Relief and climate
Albania covers a total area 28,748 km and is distinguished for its spectacular and diverse terrain. One-third of the country consists of lowlands located primarily in the west and extending along the Adriatic and Ionian coasts. The remainder of the country is hilly or mountainous and offers tremendous views and vistas. The highest point in Albania, at 2,751 m, is Mount Korabi in Dibra district. As one might expect, this beautiful and varied terrain offers visitors many opportunities to enjoy Albania’s natural beauty. The beauty and unique climate offered by the highlands is often just a short drive away from all that the coast and itsMediterranean-like climate have to offer. Albania also enjoys long periods of pleasant weather. Summer is the most sunny and beautiful of the seasons, but the remainder of the year is beautiful, as well.
The Albanian seashore is an expansive 450 km and includes numerous lagoons. The sea has influenced Albanian history and culture since antiquity through the trade and fishing opportunities it provides. Heading north and/or east from the sea, visitors will gain altitude and truly begin to appreciate the highlands and, eventually, the alpine areas. The mountainous terrain in the northern Alps is breathtaking. Snow cover lasts for nearly half the year and affords numerous outdoor recreation possibilities, particularly in the Albanian Alps in the north of country. The landscape is also strewn with numerous lakes and rivers for travellers tomenjoy. Albania’s climate is varied and seasonal. From average annual seacoast temperatures around 17.5°C, to the cooler highlands averaging 7.5°C, Albania offers tremendous diversity. Summers tend to be hot and dry, while the winters are mild and offer an autumn-like beauty. This pleasant weather supports a wide variety of recreational activities.