The Albanian Riviera

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Beach at the village of Dhërmi © Dori/cc-by-2.5

Beach at the village of Dhërmi © Dori/cc-by-2.5

Albanian Riviera is a coastal area in the County of Vlorë running along the Ionian Sea under the Ceraunian Mountains in Southern Albania. It should not be confused with the Albanian coastline as a whole which includes both the Riviera and the mostly flat coastline of central and north Albania. Traditionally, the region begins south of Llogara National Park, continues down along the coast through the villages of Borsh, Himara, Qeparo, Piqeras, and ends at Lukovë. The Albanian Riviera was proclaimed as the 2012 Top Value Destination by Frommer’s.

In 2009, the region gained international attention after the reconstruction of the coastal road SH8, the 2010 tour stop of DJ Tiësto in Dhërmi, and the filming of a Top Gear episode featuring a breath-taking car pursuit along the winding coastal road.

Straits of Corfu as seen from Saranda looking south. To the right the island of Corfu with Mount Pantokrator © Albinfo/cc-by-sa-3.0 Albanian Riviera © Marc Morell/cc-by-sa-3.0 Beach at Borsh © Decius/cc-by-sa-3.0 Albanian Riviera map © Lencer/GFDL Jala Beach © flickr.com - wstuppert/cc-by-sa-2.0 Beach at the village of Dhërmi © Dori/cc-by-2.5
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Straits of Corfu as seen from Saranda looking south. To the right the island of Corfu with Mount Pantokrator © Albinfo/cc-by-sa-3.0
The area is a major nightlife, ecotourist, and elite retreat destination in Albania. The region features traditional Mediterranean villages, ancient castles, and Orthodox churches. In fact, the landscape alternates between mountain passes, turquoise beaches, underwater fauna, caves, and orange, lemon and olive plantations. Accommodation consist mainly of guest houses or bed and breakfasts and wood cabin complexes. There are a few camping areas, beach clubs and resorts while the rest of the coast is mostly unspoiled. Some owners of these facilities organize tours along the coast and the nearby area as part of their accommodation packages. These include visits to cultural sites, and sailing, paragliding, hiking, kayaking, and underwater diving activities.

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