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Albanian Riviera

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10 Days

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10 people

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Overview

THE ALBANIAN RIVIERA IS BLESSED WITH 300 DAYS OF SUN

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.

Velipoja Beach

Velipoja Beach is the northernmost beach in the country and is 22 km from the city of Shkodër. The 4 km long fine sandy beach is suitable for a family vacation.

Shengjin and Tale

Shengjin and Tale have a coastline with a length of about 38 km, here you will find countless hotels and restaurants.
The beaches are quiet, clean and the local food with lots of fresh fish is very cheap. The lagoons of Patok and Kanu-Vain offer an extraordinary variety of animals and plants. Shëngjin.
North of Shëngjin, in front of Renci, lies the beautiful beach of Rana e Hedhun (thrown sand).

Durres

Durres is the second largest city in Albania and has the largest port in the country. The range of hotels and resorts is huge here. But the beaches here are crowded and not as beautiful as anywhere else.

Gjiri i Lalzit

We recommend “Gjiri i Lalzit”, the beach is forty minutes away from Durres and the hotel complexes are of European quality.

Kepi i Rodonit

Kepi i Rodonit is our next insider tip. Here you can camp wonderfully, a dreamlike bay with a small old church. There they are in the middle of nature on a fine sandy beach with clear sea.

Vlora

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

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Vlora
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
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PALASA
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.
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DHËRMI
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.
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KSAMIL
South of Saranda, the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, and within striking distance of the Greek border, Ksamil has an excellent location. The three small islands in its turquoise bay are an easy swim or boat ride away, and there are always fewer people here than on the busier town beach.
This is a big tourism centre for locals, and it can get very crowded in summer, but even then the islands offer some respite. Corfu looms across the channel in the distance (this is Albania’s closest point to the Greek island), and the ancient city of Butrint, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is just beyond Saranda, which makes it very easy to combine beach time with some cultural pursuits.
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HIMARA
The sleepy town of Himara is a well-established stop on the tourist trail. Despite its growth in the past decade it hasn’t lost its charm, although the town beach is now crowded in summer.
Instead, head 3km north of the town to Livadhia beach, a wide and long, white stone beach backed by rolling hills and with inviting, clear water for swimming. In the town itself, Potami beach is a good alternative to the main one; you’ll find it just south of the centre, beyond the large rock that cuts the town in two.
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BORSH
The largest unbroken stretch of beach in Albania, 7km-long Borsh is quite a sight as you approach it along the dramatic coastal road leading to the wide plain with the eponymous town spread out before you. Even more remarkable is that tourism has barely touched Borsh, despite its significant community and busy olive-oil production industry – the beach is backed by little more than a few makeshift restaurants and bars. This is inevitably going to change soon, as developers train their sights on the empty lots backing the beach, so come now to enjoy this magical place.
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GJIPE
The beach of Gjipea has a beautiful shape. Past this beach there is a stream that has made a canyon with 70 meters high walls. Located near the beach of Dhërmi is the Cave of Pirates which tourists can access only by boat or ferry. There are also hotels, restaurants and summer clubs located nearby.

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