WHEN TO GO
At this point you’re probably wondering when you can hop on a plane heading to Albania. Depending on your interests, there are a number of great times to go.
The winter has much to offer. For instance, for those interested in the arts, December is great time to visit for the Tirana Film Festival. If you are fearless, December can also be a good time to visit Albania’s incredible snow-capped peaks, though it is important to remember that certain forms of transportation are less reliable in the winter.
The summer offers much for those most interested in beaches. July and August is peak beach season, meaning you are likely to find packed Mediterranean beaches. However, mid to late summer is also a great time to visit the mountains, when they are less likely to be busy.
The spring and autumn offers the best combination of gorgeous Mediterranean weather and relative quiet, especially for those wishing to visit cities and important cultural sites.
For such a small country, Albania has a relatively high variety of climates. In part this is due to Albania’s location on the shore of the Adriatic Sea and the presence of the Dinaric Alps to the East and north.
Western Albania Climate: Albania’s western shoreline has the classic Mediterranean climate. This western lowland region typically has mild winters, with an average January temperature of 45°F in the winter, and temperate summers, with a July average temperature of 75 °F. Temperatures are generally warmer in the southern portion of the country, with averages of about 5 °F higher in both seasons.
Eastern Albania Climate: The eastern, more mountainous part of the country is characterized by much harsher winters. Inland summer temperatures are about the same as on the coast, averaging about 70 °F. Despite the two regions’ summer averages being the same, daily temperatures inland are often much more variable than their coastal counterparts as daytime temperatures can get very hot with nighttime temperatures being much cooler. Similarly, winters in this region are much colder than winters on the coast, with an average January temperature of 30 °F.
Albania Rainfall: Due to heavy coastal winds and a large inland air mass, Albania’s average rainfall per year is somewhat high. However, this precipitation is not distributed evenly throughout the country with the mountainous northern region bearing the brunt of the rain distribution: yearly averages in this region can be as high as 100 inches a year, compared to about 40 inches a year in the south. Rainfall in the southwest typically occurs in winter, with summers being very dry. In contrast, rain falls year round in the north.