The first city that is at the top list of Albanian ancient cities is Butrint.
Especially Butrint Archaeological Park is one of the Albanian must-see destinations. You should absolutely visit Butrint if you once are in Albania because it is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park inside has many monuments and each of them reflects the stages of its long history. Your visit here spans the period from 3-rd to the 6-th century including Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and also Venetian periods. Also, this Park is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the Ionian coast.
The second city with an ancient name is Apollonia. It has the name of Apollo is found over the 6-th century B.C., and still remains as glorious as other civilizations of Hellenic and Roman ones in the Mediterranean. There you can notice an Arch of triumph, or also named Odeon or Nymphaeum, which seem to transport you into another world.
Byllis is another ancient city.
It was built during 4-th and 5-th centuries and it is the largest Illyrian city in the southern Albania. Byllis Archaeological Park was designed by the father of European urban planning, Hippodamus of Miletus, that made this city as modern as an ancient city was at that time. Inside of it there is a 7500-seat theater that is a beautiful sight.
The fourth in this list is Amantia.
This archaeological park is indeed another testimony to the ancient history on the Ionian coast. Actually, Amantia’s location corresponds to the village of Plloce in the region of Vlora, in southwestern Albania. The studies showed that it was founded during 5-th century B.C., and its particular position was created on very challenging mountainous terrain. The most beautiful sights here are the ancient stadium and the temple of Aphrodite along with the city gates and the ruins of the city halls.