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Digital Nomad Information to Residing in Albania


On this final information, you’ll discover out all the pieces it’s essential learn about dwelling in Albania as a digital nomad.

Albania’s greatest attraction is its stunning and intensive shoreline which attracts a lot of the nation’s vacationers. Nonetheless, there are numerous different unbelievable locations to see within the nation.

Albania additionally has fairly cobblestone cities, a wealth of historical past to find, and is residence to among the friendliest individuals. Pair all this with WiFi and inexpensive dwelling, and you’ve got a digital nomad’s dream.

I not too long ago spent over two months dwelling in Albania and fell in love with this comparatively undiscovered nation. As a digital nomad, it was an ideal base; learn on as I share my expertise and findings with you.

About Albania

Albania is a rustic of practically 3 million individuals positioned in southeastern Europe. It shares a border with Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south.

Albania is an extremely various nation. It shares a picturesque shoreline with Croatia and Greece with the Ionian and Mediterranean Seas lapping at its shores. Inland, it has stunning snow-capped mountains and an enormous vary of wildlife.

Albania's lovely coastline as seen from above.Albania's lovely coastline as seen from above.

Its capital is the gorgeous and fashionable metropolis of Tirana which retains poignant and necessary reflections of its communist previous. It’s a rustic of gorgeous nature and interesting historical past and I consider it gives one thing for everybody.

Albania for Digital Nomads

As a digital nomad in Albania, you’ll have the selection of various and various cities and landscapes to reside and work in.

All through the main cities in Albania, the WiFi speeds and reliability are good. That is supported by a fantastic 4G community which makes dwelling in Albania as a digital nomad a fantastic selection.

The cafe tradition right here can also be conducive to being a distant employee in Albania. Most cafes have good WiFi and sitting for hours with a espresso and dealing in your laptop computer is widespread and inspired.

Together with the infrastructure, the selection between cosmopolitan cities or beachfront cities makes Albania a fantastic selection for digital nomads.

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Finest Locations to Reside in Albania

There are some superb locations to reside in Albania, the situation actually depends upon what you need out of your digital nomad base; listed below are my 5 suggestions.

1. Tirana

Tirana is the capital metropolis of Albania and its most populous space. It’s a wonderful base for each digital nomads and expats in Albania.

Great neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania, as seen from above.Great neighborhoods in Tirana, Albania, as seen from above.

What are the Finest Areas to Reside in Tirana?

You’re spoiled for selection with the totally different neighbourhoods in Tirana. For stylish bars, eating places, and the very best nightlife, head to Blloku. This neighbourhood was as soon as reserved for the Communist elite however is now the place to be seen in Tirana.

Should you choose the standard cafe tradition then I counsel Zona 1 which has the biggest fish market in Albania within the New Bazaar. It’s near the central Skanderbeg Sq. however away from the crowds, with loads of cafes and bars for individuals watching, (and dealing).

Komuna e Parisit is a good neighbourhood for households or for people who like inexperienced area. It’s nonetheless near the bustling centre and is positioned close to the Grand Park of Tirana and the Synthetic Lake.

Methods to Discover Flats in Tirana

One of the best place to search out brief to mid-term flats in Tirana is thru Airbnb. There’s an enormous vary of choices throughout all neighbourhoods of the capital metropolis. Take a look at my 10 greatest Airbnbs in Tirana right here.

Moreover, I like to recommend becoming a member of the “Expats in Tirana” Fb group which may help with lodging and hold you updated with all the pieces taking place in Tirana.

The extra basic group “Expats in Albania” can also be useful. Tirana options closely within the group because the nation’s capital metropolis.

Coworking Areas in Tirana

Tirana has essentially the most, and the very best, coworking areas within the nation. The one issue is selecting which one to hitch.

Dutch Hub is completely positioned within the coronary heart of Blloku. So, in case you’re staying on this space and need to be in amongst the motion, Dutch Hub is a good possibility. It has loads of non-public and semi-private workplace choices for these wanting some seclusion.

