Welcome to Saranda & the Albanian Riviera
Just browse down and click on these attractions in the centre of Saranda (all walking distance) or for other places to visit by bus, taxi or with a guide take a look at "Places to Visit"
SARANDA INFORMATIONWith this site we want to help you answer a simple question: Is Saranda the right choice for your holiday? As a new destination in a country which is emerging as a tourist destination here are some simple answers to eight basic questions. 1. What's the accommodation like and where to stay? As you will see from the aerial panoramas, around Saranda's main bay there are a large number of (medium rise) modern buildings; hotels and apartments. Consequently there is loads of choice particularly outside the July/August peak season in hotels, private apartments and hostels. They range from basic to swanky but with prices well below what you would expect in Italy or Greece. Most have good sea views/close proximity to the beach. Being a town destination you won't find villas or independent houses for rent. 2. Is there good food, restaurants, bars and nightlife? Yes most menus have a distinctly Italian and Greek slant. Albania is at points within km of the Italian mainland and was occupied by Musselini's forces prior to the second world and the Saranda/Gjirokaster area has a large Greek community. However prices are way below what you would expect in an equivalent Italian/Greek resort. Most bars are modern and stylish and open all day morphing from coffee bar to evening drinks to livelier with music into the night. For those looking to party there are a few nightclubs including the largest Mango Beach (2000 capacity) open in the summer season. 3. Is there much to do and see in and around Saranda? Loads. In the town is the site of a 4th century mosque, a surprisingly well preserved Roman mosaic floor and on the hills above an ancient monastery (40 Saints) and the partial remains of a century castle. A short bus or taxi ride takes you to the UNESCO World heritage site of Butrint and the pretty beaches of Ksamil. Further afield is the World Heritafe Town of Gjirokaster and on the way the famous Blue Eye. You can even take a ferry on a day trip and visit Kerkyra (Corfu Town). 4. What other activities are available? As you would expect boat-trips, organised tours (including around Butrint), a tourist market (by the jetty) a fruit/vegetable market (near the port) and a few upmarket fashion shops. There is a modern gym near the jetty. 5 What about language? In the restaurants bars and other tourist facing businesses English is (and often Italian or Greek) widely spoken. However perhaps you want to practice a little Albanian? Here are some basic phrases to get you started...
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