albanian riviera vacation

Best places to see on the Albanian Riviera on vacation

The Albanian Riviera, to the north of Saranda, is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Ionian Sea. There were few positive outcomes from Albania’s isolation and poverty under communism, but this pristine coastline was one. A few small resorts, provide families with the opportunity to spend a fortnight or so at the beach. Because of the submarine base at Porto Palermo, the coastal road between Himara and Borsh was a closed military zone. Himara was a sleepy village, and Saranda was only a small, low-rise city. However, during the last 20 years, the Albanian Riviera’s beautiful beaches have …

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Saranda Albania travel guide

Saranda Albania travel guide for the best summer vacation

Southwestern Albania features several must-see sights, including the magnificent archaeological site and national park of Butrint, the majestic Ottoman city of Gjirokastra, and the Riviera’s gorgeous beaches and crystalline seas. The Greek name for the town, Ayia Saranda, is related to a story about 40 Christian legionaries who were executed in the 4th century. A pilgrimage church dedicated to the 40 saints was built on a hill behind modern Saranda Albania in the 5th century, rebuilt in the early 9th century, and unfortunately used as a base by German troops during the Battle for the Liberation of Saranda in 1944, …

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Berat Albania travel guide

Visit Berat Albania: a short travel guide

Berati or Berat Albania is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Balkans. The panorama of its white cottages descending the mountain to the citadel is one of the country’s most iconic sights. The fortress walls enclose the whole summit of the hill. There are eight medieval churches inside, one of which has an exceptional collection of icons painted by the 16th-century artist Onufri. Berat Albania also contains an excellent Ethnographic Museum and a number of other significant structures, including two of Albania’s oldest mosques. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that …

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komani lake ferry ride

Time to relax on the Komani Lake ferry ride!

After you have seen all there is to see in Shkoder, my advice is that you book a Komani Lake ferry ride. Bookings can be arranged via your host (at least that’s how it was at the Wanderers Hostel). You will actually pay for a trip on a small bus to the lake plus the boat ride itself. You can book one-way or return tickets. Bus ride to Komani Lake You should have your breakfast early in the morning and be ready when the bus arrives. Make it a light breakfast, though, as you’ll be off on a bumpy ride! Several portions of the road …

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visit shkoder albania

Why you have to visit Shkoder Albania

After checking in at the Wanderers Hostel and having a coffee on its terrace, I went with Ana to shortly visit Shkoder Albania and find something to eat. Continue reading to discover the best places for eating, drinking, and exploring when you visit Shkoder Albania. Where to eat in Shkoder The city center is mostly Rruga Kole Idromeno, a pedestrian area with some lively terraces. It was just 5 minutes away. Thus, we found ourselves at a table, with a drink, waiting for some food in no time! By the way, if you’re a vegetarian, Albanian cuisine should be to your liking, as you will find …

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wanderers hostel best place to stay in shkoder

Best place to stay in Shkoder: The Wanderers Hostel

In Tirana, we parted ways with Simon. He went to Kosovo, and we continued our Balkan road trip through Albania. But until he left, he talked on and on about this wonderful travelers’ oasis called The Wanderers Hostel (not The Wanderer’s Hostel, mind you!). He said it’s the best place to stay in Shkoder! He said we might meet him there again, but nothing was certain when it came to him. That is because he didn’t believe in mobile phones and other such technology. He left us in the middle of the night, to catch his bus, without saying goodbye, and uncertain if our paths …

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radio bar tirana

Radio Bar Tirana, one of the best places to go out

If you ever have the chance to visit Tirana Albania with some time to spare and wish to have an interesting drink in a very cool atmosphere, drop by Radio Bar Tirana. The interior of Radio Bar looks quite retro, and the covered terrace can seem a bit whimsical, with cubic shelves filled with plants of all sorts, plus some nice lighting. What to drink at Radio Bar Tirana In their menu, you’ll find classic drinks or you can try something new, should you feel slightly adventurous. Tim, for example, had a green drink, based on cucumbers. It tasted very fresh and healthy. …

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