Albania is a great backpacking country because there are so many adventures to be had that are incredibly affordable to the average traveller. It’s the perfect destination for backpackers coming to Europe. The Albanian culture is like no other, there are so many interesting things to learn and see here. Up until the early ’90s, Albania was in communism and was completely closed off to visitors. Tourism is still new to the country which means there are so many off the beaten tracks places to see and visit, not to mention the most beautiful beaches in Europe (here are the best ones!).
Albania has an array of great hostels all around the country. I have picked my top favourite hostels in Albania to share with you that you must stay at if you’re backpacking Albania – tried and tested!
Note: Some of these hostels in Albania only open some of the year, usually they close in winter. In the title, I will put if it closes during the year.
Tirana – Tripn’ Hostel (Open all year)
One of the most chilled out hostels in Albania is Tripn Hostel. The owners Erjon and Eni are incredibly friendly and hospitable, and you’re bound the have a good time if you stay here. They have a homemade beer, vintage interior design and a backyard for you to drink, drink, play some table tennis and drink. No, but seriously this is my personal favourite hostel to stay at in Tirana. It’s near some of the best second markets I have ever been to. Make sure you read my guide on what to do in Tirana while you stay here – I have lots of recommendations!
Gjirokastër – Stone City Hostel (Closed for winter)
When you visit the beautiful town of Gjirokastër I highly recommend a stay at Stone City Hostel. You can tell a lot of hard work has gone into making this hostel perfect. The staff are super friendly and really REALLY good at cooking. I had the best homemade cinnamon buns I have ever tasted in this hostel, and I have obviously never forgotten that (I love food). They have a beautiful little courtyard too. Its situated right in the heart of the old town which is perfect for sightseeing!
Saranda – Hairy Lemon Hostel (Closed for winter)
This hostel made me fall in love with Albania in the first place, so it holds a special piece of my heart. The Hairy Lemon hostel has probably THE best view out of every hostel maybe ever. It’s located a 10-15-minute walk from the centre and has its own beach! If you’re looking for a relaxing time on the beach, then this hostel is perfect for that. They also do regular family dinners and will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. This hostel is small and cosy, great if you want to get to know other backpackers! Make sure you check these 26 things to do in and near the city while you stay there.
Berat – Berat Backpackers (Closed for winter)
There’s no other place you should stay in Berat than Berat backpackers! This cool hostel is perfect for backpackers. The staff are friendly and it’s super chilled out. In the summer you can opt to camp outside, they also make their own raki! Berat backpackers have a homely feel to it, it doesn’t feel like just another hostel. Its located just over the bridge from the centre of Berat and set in a beautiful setting.
Shkoder – The Wanderers Hostel (Open all year)
The wanderer’s hostel is one that you’re bound to have a lot of fun in. The staff are friendly and always up for a good time! They do BBQs, free breakfast and beer on tap – what more do you want? In the offseason (Spring and autumn) you can stay here for just 5 euro. That includes the bed, breakfast and a welcome beer. You really must stay at this hostel if you do go to Shkoder. It’s right in the centre so it’s super easy to get to everything.
Himara – Himara Downtown Hostel (Closed for winter)
This is the one hostel I haven’t stayed in, but I have heard countless great reviews from friends who have been here, some even ended up volunteering and staying because they liked it so much. The hostel is set in the centre of the chilled out sleepy coastal town of Himara. They have a great backyard, free breakfast and of course great hospitality – as you will have everywhere in Albania!
There’s your list of the best hostels around the country if you’re planning on backpacking Albania. As I live in the south of Albania, I have lots of recommendations on things to do there and in all of Albania (you can check out all my Albanian tips and advice here). I highly recommend you join my Facebook group ‘Travelling Albania’. It’s a place where you can meet other backpackers around Albania and ask any questions you may have!
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