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Discover the Best Day Trips from Durres: Exploring Albania, Montenegro, and North Macedonia


Nestled on the Adriatic coast, Durres is not only a destination rich in history and culture but also a perfect starting point for exploring the wonders of Albania, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. Here are some of the best day trips you can embark on from Durres, each offering a unique experience:

Berat – The City of a Thousand Windows

Just a couple of hours from Durres, Berat is known for its historic architecture and stunning hillside views. This UNESCO World Heritage site, with its iconic Ottoman houses, ancient castle, and the Ethnographic Museum, offers a journey back in time. Don’t miss the chance to walk through the Mangalem and Gorica quarters, where history comes alive in every alley.

Kruje – A Dive into Albanian History

A short drive from Durres, Kruje is famous for its historic castle and the Skanderbeg Museum, dedicated to Albania’s national hero. The old bazaar is a treasure trove of traditional crafts and souvenirs. The panoramic views of the surrounding landscape from the castle are breathtaking.

Shkodra – The Cultural Hub of Albania

Head north to Shkodra, known for its beautiful lake, the Rozafa Castle, and a rich cultural scene. The city’s historical center, with its traditional houses and the Marubi National Museum of Photography, offers a glimpse into Albania’s artistic heritage.

Tirana – The Vibrant Capital

Albania’s capital, Tirana, is a must-visit for its colorful buildings, bustling cafes, and historical sites like Skanderbeg Square, the National History Museum, and the Bunk’Art museum. The city’s transformation from a communist past to a vibrant, modern metropolis is fascinating.

Budva and Kotor, Montenegro

Cross the border into Montenegro and explore Budva, known for its medieval old town, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife. The Budva Riviera offers stunning coastal views, and the town’s narrow streets are filled with history and charm.

Another gem in Montenegro, Kotor, is nestled in a stunning bay and is known for its well-preserved medieval old town and fortifications. The hike up to the Fortress of San Giovanni offers spectacular views of the bay.

Ohrid, North Macedonia – The Balkan Jerusalem

A bit further afield, but worth the trip, is the enchanting city of Ohrid in North Macedonia. Renowned for its lake – one of Europe’s deepest and oldest – and its ancient churches, Ohrid is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city’s mix of natural beauty and historical significance makes it a unique destination.

Saranda and the Albanian Riviera

Head south from Durres to explore the Albanian Riviera, with Saranda being a highlight. Known for its crystal-clear waters, Saranda is a gateway to the ancient ruins of Butrint, another UNESCO World Heritage site.

Prizren, Kosovo

Though a bit longer for a day trip, Prizren in Kosovo is a captivating city with a blend of Byzantine and Ottoman history. The city’s old stone bridge, Sinan Pasha Mosque, and the fortress offer a glimpse into the region’s rich history.

Each of these destinations offers a unique experience, from the historical and cultural richness of Berat and Kruje to the natural beauty of the Albanian Riviera and Lake Ohrid. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or just beautiful landscapes, these day trips from Durres will surely enrich your travel experience in the Balkans.

Visit Diamma Resort’s Website for more information and to book your luxurious getaway.

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  • Regina
    06:43 20.11.2023

    Greetings! Looking forward to my visit in April 😀

  • javier
    11:04 20.07.2024

    In September you will be at the hotel for a few days and I would like to know if I can rent a car during my stay.

    • admin
      00:24 22.07.2024

      Hi Javier, we offer car rental as a service. Please sent us an email or contact us via Whatsapp for a detailed answer.

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