Coolab is certainly one of my favorite coworking areas within the Balkans. It has a fantastic cafe out the entrance and a coworking area to the rear. There are lots of scorching desks accessible in addition to non-public assembly and convention rooms. The tennis tables additionally create a fantastic mix of labor and play.

In addition to the formal areas, practically each cafe within the metropolis gives WiFi and a fantastic, cool place to take a seat and work away from the warmth. The chains of Mulliri Vjeter and Sophie are nice, dependable choices. For one thing quirkier, head to Komiteti, an unbelievable cafe museum. Keep after your work is full to get pleasure from a cocktail or two.

Issues to Do in Tirana

A must-visit place while in Tregu Cam is the monument of Skanderbeg Square in Tirana.A must-visit place while in Tregu Cam is the monument of Skanderbeg Square in Tirana.

Tirana is packed stuffed with tradition, historical past, and nature. You’ll by no means be bored as a digital nomad in Albania while right here.

Considered one of my favorite issues to do in Tirana is to take a strolling tour across the metropolis. I really like a strolling tour however the Tirana possibility actually is superb. It’s useful to be taught your approach across the metropolis and teaches you in regards to the current Communist historical past of town and the nation as a complete.

I extremely advocate taking the cable automotive, (The Dajti Expres), as much as the Dajti mountains. Right here, you’ll discover numerous actions similar to horse driving and ATV excursions, in addition to a panoramic restaurant with unbelievable views over town.

Should you’re a foodie like me, I counsel you to discover the eating places in Blloku. There appears to be a brand new bar and restaurant opening in Blloku each week which makes the meals scene actually thrilling.

Head to Komiteti cafe and museum for a shocking mix of communist artefacts and glorious meals and drinks. Should you’re trying to strive some fascinating native dishes,  Period is a superb restaurant to strive some conventional Albanian delicacies with a contemporary twist.

For some extra inspiration for dwelling within the metropolis, check out my greatest issues to do in Tirana weblog.

2. Durres

Monument of Partisan in Durres, Albania.Monument of Partisan in Durres, Albania.

Durres is the second largest metropolis in Albania and is positioned on the western shoreline of the Adriatic Sea.

It’s an necessary port metropolis in Albania and is a good base for digital nomads in Albania as a result of its fashionable infrastructure and coastal location. It additionally has a fantastic nightlife scene and loads of enjoyable issues to do once you’re not working.

The place are the Finest Areas to Reside in Durres?

If you wish to be in a central location within the coronary heart of the motion then head to the central sq. on Rruga Aleksander Goga. It’s a not too long ago renovated public sq. surrounded on all sides by bars and eating places; each worldwide and native.

For sea views throughout the metropolis itself then yow will discover numerous lodging choices alongside Rruga Taunlantia which overlooks the Adriatic Sea. It’s a simple stroll to the centre and has a gorgeous promenade for stress-free night walks alongside the seafront.

If you wish to be by the seashore, then you definitely’ll have to move barely east out of town in the direction of Durres seashore on the opposite facet of the port. This lengthy stretch of seashore gives loads of residence choices with straightforward transport hyperlinks again into the centre.

Methods to Discover Flats in Durres

There are loads of Airbnb choices in Durres as chances are you’ll anticipate of the second largest metropolis. Airbnb is more and more in style in Albania and Durres isn’t any exception.

Other than Airbnb, verify the “Expats in Albania” group talked about above which frequently shares some good choices for Durres.

For a extra particular Durres centered Fb group, I like to recommend becoming a member of “Expats, Immigrants & Albanians in Durres“. Regardless of its barely prolonged identify, it has numerous recommendation and choices from these already primarily based in Durres.

Coworking Areas in Durres

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Regardless of its dimension, there aren’t any formal coworking areas in Durres. Nonetheless, what it lacks in workplace area, it makes up for in cafes and bars for coworking.

