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Coastal Albania

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A beach in Southern Albania

Coastal Albania is a region of Albania.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lezhe — a small city home to Skanderbeg's Tomb, panoramic Lezhe Castle and several renovated churches
  • Lukove - part of the Albanian Riviera
  • Sarandë — a city in southern Albania known for its unforgettable beaches and colorful spring blooms.
  • Shkodra — the biggest town in Northern Albania. The Rozafa Castle is a major tourist attraction here.
  • Vlorë — lively seaside city, nice beaches south of town. Passenger ferries to and from Italy dock here.
  • Vuno — small village a few kilometres north to the town of Himarë and part of the Albanian Riviera

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  • Bregu — also known as the Albanian Riviera along the Ionian Sea
  • Bylis — second largest archaeological site from Roman era in Albania
  • 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.
  • Dhërmi — in the Albanian Riviera is one of the finest of many beaches along the coastal road between Vlore and Saranda, perfect for camping
  • Lagoon of Kune-Vain west of Lezhe
  • Shengjin
  • Beaches of Rana e Hedhun, Ishull Lezhë, Bishti i Pallës, Gjiri i Lalzit, Spille, Plazhi i Gjeneralit, Seman, and Zvërnec.
  • 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 ruins of ancient ships to spectacular coral reefs, this park is worth a dive.


This region comprises a long narrow strip of between about 10 and 30 km wide along the whole of the Albanian coast, bordering both the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, in addition to the shores of Lake Skadar which is slightly inland, forming part of Albanian-Montenegrin border.


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The roadways along the beach are 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" is the roadway from Vlora to Saranda. It starts with Llogara and ends at Lukove. The view is amazing, and this is one of the most picturesque highways in Balkan. The road between Durres and Kavaja is a bit crowded in summer, so be careful.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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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.

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