranean". Its entrance costs only 700 leks (site + museum).

The most expensive (and still), if you wish, will be to take a guide. Count then 20 € for a couple for a two hours visit. In general, it is worth it.

Among the "good deals", we also noted the appearance of beautiful brochures published in French (and financed by the French embassy) for the main sites of the country (museums of Tirana and Korça, archaeological sites of Butrint and Apollonia...). Some of them are free. The most expensive one, for the National Museum of Tirana, cost 2 000 leks (15 €) for a nice 60 pages brochure.

Main eventsMain events

Depending on your interests, you can organize your stay according to the major religious festivals or the many local festivals such as the Gjirokastra Folklore Festival, the Korça Beer Festival or the Tirana International Film Festival.

Guided toursGuided tours

If some are organized in the major museums, it will most often be necessary to ask for the services of a guide on the spot, in Butrint, Bera or Apollonia. Theoretically, they must have a badge. However, we noted that some professionals did not have one, simply because they could not afford the high examination and membership fees. We recommend a little flexibility if the person seems serious. But if you don't have a badge, pay at the end of the visit so that you can shorten it quickly if you feel you are being cheated.

SmokersSmokers

Smoking is not permitted in museums and, theoretically, in outdoor archaeological sites.

Tourist trapsTourist traps

Here again, nothing really bad. At the very touristy citadel of Kruja, where the entrance is free, some locals sometimes try to sell fake tickets (at 100 lek, less than 1 €) to some tourists.

It is important to pay attention to your schedule to avoid certain traps: in Butrint and in the surroundings of Saranda, arrive early in the morning or after 4 pm to avoid the cruisers!

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