Oborri Lounge Bar is a extremely cool cafe throughout the day and a bar by night time, with a laid-back really feel and vibrant décor. The tables are an excellent dimension to work at and the WiFi is dependable. They’ve snacks and pastries throughout the day for that much-needed gas while your work.

The Wall is one other good bar possibility for working throughout the day. It has loads of seating each in and out. It has good WiFi and the drinks and meals choices are well-priced. It’s conveniently positioned near the central sq. so is straightforward to achieve.

Issues to Do in Durres

For followers of historical historical past then a visit to Durres wouldn’t be full with out a go to to Durres Amphitheatre. It’s arguably among the finest items of historical structure in Albania. It was constructed round 100AD by Hadrian and was laid undiscovered till the Nineteen Sixties.

After all, in case you’re in a metropolis on the Adriatic then you need to go to the seashore. Durres seashore is greater than 10 kilometres in size, sandy, and dotted with motels, eating places, bars, and seashore golf equipment. There are many sunbeds for people who need them or you may simply loosen up on the sand.

Should you like to hike, it’s best to stroll a part of the Through Egnatia, a historic roman highway which started in Durres and reached all the way in which to Byzantium; modern-day Istanbul. Retrace the steps of historical merchants and uncover numerous bridges and roman options alongside its 475km route.

3. Saranda

Deck chairs and sunshade umbrellas on Sarande's lovely beach in Albania.Deck chairs and sunshade umbrellas on Sarande's lovely beach in Albania.

Saranda (additionally spelled Sarande) is within the coronary heart of the Albanian Riviera and is a mere half-hour by ferry from Corfu. It’s typically grouped with Ksamil which is 20 minutes down the coast and residential to among the most unbelievable seashores in Albania.

Saranda is a a lot better possibility for dwelling in Albania as a digital nomad than Ksamil, which is nice for a day journey, however is extra of a vacationer resort moderately than a working base.

What are the Finest Areas to Reside in Saranda?

Saranda is a bay on the western coast of Albania and so the very best areas of this metropolis are positioned across the numerous sides of the bay.

To the west is Kodra which might be essentially the most cost-effective a part of Saranda for a digital nomad in Albania. It has good seashore bars and is inside strolling distance of the port and Saranda seashore.

The centre, Qender, is a perfect location if you wish to be within the centre of the motion. It’s set again above the principle Saranda seashore and inside strolling distance of the port. This space is nice for these wanting a central location with an excellent mixture of worldwide and native cafes and eating places.

To the east is Rruga Butrinti. There are many extremely rated eating places right here in addition to the higher, (and louder), late bars and golf equipment. The lodging can also be extra fashionable right here and most include nice views over the ocean.

Methods to Discover Flats in Saranda

As with different components of Albania, there are some nice Airbnb choices in all three of those neighbourhoods in Saranda. Costs are typically just a little decrease than in Tirana, (until you’re reserving within the peak summer season season).

I like to recommend this Fb group which has lodging choices in addition to numerous members prepared to assist with anything chances are you’ll want as a digital nomad in Albania.

Alternatively, there are many expats in Albania and the Sarande Expats 2.0 group is nice. Right here, you may join with expats and different long-term residents in Saranda for something from lodging to restaurant suggestions.

Coworking Areas in Saranda

There are presently no coworking areas in Saranda, nonetheless, it has some glorious native and worldwide cafes and bars which might be more than pleased to welcome you in along with your laptop computer.

Considered one of my favorite locations is Hashtag2 which is within the Qender space of Saranda. It has a mixture of indoor and outside seats, they’ve good WiFi, and a few plugs if it’s essential recharge. They provide coffees in addition to smoothies and contemporary pastries.

One other nice possibility is My Time Espresso Bar. It’s a fantastic place to flee the solar with cool AC and chilled tunes within the background. The WiFi is nice and the tables are a good dimension to work at.

Issues to Do in Saranda

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There are so many nice issues to do in Saranda for Digital Nomads.

