Berat is a stunning city located in the south of Albania and one of the country’s oldest cities. It’s incredibly unique thanks to its well-preserved Ottoman and medieval architecture. I’ve visited many times and it really is special. Berat Christmas Market is one of the newer events in the city.
Start your visit to Berat by exploring the city’s many cultural and historical sites, including the ancient castle, the old bridges, and the impressive mosques. Make sure to visit the Onufri Museum, which houses a collection of ancient Byzantine and Albanian icons.
After that, head down to the riverfront to enjoy the Christmas markets in Berat. It’s well worth visiting if you’re in Berat in December.
Berat Christmas Market 2022
Berat is a destination for foodies. Try delicious traditional dishes at Berat’s Christmas markets, such as byrek, qebapa, and tavë kosi. Berat also has some of the best wines in the country that you can try at one of the Christmas chalets.
But you’ll also find German-style snacks and unique handmade gifts and decorations.
Dates and Locations
Berat Christmas Market dates: Waiting for 2022 dates.
Opening times: 10am to 7pm.
Location: Bulevardi Republika, the main pedestrian street near Ura e Varur, the Hanging Bridge.
Reason to visit: The unique backdrop that is Berat’s Ottoman-era architecture.
Recommended tour: Discover Berat’s complex history with a walking tour with a local guide.
Specialties: Albanian tave kosi (baked meat dish), rakija (strong alcohol), local cheese, Berati wine, pickled salads.
Where to stay: Bujtina Kodiket Guesthouse is located a restored Ottoman-era building.
Hotels near Berat Christmas Market
Berat is a very small city with many family-owned hotels and guesthouses. The beautiful old stone Ottoman-era houses overlook Berat from the district known as Mangalem. This is the area where you’ll most likely want to stay in Berat as it is stunning and close to everything.
I recommend staying at Bujtina Kodiket Guesthouse as it’s located in one of the best Ottoman-era buildings in Mangalem. I’ve met the owner and been inside this guesthouse, which has been lovingly restored. The stone walls, exposed timber beams and cobblestone courtyard and typical of this style of house.
Location of Berat Christmas Market
Book another destination with the help of my guide to the Christmas markets in Albania. Discover where to go, things to do, and the best ways to experience Albania’s food, history, and culture.
Berat Tourism has information regarding events and the best ways to experience Berat at Christmas.
Sustainable Travel Tips
The choices we make have an environmental and social impact on the places we visit. Try to implement these responsible travel measures when visiting the Christmas markets.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you really need.
- Walk, cycle, and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
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