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What to do in Saranda?

1. Syri Kalter (Blue Eye)

It's a very picturesque spot, it has a very special feature because it is dark in the middle and blue in the side. It is one of the most beautiful sources in Albania. Its depth is enormous and reaches up to 45 m, it is a source of fresh water and soft too, surrounded by dense and evergreen vegetation. Blue Eye Inside, a deep pit, from where the water rises up in a blue to black color. The Blue Eye with everything around it is just a natural temple devoted to the mystery of life
The buses depart daily to street 28 Nentori from 05: 30--16: 00. It should be said that many foreign tourists visit this beautiful place!

2. Butrinti

The city of Butrinti is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful attractions of the Albanian Riviera and one of the most visited destinations! The National Archaeological Park of Butrint has a surface area of 15 hectares and is located at a height of 30-50 m above sea level. Woods reaching height up to 12m and reaching a maximum age of 200 years. The Butrinti Cave is located near the Saranda-Butrint motorway. To get there first you need to go to Saranda, Saranda bus timetable in Butrint is from 06: 30-18: 30

3. Ksamil Beach

Ksamili is one of the most frequented seaside resorts of local and foreign tourists. The continental beach is small but clean. You have to visit this place because it is a true paradise, apart from the beach part it has and some small islands in the middle of it. Ksamil is located south of the city of Saranda off the road to Butrint. There you will find good restaurants.

4. Mirror Beach

It is a beach 8-9 km from xamil. It is called a mirror because the water is as clear as a mirror. There you can find some of the best restourants! Recently, this area has had many foreign visitors. You should visit this place. We could find you great hotels.

5. Saints Monastery

The 40 Saints monastery refers to the same story where modern "Saranda" got its name from (Saranda means "40" in Greek). This monastery was built in the 6th century, then changed for a period of several hundred years. It consists of two levels, but the upper one was destroyed in World War II. It is a place not to be lost.

6. Castle of Lekures

It has excellent views of Corfu and the Ksamili Islands from the castle, and inside you will find a nice restaurant that often visits tourists. The castle was built because the point of progress was ideal for protecting the city from invaders that they might have attempted to sail. This fortress is built in the 16th century.

What to do in Himara?

1. Porto Palermo

The fort served as former Soviet submarine base during the communist regime in Albania, and nowadays its semi abandoned tunnel and barrack attract attention of visitors, as well as the stronghold walls and gates built by the powerful Ali Pasha of Ionina. The Porto Palermo castle features a triangular shape of 150 x 400 meters and its walls go up to 20 meters. Strong defensive walls protect the entire area with gun loopholes at the front and at the side. The peninsula on which the castle is located has ever-green Mediterranean bushes while from its walls one can enjoy a great view of the bay.

2. Jale Beach

Jale Beach is Albanias absolutely most beautiful beach and definitely one of Europes untouched paradise. Jale is a great place for every tourist who wants to have the time of his life. Jale, until recently a small coastal village, without much exaggeration boasts a truly amazing beach. Is a good place for young people because it is a very noisy place, there is always a mega party.

3. Gjipe Beach

Gjipe Beach has small pebble stones and the water is very clear. It get’s deep quickly which I really like as I prefer to swim right away when I jump in the sea and not having to wade through knee deep water for half a mile. Gjipe Beach is at the end of a canyon with the same name, it’s a beautiful place it’s not too popular because people don’t know it. This is one of the best places to visit in Southern Albania is Gijipe beach and canyon.

4. The Castle of Himara

Himara Castle history dates back to 800 BC. It has resisted 500 years of Ottoman occupation and been involved in ‘dozens of battles’, as a plaque there mentions. As a fortified castle, its role continued into the early 19th century, at which time it became a village. Now, it is a partial ghost town, with a section of it still inhabited. It’s beautiful place, those big walls and the view it is very nice.

5. Livadhi Beach

Himara's longest stretch of beach is Livadhi, just north of the town. It's certainly very attractive but development hasn't been kind, with a slew of unsightly new buildings going up. There are long stretches of umbrellas and loungers, but also plenty of free space further down. There are several restaurants, hotels and two camping grounds directly on the beach.

What to do in Vlora?

1. Zvernec Monastery

Located on the island of Zvërnec resembles an old ship navigating alone in the Narta lagoon. By looking closely it looks as if the time has remained in this country for a long time. Neither the pangs of nearby forest leaves nor the sound of the waves do not spoil its centuries-old tranquility. The island is nearly all covered with tall pine trees and is just east of a much smaller island. It is 430m in length and has a maximum width of 300m. Zvërnec Island is connected to the mainland by a 270m long wooden bridge. The island is a tourist attraction because it contains the well preserved 13th-14th century Byzantine Zvërnec Monastery. Near the island lies the village that bears the same name. The island has an area about 9 hectares.

2. Sazan island

Sazan Island, located off the coast of Albania, has a pristine coastline, but it is still shrouded in mystery, even to most Albanians. That’s because the island was once a fortified, isolated military base and has never had any civilian population. It’s a MYSTERIOUS military island with secret bunkers and tunnels designed to withstand nuclear attack, it used during the communism. You should visit this place because it’s like a adventure in the island.
3. Kanine Castle

This castle was built in the village with the same name which is about 6 kilometres (4 mi) from Vlorë. The castle rises on the side of the Shushica Mountain, about 380 metres (1,250 ft) above sea level. The castle was built on the site of an ancient settlement, one of the oldest in the Vlora region. The castle is believed to have been erected in the 3rd century B.C. In the 4th century B.C. the castle was transformed into a fortress town. In the 6th century A.D. the castle was reconstructed by Justinian I. The castle was the center of the Principality of Valona in the 14th century. The settlement covers an area of 3,625 hectares. There is a very beautiful view of both the mountains and the sea.

4. Llogara National Park

The park covers an area of 1,010 hectares (2,500 acres) and protects the forests on the north side of the Llogara Pass between a height from 470 to 2,018 m (1,542 to 6,621 ft) above sea level. In the park can be found many black pine. Air currents that flow through the area have caused trees to bend in many interesting shapes, like the Pisha e Flamurit. The Park is known from its vibrant flora and fauna with over 100 different types of wild animals and birds including: deer, wild cats, foxes, etc. The mixture of refreshing high altitude mountain air and proximity of the sea makes it very attractive destination for tourists. The area is also important for the growth of eco-tourism, picnic, hiking and air sports.

5. Orikum beach

It's a great place to rest. It is 9 km away from Vlora, there is to many nice bars and restaurants even in the late hours! If you are in Vlora you should visit this place! It's a clean water, in some areas are big rocks and you can jump from there, it is a funny place!