I strongly advocate taking a automotive or taxi as much as Lekuresi Fort for a drink at sundown. This stunning restaurant sits contained in the previous fortress and gives a hilltop view over the bay of Saranda.

At sundown, the views are merely unbelievable. Should you’re peckish you may keep for meals on the restaurant.

With Corfu seen on the horizon, I can’t advocate sufficient that you just go to. You’ll be able to take a quick ferry over to Corfu in simply half-hour and spend the day on the Greek island; discover Corfu’s previous city, together with the Previous Fortress, and pattern some scrumptious Greek meals. It’s a fantastic day journey from Sarande.

I beloved taking a ship journey from Saranda once I was dwelling in Albania. I employed a non-public boat for 4 individuals, and the captain took us to go to 4 totally different hidden seashores alongside the coast from Saranda.

Should you head all the way down to the promenade at Saranda seashore at night time, you’ll discover loads of operators providing you nice costs to your personal private journey.

The Blue Eye is a must-see in Albania. That is an unbelievable half-day journey the place you stroll 2km via the Blue Eye Nationwide Park to achieve this pure phenomenon.

It’s a crystal-clear underwater spring so deep, and with a lot stress, that divers haven’t made it to the underside but.

It’s a gorgeous factor to see in a lush jungle/forest setting. I like to recommend combining it with a journey to the gorgeous Gjirokaster on this glorious day journey tour.

4. Vlore

A view from the castle of Himara at sunset in Vlore, Albania.A view from the castle of Himara at sunset in Vlore, Albania.

Vlore is the third largest Albanian metropolis and among the finest locations to reside in Albania.

It sits on the western coast with seashores on the Ionian Sea and the Ceraunian Mountains behind it. It has a gorgeous beachfront promenade of outlets, bars, and eating places and advantages from a Mediterranean local weather and really feel.

What are the Finest Areas to Reside in Vlore?

Lungomare or the promenade/beachfront extends a number of miles to the south of Vlore centre alongside the seashore. The newly renovated promenade separates the seashore on one facet from the best bars, eating places, and nightlife on the opposite. Good for waking up with a sea view.

The guts of Vlore is Ismail Qemali boulevard. This essential highway joins the promenade to the Previous City. It has loads of native and worldwide retailers, bars, cafes, and eating places. It has essentially the most cafe choices to select from when working within the metropolis.

To the northern finish of the boulevard is the small however completely fashioned Previous City. It has cobbled streets and picturesque Albanian and Mediterranean structure. It homes numerous boutique retailers and quirky bars and eating places making it a fantastic place to be primarily based.

Methods to Discover Flats in Vlore

One of many higher Fb teams for these trying to arrange a base in Vlore is “Expats in Vlore“. The web page isn’t as busy as different teams for dwelling in Albania however the admin may be very useful and educated and could be contacted immediately.

I additionally counsel trying on the “Expats in Albania” group talked about above. Vlore is commonly referenced on this web page given its dimension and so can typically present some useful lodging choices.

Airbnb additionally stays a fantastic possibility for locating flats in Vlore as there are loads of inexpensive choices in all three essential components of city.

Coworking Areas in Vlore

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Vlore has some glorious cafes and eating places that are very welcoming to digital nomads in Albania.

Mon Cheri is positioned on the high of the promenade for a fantastic place to work with a dependable WiFi connection and nice espresso. Should you’re staying close to the boulevard then Mulliri Vjeter to the underside finish of the road is one other excellent spot to take a seat, work, and watch the world go by.

Should you’re staying to the west of the principle boulevard, I significantly loved Nook Café. Right here, have the selection of indoor or outside seating, loads of tables, good WiFi, and all-important plug sockets. The good espresso and tempting ice cream assist as nicely!

Issues to Do in Vlore

Aerial panoramic view to Vlore City and sea in AlbaniaAerial panoramic view to Vlore City and sea in Albania

There are many nice issues to do on this coastal Albanian metropolis.

One of many highlights is a visit simply north to Zvernec Island. This small island is reached by a wood causeway and homes a now-abandoned monastery and a gorgeous little church.

