The Albanian Riviera is blessed with around 300 days of sunshine each year. In January, the average temperature hovers around 10°C, while in July, it’s a pleasant 25°C. The climate through all the year is favorable or sea-lovers as the sun is always smiling.
The Ionian coastline is famous for its captivating beaches, known for their deep, crystal-clear waters. Water sports enthusiasts flock to the Ionian shores, with diving and boat tours topping the list. Some of the exotic and intriguing beaches in southern Albania include Dhërmi, Jal, Himara, Qeparo, Borshi, Saranda, and Ksamil.
For an awe-inspiring view, head to Qafa e Llogarasë, perched at 1,057 meters above sea level. The sight of the Riviera from here is nothing short of breathtaking. The shape of the beaches from above there was like cobra head but with the construction of resorts it has changed.
Your first encounter with this stunning coastal paradise begins with Drimades Beach in Palasë. Stretching for 1.5 km, this beach boasts exotic, serene blue waters and is known for its water sports. The sand is white and the sea water is crystal blue. A little further south, Dhërmi takes the spotlight as one of the most popular and significant tourist destinations along the Albanian coast. There is the small village on the top of the hill and down it lays the beach, faceing the Corfu island.
Here, you’ll find crystal-clear waters, secluded beaches, and opportunities for water sports and scuba diving. Jaliksari, Shkambo, and Gjipea are some of the diverse beaches that grace Dhërmi’s shores. Dhermi is a small village that is part of Himara municipality, only 42 km south of Vlora city and also the same distance north of Saranda. The village of Dhermi is built on a slope ofe Ceraunian Mountains with an altitude of about 200 meters. In the past, there was only Greek-language schools and till now the village in inhabited by an ethnic Greek community.
Gjipea Beach carves a beautiful shape into the landscape, with a river creating a 70-meter-high canyon nearby. Pirates’ Cave is a fascinating attraction close to Dhërmi, accessible only by boat or ferry. During the summer many tourists go to see that.
The area also boasts a selection of hotels, restaurants, and vibrant summer clubs. Tourism has flourished in this region, offering various accommodation options, from renting houses to a variety of nearby hotels. Eight kilometers south of Dhërmi, you’ll come across Vuno village, a central hub of the Albanian Riviera that comes to life during the summer season. Exploring this area, you’ll stumble upon Spile, Potami, Llaman, and Livadh beaches, known for their deep, inviting waters and distinctive rocky features. Just beyond Borshi lies Qeparo and the small, tectonic bay of Porto Palermo, home to the historic castle of Ali Pasha. Borshi, a wide area on the Albanian Riviera, is predominantly covered in citrus and olive plantations. Family tourism has gained immense popularity here. Olive oil production in Borsh, is the best of the southern region and is bought by may companies abroad.
As you journey from Borshi to Saranda, you’ll encounter Bunec, Kakome, and Krorëzë beaches, each offering beautiful and crystal-clear waters. Saranda, the most populated urban area along the Albanian Riviera, stands as a major tourist destination, particularly favored by honeymooners. The city and its surroundings feature a wide range of hotels, and many visitors also opt for rental homes. The prices are somehow cheaper than hotels with 4 stars. Saranda’s strategic location, just 9 km from the Greek island of Corfu, offers daily ferry connections, making it an ideal base for both European and international travelers.
As you explore Saranda, you’ll discover several small beaches. Typically, tourists prefer to visit the more popular ones because they offer every commodity that one can have. The famous Cave of Prates is a must to visit wuth a trip with boat that will cost around 10 euros. Also do not forget to bring with you the diving gear because the waters there are spectacular for diving. But if you want only to swim, visit in the afternoon is enough as the sun has warmed the waters.
Ksamil, nestled between the Ksamil Peninsula and the Butrint Lagoon, hosts numerous hotels and restaurants, either down by the shore or up by the mountain. In the vicinity of Ksamil Beach, you’ll find four small islets covered in Mediterranean vegetation, spanning a total area of 8.9 hectares.