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Pastarella

At the far southern end of Dhërmi Beach, this offshoot of a well-loved Tirana restaurant is a hugely popular place come the summer months. Its dining room, which opens onto the beach with gorgeous views, functions a…
Beach in The Albanian Riviera

Gjipe Beach

Between Dhërmi and Vuno is the turn-off for this little-known gem, a gorgeous stretch of isolated white sand and rock backed by big cliffs – and as yet almost entirely undeveloped. Turn off the main road for the Mon…
Beach in The Albanian Riviera

Dhërmi

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. Despite this, there is fun to be had, and as the beach is so …
Beach in The Albanian Riviera

Palasa

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 Palasa, and it's one of the least-developed beaches a…
Beach in The Albanian Riviera

Jal

It's a 5km walk downhill along the main beach road from Vuno to picturesque Jal, which has two beaches; one has free camping just off the beach, while the other has a camping ground set back from the sea. Fresh seaf…
Beach in The Albanian Riviera

Drymades

Heading south from Palasa, the next beach along the Albanian Riviera is Drymades. To get here leave the main road for Dhërmi, then take the first right (signposted for the Turtle Club). In 20 minutes, you'll reach t…
Beach in The Albanian Riviera

Bunec

The last idyllic spot on the Albanian Riviera, before the urban sprawl of Saranda begins, is Bunec. It's a charming village, with a lovely pebbly beach that's divided in two by a stream running down from the mountai…
Village in The Albanian Riviera

Vuno

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. What it lacks in infrastructure and privacy, it makes up for …
Beach in The Albanian Riviera

Livadhi Beach

Himara's longest stretch of beach is Livadhi, just north of the town. It's certainly very attractive but development hasn't been kind, with a slew of unsightly new buildings going up. There are long stretches of umb…
Ruins in Himara

Himara Castle

Himara is mainly known for its beaches, but its old town on the hills high above the seafront is an interesting place to stroll around. One highlight is the ruins of Himara Castle, which existed in various forms on …