If you are tired of the same old over-crowded travel destinations and over-priced itineraries that leave you underwhelmed, it’s time to think out of the box. By that, we mean, really out of the box, as Berat, Albania a UNESCO World Heritage City, isn’t one of the destinations you easily find in travel brochures or top ten lists on travel sites. This beauty of a medieval city, nestled in one of the most gorgeous places on earth, is where time seems to have paused. A three hour drive from Tirana, capital of Albania, Berat, would leave you marveling for a long time. While you are at Berat, capture every moment and make it unforgettable with any of the advanced Simple Click digital cameras. If you are among the lucky few to travel there, here are the top 5 things to experience in Berat.
A Walk through History
It would be walking through those breathtaking towns from Game of Thrones, with their multi-storied houses, cobbled alleys and stone-clad architecture. Among the many sites to behold are the famous Berat castle, Byzantine era churches, including the one in Blaherna devoted to St. Mary, the Sultan’s Mosque and many others. While you are at it, do remember to look up at the windows on those beautiful houses, and you will realize why Berat is called the “Town of a Thousand Windows.”
Hike to Sotira Waterfall
Just 30 kilometres outside Berat is the awe-inspiring Sotira Waterfall. Set against the majestic mountain range of Tomorri, this is a spectacular site untouched by the excesses of modern tourism. The only thing that matches the purity of water there is the unadulterated lifestyle of the villages surrounding it.
Taste Local Wine and Raki
In the villages surrounding Berati, wine is still traditionally made, with little influence from the industry outside. Once you have a taste of it, you will thank them for not tinkering with their age old processes. The citizens will happily let you taste their spirit, along with the traditional Raki, which is significantly more potent than the alcohol you are used to.
Go River Rafting in Osumi
The Osumi Canyons are another stellar attraction for those visiting Berat. Three big and thirty small waterfalls adorn this exquisite work of nature. A 13 kilometre stretch of river rafting that will take about 2 hours will not only leave you refreshed physically, but also psychologically. What you see around you will be the pristine stillness of nature that’s been undisturbed for hundreds of years. Experience and capture the incredible magic with the simple click digital cameras.
Visit Divjake-Karavasta Park
An hour and half from Berat is the world famous Divjake-Karavasta Park, with around 222 square kilometres of a unique, undisturbed and naturally flourishing ecosystem, a noteworthy example of biodiversity. You may relax and breathe in the tranquility, or if you are a bird lover, you can look out for the many species that have made it their home, including the rare Dalmatian Pelican, a beauty in its own right.
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