The area has been inhabited since ancient times. It is thought that it was first settled in the 8th century B.C. Evidence to this is the discovery of burial mounds, a total of 54 in the entire Mat District, to the west and northwest of Burrel. These burial mounds belong to the Illyrian Cult of Mati. Burrel began its life as a town in 1922, as the main center of the Mat District. The town has a park with an area of 4 hectares.
The primary cultural attraction in the town of Burrel is the History Museum of the Mati.
Natural attractions near the town of Burrel are Zall Gjoçaj National Park, the Shkopeti Gorge and Ulza Lake.