Albania’s rugged coastline, with traditional villages nestled in isolated bays and golden beaches lapped by turquoise waters, was a revelation when travelers first started discovering the country a decade ago. Since then Europe’s last untouched beaches have changed almost beyond recognition, but there’s still plenty of reason to come here and explore this magnificent coastline where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet. The Adriatic and Ionian Sea form the approximately 316 km long coast of Albania. Due to the clear sea and the climatic conditions, the diversity of the Albanian coast offers something for everyone. The beaches of the Adriatic coast are made of fine sand and the sea is gently sloping and therefore also suitable for children. With 250 days of sunshine a year and warm temperatures from mid-April, Albania offers ideal conditions for your beach vacation.
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Vlora is approx. 150 km from Tirana and can be reached in approx. 2 hours by car via the SH4 and SH8 motorways. In the city center on the promenade, the beach is made of dark sand and the water is very clear. The beach in Vlora, like in Durres, is overcrowded by the locals and is therefore not recommended. Vlora is a very good starting point to reach other bays. The hotels are very cheap and the nightlife is very active
This is the first accessible beach on the Riviera after negotiating the incredible descent through the zigzagging Llogara Pass. A new access road takes you from the main road to the beach itself, a glorious stretch of white sand and rock with no development to speak of apart from a nightclub which brings in crowds at the height of summer. Other than that there are just a few cafes, a pizzeria and a couple of informal campsites: perfect for beach bums wanting to avoid crowds, camp alone on the beach and swim in pristine waters.
The beach at Dhërmi is one of the most famous in Albania, a dazzling strip of white rock several kilometres long that is lapped by deep blue water. Outside peak season, it’s very quiet, and while the summer months now get very busy, the beach is long enough for those who want to find a quiet spot away from the crowds even in mid-August. For explorers, there are lots of coves and smaller bays further along the beach, including the famous Drymades beach, where excellent budget accommodation can be had and a number of smart hotels are found on the beach itself.