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Coastal Albania

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A beach in Southern Albania

Coastal Albania is a region of Albania comprising a long narrow strip between 10 and 30 km wide incorporating the eastern lowland bordering both the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea. The shores of Lake Skadar which is slightly inland in the north forming part of Albanian-Montenegrin border are also included in the area.

Regions[edit]

Cities[edit]

From north to south:

  • Shkodra — the biggest town in Northern Albania. The Rozafa Castle is a major tourist attraction here.
  • Velipoja — coastal village with a curative sand shore and excellent bathing waters
  • Shengjin — small resort town where a port, Kune-Vain-Tale Lagoon, and beaches of Rana e Hedhun, and Ishull Lezhë are located
  • Lezhe — a small city home to Skanderbeg's Tomb, panoramic Lezhe Castle and several renovated churches
  • Durrës — one of the oldest cities in Albania. Flooded three times during its history. The current city is built on the ruins of two previous ones. It has the largest amphitheater in the Balkans. It is currently the largest port of Albania and has the longest shoreline. Newly explored beaches include Bishti i Pallës, Gjiri i Lalzit, Spille, and Plazhi i Gjeneralit
  • Fier — about eight miles outside the modern city of Fier are the early Greek and Roman ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia. Much of this ancient city still remains buried under the hills.
  • Vlorë — lively seaside city, nice beaches south of town. Passenger ferries to and from Italy dock here.
  • Sarandë — a city in southern Albania passed the Albanian Riviera known for its unforgettable beaches, and colorful spring blooms.

Other destinations[edit]

From north to south:

  • Skadar Lake — shared between Albania and Montenegro featuring small fishing villages such as Zogaj and Shiroke
  • Divjaka-Karavasta Lagoon National Park — incorporating the Ramsar List protected Karavasta Lagoon and the Divjaka Pines.
  • Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park — proclaimed in 2010 and the only marine park in the country, the park encompasses the surrounding coastal area of Karaburun Peninsula and Sazan Island. From mountain drops to the sea, ruins of ancient ships, secluded beaches, caves to spectacular coral reefs, this park is worth a sail or dive.
  • Bylis — second largest archaeological site from Roman era in Albania
  • Bregu — also known as the Albanian Riviera along the Ionian Sea
    • Dhërmi — in the Albanian Riviera is one of the finest of many beaches along the coastal road between Vlore and Saranda, perfect for camping
    • Vuno — small village a few kilometres north to the town of Himarë and part of the Albanian Riviera
    • Lukove - part of the Albanian Riviera
  • Butrint — Largest archaeological site from Greek and Roman era in Albania. It lies on the coast in the southernmost tip of the country, near the Greek border. Minibuses are available from Saranda.


Understand[edit]

The coast in north Albania between Velipoje and Shengjin contains curative sand beaches. In central Albania from north of Durres to Vlore, the coast contains sandy beaches, while in the south along the Albanian Riviera, they are mostly rocky with plenty of beach stretches. The total coastline of Albania is about 450 km long.

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Get around[edit]

The roadways along the beach are mostly new and in good condition. Velipoja, Shengjin, Durres, Golem, Vlora, Divjaka, "Bregu" and Saranda, all are connected very well with the national roadway. "Rruga e Bregut" or SH8 is the roadway from Vlora to Saranda. Alternatively, one can take the A2 motorway between Fier and Vlore. SH8 starts at Fier, passes along Llogara pass, and ends at Lukove. The view is amazing, and this is one of the most picturesque roads in the Balkans. The SH4 road between Durres and Kavaja has been widened to dual carriageway. It is a bit crowded in summer, so be careful.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Golem Beach. One of the biggest beaches in Albania. The touristic center for the tourists from Kosovo and Macedonia. Full of hotels and bars, but the cleanliness of the beach and water is lower than in the southern beaches like Vlora, Dhermi, Qeparo or Saranda.  edit
  • Velipoja. The touristic center of Shkodra and Northern Albania in general. The beach is long and wide, and a lot of hotels offer nice rooms. However, the beaches are crowded in August. If you prefer quiter beaches, you should go to Southern Albania  edit
  • Vlora. The biggest touristic city in Southern Albania. The beaches after "Uji i Ftohte" south of the city are the most preferred, as the water and beach are cleaner. Vlora is full of hotels and restaurants, where you can find great sea products. Very preferred from families as well as young people, even teenagers.  edit
  • Lushnje. Visit the Historical Museum of Lushnje showcasing various exhibits including those on the famous Congress of Lushnje that proclaimed Tirana capital of Albania.  edit
  • Lezhe Castle
  • Zvernec Monastery
  • Bashtova Castle near Kavaja
  • Franz Joseph Island near Velipoja
  • Scanderbeg Castle, Ishem Castle and Shen Ndout Church near Lalzi Bay north of Durres.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Camping. All along the Albanian coast, there exist camping facilities at or nearby the coast.
  • If you prefer active holidays, there is a great way to discover the Albanian coastline; try to paddle along the beautiful Ionian sea. This tour will let you explore some secluded beaches and caves that you can access only through water Paddling along the Ionian sea.
  • Of course, tasting delicious seafood goes without saying

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Local specialties such as fresh fish, wild birds, roasted lamb, burek, and delicious dairy products.

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Stay safe[edit]

Insect repellant is recommended as recently mosquitos are a problem especially near swamps. Some areas suffer from excessive noise pollution from outdoor beach clubs.

Get out[edit]



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