You’ll be able to attain Zvernec island on a motorcycle or, if it’s significantly scorching, think about hiring a scooter or a automotive to make the 13km journey. On the way in which again, cease in on the stunning Narta Seashore.

A visit to Vlore isn’t full with out a journey to its gorgeous Previous City. It’s actually fairly by day with its completely preserved Mediterranean-inspired streets, and by night time it comes alive with stunning lighting and a buzz from the close by sq. the place you’ll discover numerous alfresco eating choices.

One of many essential points of interest in Vlore is its practically renovated promenade and its lengthy, sandy seashores. Make a journey to the seashore the place you may rent loungers or arrange camp on the sand. The water is crystal-clear, blue, and calm; good for swimming or lounging.

By night time, the promenade is the place to be to pattern the busy bars and stylish eating places, and mingle amongst individuals of all ages having fun with a night stroll or just a few drinks.

5. Korce

A view from above of the main pedestrian street in Korce, Albania at night going to the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral.A view from above of the main pedestrian street in Korce, Albania at night going to the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral.

Korce, pronounced Korcha, is a small metropolis in southeastern Albania and is simply 3 hours from Tirana. It has a tremendous cafe tradition for digital nomads in Albania to get pleasure from and is a gorgeous place to go to.

What are the Finest Areas to Reside in Korce?

One of the best space to reside in Korce is throughout the centre. The town is pretty small and so most facilities are inside strolling distance from the centre. That is additionally the place you’ll discover essentially the most Airbnbs. One of the best streets to be near are St George Boulevard or Bulevardi Fan Noli. These are the place you’ll discover essentially the most cafes, (together with vacationers and expats).

You’ll even be near Korce’s essential points of interest; together with the Previous Bazaar which is a delight to stroll round and has a tremendous collection of cafes, bars, and native taverns to cease by.

If you wish to reside someplace greener, you might think about dwelling by Rinia Park which is a big park stuffed with beer gardens, households, and college students with fairly a enjoyable and relaxed vibe. It’s only a 15-20 minute stroll into the centre from right here.

How To Discover Lodging in Korce?

There are some nice inexpensive Airbnb choices in Korce because it’s much less touristy than different cities in Albania.

I like to recommend this Fb group which has lodging choices in addition to numerous members prepared to assist with any queries you will have as a digital nomad in Albania.

Coworking Areas in Korce

Dutch Home is a coworking area and resort positioned simply off Bulvevardi Fan Noli. It has numerous workspaces and just a little kitchen so you may take your lunch to work. It additionally doubles as a bar, so is ideal for individuals who just like the extra social side of coworking.

Other than Dutch Home, Korce has an enormous collection of cafes. Take a wander alongside Bulevardi Gherji Shen, (St George), or Bulevardi Republika, (which run parallel to at least one one other), and also you’ll have many extra choices to select from. Sophie Caffe and Komiteti are each dependable areas to work from.

Issues to Do in Korce

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Korce is among the most quaint and romantic cities in Albania. It’s sometimes called the Little Paris of Albania.

Korce is a really homely metropolis, with numerous inexperienced area, beer gardens, and historic and cultural monuments to discover. It’s additionally the house to Albania’s treasured beer, Birra Korce and its brewery which I like to recommend you go to.

Considered one of my favorite issues to do in Korce is to take a stroll down St George Boulevard, a pedestrianised highway lined with apple timber, bars, and occasional retailers. It’s so fairly.

On the high of the boulevard, is the panoramic tower which gives unbelievable views over your complete metropolis and the mountains within the distance. Entrance to the remark deck prices round 50LEK ($0.50USD).

A go to to the Previous Bazaar is a should. As soon as a historic website, refurbished right into a cosmopolitan area, it’s residence to numerous small cafes and eateries which spill out onto the cobbled streets. That is the place you’ll discover Komiteti bar to take your laptop computer, in addition to many different cool cafe decisions.

