Solo Female Travel in Albania

Albania, a hidden gem nestled in the southeastern region of Europe, is often regarded as Europe’s best kept secret. Enclosed by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, North Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south, Albania sits at the edge of the sparkling blue Adriatic and Ionian Seas. It is famed for its unique blend of civilizations and cultures, with diverse influences from the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, and Byzantines. A paradise for history buffs, it boasts numerous ancient archaeological sites, striking castles, and Ottoman architecture. Adventure seekers are drawn to its stunning landscapes, featuring rugged mountains, rolling hills, tranquil lakes, and idyllic beaches. Albania's vibrant cities, including vibrant Tirana and historic Berat, offer a thriving nightlife, culinary delights, and myriad arts festivals.

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Safety:Safe

Albania is generally safe for solo female travelers. The crime rate is relatively low and people are friendly and hospitable. Albanians are known to go out of their way to help foreigners, especially women. There is a high level of English among the younger generation, making communication easier. However, like any other place, be vigilant about personal possessions and avoid deserted areas during the night.

Transport:Moderate

Navigating through Albania can be moderate challenging, especially if you are not fluent in the local language. Most of the signs are only in Albanian. However, English is getting more common among the young population. Although there's no metro system in the country, there's a good network of buses and taxis in major cities like Tirana. Be prepared for irregular bus schedules. Hitchhiking is common and generally safe. Overall, it is manageable with a bit of patience and a sense of adventure.

Things to do:Interesting

Albania offers a rich blend of natural beauty with rugged mountains, stunning beaches, and picturesque historical cities. Adventurous explorers can find ample opportunities for hiking, paragliding, and wildlife spotting, while the lovers of history and architecture can visit well-preserved Ottoman old towns, ancient Illyrian ruins, and medieval castles. Don't miss the vibrant street art scene and the welcoming hospitality of locals. Local cuisine is also a surprise, offering a mix of Mediterranean flavors. Although not as touristy as other European locations, there are undiscovered gems all around, giving a sense of raw, untouristed adventure always waiting around the next corner.

Food:Above average

Albania boasts a unique blend of Mediterranean and Balkan flavors resulting from its rich cultural heritage and diverse climate. Seafood is abundant on the coast, whereas the inland areas offer hearty meat dishes. Don’t miss their unique stuffed peppers or flaky byrek pastries. Vegetarians can also find a good variety of fresh vegetable dishes, especially in the summertime. A good variety of dishes, with room for improved global foods offerings.

Budget:Very affordable

Albania is highly budget-friendly for travelers, especially those traveling solo. Accommodation options range from affordable hostels to economical family-run B&Bs. Dining out is fairly cheap, even at high-end restaurants. Moreover, transportation is fairly affordable. Not to mention, most of the attractions, including beaches, mountains and historical sites are free of cost or with minimal charges.

Is Albania worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 47 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.6/5

Couple travel experience

A beautiful country that is not visited enough! It's really worth it ☀️☺️ The people there are super nice and accommodating. We never had a bad feeling during our encounters with the people there. ☺️

Posted: April 8, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Hi everyone. Visiting Tirana has been a nice experience. It took only three days to visit it all and I felt quite safe, but I didn't go out during the night though. This is a feeling visiting around during the day time. There is a lot of history and it is a city worth if you like modern history.

Posted: March 30, 2024Experienced: February, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Phoebe

Phoebe

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

- felt safe throughout my time - 3 week trip during September of mid and South Albania - the coast in Albania is beautiful - of course it is a very poor country with lack of certain infrastructure I.e. no trains - Albanian people were very friendly and all the Albanian men I met were respectful and I always felt safe - highlight of my trip was Himare - recommend hiring a car and driving through the country rather than using the public bus system which is unreliable - made wonderful friends in each hostel - super cheap/affordable and access to lots of healthy foods such as juices and smoothies which I loved Probably wouldn’t return to Albania but definitely glad I went!

Posted: February 20, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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I went to Albania for 5 days and visited Sarande, Ksamil, and Durres. Took the usual precautions and felt very safe and comfortable. Albania is such a fascinating country to visit but transportation is a slight challenge. Very limited/no public transport and taxis are quite expensive so I recommend to rent a car.

Posted: February 9, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I went last year and took a ferry from Corfu to Saranda. Charming promenades, lots of restaurants, and families walking around. Then I took a bus to Ksamil, beautiful beaches and Butrint. After that I took a bus from Saranda to Gjirokaster. I felt very safe everywhere.

Posted: February 9, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Exploring Tirana's vibrant culture, Ksamil's serene beaches, and Sarande's historical charm made my Albanian travels unforgettable. Each destination offered a unique blend of experiences, from lively city vibes to tranquil coastal retreats. The warm hospitality and delicious local cuisine added a delightful touch to my journey. Highly recommend this diverse and beautiful itinerary!

Posted: December 31, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Salome

Salome

Denmark

Solo travel experience

Albania was an amazing country with so many different things to experience within short distances- they have mountains, beaches and city life. And the people there were so kind and loving - giving places to sleep, food and showing around - so much hospitality❤️

Posted: November 21, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Riham

Riham

Saudi Arabia

Solo travel experience

The country is very safe, people are nice and welcoming A lot of things to do and places to visit Budget friendly, especially if yo make conscious decisions Met some wonderful people, locals and tourists

Posted: November 7, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was around Saranda. Beautiful views, friendly people, tasty food, but as a country "in transition" - in a developmental phase. Many people live in poverty, and the infrastructure is adequate, but it is apparent that many years are required for the country to recover from events that led to the difficult situation of the Albanians. Nevertheless, I would gladly return to Albania, because in terms of sightseeing, it really has a lot to offer.

Posted: October 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I traveled alone last year. I landed in Corfu, as I was interested in the South. I started with Vlore, Saranda, and Ksamil. Highly recommended. Delicious food in local taverns, beautiful sunsets, early June with warm water and hot weather outside. I have wonderful memories of it.

Posted: October 17, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Tirana and other larger cities are usually very safe. Albanians are typically very friendly, as hospitality is a big part of their culture. One thing to pay attention to is to make sure you are not overcharged for things, which does not always happen, but it occurs here and there.

Posted: November 7, 2023
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If you are looking for historical places, I would recommend Korçë, Pogradec, Berat. You must definitely see the capital, Tirana. It is a very modern city with lots of bars and restaurants. The food is excellent and cheap. However, if you want to see beaches, you should go to the south of Albania to Vlorë, Sarandë, Ksamil.

Posted: June 17, 2022
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