Saranda

Saranda

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Saranda is the gem of Albanian Riviera’s beauties. It is situated at the very south of the country, about 14 km east of the north end of Greek island of Corfu. A 2000 years old city with many ancient sites to visit. In the Greek language Saranda means “40”, or “Santi Quaranta” if referring to the Venetian influence in the region.

Later on, following the restoration of Albanian independence, the city got its Albanian name Saranda. It is a coastal city with blue beaches of extraordinary beauty; wet by the Ionian Sea, which depth is full of corals. It has a typical Mediterranean climate.

Saranda may be called without hesitation the city with the largest number of sunny days during the whole year. Over 270 days out of 360. Saranda is considered a very important tourist location in Albania since the fall of communism. Tourism in Saranda is the major economic source.

Close to the city are found the remaining of the ancient city of Buthrotum, a UNESCO heritage site. At the beginning of the 20th century the city was occupied by both Greece and Italy. A Greek minority lives there and is considered one of the two centers of the Greek community in Albania.

The peculiarity of Saranda’s urban planning is its shape. The whole city lies on a mountain’s slope with narrow roads, which takes to the city’s promenade. A chain of luxurious hotels and restaurants continue in file along the promenade.  The seashore is very rocky and the sea depth is very close to the coast. Under the sea that wets the coastline lie some sunken military ships of the II World War.

At the northern side of the Saranda stands the harbor. Beaches are a characteristic trait of this part of the country, offering crystal blue waters, white and rocky beaches, relaxing nature, warm days and fresh nights.

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What to see?

Saranda’s Blue Eye

The Blue Eye, “Syri i Kalter” is not just a masterpiece of nature, but also a magical site. Pure water of a vibrant blue-green color that gives the impression of a blue transparent diamond. The way in which the water bubbles created the illusion of an eye with the dark-colored center as the pupil and the blue as its iris. It is located just off the road between Saranda and Gjirokastra, 30 minutes by car.

Lëkursi Castle

Saranda is a very old city, and as such it is rich of ancient constructions. The best known is the Lëkursi Castle. Build in 1537 at the top of the hill that overlooks the entire Saranda’s coastline, with the purpose to protect the city from invaders. Inside there are very nice restaurants of delicious and healthy foods.

Monastery of the 40 Saints

A very special and unique site is the Monastery of the 40 Saints. The number 40 is not referred just to Saranda’s Greek name, since history tell us that it also refers to the 40 Christian Roman soldiers who were send to death because of their religion. And the monastery was built in their honor in the 6th century.

Ksamil Islands

Close to the town of Ksamil there are 4 islands covered by a permanent green. They are very rocky islands with some of the most beautiful beaches of Albanian Riviera. They are notable for the exotic nature with crystal clear waters and small stones.

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