Albania is a land with ancient history. Throughout the country, you’ll find many archaeological sites with Illyrian, Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Venetian ruins. The park of Butrint, located in southern Albania behind the Ksamil beach, just a few kilometers from the Greek border, is the country’s main archaeological park and one of the best preserved areas in the Balkan Peninsula. Here are 11 reasons why everyone should visit it.
Butrint is the largest archaeological park in Albania
Albania, despite its small size, is home to many archaeological parks, sites and ruins. Butrint is not just the most beautiful of all of them, but it is the largest too. The park was discovered in the ’20s by Italian archaeologist Luigi Maria Ugolini, when Albania was under Italian occupation.
The archaeological park of Butrint © isaleal / Flickr
It is also the largest archaeological park in the Balkan Peninsula
The Balkan Peninsula has been inhabited since the ancient times by several different ethnic groups, and it has plenty of amazing old sites and ruins. The Albanian site of Butrint, with its size of 200 ha (494 acres), is not only the largest archaeological park in the country, but also in the Balkans.