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South Albania Top attractions!

So finally you are doing a trip to the South Albania, but you have no idea where to go?

Follow our advice and we will transform your trip in a perfect holiday!

South Albania Top attractions: Saranda

The most important city in the south Albania is full of life, with nice restaurants in front of the sea, a good atmosphere in the night and some very marvellous beaches with all the amenities you coud think about, at very low prices. It should be your starting point if you land in Corfu’ and want to explore the South of Albania, but if you are coming from Tirana you can read here how to reach Saranda easily.

The beach we prefer there is Mango Beach: same water and seaside as Ksamil but with a lot of space and all the possible comforts.

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View of Saranda from Mango Beach

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Saranda

South Albania Top attractions: Ksamil

The beaches of Ksamil are among the most famous of Albania, and have nothing to envy to the ones of the vis-a-vis Corfu’. Blue water, fine sand, nice islands. Everything you want from a beach place.

The city itself is not beautiful and it doesn’t offer that much, but its closeness to Saranda and Butrint make it one of the most touristic destination of Albania. Infact in August the masses of tourist are invading Ksamil beaches, making it quite difficult to find your own space. Try to avoid peak seasons.

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Ksamil beach

View of Saranda from a Ksamil Beach

View of Saranda from a Ksamil Beach

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Butrint National Park

Butrint is a real archaeological treasure, where you can find a mix of monuments starting from Hellenistic temple buildings of the the 4th century BC arriving at the Ottoman defences of the 19th century.

It has nothing to envy to any other famous archaeological site.

His core are the Roman ruins, with the amphiteatrum being a real jewel, and the Venetians fortifications. Impressive are also the Lake Gate and the Lion Gate. We absolutely suggest to spend a nice afternoon in Butrint to have a time-travel into 2000 years of history.

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South Albania Top attractions: Himare

Our favourite area in Albania. If you are looking for the most incredible beaches in Albania, nice restaurants with extremely good food, and not so many tourist as in Ksamil, then Himare is absolutely the right place for you! We suggest to sleep at Arian and Natalie Bed & Breakfast, where you will wake up with an amazing view of the sea and an excellent breakfast!

To eat try Zoto: greek salad, Tzatziki, rice stuffed vegetables, fried cheese with tomato and 2 Tirana Red beers for just 14 euro total with tips! See other examples of cheap prices in Albania here.

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One of the incredible beaches of Himare

The view from the B&B...

The view from the B&B…

...its terrace...

…its terrace…

...and breakfast!

…and breakfast!

Nice food at Himare restaurants...

Nice food at Himare restaurants…

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…and Himare by night.

South Albania Top attractions: Porto Palermo Castle

On the way from Saranda to Himare you pass by Porto Palermo castle, an impressive triangular plan structure. It has become famous as being built by Ottoman ruler Ali Pasha, but instead it has Venetian origins. You can visit its rooms for only 100 lek and take wonderful pictures from the stunning terrace.  In front of the castle lies the submarine tunnel, built during the Enver Hoxha dictatorship, while on the hills in front you can see many of the typical bunkers.

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Porto Palermo Castle

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Inside Porto Palermo Castle

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The stairs to the the Castle Terrace

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The Submarine Tunnel in front of Porto Palermo

South Albania Top attractions: Blue Eye

Just 22 km east of Saranda it is located Syri i kaltër, the Blue Eye, a spring of water deep between 50 and 100 metres. It is the place where the Bistrice River borns with 18400 litres of water coming out each second.

The view is impressive: a blue diamond of water emerges from the deep oscurity to give life to the river. If you feel brave enough you can swim in it (it is less than 10 degrees temperature) or jump from the above terrace (but we absolutely suggest to not do this dangerous act.) Try to go there very early in the morning (8 -10 a.m) to avoid the masses of tourists.

Entrance is 100 lek for the car plus 50 for each person. Nothing.

The pure water of the Blue Eye

The pure water of the Blue Eye

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Blue Eye

South Albania Top attractions: Gjirokaster

Another Unesco World Heritage of Albania. This small town is famous to be named the “city of stones” for its unique roofes; they are made of grey stones put one on the other. The roofs can weight up to 500 kilos for square metres! All the area surrounding Gjirokaster is extremely beautiful and it absoutely deserves a visit, even for just one day. You can admire the city and the mountains from the old castle, where you can also see traces of the cold war at the National Museum of Armaments.

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The typical stone roof of Gjirokaste’s houses

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The wonderful old town of Gjirokaster