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Albania

Picturesque villages, sun-soaked beaches and excellent mountain hiking await gay travellers in Albania.

Only recently has beautiful Albania opened its arms to tourists—and thank heavens it has! Early travellers are raving about the Albanian Riviera’s emerald and sapphire water lapping onto both pebble and white sand beaches. Residents of the gorgeous coastal cities seem blissfully unaware of the sheer beauty that surrounds them. Meanwhile, Ottoman ruins are backdropped by towering mountain ranges and dense forests. Finally, the country’s unpretentious capital, Tirana, has shaken the dust of communism off its shoulders and offers visitors ample history, culture and coffee—no seriously, the city’s cafes are some of the world’s best.


Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Tirana
  • Currency: Albanian lek (ALL)
  • Languages: Albanian
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: Jun–Aug

LGBT Rights in Albania

Gay Albania Travel

Best Places to Visit in Albania

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Since the collapse of communism in 1991, the Albanian government has made massive strides in protecting LGBTQ2+ people. In fact, for a Balkans country it is arguably one of the more tolerant towards our community, going so far as to explicitly ban discrimination on the grounds of gender identity—something many “liberal” countries have yet to even do. Unfortunately, Albania’s legal protections haven’t reached Marriage Equality-status, and nor do they necessarily reflect public opinion. Homophobia is still widespread, especially outside of the capital and tourist destinations. Discretion is advised. 

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Not legal
Right to Change Gender: Ambiguous
Same-Sex Adoption: Singles only
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal
Equal Age of Consent: Equal

Since 2012, Tirana has hosted an annual Pride Parade focusing on awareness and acceptance. But despite the colourful event, there are no known queer-oriented bars or spaces to check out. If you are looking to connect with locals, apps are the easiest way to do so, however, expect a level of privacy and skittishness uncommon in more LGBTQ2+-welcoming destinations.

Gay Villages in Albania

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Pride Festivals/Events in Albania

Tirana Pride—Hosted annually in May. The parade tends to be more of an advocacy and awareness event rather than a celebration. Many participants wear masks to protect their identity while walking.

Best Gay Bars in Albania

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Best Lesbian Bars in Albania

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5. Theth

On the foot of Valbona Valley National Park (more on this in a moment) sits this  wood and stone village ripped from a fantasy novel or medieval blockbuster.

4. Tirana

Albania’s capital has come into its own since the fall of communism. Be sure to indulge in the city’s renowned cafe culture.

3. Albanian Riviera

Easily the least-known European riviera, this slice of Adriatic heaven is perfect to catch some rays and a little R&R.

2. Beret

‘The City of a Thousand Windows’ is Albania’s most notable claim to tourism fame. The UNESCO-listed city sits right on the Adriatic Sea and features a series of Ottoman houses clinging to a hill that’s adorned with a crumbling castle.

1. Valbona Valley National Park

Home of the nefariously named Accursed Mountains, this park is an adventurist’s playground. From hiking, biking and even horseback riding, you’ll find plenty of ways to engage with the rugged landscape.

Best Time to Visit: June through August offer gay travellers the best weather for hiking in Albania. The beaches may be hot, but the Adriatic remains fairly cool and refreshing along Albania’s coast.

Electricity: The power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. For more info, click here.

Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)

Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Albania, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: Most travellers from Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom and The United States do not need a visa to enter both Albania for up to 90 days. Exceptions may apply and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

September 15, 2020
LGBT Rights in Albania

Since the collapse of communism in 1991, the Albanian government has made massive strides in protecting LGBTQ2+ people. In fact, for a Balkans country it is arguably one of the more tolerant towards our community, going so far as to explicitly ban discrimination on the grounds of gender identity—something many “liberal” countries have yet to even do. Unfortunately, Albania’s legal protections haven’t reached Marriage Equality-status, and nor do they necessarily reflect public opinion. Homophobia is still widespread, especially outside of the capital and tourist destinations. Discretion is advised. 

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Not legal
Right to Change Gender: Ambiguous
Same-Sex Adoption: Singles only
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal
Equal Age of Consent: Equal

Gay Albania Travel

Since 2012, Tirana has hosted an annual Pride Parade focusing on awareness and acceptance. But despite the colourful event, there are no known queer-oriented bars or spaces to check out. If you are looking to connect with locals, apps are the easiest way to do so, however, expect a level of privacy and skittishness uncommon in more LGBTQ2+-welcoming destinations.

Gay Villages in Albania

N/A

Pride Festivals/Events in Albania

Tirana Pride—Hosted annually in May. The parade tends to be more of an advocacy and awareness event rather than a celebration. Many participants wear masks to protect their identity while walking.

Best Gay Bars in Albania

N/A

Best Lesbian Bars in Albania

N/A

Best Places to Visit in Albania

5. Theth

On the foot of Valbona Valley National Park (more on this in a moment) sits this  wood and stone village ripped from a fantasy novel or medieval blockbuster.

4. Tirana

Albania’s capital has come into its own since the fall of communism. Be sure to indulge in the city’s renowned cafe culture.

3. Albanian Riviera

Easily the least-known European riviera, this slice of Adriatic heaven is perfect to catch some rays and a little R&R.

2. Beret

‘The City of a Thousand Windows’ is Albania’s most notable claim to tourism fame. The UNESCO-listed city sits right on the Adriatic Sea and features a series of Ottoman houses clinging to a hill that’s adorned with a crumbling castle.

1. Valbona Valley National Park

Home of the nefariously named Accursed Mountains, this park is an adventurist’s playground. From hiking, biking and even horseback riding, you’ll find plenty of ways to engage with the rugged landscape.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: June through August offer gay travellers the best weather for hiking in Albania. The beaches may be hot, but the Adriatic remains fairly cool and refreshing along Albania’s coast.

Electricity: The power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. For more info, click here.

Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (GMT+2)

Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Albania, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: Most travellers from Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom and The United States do not need a visa to enter both Albania for up to 90 days. Exceptions may apply and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

September 15, 2020

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