The Albanian Riviera

As you zigzag down the mountain from the Llogaraja Pass National Park, the white crescent-shaped beaches and azure waters lure you from below. The first beach is long and clean Palasa. In the last few years a new access road has been built and a huge swathe of the hillside behind the beach carved out to make way for construction of hotels and resorts.

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1. Drymades

1.56 MILES

One of the more attractive beaches on the Albanian Riviera is Drymades. It's a long, shingle white beach backed by olive groves and the first stirrings of…

2. Llogara Pass National Park

1.99 MILES

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3. Dhërmi

3.31 MILES

Dhërmi beach is well and truly under the tourist trance in summer: expect booked-out accommodation, loud music and half of Tirana sprawled on the stones…

4. Gjipe Beach

5.46 MILES

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5. Vuno

6.24 MILES

Vuno is a tiny hillside village above picturesque Jal beach. Each summer Vuno's primary school is filled with blow-up beds and it becomes Shkolla Hostel…

6. Jal

7.14 MILES

Jal beach, a 5km drive down a decent side-road from the village of Vumoni, has been well and truly 'discovered' in the last few years and an ever…

7. Livadhi Beach

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8. Himara Castle

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