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Berat in Albania

Discover the ancient city of a thousand windows

Best time: April–October


A very old, original, and fascinating European city, whose history began more than 2,400 years ago, is worth your attention. The city was a part of the Bulgarian kingdom, then the Byzantine Empire, the Serbian kingdom, then part of the Ottoman Empire. Owing to its white Ottoman houses it is under the protection of UNESCO as a well-preserved Ottoman city.

Each culture has imposed on Berat its imprint, creating its unique eclectic ornament. Byzantine patterns coexist with the Arabian patterns of minarets and mosques and heathen runes. And Muslim quarters are interspersed with Christian quarters. No other city in the world is famous for such a calm and benevolent neighbourhood of various nations and religions. It has lots of amusing places, churches, shrines, and museums.

Local people still live in the fortress "Berat" famous for its unique architecture. Residential buildings ascending the slope of the mountain form a picturesque pyramid. Looking at the city, it seems that locals are especially fond of light. This impression is due to the houses having dozens of windows. Because of that feature, Berat is also called "the city of a thousand windows".

The best time to visit Berat in terms of weather (warm and dry) is between April and October. Mind that July and August might get scorchingly hot.

Practical info

What are some must-visit places in Berat, Albania?

Berat is a popular tourist destination in Albania, home to many great places to visit. Among the most popular tourist attractions are the Citadel and Mangalem Quarter. Those looking for a taste of local history should visit the ancient Red Mosque or check out the exhibits in the Ethnographic Museum. Anyone feeling adventurous can explore the nearby Osumi Canyon, an excellent place to see beautiful landscapes and go on scenic hikes. Show more

When is the best time to visit Berat to avoid the crowds?

If you're planning a trip to Berat and looking to avoid the crowds, the best time to go is during late spring or early autumn. The months of July and August tend to be the busiest, so travel during the offseason will give you the chance to experience the city at your leisure. These times of the year also provide warm weather and perfect opportunities to explore the city in peace and quiet. Show more

Where is the best spot in Berat to enjoy panoramic views of the city?

Berat is a breathtaking city with plenty of opportunities to enjoy stunning panoramic views. The Castle of Berat stands out as the best spot to take in the views of Berat. Its lofty perch gives you a great sight of the old town, and the fantastic architecture of all the houses on the hills is awe-inspiring. Watching the sunset over the city from this vantage point is an unforgettable experience. Show more

What is the history behind Berat's nickname, 'the city of a thousand windows'?

Berat got its nickname 'the city of a thousand windows' from its unique architecture, which features many windows on the houses. These windows allowed fresh air to circulate, proving quite practical in hot, dusty weather conditions. In the evening, the architectural style creates a beautiful sight where the city lights look like thousands of shining stars in the night sky. Visitors can observe this unique feature and see how it made Berat such a unique and beautiful city to visit. Show more

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