Berat is a city and a municipality located in south-central Albania, and the capital of the County of Berat and also one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. In July 2008, the old town called Mangalem district, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The municipality was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Berat, Otllak, Roshnik, Sinjë and Velabisht, that became municipal units.
The seat of the municipality is the city Berat. The total population is 60,031 (2011 census), in a total area of 379.98 km2 (146.71 sq mi). The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 32,606.
What to See:
- The Kala, a castle mostly built in the 13th century, but with origins going back to the 4th century BC. A very beautiful place with great views of the surrounding area. Getting to the Kala requires a steep walk up a cobbled path – take care, the stones are worn and slippery. The citadel is still inhabited, with many churches, and there are a couple of bars and shops in the Kala area.
- Onufri Iconography Museum  located within the Kala at the site of a Dormition Cathedral, features the vivid iconography works of the famous 16th century painter Onufri and others. The museum hold other artifacts gathered form nearby churches and others around Albania. Closed Mondays.
- Berat Ethnographic Museum  located in the grounds of a traditional house, on the way up to the castle. It features traditional local furniture and house utensils.
- Below the Kala are two other old town areas – Mangalem north of the river (a traditionally Muslim area), and Gorica south of the river (a traditionally Orthodox Christian area).
- Numerous Byzantine Churches, dating from the 13th century.
- Several Mosques from the Ottoman era (starting from 1417).
- Nearby Tomorri Mountain can be reached with 4×4 vehicles. At mountain peak a Bektashi Tekke is located.
- Bogova Waterfall between Berat and Corovode.
|Languages spoken||Albanian, English|