Lastly, you need to have a beer on the Korce Brewery – it’s what this stunning metropolis is most well-known for. It’s made utilizing pure spring water from the close by mountains so their beers have a really gentle and contemporary style. They’ve a restaurant and beer backyard onsite, which is a good place to relax out.

Is Albania Secure?

Albania is a really secure nation and is usually thought of safer than strolling across the UK or USA. Crime is uncommon and locals are hospitable and welcoming.

It’s additionally thought of a secure nation for ladies and feminine travellers; I by no means felt uncomfortable or unsafe throughout my time in Albania.

Like in lots of different European nations, pickpocketing does occur however so long as you’re wise, and conscious of your environment, you shouldn’t be affected by this.

Price of Residing in Albania

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The price of dwelling in Albania is extraordinarily inexpensive.

The price of dwelling, together with lease, will probably be larger throughout the peak summer season months, significantly alongside the coast. Nonetheless, in case you go to within the Spring or Autumn, you’ll doubtless have a really inexpensive time in Albania wherever you select to base your self.

I visited Tirana in Could and the one-bed residence I stayed in was round €520 per thirty days. In Sarande, alongside the coast, a one-bedroom residence by the seashore price round €800 per thirty days however these are peak costs.

As most vacationers go to the coast, different cities like Korca could be extra inexpensive in the summertime.

A meal for 2 at a restaurant in Sarande will price round €25-30. In Tirana, you might eat far more affordably. Should you eat at an area Zgara, (grill), and I like to recommend that you just do, you may eat an excellent meal for round €7.50 every – together with a beer!

Climate in Albania

Albania experiences nice climate all yr spherical which makes it a fantastic place for being a digital nomad in Albania irrespective of the time of yr.

Alongside the coast, the summer season is Mediterranean; very lengthy, scorching, and dry. The winters are delicate.

Should you head inland and to the north, the climate is seasonal and has very chilly winters and snowfall, with scorching dry summers and storms. This makes it a fantastic place for snowboarding along with working as a digital nomad.

In the summertime it’s extremely popular and often sunny. The temperatures can attain highs of 35°C and also you’ll get pleasure from heat evenings too. It’s the right place for locating seashores.

Residing in Albania Execs and Cons

Albania's lovely neighborhoods as seen from above.Albania's lovely neighborhoods as seen from above.

As with anyplace on the earth, there are each execs and cons to dwelling in Albania.

Execs of Residing in Albania

  • The attractive seashores on the coast – some can rival these in Greece
  • Climbing, lakes, and mountains to find
  • Welcoming individuals
  • An lively outside way of life
  • Superb cafe tradition
  • Nice WiFi availability and high quality
  • Inexpensive price of dwelling

Cons of Residing in Albania

  • The temperature in mid-summer can attain 35°C which might be too scorching for some
  • Through the peak summer season months, it could possibly get very crowded, (significantly alongside the coast)
  • Transportation could be lengthy and typically uncomfortable in the summertime months – there’s not at all times air con, or correct area for baggage, and it may be costly
  • Card funds should not extensively accepted in bars and eating places so it’s best to at all times carry money with you

What’s the Visa Scenario?

Should you’re from the UK, USA, Canada or Australia, (amongst different nations), you don’t require a visa and might get pleasure from dwelling in Albania for as much as 90 days, inside a 180-day interval.

If you wish to keep longer, you may apply for a long-term visa as long as you meet the factors listed right here.

Typically talking, in case you’re a digital nomad in Albania, you’ll be entitled to get pleasure from 90 days in Albania visa-free.

Conclusion

Albania is a incredible place to reside as a digital nomad. Its cafe tradition completely matches laptop computer life, the WiFi is superb, and there are some nice coworking choices too.

In your downtime, there are some unbelievable historic, pure and cultural locations to go to to attain that work-life steadiness. Not solely that, however it’s a really inexpensive nation, and one of many few locations that also feels comparatively undiscovered in locations.

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