The coastal town of Saranda – surrounding an open gulf on the Ionian Sea – is considered the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, a city where plenty of things to see and do. It is situated at the southern end of the country close to the border of Greece, opposite the island of Corfu. There are many stunning sandy and pebbly beaches.
Given its coastal access and Mediterranean climate with five months of warm weather, Saranda has become an important tourist attraction since the fall of communism in Albania. Saranda as well as the rest of the Albanian Riviera, according to The Guardian, "is set to become the new undiscovered gem of the overcrowded Med."
Saranda is easily accessible from Tirana, the capital or other Albanian cities as well as from abroad in several ways. It is roughly 1 hour from Corfu by ferry.
- Over 300 sunny days a year
- Balanced, comfortable temperatures throughout the year
- Mild winters