While many visitors decide to spend only a day in Berat, we suggest you to stay a weekend or more. This UNESCO town, and its region, is hands-down one of the best places in Albania to visit. Berat is an open-air museum with churches, mosques and a castle, surrounded by mountains, hills, vineyards and tons of things to add to your itinerary. Make Tradita e Beratit your base while exploring the territory. This boutique stay, located in Gorica neighborhood, is a 350-year old property used once as an inn.
The rooms at Tradita e Beratit are designed down to every last detail. In each of the 6 bedrooms you’ll find one-off antiques, heritage furniture and collectibles that reflect the owners’ passion for traditional art while nodding to the history and culture of the region. There is also a suite, Oda e Madhe, with the best view of Berat: from the windows you can see the old bridge of Gorica, Osumi river and the castle. The property is surrounded by ancient buildings and secret gardens that sweep down to the banks of the river.
FOOD & DRINKS
The on-site farm-to-table restaurant is the icing on cake here. The kitchen is led by owners’ mum: she cooks family and traditional recipes using only local, seasonal and fresh ingredients of Berat’s farmers. Tradita e Beratit’s menu offers a selection of the best of Albanian cuisine from byrek with veggies, fërgëse with ricotta cheese, tomatoes and peppers, stuffed pepper with rice, stuffed aubergine, to Berati traditional beef with cheese inside and homemade meatballs. Order a bottle of local wine or ask the owners their uncle’s homemade wine. Either way you won’t be disappointed: Berat is well-know for its excellent wine culture and precious vineyards.
Tradita e Beratit is superbly located in Gorica neighborhood and close to all the city landmarks. The old churches of Berat are practically on your doorstep but make time to zig-zag around the UNESCO town’s hilly backstreets, home to secret gardens, small cafes, artisan boutiques, and hidden gems. Within a short walk you can find architectural wonders at every turn -churches, mosques, courtyards, plus Kala, the inhabited castle with ancient homes, Onufri Museum and the church of St Mary. Berat is a hilltop town famed for its production of wine, mostly shesh and puls. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit some of the local wineries a few km away from the structure.