Situated south of Tirana, Berat is Albania’s most beautiful city; lying in a picturesque setting on the banks of the Osum River, it is ringed by the Tomorr and Shpirag Mountains.

The Communist style of architecture has only had a limited impact on Berat, as President Hoxha Enver by declaring it to be a museum-city, protected its historic-quarter and its buildings. Also known as the “City of a Thousand Windows”, the old-city’s streets, with their many-windowed, whitewashed houses, have preserved its former ambience.

Berat’s main tourist attraction is the castle-quarter, perched on a cliff, overlooking the old-city.

Walking along the narrow streets of the castle, among its historic buildings one can still find some of the originally 14 churches, and its mosque.

Berat, “City of a Thousand Windows”
Berat, “City of a Thousand Windows”

The St. Todhri’s Church was built in the 16th century; the St. Mëri’s Church, which today houses the Onufri Museum, dates from 1797, and was erected on the site of an earlier 10th century church. Two small churches outside the castle-wall – the 14th century Holy Trinity Church and the 13th century St. Michael’s Church – have survived to this day.

Other noteworthy attractions in the old-city are the Ethnographic Museum, the 15th century King’s Mosque, the 16th century Lead Mosque (Xhamia e Plumbit), and the 19th century Bachelors’ Mosque. Both the old-city, and the castle-quarter, have been placed - on a probationary basis - on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.

Castle district, Berat
Castle district, Berat

Accommodation in Berat

 Berat, Albania

 Castle Park Hotel Berat Albania Castle Park Hotel

Castle Park Hotel complex are situated high above the historic city of Berat on a scenic overlook, on the south side embankment of the Osumi River.

 Hotel Mangalemi Berat Albania  Hotel Mangalemi Hotel Mangalemi is one of the first hotels to open after the fall of socialism, and it offers its guests a comfortable and historic place from which to explore the Berat environs and castle.
 Berat Backpackers Hostel Berat Albania  Berat Backpackers Berat Backpackers is in a beautiful location in the historic Gorica quater of Berat. The old house has traditional features and a large garden with fruit trees to relax in.