Welcome to the Albania hub at David’s Been Here! Here, you will find all of my travel guides and travel episodes from my time in Albania. Albania, sometimes called ‘Land of the Eagles,’ is the 78th country I’ve visited in my lifetime. I had the pleasure of exploring it almost in full in August of 2020. I teamed up with Balkan Pearls Tour Operator, Rental Car Albania, Travel Albanian Alps, and Travel Media EU to explore as much of the country as I could over 14 incredible days.
I started in the capital city of Tirana and headed out on an epic road trip that took me from the mountains of northern Albania to the amazing cities and towns of central and southern Albania, to the gorgeous beach resorts along the Albanian Riviera in the far south. Along the way, I fully immersed myself in the culture and explored mind-blowing archaeological sites, farms, natural wonders, and historic cities. I also tried tons of incredible foods (including mountains of yummy seafood and traditional dishes like trahana, byrek, fërgesë, yufka, paçe koke, japrak, and lakror) and a lot of rakija, one of my all-time favorite drinks!
Below, please find all of my Albania articles and videos listed in order. I hope they inspire you to visit this underrated gem on the Adriatic Sea and that they help you plan your trip. Albania is such a special and beautiful country. It’s overflowing with beautiful sites and is filled with warm, kind-hearted people. And while I’m not usually the biggest fan of repeating destinations, Albania captured my heart so much that I went back for round two in October of 2020!
ALBANIA TRAVEL GUIDES
Below are all of my written Albania travel guides, listed in the order in which I visited each city/area.
ALBANIA TRIP #1 EPISODES
Below, you will find links to every episode from my Albania travel series. They’re listed in the order I visited them in and are organized by destination.
Episode 7: The Ultimate Albanian Wine Experience!! Biggest & Oldest Winery in Albania – Durrës, Albania
Episode 11: Exploring an Ancient Albanian City!! Mountain Guesthouse Food & Rakija | Shkodër, Albania
Episode 15: Albanian Alps Food!! Exploring Ice Cold Waterfall & Mountain Attractions | Theth, Albania
Episode 17: The Ultimate Albanian Food Experience!! Smoked Meat & Cheese at Mrizi i Zanave | Lezhë, Albania
Episode 19: Authentic Albanian Farm Experience!! Farm to Table Food at Nano Resort & BioFood | Daias, Albania
Episode 21: Endless Albanian Food & Wine!! Alepta Winery & Castle Park Hotel Dinner | Berat, Albania
Episode 22: Traditional Albanian Breakfast in Berat!! Exploring Elbasan Castle | Berat to Pogradec, Albania
Episode 23: Eating Albanian Koran on Lake Ohrid!! Pogradec Beach & Drilon National Park | Pogradec, Albania
Episode 27: Amazing Albanian Farm Life!! Making Lakror & Petulla at Farma Sotira | Leskovik, Albania
Episode 30: Albanian Food in the City of Stone!! Gjirokastër Tava + UNESCO Attractions | Gjirokastër, Albania
Episode 36: Wild Albanian Fish!! The Most Unique Restaurant Experience + Ancient Apollonia | Albania
ALBANIA TRIP #2 EPISODES
In October of 2020, I returned to Albania to get my first in-person look at my first international business venture, Turtle Farm Albania. I have loved turtles and tortoises ever since I was a kid, and I have several at home in Miami. During my first trip to Albania, I encountered numerous Hermann’s tortoises crossing busy roads, and unfortunately, I came across a few that didn’t make it. So my friend and guide Erjan and I decided to create a tortoise sanctuary on his family’s farm and move tortoises there to keep them safe. We’re open to guests and offer authentic, home-cooked Albanian lunches, romantic sunset dinners, off-roading tours, grape-picking, and much more!
After spending an entire day at Turtle Farm Albania, Erjan and I headed north to visit the two areas of the country that I missed the first time around, Lake Komen and Valbona. The word “breathtaking” doesn’t even begin to describe how beautiful these areas are. I’m still in awe of them! After Valbona, we continued north for an unforgettable nine-day adventure through the neighboring country of Kosovo! You can find all episodes from the Albania portion of this trip below, and all of my Kosovo articles and episodes here!
TURTLE FARM ALBANIA (DAIAS)
Episode 40: Making Albanian Extra Virgin Olive Oil at Turtle Farm Albania – Village Lunch in Daias, Albania
Episode 42: Rare Albanian Mountain Food!! Remote Mountain Village near Montenegro | Çerem, Albania
Episode 43: Making Albanian Raki in the Albanian Alps & Attractions | Valbona, Albania
And those are all of my travel guides and episodes for Albania! I hope they were entertaining and informative and helped you plan your trip to the Land of the Eagles. If you have any questions about traveling to Albania, I’m an open book! Send me a message at david[at]davidsbeenhere.com or shoot me a DM on Instagram and I’ll get back to you ASAP!