Byzantines, Ottomans, Greeks, Romans, Illyrians ... All the great civilizations have ever wished Albania, a country little frequented by tourists but which hides many wonderful corners, among other things thanks to the preservation of its heritage.
Located between Greece and the former Yugoslavia, this Balkan and Mediterranean country hides beautiful natural landscapes, spectacular beaches along its coastline, numerous archaeological sites and great natural wealth. In addition, we must highlight its gastronomy and its folklore. In short, we can speak of a very rich and diverse panorama. Of course, since it does not receive many visitors, it does not have too many infrastructures to receive them. Today we move to this unknown corner of Europe to discover some of its cities most important, based on the number of inhabitants. Would you like to join us?
How could it be otherwise, we will start by talking about Tirana, the capital of Albania, which is also the most populous city in the country. Most of Tirana's points of interest are located around the square Skanderberg. For example, here is the impressive National History Museum, which surprises with the mosaic that adorns the facade.
The second most populous city in Albania is Durrës, founded by the Greeks. In fact, it is considered the oldest city in this country. Thank you to your Beaches, it is one of the main tourist destinations in Albania, in addition to being an important point of union with Western Europe.
The port city of Vlorë ranks third on our list. Located in the homonymous bay, it is one of the main ports from the country. Among the places of Vlorë that are worth knowing we want to highlight the Muradije mosque, the Independence Museum, the Historical Museum, the Ethnographic Museum and the orthodox monastery of Zvernec. Also, you should know that the famous island of Sazan is very close.
In the central zone of Albania we find Elbasan, the fourth most populated city. It is located on the banks of the Shkumbin River and, like many other Albanian cities, it houses different sculptures monumental. Its Castle, the Orthodox Church of Santa María and the Ethnographic Museum are worth visiting.
The fifth most populous city in Albania is Shkodër, which is located by the lake of the same name, in the north-west of the country, along the border with Montenegro. It is considered one of the most ancient of the country, in addition to being an important cultural and economic center. In fact, until 1920 it was the capital.
We also have to talk about Korçë, the sixth most populous city, which is located in the southeastern area of Albania. Capital of the district of the same name, it is surrounded by the Morava mountains, which give it a charming air and offer beautiful landscapes. In fact, one of the most recommended activities is to do trekking around, in addition to visiting its main park, Parku Rinia.
The seventh most populous city in Albania is Fier, which is located in the southeast of the country. It is one of the main industrial centers and stands out for being only 12 kilometers from the old Corinthian city of Apollonia, which was initially occupied by Illyrian tribes. It is possibly the most important of the classical cities known as Apollonia.
Finally, we want to talk about Berat, the eighth most populous city in Albania. Known as "the city of a thousand windows" or as "the museum city" during the regime communist, It has three old quarters, in addition to many churches and mosques. It is important to note that the historic center of Berat was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Top 10 Biggest Albanian Cities (November 2020)
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