Located on the banks of the Lake of Shkodër (Skadar in Montenegrin), Shkodër, in northern Albania, is a city rich in history and natural tourism resources. At the confluence of three rivers—the Buna, Drin, and Kir—the ancient town has acted as the gateway to this region of the country for centuries. For visitors, who want to access either the country’s northern coast or the Albanian Alps, Shkodër, which has a population of around 114,000, is the logical place to launch.
Established in the 4th century BC, Shkodër has, over the last couple millennia, felt the influence by Romans, Serbians, Venetians, and the Ottoman Empire. Combine this deep history—it is one of country’s oldest cities—with a bustling energy and a slew of museums and historic sites, and adventurous travellers will find plenty of options before they make their way to the sea or mountains.