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Berat is a city in Albania. In 2008 it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town. It is one of the country's most beautiful towns, and is known as the "town of a thousand windows".

Visitor informationEdit

  • Berat Tourist Information Center, Rruga Anipatrea (town center near City Hall). Monday to Friday 08:00 - 16:00..  edit

Get inEdit

View of the city of Berat over the Osum River, located in central Albania

Take a furgon from Tirana to Berat (cost: 500 lek), or from other towns make a connection via Fier (200-250 lek). Buses also run from Tirana to Berat (cost: 400 lek). From Tirana, take the bus from “Terminali i Autobuzave te Jugt”. This is the south bus terminal. Buses run every 30 mins.

There are 2 buses a day to Berat from Saranda at 8am and 2:30pm from the main bus stop (5-6 hours, 1200 lek).

Get aroundEdit

The town is small enough to be toured by foot. Taking a walk on the footpaths of the old town is a must!

From the bus terminal (Terminali i Autobuzave Berat) you can take a local bus which takes you to Berat. It costs 30 lek and departs every five minutes infront of the terminal's entrance.


  • The Kala, a castle mostly built in the 13th century, but with origins going back to the 4th century BC. A very beautiful place with great views of the surrounding area. Getting to the Kala requires a steep walk up a cobbled path - take care, the stones are worn and slippery. The citadel is still inhabited, with many churches, and there are a couple of bars and shops in the Kala area, the ticket cost 200 lek (between 9:00 and 18:00, before and after is free).
  • Onufri Iconography Museum [6] located within the Kala at the site of a Dormition Cathedral, features the vivid iconography works of the famous 16th century painter Onufri and others. The museum hold other artifacts gathered form nearby churches and others around Albania. Closed Mondays. Ticket cost 200 lek
  • Berat Ethnographic Museum [7] located in the grounds of a traditional house, on the way up to the castle. It features traditional local furniture and house utensils. Ticket cost 200 lek
  • Below the Kala are two other old town areas - Mangalem north of the river (a traditionally Muslim area), and Gorica south of the river (a traditionally Orthodox Christian area).
  • Numerous Byzantine Churches, dating from the 13th century.
  • Several Mosques from the Ottoman era (starting from 1417).
  • Nearby Tomorri Mountain can be reached with 4x4 vehicles. At mountain peak a Bektashi Tekke is located.
  • Bogova Waterfall between Berat and Corovode.
  • Pasha Palace is located in district of Mangalem. It headed pasha's harem. Currently the palace's in ruins.


  • Take a walk on the peculiar Footpaths of The Old Town featuring exterior flower and plant decorations, tight paths and unique local hospitality.
  • Osumi River. One of the most beautiful rivers in Albania passing through canyons as high as 100 meters. Outdoor Albania [8] offers a 3 hour rafting experience inside the canyons.
  • Visit the Edward Lear Art Gallery [9] and the private studios of local artisans.
  • Horse ride at Gorica Hill [10].
  • Take a walk along the main Promenade at sunset where locals hang out for some fresh air.
  • Day trip to Corovode and the Osumi Gorge, Corovode, Berat County. In, Corovode, a few hours from Berat is a lovely gorge well worth a visit. On the way back, stop in Bogove and hike to the waterfall.  edit


  • Traditional souvenirs include stone carving, wood cheeping, and textile products.



  • Try the delicious figs and olives of the area.
  • There is a traditional restaurant just inside the Kala area that does very good food.
  • Guva Mangalem [11], average.
  • Ajka Restaurant, (across the Osum River). Delicious food with an excellent view.  edit
  • Bar Restaurant Tradicional "Onufri" - just inside the castle.
  • Bar Restaurant "WilDor" - nicely traditional building with local and international cuisine (Rruga Antipatrea in front of the new bridge in the historical Mangalem district).
  • Bar Restaurant "Mulliri" - Traditional Authentic Restaurant near to Gorica Bridge,It is one of the oldest and most popular Ottoman bridges in Albania (Rruga Antipatrea near to Gorica bridge).


