Before you travel to Albania, it is important to know opening hours, so that you can accurately plan your vacation. Certain stores and other sightseeing venues operate on a conservative time schedule. Below is a list of typical opening hours for stores, galleries, museums, monasteries, cathedrals, and castles that Albanian tourists will want to check out.
Stores and merchants in Albania are going to vary depending on their operating hours. Typically you will find that the stores are open seven days a week, this includes Sunday of course. While some of the shops will close on Sunday, many that are a part of the hotels will remain open. The opening hours are going to vary in that some will open from 9am to 5pm, but most will be open in the morning and afternoon, close at 3pm and open again at 5pm for the evening.
Castles and Monasteries
The standard opening hours for castles and monasteries in Albania are typically Tuesday through Sunday, and are open from 9am-noon and then again from 2pm-5pm in the afternoon. Depending upon the attraction, openings can be restricted to weekend and holidays during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. There are even places that will close down completely between April and October.
Opening Hours of Museums
Typically the main museums are open Tuesday through Sunday 10am-6pm, but there are some exceptions. Whatever the time of year, if you want to see the interior of a building, nine times out of ten you’ll be forced to go on a guided tour that will last at least 45 minutes. The last tour of the day usually leaves an hour before the advertised closing time, so make sure to get there in time.
It goes without saying that castles, museums, galleries, and monasteries are closed for national public holidays. To be on the safe side, check the phone book for contact information of museums, galleries, castles, and cathedrals that you plan on visiting. You can always call and verify what their hours of operations are. By double-checking, you can schedule all the attractions you want to see without any problems.