Butrint National Park

One of the UNESCO sites in Albania is Butrint National Park. The entrance fee is 700 lek  (300 lek for Albanians). 

The park is open from 8.00 am in the morning till dusk. The museum inside the park is open from 9 am to 4 pm.

Butrint is the site of an old Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric in Epirus. The city is considered as one of the most important archaeological sites in Albania. Wikipedia has a lot of information about the National park and the history. Wikipedia Butrint National Park

The park is quite large and you can wander around for about 2-3 hours easily if you give yourself time to read the signs and walk slowly. The museum holds some special items from different times. 

The mosaic floor in the baptistery is supposed to be really beautiful, but most of the time this floor is covered with gravel to protect the mosaic. Check the website of Butrint National park to see when it is revealed. 

We advise you to be early in Summer to beat the crowds and the heat. We were there at 8 am and there were at least 150 people waiting to get in. 

Take some food and water with you because the cafe is not always open.  Wear sturdy shoes because the terrain is very rocky. 

In the national park are some nice hiking trails and the flora and fauna is very special with over 1200 species of plants and animals.

 

how to get there

How to get to Butrint National Park

You can catch a bus from Sarande or Ksamil to go to Butrint National Park. The bus is only 100 lek per person and leaves in Sarande on the half hour . The bus stops at the entrance of the National Park. It takes about 20-40 minutes to go to the National Park from Sarande. In summer the bus is really crowded

PS. You can also try to hitchhike to the park like we did. It took us about 20 minutes to get a ride from Ksamil and we got a ride back from the same Austrian couple. 

 

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