  • Try traditional Raki made from walnuts (Raki me arra), and peculiar juice made from roses.
  • Cobo Winery [12] features locally made wine and a winery tour.


Accommodation is mainly in the form of private rooms as many traditional house owners have turned their localities into B&B. Hotels are also available.

  • Berat Backpackers, Rruga Nikolla Buhuri 295, Gorica (Get of the bus at hotel Palma. Walk across the footbridge next to the hotel. Having crossed the bridge walk up the steps pass the entrance to antigoni restaurant to the upper path road. Walk five minutes and you will see the sign for the hostel on the right hand side), (+355) 693064429, [1]. Berat's hostel. Prices from 1350LEK  edit
  • Hotel Mangalemi, Mangalem District, (+355) 32 232 093, [2].  edit
  • Hotel Nasho Vruho, Rr. Llambi Guxhumani, Mangalem District, (+355) 32 232 355, [3].  edit
  • Lorenc Guesthouse & Hostel, Stiljano Bandilli Road, Porta 18 (cross the old bridge of Gorica, there is the square Alfred Gimitiku and you will see the Road), +355 696337254. Nice private guesthouse in an old quarter of Gorica. It's run by Lorenc and his mother, feels like home. €12.  edit
  • Hotel Palma, Rruga Santa Lucia (across the street from the Bachelors' Mosque, near the bridge), +355 32 232 143, [4]. Comfortable air-conditioned room with king size bed for €30 per night, buffet breakfast included. Some of the staff speak English.  edit
  • Ana's Resthouse. A lovely guesthouse with a 6 bed dorm with good thick mattresses, plus a few private rooms (twins and doubles). Homecooked breakfast is included (toast, eggs, cheese, coffee etc). Has a cozy common area and a terrace with a nice view of the town. Dorms 12 Euros. (To get there, get off the bus at Hotel Palma. Walk across the footbridge next to the hotel and continue straight, walking up the narrow path past Antigioni Restaurant for about 6 minutes. Ana's is on the left hand side, directly across from Berat Backpackers.) 12 Euros.  edit
  • guva mangalem (hotel), rr.llambi guxhumani Mangalem (Berat), 0035532230014, [5]. checkin: 12.00; checkout: 10.00. 33eur. (,5001) edit
  • Guesthouse Arben Elezi, Rruga Dr. Lluka Mangalem, +35516154237014. Friendly guesthouse located in the city center, great breakfast and views. EUR 30/twin.  edit


There's a big car park in the city center, there're entrance fees.


Get outEdit

There are buses to major towns in Albania from Berat - Tirana, Gjirokastër, Sarandë among many others. Check the board at the bus station for destinations and departure times.

Sarandë (via Gjirokastër), departs 8.00am and 2.00pm daily, 6 hours (1200 lek). A minibus from Berat to Gjirokastër costs 800 lek (as of September 2017).

To get to Ohrid, Macedonia: Take the bus to Pogradec. There's a direct bus going to Korca (leaving at 4:45) from Berat, and ask the driver to be dropped off at Pogradec. Or, catch a bus to Elbason (leaving at 5:50, 7:20, 8:45, 10:45, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:30). Then, from outside the post office ("Posta") in Elbason, catch a furgon going to Korca and asked to be dropped off at Pogradec. (To get to the post office, walk back to the road where the bus came from and turn right. After 500m, turn left and post office is about 150 m down the road). From Elbason, there are 2 borders, Qafe Thane or the Pogradec border. You need to tell the bus driver which you want as it's the same bus to both. From Qafe Thane, walk across the border and then get a taxi to Struga, then from there a bus to Ohrid. From Pogradec, you get a taxi to the border and walk across to Sveti Naum monastery (about 4km from the border). Catch a bus from Sveti Naum to Ohrid.

If you wish to travel to Gjirokastër or Fier, it is recommended not to take shortcuts as the direct road between Berat and Fier is in bad shape. Instead, go via Lushnjë.

You can also take a bus to Athens, Greece.


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