TOURS

We offer tours to various locations surrounding Sarande, have a look below to see some of our offers

BUTRINT

A visit to the ancient city of Butrint is a must when travelling in the area of Saranda. Butrint is described as a microcosm of European history since it exhibits remains from most major empires of the area, including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman ruins.

Information about Butrint is well-presented in English and Albanian brochures which are distributed at the entrance, also each important site has a sign with historical facts and dates in order to help visitors understand what they are seeing. Interesting things to see in Butrint includes the Greek amphitheatre (later remodeled by the Romans), the baptistry, the cathedral, the lion’s gate, and the museum which includes many interesting artifacts found in the area. Butrint is one of several places in Albania which was kept off-limits to the general public during the Communist Era. The city was made into a tourist destination for foreigners to visit, but Albanian citizens were not allowed due to fears that they would try to escape by swimming the short distance to Greece.

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KSAMIL

In order to really enjoy swimming and sunbathing while in Saranda, it is really necessary to spend at least one day in Ksamil. Ksamil is know for its beautiful white beaches and charming islands. There are a few beaches from which it is even possible to swim to one of the nearby islands. Paddleboats are available for rent, or else you can pay a boat to take you to one of the islands which are a little further away. There are nearby restaurants which have freshly caught fish, and mussels from lake Butrint. You can get to Ksamil by following the road towards Butrint.

BLUE EYE

This natural, deep spring has clear water and a vibrant blue color. The way in which the water bubbles up to the surface helps create the illusion of an eye, with the dark-colored center as the pupil, and the surrounding blue water appearing as the iris. The spring is reported to be about 45 meters deep, but some say it goes even further. During Albania’s communist days, the Blue Eye was one of several places reserved only for the communist elite to visit, and was kept off-limits to the general public. The Blue Eye or “Syri i Kalter” as it is known in Albania, is located just off the road between Saranda and Ghiorgnzzati.

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BUTRINT

A visit to the ancient city of Butrint is a must when travelling in the area of Saranda. Butrint is described as a microcosm of European history since it exhibits remains from most major empires of the area, including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman ruins.

Information about Butrint is well-presented in English and Albanian brochures which are distributed at the entrance, also each important site has a sign with historical facts and dates in order to help visitors understand what they are seeing. Interesting things to see in Butrint includes the Greek amphitheatre (later remodeled by the Romans), the baptistry, the cathedral, the lion’s gate, and the museum which includes many interesting artifacts found in the area. Butrint is one of several places in Albania which was kept off-limits to the general public during the Communist Era. The city was made into a tourist destination for foreigners to visit, but Albanian citizens were not allowed due to fears that they would try to escape by swimming the short distance to Greece.

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KSAMIL

In order to really enjoy swimming and sunbathing while in Saranda, it is really necessary to spend at least one day in Ksamil. Ksamil is know for its beautiful white beaches and charming islands. There are a few beaches from which it is even possible to swim to one of the nearby islands. Paddleboats are available for rent, or else you can pay a boat to take you to one of the islands which are a little further away. There are nearby restaurants which have freshly caught fish, and mussels from lake Butrint. You can get to Ksamil by following the road towards Butrint.

BLUE EYE

This natural, deep spring has clear water and a vibrant blue color. The way in which the water bubbles up to the surface helps create the illusion of an eye, with the dark-colored center as the pupil, and the surrounding blue water appearing as the iris. The spring is reported to be about 45 meters deep, but some say it goes even further. During Albania’s communist days, the Blue Eye was one of several places reserved only for the communist elite to visit, and was kept off-limits to the general public. The Blue Eye or “Syri i Kalter” as it is known in Albania, is located just off the road between Saranda and Ghiorgnzzati.

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GJIROKASTRA

Historic Gjirokaster is one of Albania's three UNESCO sites. The primary Regional Bus & Furgon Station in Gjirokaster is located at the entrance to the town, on the NW corner where the town's main boulevard intersects the National Road. It's less of a "bus station" and more of a collective gathering place for buses and furgons (shared minibuses) along the shoulder of the road.
Buses depart every day on the route Sarande  - Gjirokastër (300 leke) stopping hourly at the bottom of the hill until the early afternoon. Buses and minibuses are going to Tirana (1000 leke) every hour from around 7AM until 12 noon, then there is a bus at 2:30PM and a night bus leaving at 11PM (it arrives in Tirane at 5:45AM near Skanderbeg Square).

VLORA

Vlore lies in the southwestern coastal region of Albania, at the southern end of the Adriatic Sea and the northern part the Ionian Sea. The Vlore coastline accounts for about 30% of the entire coast of Albania.

Vlore, long known for its olive production, at last count had approximately 280,000 olive trees. The olive trademark "Vlonjak" is one of the oldest in Europe and is known for its great oil production. The territory around Vlore comes from thriving ancient cities such as Amantia-Ploce, Olympe-Mavrova, Orikos-Orikum, Himera-Himare, Kionina-Kanine, Nymfeum-Selenica and Aulona-Vlora.

A lot of famous people in Albania were born in Vlore, including 6 former ministers (Xhafaj, Malaj, Angjeli, Gjinushi, Leskaj, Pango), a lot of famous singers (including Aurela Gace and Poni), and several other VIPs. 

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HIKING

The areas around Sarande are beautiful and wonderful to go for a hike in.

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(003556) 926 33 434

Address

Mitat Hoxha, Saranda, Albania, 9701-9703

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