The Albanian Riviera

The last relatively undeveloped spot on the Albanian Riviera, before the urban sprawl of Saranda begins, is Bunec. The pebbly beach is divided in two by a stream running down from the mountains. The northern half is the nicest part while the southern half has a fishing jetty and concrete walkway.

It faces exactly the right direction to watch the sunset with a cold drink.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Albanian Riviera attractions

1. Borsch

3.66 MILES

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2. Porto Palermo

6.63 MILES

In a picturesque bay just south of Himara, this 19th-century fortress, also known as the Castle of Ali Pasha, makes for an interesting stop-off along the…

3. Himara Beach

10.24 MILES

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4. Synagogue

10.87 MILES

These ruins of a 5th-century synagogue are located right in the heart of town and provide evidence of one of the earliest Balkan-Jewish communities. There…

5. Museum of Archaeology

10.93 MILES

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6. Ethnological Museum

10.98 MILES

Housed in Saranda's old customs house overlooking the town wharf, this interesting museum contains many fascinating photographs from the communist era,…

7. Saranda Art Gallery

11.01 MILES

This excellent gallery overlooking the seafront has high-quality temporary exhibits, with many works coming down from the National Gallery in Tirana.

8. Himara Castle

11.17 MILES

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