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About Berat

Berat, in Albania, is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities. It is also known as the ‘town of one thousand windows’ and is a beautiful example of a well preserved Ottoman town. The best places to stay in Berat are in the centre of the town allowing you to soak in the magical atmosphere of this special city.

Berat sits on the right bank of the river Osum and divides into three parts; Kalaja (on the castle hill), Mangalam (at the foot of castle hill) and Korica (on the left bank of the river). The city was given World Heritage Status in 2008 partly due to its wealth of beautiful buildings of architectural and historical interest. The topography is equally impressive, with the Timorri mountains providing a suitably grand backdrop.

There is much to see and do; many byzantine churches, mosques dating from 1417, the ancient castle (whose origins go back to the fourth century BC!), museums etc.

For more active types there are great river walks, horse riding on Korica hill and river rafting on the Osum.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Berat is a charming townhouse hotel just ten minutes walk from the old fortress.

For fantastic value

  • Hotel Vila Aleksander is an authentic Albanian hideaway which is a ten minute walk from the old fortress. A nineteenth century townhouse, it has been lovingly restored - all original features and traditional furnishings. It has two terraces with magnificent views and represents great value for money - doubles start from as little as €35 per night including breakfast!

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Best Hotels in Berat

  • Hotel Vila Aleksander 7 rooms from $40


    An authentic Albanian hideaway situated 10 minutes walk from the old fortress of Berat. This attractive 19th century townhouse has been carefully restored and rooms boast plenty of original features and traditional furnshings. The perfect base for experiencing local culture, and superb value.

    Local exploring  -  Situated in the centre of historic Berat, and surrounded by stunning countryside, there is no shortage of things to see and do
    Less £  -  With rooms from just €35 per night including breakfast, it offers fantastic value for money.
    Views  -  The property's two terraces have superb far reaching views over the surrounding area
    Kayaking  -  The Osumi river and its canyons offer fantastic kayaking and canoeing opportunities
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