Berat, Albania

We’re ignoring poor Durres as our first introduction to Albania because Berat redeems it in every way. Berat is everyone’s favourite Ottoman era ‘city of 1000 windows,’ complete with UNESCO’s seal of approval. I spend the 90 min drive from coastal Durres trying to photograph Albania’s famous old war bunkers. Easier said than done, they really are cunningly camouflaged. Much more prolific is the word ‘Shitet’ which is boldly plastered across cars, apartment blocks, and I imagine even the odd donkey. In a far cry from Albania’s communist past – everything seems to be ‘on sale.’

We’ve seen our share of pretty old towns these last weeks in Croatia and Montenegro but Berat’s 13th century castle is in a different league of cool places to spend a few nights. We stay at Guesthouse Kris, inside the city walls, which itself is a mini fortress shielded in fig fruits and grape vines. It’s one of the most serene places I’ve ever slept, with homemade breakfast too for only $25 a double room. Not that you can put a price for waking up in a castle!

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