Do you need some nice advice for a short trip or long term holiday destination? We already wrote something about a roadtrip through Albania and presented you the country as a new secret hint (Let´s go to Albania). The New York Times voted the country in the newcomer list of soonly be in demand places of interest. Our trip was definitly classic, we learned a lot, had fun and it was (still) quite cheap. The whole country is paved with UNESCO heritages, one of the most impressive cities is certainly Berat. We stood there for a few days in Skotis Backpacker Hostel.
The born Scot is an enthusiastic person, excited about travelling and get to know other countries and cultures. Here in Berat in Albania her realized his long wished dream about opening a hostel. When he came to Albania in 2008 there existed just one hostel in the capital Tirana. (We wrote as well something about that place with interviews with the owners). The city Berat is just a historical and as well an architectonical sight, where you should spend some days. The river Osum divides the city in a valley, the houses are built in hills and into the mountain. All the buildings are constructed and presented mostly in the same style and clustered into the hills and valley walls. But actually you don´t see a lot of any walls. There are just window. A lot of windows. That´s why Berat is called as well the „City of the thousand windows“.
Skoti tells us in an interview about Berat, how he created his place and about the development of the country:
The ways through the city are like a labyrinth. The guide book and the maps from Skoti changed very fast into little treasure maps and we tried to make our way through. Just this was a little adventure for itself. And in the end, after you made it and reach the mountain in the middle of the city: You arrive at the Castle. The view it´s definitly worth it. And the Castle with it´s innerbuildings is the most famous sight in the area to visit. But you can do as well a lot of things in the surounding nature. Skoti organizes Hiking-Tours, Canoeing, Kayaking and provides connections to other activity organisators like mountainbike rentals. The region has some idylic lakes and waterfalls, the mountain scenario is awesome and it´s quite difficult not to cross an antic ruin after a while. If you are searching for ideas for an interesting and extraordinary trecking-trip with a mix of exploring history and untouched nature, then Berat it is.
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