Saranda Travel Guide: Discovering the Gems of Southern Albania

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Saranda. It is the most important seaside resort in Albania, and is located in the southernmost corner of the country. This beautiful town hidden among the hills, is situated in a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay bathed by the blue waters of the Ionian Sea. If you love the sea, Saranda is the ideal destination to combine a perfect holiday with relaxation and socialising.

From Tirana to southern Albania

Reaching this lively town from Tirana by car will allow you to discover Albania's most hidden corners, as the two alternative routes are both full of surprises. The inland road that passes through Gjirokastra will provide you with breathtaking, typically hilly landscapes, while the coastal road from Vlora is the longer but certainly the more scenic one, interspersed with many small villages to pass through at a slow pace.

Albania's Beaches

Once you get there, Saranda will be the starting point to drive to Albania's most beautiful and unspoiled beaches, such as Dhermi, Lukova, Bunec, Kakome, Krorez, Borsh... or to the renowned Ksamil.

Saranda and its surroundings

The unespected side of Albania: KSAMIL

This is Albania's most Instagrammed resort of the moment, and it's getting a lot of buzz on social media for its perfect combination of crystal-clear sea and increasingly modern and well-equipped beach resorts with DJ sets and bar service right on the beach, all at an affordable price.

Ksamil Beach

Natural landscapes in Albania: Syri i Kaltër - The blue eye

Driving from Saranda, you can't miss the Blue Eye, a must-see destination if you are in southern Albania. The beautiful crystal-clear spring is only about a half-hour drive from Saranda. The Blue eye is the initial part of a natural spring of the Bistricë River, an approximately 25 km long river that flows into the Ionian Sea south of Saranda.

The car route to reach it from Saranda is very simple and well-marked, upon arrival at your destination you must leave your car in the parking lot and continue on foot along a path of about 2 km. Once you arrive at your destination, an unmissable spectacle of nature will present itself before your eyes, a fantastic spring of beautifully coloured water, where blue and all its shades predominate. "The blue eye”, so called because the center of the spring, with its dark blue color, resembles a pupil, while the lighter and bluer surroundings are reminiscent of an iris.

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