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Overgrown by forest and lost for centuries, Butrint lay frozen in time until excavations in the 1920s uncovered its extraordinary history. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a magical window into Albania’s long-buried past.

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Why Visit

Walking Butrint’s evocative ruins and lush landscapes, it’s easy to imagine vanishing centuries. Ancient Greek chatter still seems to echo through the stately colonnades. The thundering hoofbeats of Roman chariots clatter down stone-paved lanes. Byzantine hymns resonate from soaring chambers.

As a microcosm of Mediterranean history, Butrint provides an unforgettable journey into Albania’s rich multicultural heritage.

Explore Butrint’s Layers of History

Occupied by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans over millennia, each era left intriguing ruins and artifacts for modern travelers to discover:

The stately Acropolis whispers tales of an ancient Greek settlement perched defensively atop the hill. Nearby, the imposing Lion Gate, flanked by fierce stone guardians, marks the site’s original entrance.

The elegant 6th-century Byzantine Baptistery dazzles with elaborate columns, arches, and mosaic floors. Its domed interior echoes with lost chants and ceremonies, hinting at early Christianity’s spread.

Butrint’s expansive 2nd century BC Roman Theater once seated crowds for raucous shows. Though worn by time, its imposing colonnades still hint at lavish productions.

Meandering the Roman Forum, you can envision merchants bartering goods, politicians debating policies, and citizens gossiping the latest news.

Beauty Beyond the Ruins

Beyond Butrint’s historical treasures, natural serenity beckons. Scenic trails wind past tranquil Lake Butrint, inhabited since prehistoric times. Quiet moments can be spent birdwatching in the reed-fringed Vrina Plain wetlands.

The iconic Butrint channel connects to the Ionian Sea, offering beach-going and swimming opportunities along the rugged coast. Local eateries serve fresh mussels and seafood from the clear aquamarine waters.

Olive and cypress trees adorn Butrint’s gently rolling hills, along with fragrant lavender, wild herbs, and flowers. Vineyards and citrus groves splash the landscape with color.

Breathe in Butrint’s idyllic landscapes and discover Albania’s endearing beauty.

Planning Your Visit

Butrint lies near the coastal town of Sarandë in southern Albania. Regular buses connect Tirana and Sarandë, taking about 5 hours.

For easy access, ferries provide daily service between Corfu, Greece, and Sarandë, with the journey taking just under an hour.

Head to Ferryhopper and reserve your ferry ticket in minutes.

Once in Sarandë, take a local bus, pre-arranged driver, or taxi the 7 miles (11 km) to Butrint – just be sure to agree on the fare beforehand. Guided day tours from Sarandë are also available.

When there, walking trails seamlessly link all major sights within Butrint National Park. Peak summer from June to August brings ideal weather but larger crowds. For a more peaceful experience, target spring, or autumn.

Accommodation ranges from camping within the park to hotels in Sarandë or along the scenic shores of Lake Butrint. Book your Butrint stay in advance for the best rates and availability.

Discover Butrint

With its ancient ruins, natural beauty, and Mediterranean charm, visiting Butrint makes for an unforgettable Albania experience.
Although I was born in Albania, I've spent my adult life traveling there as a tourist. Being a native who visits frequently, I can give you an insider's view of Europe's best-kept secret.
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