A pleasant surprise. If only I had more time!
Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
248Trip End Aug 15, 2008
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Berat is a beautiful little town, and certainly my favourite place in Albania. Upon arrival, I had another cup of coffee and once again dumped my bag in the cafe, then set out to explore. Totally missing the town, I went straight up to the castle. Situated a good 15 minutes uphill and commanding some great views, it's not a castle as I (and probably most of you) would think of a castle, but more a fortified village
Descending only because time was getting on (reliable public transport, if it can be called that, seems to stop sometime around 5 in ALbania. After that, you're leaving it all to chance), I was fortunate to look back at just the right moment and notice the town proper that had been hidden by the glaring sun on my way up.
Set into the hillside, I only had time for the briefest exploration of the jumbled mass of houses. Once again, I could have spent far more time discovering the hidden back streets here if only it weren't for the hostel booking! As it was, I'm glad I had even the briefest opportunity to explore, even if it did make the rest of the journey to Tirana a bit problematic.