Berat Day Trip from Durres with a private guide will show you the best of Berat in a day.
Firstly, visiting Berat city is a unique experience of your lifetime. Berat is one of the most historic and oldest cities in Albania. That said, it can easily fill your entire day with beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and deep heritage. This UNESCO-protected site is divided into three large neighborhoods; Mangalem, Gorica, and the medieval castle. The Osum River forms the border between the first two.
In this tour of Berat from Tirana, you will see that the city is influenced by several civilizations. The city lies on the banks of river Osumi and it’s surrounded by mountains. In the background of the city, you can see the mountain of Tomorr. Behind the mountain is a legend that says that the mountain was a giant who fought with another giant called Shpirag (the other mountain) over a girl. For this reason, the giants killed each other and became mountains. And the girl drowned in her tears and became the Osumi River.
Berat’s beautiful old castle tops our list of the best attractions in Berat. It is located on the top of a hill, and it is the perfect place to admire the town from above. The small town inside the castle’s walls is one of the most enchanting places you’ll see in Albania. There are even a few people that still live there. The area looks magical with its ancient ruins, wildflowers, and small courtyards.
Onufri National Museum is located in the inner part of “Saint Mary Church” in Berat Castel. The Museum is called “Onufri” in honor of the Albanian painting Headmaster of XVI Century. The Cathedral was rebuilt in 1797, and it is the most representative monument of post-Byzantine architecture in Berat town. Within, find 173 objects chosen from a fund of 1500 objects belonging to the fund of Albanian Churches and Monasteries as well as to Berat. You can find 106 Icons and 67 Liturgical objects created by Albanian Iconographical painters during the XIV-XX centuries.
While still within the castle neighborhood, head to the Holy Trinity Church. Be sure not to miss this stop as, along with its beautiful architecture, you will get a nice chance to see more of the castle grounds. From here, you will get the best views of the Tomorr and Shpirag mountains as well as learn about their haunting legend.
It is worth mentioning that on this day trip from Durres to Berat you will learn that the old city is divided into three parts, Mangalem, the castle, and Gorica.
Explore the city of one thousand windows or rows upon rows. One of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania. A city you can visit all year round.
It is important to realize why Berat is on the UNESCO heritage list, this city is called the museum of Albania. It also has a historic architecture of the Ottoman period. And it is one of the few cities with an inhabited castle nowadays. Berat Day Trip From Durres is a tour to remember.