Gjirokastra, is one of the best places to go in Albania if you want to see the country’s more traditional side. This small inland city is the other historical city alongside Berat that is recognized by UNESCO for its exceptionally well-preserved character. Walking through its cobblestone streets past the bazaar and gorgeous Ottoman architecture, you’ll surely feel transported back in time. Things only get better when you journey up to Gjirokastra Castle, where you’ll find a weapon museum and mesmerizing views of the nearby mountains. Gjirokastra has ties to two major Albanian figures: the acclaimed writer Ismail Kadare and the former Communist dictator Enver Hoxha, both of whose homes are now museums.