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Tirana International Airport and then take the buses south towards Saranda and Himara. Or first you go to Corfu, take the boat to Saranda (in the morning or in the afternoon), then with the bus to Dhermi, (in the afternoon 2PM).
From Korfu to Saranda (all year) or Himara (in summer), then take the bus to Dhermi. Or from Italy Bari, Brindisi to Vlorë and Durres, than take the bus in the direction to Saranda or Himara.
- From Tirana take the bus directly to Dhermi every midday, at the bus station for south.
You can walk around in Dhermi as the distances are not that long, or you can take a taxi if needed. Don't forget to settle the price before you enter the taxi.
- The monastery of Saint Mary Panajia, at the top of the village
- The monastery of Saint Theodhor in the top
- Pirate Cave rock, The Pirate Cave (only by boat).
- Visit the beaches of Shkambo, Jaliskari, Perivoli, Gjipe ect.
- Visit the old village of Dhermi, walk aroud the old narrow stone paths.
- old churches
- the water miles on Potami river
- the olive miles at Gjikopulli house
- Vreto and Kumi Kulla (castel-house).
- Renting a speed boat and visiting the Gjipe Bay. Take a walk up the Gjipe Canyon, aroud 4 km, to the waterfall of Petasma that is 75 m high.
- Do not forget to spend some hours at Perivoli Beach; you'll have about 3km of beach all for yourself.
Do not forget to buy Olive Oil (4 euro per litre) and Honey (8 euro per litre) while you are in Dhermi, it's the best you can find in Albania and one of the best in the Balkans. The oil is very virgin and usually home-made. Also don't forget to get some figs - Albania is the world's 13th producer of figs. In some parts of Dhermi, there are bananas. They aren't usually fully developed, but feel free to enjoy the only bananas grown in Europe! Lemons and oranges are also very popular, and pretty nice. Just feel free to stretch your hand, take an orange from the tree, peel the skin off and eat it.
In general eating in a restaurant in Dhermi (there are various kinds of places serving the likes of pizza, fish, traditional Albanian, Italian or Greek cuisine) will cost you around 10 euro per meal. There are some really good fast foods where you will spend less than 4 euro per person including the drink.
Piratet is a very nice option if you want to enjoy fresh seafood near the beach.
You have two places to go out at night, Havana Beach Bar and Cafe del Mare Pub, the best choices on the Ionian Coast, well known amongst Albanians. In fact, Havana Beach Bar is so popular that in summer, most of the Albanian young members of the government, go there (including the Minister of Transport Olldashi, Minister of Integration Majlinda Bregu, former minister of Culture Blendi Klosi, a lot of MP's, and a lot of singers, models, and Big Brother stars)
From Panorama you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Dhermi during the day and the night.
Dhermi is full of nice modern cafes and bars, a coffee costs around 50 euro cents, and a cola around 1 euro, a beer around 1-2 euro, and a drink 2-4 euro. But be careful when family shopping because buying in the centre of Dhermi is far more expensive than buying in the village, where old women sell what they grow on their balconies - usually called "veranda" in Albanian)
It will not be difficult to find a place to sleep, unless you visit Dhermi in August, in this month you need to book in advance or the only choice will be the camp sites.
There are hotels at Dhermi, and also several resorts a few kilometres to the South West in Drymades Beach. To reach this, take the right fork in the SH8 road as you are going down towards Dhermi and follow the rough track past some farms. Resorts have some expensive chalets and a patch of waste ground to pitch a tent on for 500 Lek. Far better to pitch the tent down the beach a few hundred yards and use their bar and restaurant. If you get a room in the village it will not cost you less than 20 euro, but if you rent one near the beach it will cost you for 20 euro up to 40 euro, depending on the location and high season. If you search you will find some rooms for 4 persons up to 5 euro per person a night. Also there are some camping sites available costing 4 euro per person.
You can camp on the beach or under the orange tree near the beach as it is not forbidden to camp around the place.
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