- Discover ‘The City of 1000 Windows’
- A treasure-trove of Albanian history, religion and culture
Berat is one of Albania’s must-see destinations, and with this guided sightseeing tour you’ll explore several of the city’s key neighbourhoods, understanding what makes ‘The City of 1000 Windows’ so vitally significant in Albanian culture. The tour begins in Kala, where the Castle of Berat is located. A steep walk up a cobbled path is necessary, but the magnificent views from the summit more than make up for the exertion. Here you’ll also visit the Museum of Iconography, which bears the name of the renowned fresco and icon painter Onufri, in the cathedral. The Red Mosque is another highlight of this area.
Leaving the fortress behind, it’s on to Berat’s Mangalem Quarter, the Old Town, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Here the National Ethnographic Museum contains a vast quantity of historic treasures that will fascinate you. Afterwards you’ll cross the Osumi River to the neighbourhood of Gorica, facing Mangalem. The 18th century arched bridge is one of Berat’s most notable monuments and a great place for a photo. Time is also set aside for you to purchase a restaurant lunch before heading back to Tirana. This Albania gift experience is vital for those with a thirst for culture.