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Berat is a city in the south central part of Albania with about 71,000 inhabitants.
The old town (Mangalem district) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2008 and is a true gem and worth a visit.
Berat has a Mediterranean climate and because of its location in the rain shadow of Mount Tomorr the summer in Berat is much warmer than the rest of Mediterranean and is in fact the hottest city in the country. From June to September average highs are between 30 °C and 34 °C, though the alltime high is a whopping 47 °C. Lows are around or slightly below 20 °C during this time. December to February is winter with highs around 15 °C and nights just a few degrees above freezing. Most of the annual 1,100mm of rain falls during the months of November to March. Snow is not unheard of as temperatures can drop to -10 °C during some of the coldest nights.
There are regular bus and minivan connections with Tirana, just a few hours to the north.
|Berat Backpackers Hostel||Gorica 295||HOSTEL||93|
|Castle Park - Hotel & Tourism Complex||Rruga Berat-Permet||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Mangalemi||Lagja Mangalem (Rruga per Kala)||Hotel||-|
|Lorenc Guesthouse & Hostel||Stiliano Bandill Lagja Gorica entrance nr.18||HOTEL||90|
|Hotel Berati||L.28 Nentori||HOTEL||-|
|Nasho Vruho Hotel and Guesthouse||Mangalem Quarter Xhymyrteka Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Guesthouse Kris||Castle of Berat||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Almost every city or town in Albania has public internet access, usually available at an Internet cafe. Some hotels, especially in Tirana, have broadband connections in the guest rooms; a few have Wi-Fi.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Albania is: 355. To make an international call from Albania, the code is: 00.
Coverage of cell phones is good, except in the most remote, mountainous areas.
Post Ashqiptare is the national postal service of Albania and services have been getting more reliable and faster over the years. Opening times of post offices are mostly between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings, although the bigger ones might keep slightly longer hours, while in small towns there might be shorter hours or a lunch break. For sending things other than postcards and letters or anything of value, you might consider using a private company like UPS, TNT, FedEx or DHL.
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